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I am a dedicated and energetic ESL/TOEFL Teacher. I have taught students from many different countries, from India, Brazil and Mexico to China. I have TESOL certificate and years of experience teaching ESL at different levels.
I am a very hands on teacher and like to engage my students with all activities be it in the class room or one-on-one. I cater to my students and make my lessons relevant to them and their current situation, school, work, college applications.

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Tuija’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of San Diego - Bachelors, International Relations

Graduate Degree: National University - Masters, Homeland Security and Emergency Management


Some of my interests are traveling, art and cooking. I like to visit art galleries and paint myself as well.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Comparative Literature



High School English



Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to engage every student. I want to teach them something that is relevant to their current situation.

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

Normally, I do an assessment of the student's skill level unless they have a specific request for lessons.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Help them improve their study skills and establish good studying habits.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Set short-term goals first, then long-term, depending on the student.

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

I would like to find out why they are having difficulties learning. Then do a different lesson plan based on those needs.

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

I will try to find out what the problem is. One way of helping them is to break down sentences into smaller pieces and start that way.

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

Get them interested in what I have to say, make a personal connection with my student.

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

Find something that makes it relevant in their life either short term or long term.

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

I ask questions about covered material. That is one way of knowing if they understand it.

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

By encouraging them and demonstrating that they have all the skills and tools to master it.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I ask them first and then have an assessment of their skill level.

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

I plan all my lessons according to student's needs. I want them to benefit from the lessons.

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

Books, internet, work sheets.

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