I have a passion for the humanities and love to help other people get excited about English, Art and Design in particular. I believe that encouragement and reception to the student's innate interests are tantamount to education.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, English and Fine Art
Painting, Hiking, Cooking, Writing, Photography, Visiting Museums and Galleries, Traveling, Yoga
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I'd mainly talk with them about what they're looking for and what they're interested in, and then create an exercise to figure out what their strengths and weaknesses are.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
If they're better at conversational language, we can go through some of the text together and discuss. When that illustrates what is most difficult for them, the lessons will lean that way.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have both of us answer questions based on our lives (where we're from, family, favorite animals, places we've traveled and hobbies). Then we switch and talk it over. This covers reading, conversation and writing in one fell swoop so I can see what areas they need help in.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate it to their own interests in some way.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would make them explain it to me. Whenever I teach phrasal verbs, I have the student use them in a sentence to make sure he/she understands it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encourage them every step of the way. Talk about their strengths and small victories, like learning a new work, phrase or part of speech.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Some students are much more comfortable with conversation than reading papers. Others are visually motivated. Recognizing how they learn will help me adapt my lessons to ways they learn.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I have a series of standby lessons I print out and bring. These include tests, graphs and topics to discuss (like a five-page paper on different meanings for the same phrasal verb).