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Paul

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I have several years of experience tutoring and teaching students learning languages. In my current position which I've held for 8 years, I advise students applying for nationally-competitive awards. For all students, I listen, develop a rapport, earn trust and advise accordingly. I will do the same as your tutor.

Paul’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Missouri University - Bachelors, German, International Studies

Graduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Masters, Second Language Studies

Hobbies

Building and sculpting; hiking; reading. Favorite genres right now are memoir and graphic novel.

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

College Application Essays

English

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

German

German 1

German 2

Languages

Other

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is to bridge what someone is learning to how it intersects in her/his life. To use creative analogies to make abstract concepts easier to grasp and promote questions and encourage curiosity.

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

Learn about what their interests and hobbies are so that, when possible, lessons can be catered to those interests.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By encouraging them to look for opportunities to learn outside the places where learning stereotypically occurs. For example, names of places that derive from a language they are learning. Where does the name come from?

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By keeping up the pace of tutoring sessions and establishing constructive, realistic and obtainable goals.

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

If it's something multifaceted and complex, I might advise just putting it down for a day and coming back to it another time. In other cases, try to present it as a cube that you need to rotate and look at from another angle.