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I value the sharing of learning objectives and success criteria with children. Knowing exactly what is expected and how they can achieve allows children to focus more clearly on tasks. This also facilitates effective self assessment, as it is a clear criterion and objective to assess against, encouraging children to take more responsibility for their own learning.

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Xena’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Houston - Bachelors, Education

Graduate Degree: Wright State University-Main Campus - Masters, Education Leadership


reading, cooking, swimming, jogging, spending time with family and friends

Tutoring Subjects

AP French Language and Culture


CLEP French

Conversational French

Elementary School Reading




French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4


Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Love of learning is contagious.

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

Greet, and then get to know the student by asking for examples about how his/her day is so far.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By showing him the value of learning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Through encouragement and guidance.

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

I'd find out what the problem is, and then go from there.

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

I find out the cause of the struggle; if it is reading fluency for example, I will teach reading fluency skills.

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

Pretesting of the skill will determine if a guided practice of the skill is necessary or not; then, follow the I do, we do, they do pattern.

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

My enthusiasm and relating the topic to his/ her life.

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

I'd ask comprehension questions.

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

I build from easy to hard to give a chance for success.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

With a student's responses and attitude.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I provide visuals, explain concepts in small steps, and provide study guides.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Pen and paper, a laptop with Internet connection, and a textbook relevant to the lesson.

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