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Severine

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I grew up and was educated in an international environment from a very early age. My mother tongue is German and I am a German citizen as well as a permanent resident of the USA. I am 22 years old and my family still lives in Germany. I was raised in Germany (Bielefeld) and attended school there until I was 16 yet, my passion for ballet lead me to receive a scholarship for a school in the United Kingdom where I studied five A-levels in addition to dancing ballet and modern 20 hours a week. I participated in exchange programs to France and the United Kingdom. I did A-level Business Studies, Mathematics, Chemistry, French and German. I discovered my passion for tutoring at my former boarding school "Abbots Bromley School" and helped British students to prepare for their GSCE tests in German and French. . At Westmont College in Santa Barbara I was a member of the German club and helped students improve and strengthen their German skills. I am going to be a junior at Sarah Lawrence College in New York majoring in Theaters Arts and Psychology. You will find more information about my background in my resume.
I am really passionate about tutoring and hope that I can help students to discover their passion for languages as well as deepen and strengthen their German and French skills :-)

Severine’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Westmont College - Bachelors, Psychology Theater Arts

Hobbies

Ballet, Golf, Theatre

Tutoring Subjects

CLEP Prep

CLEP German

Conversational German

German

German 1

German 2

German 3

German 4

Languages

SAT Subject Test in German with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward

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

Introduction, getting to know the student, converse a little bit in the foreign language, go over the syllabus, and determine goals and expectations.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Encourage them to do daily assignments and tests to strengthen their language skills, and give rewards for the implementation of those tasks.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would show him that one can achieve improvements in a short amount of time. Once you see improvements, you will automatically stay motivated and keep pushing.

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

I would try to use different tools to explain the concept to him e.g. visual handouts, an application of the concept and interactive exercises.

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

I would try to go over vocabulary or difficult grammar that they are struggling with and try to explain it to them; as well as giving exercises to help them ingrain the new material, which will help them to understand the difficult reading parts better.

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

I found it most rewarding to talk with each student a little bit about what his goal is with learning German and what he would like me to go over in our course. I also really like to get to know the student and then we can both come up with a structured plan that will get the student to reach his goal as well as having fun and confidence with the language.

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

I would show him that he is in fact capable of making improvements and give him a little bit of interactive exercises and examples to show that he can master struggling tasks. Then we would go over it more and make his weakness into a strength.

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

Visual handouts, summaries of most important rules, applicable examples, interactive exercises, and revision sheets.

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

I would try to let the student solve small, easy but fun tasks. Every accomplishment boosts self confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

In our first meeting I usually go over what the student wants from our lessons. I will also assess his strengths and weaknesses by talking to the student casually in German (if knowledge is already there), and let him read a short paragraph as well talking a bit about grammar.