I have worked as an instructor for 11 years and a tutor 9. My primary goal is to hear what students need support with, and draw on my various tools and skills to be effective in supporting their learning and growth.
I have experience in creative arts in learning and counseling, which are added bonuses when working with students.
Having lived abroad in China, Costa Rica, and Spain, I know what it is like to experience new cultures and learn new languages. I love working one-on-one with students of many diverse backgrounds.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus - Bachelors, Interdisciplinary Studies: Languages and Video
Graduate Degree: Lesley University - Masters, Creative Arts in Learning
Hiking, Writing, Dancing, Therapeutic Yoga, Skiing, Art-making, Travel
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My approach is student-centered. I take into consideration students’ unique learning preferences and styles, and tailor my sessions to be most effective with the ways students learn best.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I will ask the student about their goals and what they feel they need the most help with. I will ask them what is going well, to get a sense for their strengths as well.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I listen to students when they explain their goals and interests, and allow space for students to discover their inner motivation, rather than forcing my agenda on them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I make an effort to keep the learning light and enjoyable, and to bring humor into it when things start to get difficult and serious.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would be patient, and look for many ways to explain it, visually, through verbal explanation, and by incorporating resources from the internet or other textbooks.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help break content down into small bite size portions, so that students can grasp small parts. This helps them get a better overall picture and understanding for the content they read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful approach has been to listen to the students and meet them with their expressed needs for a session.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would bring in humor, find stories and examples that help make the material more relevant and applicable to daily life, and also make space for the student to dislike the material. I'd also make new space for the material to be a bit more enjoyable.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I use verbal explanations, visual examples, stories, and role-plays for some situations such as language acquisition or preparation to give a presentation.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I look for opportunities to give positive feedback, and celebrate small steps of success. I also reflect to the students the progress they have made over the course of the sessions.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask the student directly, as well as pay attention to what might not be said or even known my the student. I pay attention to repeated behaviors or challenges, and look for what needs he/she has that might support his/her areas of challenge.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I draw on a variety of approaches that include verbal, visual, and kinesthetic learning. When I get a better sense for how the student learns best, and a pace that works for them, I am able to try different approaches and see what sticks for the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use books, videos, diagrams, drawings, and expression through my own non-verbal body language. I also support the students with using their resources such as textbooks and the internet.