I currently work for Duke University as a program coordinator for a masters degree program based in China. In this position, I have the opportunity to continue using and building my skills with Mandarin Chinese, intercultural skills, writing, editing, and presentation. I have experience as a one-on-one tutor of ESL for Chinese speakers, and as a tutor for beginner Mandarin Chinese students Through self-guided research on educational theories and methods and hands-on experience with students of multiple ages and ability levels, I am experienced not only with assessing and meeting the needs of many different kinds of students in a range of subjects, but also designing and culling curriculum that will suit each student's specific needs.
My Bachelors degree is in in Chinese Language and Culture and Religious Studies. I have high intermediate fluency in Mandarin Chinese. My studies of Religion have given me a strong background in the humanities, textual analysis, and essay writing. I have been most passionate about my Chinese studies. I spent a year studying abroad and doing research in Yunnan Province during undergrad, and two years living, working, and traveling in China after graduation. I continue to return to China at least once a year in my current position.
I have tutored Chinese ESL students in both China and America. I have worked with young children learning English with a focus on spoken English, college students working to improve their academic English and essay writing, and adults learning conversational English. I have taught Mandarin Chinese to young children and tutored young adults in their Chinese studies.
One of my particular strengths both as a learner and a teacher is language learning and the subjects and skills related to language, such as literature, reading, and writing. I love learning languages, speaking Chinese, reading and writing, and I am a great listener. My other major strengths as a teacher are my skills in observation and assessment -- I'll really be paying attention to you and who you are! -- and my ability to research and improvise curriculum that can meet your specific learning style and goals.
I hope I can support you in your educational goals soon!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Hampshire College - Current Undergrad, Double Major: Chinese Language and Culture and Religious Studies
AP Latin: 4
Chinese culture, alternative education, Women's studies and feminism, Sci-fi, Jewelry-making, traveling, hiking, singing.
Elementary School Math
High School English
Mandarin Chinese 1
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
When at all possible, I push students to come up with their own answers. I assign lots of practice and, depending on the subject, ask the student to do some kind of creative work. I provide lots of encouragement, positive feedback, and reminders that it's okay to make mistakes.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a new student I like to get to know each other a little bit. I will want to begin assessing the student’s level, strengths and weaknesses in the desired subject and what the student wants and needs out of our future sessions. Much of this will take place in conversation, but I will also want to dig right into some material to test knowledge and ability.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help by making a student aware of the best resources for looking up the answers to their questions. I can help them assess their own learning goals, strengths and weaknesses, and help them develop strategies for reaching those goals.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The worst enemies to motivation are frustration, boredom, and lack of confidence. I try to stay attuned to what my student is experiencing, and I like to improvise and try multiple methods to tackle these feelings when they arise. Sometimes the right thing to do is step back and work on something different, and at other times the right thing is to make things more challenging. It depends on the student and the situation!