Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. My name is George, and I recently returned to the U.S. after teaching English abroad for the past year. Languages are such an amazing thing, and I hope to be able to share my passion with you. If you are interested in improving your speaking or conversation skills in English or Spanish, then I would love to help you achieve your goals.
Similarly, I am very passionate about phonics and writing. In Japan, I created many lessons for my students to help them prepare for their writing comprehension tests. In addition, I was also responsible for preparing my adult learners for public speaking and report writing. As for my personal background, I have both experience in creative and report writing. I graduated with a degree in Biology/Physiology, so I am well versed in proper report writing and general analysis. In 2007 and 2008, I was also recognized by the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association for creative design and creative writing.
Hola me llamo George, y recientemente regresé a los EEUU después de ensañado Ingles en Japón por un año. Los idiomas son asombroso, espero que pudiera compartir mi pasión con Ud. Si esta interesado con mejorando sus habilidades en la conversación de ingles, quiero ayudarle con sus metas.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Northern Michigan University - Bachelors, Biology/Physiology
Tennis, Hiking, Singing Karaoke, Riding My Bicycle
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that natural progression is very important. When I develop my lesson plans, I try to make sure that I gradually introduce more information. I don't want to overwhelm my student's with new information. Language is a difficult thing, so I believe it is best that we progress at the rate that you want to.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
On a typical first session, I want to make sure that I am able to understand what your goals are. From there, I will test your abilities and determine what will be the best course of action from there.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The best way to get a student to become an independent learner is to get them invested in the subject material. I understand that it is difficult to be passionate about every subject, but I will try my absolute best to show you something interesting about it.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation (for me) comes from engagement. By making my tutoring lessons hands on and engaging, I will help to keep you motivated during the course of our tutoring sessions.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When there are problems, the best thing to do is break the question/problem down into its simplest components. From there, I can better understand the specific issues we are having and help you fix it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
With reading comprehension, the best thing to do is to break down the phonetics of a word. I have seen huge improvements by even just explaining Latin roots to my students.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It is always successful when you take the student's needs into consideration. Not only is it important to understand what they want out of the lesson, but it is equally important to understand their learning style (tactile, audio, visual, etc.).
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
The best way to get students excited/engaged in a subject is to make the tutoring sessions exciting and engaging.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The best thing that any tutor can do is to review the material that they have taught their student. If they aren't checking to see if the students have retained the information, then the pair can't progress fully in the subject matter.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
A student's confidence is a direct link to their level of retention. If a student is disappointed, it is most likely because they don't remember the material. My job is to make sure that I remind students of what they already know and help them to retain it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student’s needs by the following: asking them what they hope to achieve, providing them with personally tailored lesson plans, and reviewing materials as necessary.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring based on the student's learning style. Some students like hands on classes, while other students like very visual classes. I figure out what the student wants and try to respond accordingly.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The list of materials that I use is endless. I'm big on props (especially when teaching language). I'd like to think that my tutoring methods are a little unconventional... but that's also why I think they work.