Bonjour! 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 campus where I am currently just 6 credit hours from finishing my MA in Secondary Education in the field of French. I have a NM State teaching license and currently teach high school level French for Albuquerque Public Schools here in our city. My history with the French language however goes back many years. I have studied the language since I was young; all the way through high school, college, and now graduate school. Along this journey I have lived in France on 6 separate occasions and studied French at 3 different universities there totaling a little over 2 years of living in the country. As a result, I have a very genuine French accent & vocabulary and can work with you to improve yours. Besides being a teacher & a student, I have tutored young and mature adults along the way as my work and school schedule is seasonal and I have times when I can be available. Tutoring is moreover fun for me as I get a chance to work 1 on 1 with people instead of an entire classroom. So tell me about your goals and reasons for studying French, and accordingly I’ll help you accomplish what you would like and hope to achieve; whether it’s for school, business, travel, or just fun. I am patient and casual in my tutoring style and have lots of materials, or we can use your school or personal material to learn according to your needs – À bientôt
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
Q & A
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.