I come from northern China so I speak standard Mandarin. I have a Bachelor degree from Peking University, Beijing, and a MBA from the University of New Mexico. With my in-depth understanding of the culture and language of both countries, I will be a more effective tutor for you. I have passion for languages learning, not only through many years of my own experience, but also through tutoring others. Before coming to the US, I managed an ELS school and also taught English there. During my 20 years in the US, besides working full-time as an biomedical researcher, I have tutored English and Chinese to my family, friends and new immigrants. I believe that a language is inseparable from its culture and an increased understanding of a culture can greatly enhance the enjoyment of learning the language. As your tutor, I will understand your needs and work together with you to achieve your goals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Peking University - Bachelors, Medicinal Chemistry
Graduate Degree: University of New Mexico-Main Campus - Masters, Business Administration and Management
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What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
To understand the client's needs and work together to clarify goals.
What is your teaching philosophy?
The client's needs come first.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Chinese Mandarin shares some common language patterns with English and certainly also has her own unique language patterns. I will help the clients to recognize these patterns so that they could use them as a tool for independent learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Learning Mandarin is also about learning Chinese culture. Through the context of the culture’s songs, stories, videos, etc., the language will come alive and will be interesting.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I'd make an association with English for a better understanding and then motivate the student to practice.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will help the students to learn more words - the structure of a character gives clue of its meaning. I will also help the students to understand the sentence structures and further, the writing formats.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
To keep the student's goals in mind and to understand his/her learning style.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Making the subject more concrete through real life experiences.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Practice builds the technique.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Being supportive. I am on the same journey as my client.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
To truly understand where my student at now and where he/she want to go.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on the student's needs.