I have been a World Language Teacher for several years. I have a degree in French, Spanish and History and a Masters Degree in Education. I lived for several years in Paris and have traveled extensively throughout Europe, The United States and Canada. I have worked with students of all ages as a tutor and I look forward to continuing my work in this field. I am particularly strong in the area of explaining French and Spanish grammar to students who experience challenges in those areas.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin - Madison Campus - Bachelors, French and History
Graduate Degree: University of Massachusetts - Masters, Masters of Education and Spanish
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
All students can learn. The trick is to meet them at their level, personally and with compassion.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself... Give them a little background about my experiences and then talk about the student. What are their hopes? And why are they seeking out tutoring?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Showing them the tools to look up things on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
With kindness and patience. I like to convey to the students that they are capable.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to help them in different ways...try to reach the same result using different techniques.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Read with them and ask them questions about reading selections, taking it one step at a time.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Patience and kindness.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate the subjects to my own life and experiences and by using my workspace page.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I'd come up with assessments.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Once I establish a rapport with a student, it is easier to help them build confidence in certain areas of French and Spanish.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I will talk to them to try to get a sense of what is difficult for them. There are several resources we can use to help them become comfortable in a difficult area.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I assess them and find out their strengths and weaknesses.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbooks, novels, online computer resources, as well as my personal web page.