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Isabelle

I was very fortunate to grow up and study in Europe putting world history, culture, art history and languages into perspectives and giving me a first hand experience education. Later on, I had the opportunity to complete my Master's Degree through an international program also in Europe and graduated from Bournemouth University in England, Breda in the Netherland, Madrid in Spain and Chambery in France. I am a native French speaker and learned Spanish at a very young age and became trilingual very early on. I have more than ten years experience tutoring children as well as adults from Elementary School through College as well as business settings. Because we all learn differently and at different speeds, I use my creativity to reach my students and help them thrive in their natural element. I also regularly translate business documents from English to French and French to English.
My passion is in endurance sports. I am an avid marathoner, triathlete and mountain climber. I travel around the world to compete in various events, races and treks.

Undergraduate Degree:

Blaise Pascal University - Bachelors, Hotel & Tourism Management

Graduate Degree:

Chambéry University - Masters, European Travel Management

"Dream, Train, Achieve". I am an avid marathoner, triathlete and mountain climber. These endurance sports have taught me the importance of being focused, consistent and disciplined.

AP French

Conversational French

Conversational Spanish

French 1

SAT Subject Test in French

SAT Subject Test in French with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Spanish 1

What is your teaching philosophy?

Because we all learn in different ways and at different speeds, I use my creativity to reach my students and help them thrive in their natural element.

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

We work on finding out how you learn and what your goals are with learning a foreign language and what you might have difficulties with.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

You will learn study techniques that work for you and can be applied in any subjects.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Good grades are only part of the answer. Create a dream and a goal you can reach for when the going gets tough.

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

I use creative ways by drawing or doodling, singing and multimedia.

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

We start by looking for cognates. What words do you recognize? What do you think the paragraph is about? Let's start with what you do know or what you can understand.

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

Being very patient and listening to the needs of the students. Start where they are at and devise a plan to take them where they need to go.

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

The key is to find out what the student is interested in and show him or her how learning a foreign language also fits into their vision, their dream for the future.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I have the student complete extra drills or exercises outside of the school homework online or through my own made up materials or books and examples.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Better grades are usually the biggest booster but the results are not always immediate. So it's about finding out what the student is good at and what he/she does understand. We create good foundations to build upon. Positive reinforcement!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

The student, parents, teacher and tutor need to work as a team for best results.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I try to find out how a student learn. Is he/she an auditory, visual, learner? Or does he/she learn by doing or a combination. An auditory student will learn better by reading out loud for example. For a visual learner, we can doodle to memorize vocabulary.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Because French and Spanish have complicated conjugations, I use different color pens to highlight the verb endings. I also use well-established websites to practice pronunciation, reading comprehension, grammar. I also bring books or sometimes handouts.