I believe that learning a new language not only enhances the capability of a more effective communication but it also familiarizes people with different cultures and traditions, specifically with the new world of technology. A new language could be compared to a new art, an art that would facilitate relationships as well as friendships no matter where you are located nearby or miles and miles away.
I attended both high school and college in Paris before studying in Tehran. I have tutored at Santa Monica College, and my best compensation would be when a student takes the time to come back to me to show his/her grades with pride.
As an instructor I have always been able to communicate, understand, and relate to the needs of my students by showing them the right way to learn. I have many years of experience as a senior interpreter, translator, and tester at Languageline Solutions. In addition, I have translated documentaries and movie scripts for television networks. I am excited to have the opportunity to introduce my students to the beautiful language of French and be part of the Varsity Tutors team.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: American University - Associate in Arts, Lingusitics
Undergraduate Degree: Azad University of Tehran - Bachelors, Linguistics
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I do help my student to achieve his/her highest level by being present at all times and giving all necessary explanations, but by putting the responsibility of finding the solution on their own, which I believe is the most rewarding aspect that would remain in their mind for a long time, if not forever.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The student can always rely on me, but after all possible attempts, that is when I start giving some hints to actually find the answer together.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would encourage the student to ask as many questions as needed, and I will show my willingness to be present until we both achieve the goal that we have set together.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself and my way of teaching, and then ask my student whether the plan is acceptable or not in order to find a common ground to start with.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The student and I will find a way to solve the difficulty by all possible means.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension means drawing the student's attention to the concept, and making it as if it were a real life event happening at that precise moment.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I need to find out the interests as well as the learning habits of the student; this will lead us to the result much more easily and smoothly.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would encourage the student to compare each issue with a real life situation.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Repetition, putting the responsibility of finding the final result on the student shoulder, so at the end, once she/he gets to the core of the answer, this will be engraved in the mind.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
A student's confidence is achieved by giving the opportunity as well as the time to the student to go through trial and errors first, and find out the right answer by experience.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I do evaluate a student's needs by testing him/her, starting with easy questions and gradually getting into more difficult subjects until I find out the real level.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
My first priority has always been the student's needs and areas where help is needed the most, therefore I do give the time to the students to express their needs, and I try not to exceed nor to lower the level of the need, but to follow with their pace.