I was born and raised in France where I had the opportunity to learn many languages such as Italian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese that I propose to tutor. Being multilingual allowed me to teach ESL and French in primary education and to work as a multiple subject tutor for many years. I graduated from a Bachelor's in English at the University of Aix-Marseille and now, I am currently enrolled in a Master's degree in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) at Cal State University of Northridge. As you can imagine, I thoroughly enjoy teaching!
I am a very creative person and I count on this skill to enhance and embellish my teaching methods and the way I animate my tutoring sessions. Moreover, I am very patient and considerate; I believe these qualities are important in a tutor. I am a hard worker and I will do everything in my power to transmit these qualities to my students. Finally, I am an optimistic person and I will give my best to empower my students' self-confidence and self-esteem.
I believe that every student can succeed. Witnessing their progress and helping them reaching their goals is my best reward!
See you! A bientot! Ciao! Hasta pronto! Zai Jian!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Aix Marseilles - Bachelors, Language, Literature and Foreign Civilizations- ENGLISH
Graduate Degree: California State University-Northridge - Masters, Teaching English as a Second Language
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Education is the key to success and I believe that every student can succeed!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will evaluate their level and ask them their objectives, what are their strengths and weaknesses, and how would they like the sessions to be.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will provide them with what I believe are the best methods to study and improve. I will teach them how to evaluate their strengths, but especially their weaknesses in order to focus on them. I will give them a variety of sources too, allowing them to find answers when I won't be there to help them out. I will also tell them that they could still contact me if they need any help.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will ask the student what are their goals and always remind them that whenever they feel like giving up, to just remember why they held on for so long. My goal as a tutor is also to empower their self-confidence and self-esteem. I will definitely to my best to keep them motivated in always encouraging them and showing them how far we went together.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I will ask them what is that they don't understand. Is it a problem of vocabulary, method, or something deeper than that? I will provide more examples and, if necessary, I will explain the concept with a different approach and point of view. Both of us have to collaborate in order to understand what the problem is about.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First, I will ask them what they understood using their own words, and then basic questions, 'who, what, where, when, how?' that are actually very helpful. We shall go on with looking at challenging vocabulary that may prevent them from understanding.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
My years of experience taught me that installing a relationship of trust with my students was the most important thing to do. The student needs to feel comfortable and should not be shy to ask any questions or talk about any concern they have. When a trustworthy relationship is established the student wants to give their tutor their best because they don't want to disappoint the tutor as now they are part of a team (student-tutor).
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
First, I will have to ask them what are their difficulties and why they do not like that subject. My goal will be to make the subject look easy. If we start step by step the student won't feel that the subject is difficult to overcome. Actually, little by little I am going to increase the level of difficulty every time the student masters a particular exercise. Eventually, they will learn, understand, and thus like the subject that they were struggling in.