I had my first experience with tutoring when I was in college at University of Northwestern, St. Paul. I had the opportunity to tutor a 9th grade boy in his English Learning. The following year I spent six weeks teaching English in China. I then was a middle school ESL teacher for three years. I've worked with students of all ages from Kindergarten to PhD level. I believe in teaching to the whole student and I enjoy hands-on learning activities to make learning more fun and interactive. I recognize the fact that each student is an individual with different learning styles. I speak some Spanish and Chinese and love learning about other cultures.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Northwestern — St. Paul - Bachelor in Arts, Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)
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ACCUPLACER ESL Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep
Basic Computer Literacy
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in teaching the whole student. I like to use interactive and hands-on strategies to tutor students. I also acknowledge that different students have different learning styles, and the most effective way to teach a student is to cater to their learning style.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student, I would do some basic diagnostic tests to see where the student is at in their language. I would observe how the student learns and ask the student questions to discern how they best learn.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A great way to help students learn independently is by organizing their schedule. I like to have students write down their work in a daily planner. I also like students to prioritize their work, according to which assignments need to be completed first. This helps motivate students to check things off their list.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Sometimes a great way to motivate students is by giving them rewards or some incentive to continue working. Also, using more interactive activities can make learning more fun to increase motivation.