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Kimberly

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I am currently a college sophomore living in Santa Barbara. I have always enjoyed the humanities, especially foreign languages and English classes! I grew up learning to speak, read and write in Italian and English at the same time which I believe spurred my interest for these subjects. I have family in Italy, and every year I spent my summers traveling through Europe, absorbing the culture and falling in love with the lifestyles in each country. In high school, I tutored French for about two and a half years, and loved it. I am now a Psychology major, hoping to declare an Education minor next year.
I believe students work their best when they are genuinely curious about the material or are internally driven, which is why I aim to engage students by providing additional material (for example, a music video in the language the student is struggling in) which can pique their motivation. Another important factor is that students feel comfortable and safe when working on something that is challenging for them, so I do my best to cultivate relationships with students to foster trust and build confidence.

Kimberly’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Santa Barbara City College - Current Undergrad, Psychology

Hobbies

I love volleyball, exploring new places with my friends, and reading at the beach.

Tutoring Subjects

AP French

AP French Language and Culture

AP Italian Language and Culture

College English

Conversational French

Conversational Italian

English

Essay Editing

Foreign Language

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

High School English

Homework Support

Italian

Languages

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I want to make the subjects I work on interesting and fun, and the material I work on with students memorable so that students build confidence and continue to excel.

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

See what level the student is at, understand where it is that the student is struggling, and what kind of learner the student is so that I can figure out what strategies will help the student most. Also, I like to get to know each other so that we can begin to cultivate a relationship where the student will feel confident practicing and reviewing information.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Presenting tools and study habits that other students have found most helpful for the particular subject, and practicing these with the student until he or she feels comfortable to do them on his or her own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Knowing the student and having a positive relationship so that when I praise the student, he or she will feel a sense of accomplishment. I also set goals at the beginning of sessions so the student has something to strive for. Tracking the progress of a student is also a source of motivation because it serves as evidence of improvement for the student to look back on.

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

I would first determine whether this is because the student needs review with some more basic concepts, or because the approach we are using with new material is not helpful for the student.

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

Reading aloud has been shown to improve reading comprehension. Also, underlining key words can help the student to look back and understand the main ideas.

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

Listening to the student's frustrations or difficulties, and creating together a list of goals and objectives that are important for the student. This way, we both know what the sessions should consist of, and are on the same page.

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

Applying concepts the student is struggling with to real life. For example, if the student is struggling with learning vocabulary in French, watching a music video with the vocabulary words in it with subtitles will make them more interested, and also more likely to remember the vocabulary words in the future.

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

Creating practice tests or asking the student to explain concepts as if I were a fellow student.

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

Positive feedback works very well with improving student confidence, as does tracking a student's progress throughout sessions.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Discussing where a student currently is in the subject, and comparing that to where the student would like to be. Determining which aspect of the subject is most troublesome for the student is important as well.

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

Understanding what kind of learner (visual, auditory, tactile etc.) the student is helps because it creates a base from which we can begin.

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

Depending on the subject, I like to use a whiteboard where the student and I can practice material. I also like to expose the student to real-life applications of the material, especially for foreign language classes, so I use music videos and online videos as well.