I am an engineer by training and an avid language learner in my free time. I have lived abroad for three years one year in Grenoble, France and the other two in Lund, Sweden. When I'm not abroad I miss the opportunity to speak my second languages. My hobbies include running, biking, yoga and getting out in nature any way possible. I enjoy learning new software for work and studying in cozy coffee shops.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Idaho - Bachelors, Environmental Engineering, Minor in French
Graduate Degree: Lund University Sweden - Masters, Water Resources Engineering
In my free time I like running, biking, yoga and getting out in nature any way possible.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learn through real life situations. A memory of a real-time interaction will mean that you remember your new knowledge longer.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to get to know you and what your interests are so that the session can be as meaningful as possible. What would you like to focus on?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Often, I will bring extra learning material with me from outside the classroom to share with you. You might find something that you enjoy doing on your own!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Look for success in small improvements; I will be there to encourage you!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will try my best to explain the concept in several different ways; sometimes repetition is all that is needed.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Let's read out loud, piece it out, or find another way of saying it.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It's best to find a time when you are most motivated; some people are early risers and others are night owls.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I'll help you recognize the progress that you are making, and hopefully, some of my enthusiasm will rub off on you.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I will try to talk about the lesson at different times and in different ways so that you feel comfortable using the words, grammar, phrasing, or concepts learned.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
It may take some time to get to know you and your specific needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The learning sessions should be continually evolving just as you will be continually learning.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Books, music, online videos and articles, games, and conversation.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
It can take time to build up confidence in a subject; let's work on it at your pace.