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Have you been struggling with Beginning-Intermediate German Grammar? I know what it's like -- I've been there! If I can master German Grammar, so can YOU! I offer customized, targeted and effective tutoring.

I'm a Columbia University Graduate, who studied German at Columbia University, Hunter College, and in Berlin, Germany where I lived from 1999-2010.

Petal’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelors, Creative Writing

Hobbies

Tennis, Swimming, Dance, Theater, Music and Culture

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

Business

Business Writing

College English

Conversational German

Creative Writing

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Fiction Writing

German

German 1

German 2

German 3

High School English

High School Writing

Languages

Middle School Writing

Other

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

If I can master German grammar, so can you!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Through homework assignments, I encourage the student to stay connected to the language in a way that is interesting, engaging, and expands the student's cultural knowledge.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I structure my tutoring sessions so that they consistently fit and build upon one another. Every 2-3 weeks, I take time to show the student their progress. I also encourage the student to keep their language learning alive throughout the day.

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

I learned German as an adult learner- and have had some of the best teachers show me very simple ways to explain some of the most complicated grammar rules of the language.

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

We practice reading at every session. Additionally, I integrate a fun reading, writing, and comprehension homework assignment that's due every week.

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

Keep things moving. When one is learning a language, one has to let go of perfection and fear. I keep things moving and the student on their toes. Each portion of our sessions builds upon one another, and the lesson is recycled in an innovative and fun manner.

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

It's awesome when you can watch a foreign language movie and understand. I integrate all aspects of new media into our tutoring sessions, and stick to topics that the student has a personal interest/investment in.

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

Repetition of material is key. I utilize hearing, writing, and sight recognition when tutoring- and always try to include the senses.

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

I like to bring in a surprise native German language speaker into tutoring sessions from time to time. Nothing builds your confidence more than experience in real time!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Communication is key. We start the session with feedback- I ask the student how things went since we last met, if they had time to review the material, where they are making progress and where they are having trouble.

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

I listen, and constantly assess the student's strengths and weaknesses. I know when someone is not getting the material, or needs to slow down, or needs a completely different approach.

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

Grammar workbook. 501 German Verbs. Dictionary. Laptop or Tablet. Magazine or Newspaper.

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

I break the hour down into 15 minute segments. We talk, and I get to know the student's motivations and aspirations. I explain the flow of a typical tutoring session, what materials they need to get and bring next time, etc. Then we start with some basic assessment in the areas of: writing, comprehension, and reading. We use the laptop and videos quite a bit.