My name is Robert and perhaps I could be your next French tutor? I live in Albuquerque, NM across from the University of New Mexico where I just finished my MA in Secondary Education for French. I have a NM State teaching license and have taught HS French for the public-school district in my city, and currently teach Levels I-IV French online from my home office for Varsity Tutors. My history with the French language goes back many years though. I have studied the language since I was young; all the way through HS, College, and Grad school. Along this journey I have lived in France on 6 separate occasions & studied French at 3 different universities there totaling over 2 years of living in the country. As a result, I have a very genuine accent & understanding of the language and can work with you to considerably improve your knowledge. I have instructed online with Varsity for several years now, and have developed a consistent & authentic approach to internet education. I have helped many people of all age groups learn French, yet specialize working with students & learners working on level II-IV skills. Instructing & tutoring French is the only subject I have with Varsity Tutors. It is my professional occupation, and I would like to work with you next if you'd like! My goal is to impart real-world educational skill sets to you so you can use what you learn to navigate your way through multiple dialogues and scenarios in French speaking regions. So, let me know your goals & reasons for studying French, and accordingly I'll help you accomplish what you would like & expect to achieve; whether it's for school, business or leisure. I am patient and casual in my tutoring style, and have a lot of materials & resources to choose from, or we can use your personal files to learn according to your needs. Merci! I hope to work with you soon... Robert
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus - Bachelors, Management
Graduate Degree: University of New Mexico-Main Campus - Masters, Secondary Education
Language, Travel, exercise, music
What is your teaching philosophy?
To caringly pass on acquired knowledge and wisdom in a patient manner.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Discuss mutual backgrounds, educational goals, and conduct an assessment of the student's interest and abilities.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Model for them how I succeed in learning, and go about building upon one's skill set.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By using constructive criticism and frequent rewards.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Back up and find the point where the student began to become confused or struggled, and re-approach again and slowly.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Teach them how to make magnet cards on 3x5 notecards, which are designed to help students extract key words out of paragraphs to form comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Build their confidence level by starting with simple concepts and exercises that they can readily master.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By demonstrating the variety of ways the learned skill can be useful.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Frequent formative assessment.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By frequently re-visiting the areas of learning that they have mastered.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By having frequent discussion with them to determine the needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Pull from my resources of the various different learning styles that I have discovered or learned myself.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Flashcards, workbooks, imagery, sound.