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Yi Nan

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I feel it is important to make learning interesting and creative, allowing students to explore and understand situations, and express feelings, thoughts and emotions. My university course, especially my teaching practice, has confirmed my belief that teaching is one of the most challenging, demanding, exhausting but varied and exciting careers there are. I really look forward to working in a job that is so important.

Yi Nan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Barbara - Bachelors, Economics and Chinese Art

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 1980

Tutoring Subjects

AP Chinese Language and Culture

Conversational Mandarin

Languages

Mandarin Chinese

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Mandarin Chinese 2

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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Being interesting and creative allows students to explore and understand situations and express feelings, thoughts, and emotions.

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

I get to know the student, know their needs, and become their friend.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I find their study problem and fix it.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I make class more fun and interesting.

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

I slow down and try to learn where he/she got lost.

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

Take time and be patient.

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

By encouraging fun.

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

I work from a different angle to explain the problem.

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

I would explain and draw.

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

I teach them something over and over again and let time prove themselves.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Through conversation.

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

I help them with what they need.

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

I use text book, pen, and paper.