Bonjour My name is Sheida. I am Persian, coming from Paris/ France. After I finished my studies in French language at Sorbonne University, I continued my Education in Film and theatre field which is my passion. I am currently learning Italian and already speak three languages fluently; Farsi (native), French and English, so there would be no problem communicating in these languages. I am also an author and translator. I have translated two English books into Farsi (that have already been published), and wrote an image analysis in both French and English. I play classical guitar, sing and enjoy learning new things. I do believe that nothing is more fun and exciting than learning a new language, which opens a new horizon to meet people from different backgrounds, connect with them, and learn about their cultures. I am impatiently looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with you and am sure that I will learn a lot from you too; as my journey is all about learning and growing.
I am currently in the process of getting my Radiology Technology license and study bookkeeping as well.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Connection with my students is very important to me. Although I am firm and professional, I make the learning environment so secure and fun for the students to explore the new horizon. It is all about having fun and being creative in learning a new language.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I introduce myself and my background with the language. Then I get to know them, their hobbies, and motivations. Then I introduce my method and materials. Then I teach something specific.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By providing them with the basic knowledge and materials
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I usually challenge my students. Taking them on a journey above and beyond their actual level to encourage them to pass their current level successfully, because they are now looking forward to going one step further.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I ask them what they like to do most in life, then create an exercise that includes that activity. It's a psychological mind trick that always works best for my students.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I usually have them teach me a concept in that matter to see where their struggle is, and also find out how they would like to be taught in that subject matter!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Depending on each individual learning ability, I usually create my materials accordingly. I teach a new subject, and then challenge them with activities and exercises.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I want them to teach me that subject matter. When people think that somebody else needs their help, they usually commit and do their best to help! In that case I will be the student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
By creating the activities and exercises accordingly.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I am very patient and take my time with my students, and do not rush into things. I am very encouraging, positive and supportive towards them.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I challenge my students a lot in different areas and pay close attention to how they respond to different situations. I am very detailed oriented and have a very attentive personality. That will serve me and my students a lot to realize what areas need to be worked on more.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
At the beginning of each class, I will have an evaluation and ask about each student's needs and points of interest.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Grammar books. Language books. Songs. Movies. Additional exercises. Role plays.