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Mary

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I love to learn and am committed to the lifelong pursuit of sharing that passion. One of the facets of learning that fascinates me the most is languages and the ways in which people live and communicate around the world. I am also passionate about working with and caring for people in a variety of contexts. I would be delighted to work with you to figure out the best ways to strengthen your skills and confidence in the subject areas you find most challenging!

Mary’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Lewis Clark College - Bachelors, Foreign Languages & Literatures (French/Spanish) and Sociology/Anthropology

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 160

GRE Verbal: 164

Hobbies

Literature, music, art, languages, travel, crafting

Tutoring Subjects

AP French Language and Culture

College English

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Conversational Spanish

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

European History

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

Gifted

High School English

Homework Support

Languages

Literature

Other

Phonics

Reading

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Special Education

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

US History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Practice is the key to becoming more confident in almost any discipline. When you are able to break down a topic into manageable pieces and focus on them one at a time until you feel comfortable with each, mastering the topic as a whole becomes much simpler.

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

Go over what they feel they need to work on most, and come up with a plan to address those needs as well as polish skills in other areas at the same time.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Give them the resources to empower, and motivate them to seek out opportunities to learn on their own. Show that you are as invested in their success as they are, and encourage them to keep working, even outside of tutoring sessions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Do everything you can to communicate and show your passion for what you are teaching. When you are enthusiastic about a subject, it can have a powerful effect on your teaching style and the attitude you inspire in your student.

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

Try to assess what exactly is tripping them up in working on that concept, try different ways of understanding and applying it, and then practice those until they are more comfortable with it.