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Kelly

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I have spent nearly a decade overseas teaching English at a variety of levels, most recently in a university. I hope to help all my students reach their personal best and tap into their innate talents and strengths.

Kelly’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Columbia College-Chicago - Bachelors, Photography

Graduate Degree: Framingham State University - Masters, Education - Teaching English as a Second Language

Hobbies

film, theatre, literature, podcasts, learning Irish, cycling, dogs

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

College English

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

High School English

Other

Public Speaking

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that students learn best when they are happy and motivated. I also think students should not only learn information, but learn how to learn. My job as a teacher is not only to pass on information, but to pass on the ability to learn effectively when the student is on their own.

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

Get to know the student, and make a preliminary study plan to best meet the student's needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

It depends on the subject, but when it comes to learning a second language, extensive reading is the best, research-supported method. Ask me more if you're curious!

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I like to have students write down long-, mid- and short-term goals, and then revisit the list from time to time to let them see what they've accomplished and where they need to go.

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

Slow down, try to approach it from a different angle, and practice, practice, practice. I would look online to find examples presented in a different format or from a different point of view. Sometimes the right image or video can be very illuminating.