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Karima

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I am a graduate of Widener University, where I received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting. A few years after beginning my career with one of the largest international Public Accounting firms, I was presented with the opportunity to travel and live abroad, where my career took a wonderfully, unexpected turn. I spent the next 8 years in the Middle East, where I gained experience as an ESL and TOEFL Prep teacher, helping students of all ages and levels improve their communication skills and build confidence in the English language. My experience as an ESL teacher includes conversation and listening skills, reading and phonics, essay writing, college application essay help and editing, grammar, test prep and many other areas. I returned to the U.S. a few years ago and began working as a math tutor, since math has always been one of my favorite and strongest subjects. As a math tutor, I've worked with elementary, middle and high school students, both in person and online. My areas of expertise include, elementary and middle school math, Algebra, Geometry, as well as SSAT, HSPT and ISEE Prep. Since literacy is also a very important to me, I have spent time over the past few years as a reading and writing tutor for grades K-12, as well. I am a fun, caring, outgoing teacher who loves to help others reach their personal and educational goals. Discovering that teaching is my passion, has offered me some of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences in my life. When I am not teaching, I enjoy hiking, exploring nature, swimming, reading, cooking, baking and spending time with family.

Karima’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Widener University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Accounting

Hobbies

hiking, exploring nature, reading, cooking, baking, swimming, painting and having fun with family


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

For me, teaching means facilitating and offering the support, tools and motivation that students need to overcome challenges and become successful.

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

In the first session, I would get to know the student a little and try to understand what their needs are, assess their level and set a basis for how to move forward with future lessons.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

To help my students become more independent learners, I feel that it is important to help them discover their own personal learning style, so that they understand in which ways they learn best. I also use other teaching strategies, like open-ended questioning and self-evaluation or peer evaluation for groups, to allow students to find their own errors and increase analytical skills. I also believe that constructive written and oral feedback is necessary to improve the student's confidence in their ability to work on their own. These are just a few examples of strategies that I find useful.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I help students stay motivated by consistently offering words of encouragement and support throughout each lesson. Students need to feel that they are always making progress, even when they make mistakes. It's very important to me that students sense positive energy in my lessons at all times and that they know that I have their best interest at heart. I attend each lesson with one main objective, which is to help my students overcome their challenges and reach their goals.

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

To help a student master any skill that they struggle with, I would first identify the cause or reason why the student finds that particular concept or skill difficult. I'd then determine the best strategies needed to help improve in that area and provide ongoing practice to ensure that the skill is mastered.