I love to learn and I love to help others learn. I especially love to study other languages and cultures. My two years of teaching ESL online has prepared my to help my students with any aspect of English, whether it be ESL or writing for native speakers.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University at Buffalo - Bachelors, Linguistics
Graduate Degree: University at Buffalo - Current Grad Student, Linguistics
Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Camping, Sailing, Learning Languages, Pondering, Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that knowledge cannot be communicated; only information. My definition of knowledge is that it is information that has been processed by intelligence. Thus, in order to help someone acquire knowledge, I need to first share information with them, and then help them use their intelligence to turn it into knowledge.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My goal in tutoring is not to give answers, but to build confidence in methods. By helping a student learn how to think about a problem in the proper way, I will help that student become an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I first seek to connect with students. I want to have genuine conversations with them and not just formulaic exchanges of words. In this way, I can better understand the root of a problem that we face. These kinds of real conversations build confidence, and thus it will be easier for my student to trust me when I say, "You can do this." From there, we will break a task down into smaller parts and rejoice in the accomplishment of completing a part, while staying focused and using that momentum to carry on through the next part.