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Sara

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I enjoy finding the most direct way to solve a problem and then being able to communicate it to someone else. A person's confidence in themselves is a huge part of being motivated to learn a subject, and I strive to help people build that confidence. My passions are teaching, languages, learning about science, world history, and listening to music.

Sara’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: McGill University - Bachelors, Music Performance

Graduate Degree: Roosevelt University - Masters, Music Performance

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 26

ACT English: 27

ACT Math: 28

ACT Reading: 30

ACT Science: 18

SAT Math: 640

SAT Verbal: 620

Hobbies

Watching French film, swimming, running, hiking

Tutoring Subjects

AP French

AP French Language and Culture

Conversational French

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

Languages

Music

Music Theory

Spanish 1


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My goal is to create a positive learning environment. I strive to provide an adequate amount of exercises to help a student feel more comfortable with the given subject.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would ask a student what their goals are and what they believe their strengths and weaknesses are for the given subject. Then, we might start working on some problems to assess their level of understanding.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

One can teach conceptually-- that is, outline the concepts that exist for that set of problems (ex: being able to name the different past tenses in French). That way, when something is a challenge, one can problem solve on one's own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Ask a student to self-evaluate their skills periodically, so that they acknowledge their progress. Also, holding a student accountable for their homework assignments shows that you care about their progress.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would find a different angle to approach the subject.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I have them identify the different parts of speech, sentence by sentence, to simplify the process. We may go over the grammar or phrase structure.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I have found that asking the students how they are feeling, and listening to their answer, has been a successful strategy. Adding some humor to your conversation is also a great way to break the ice.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would try to find a game to play to motivate them to study.