I am 25 years old and am currently obtaining a TESOL certification at Columbia University in New York City, and am in the process of applying for a TESOL/Applied Linguistics Masters Degree. For my bachelors degree, I majored in Communication Studies at Pace University as well as Richmond, The American University in London. I love to teach students how to improve their English writing skills according to the manner in which the student learns, whether that may be through auditory learning or visually. I currently work at a foreign language institute where I was trained to teach students of foreign backgrounds English, including children and adults. I also tutor conversational German. My family is Germanic and I learned conversational German from my mother since I was a child. Furthermore, I tutor public speaking, college application essays, creative writing, and fiction writing. I pride myself on my patience, passion, and engaging manner of teaching. I look forward to working with you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Pace University-New York - Bachelors, Communications
Creative Writing, Reading, Traveling, Singing, Playing my ukulele, Recording music.
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
College Application Essays
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Test in German with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching should be based on the manner in which a student can learn best. Some individuals learn best through auditory practice, while others learn best visually. It is all about learning about one's students and understanding them. Creativity is also quite important. From a personal perspective, I have always had an easier time learning interactively and through auditory teachings. It is more essential to understand the way a student learns, than to teach in a way that one believes the student will learn best. It is a combination of understanding a student and passion for one's subject, and mastering that subject.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I will get to know my student by understanding his/her hobbies, interests, and favorite subject in school. I will then ask what difficulties the student experiences when studying and/or learning something specifically in English. We will then play a game which will allow me to better understand the student's abilities and ways they can improve. I prefer to teach in such a way that allows the student to feel comfortable and confident.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Providing a student with techniques that allow the student to learn how to memorize and understand material will allow the student to become an independent learner. Also, offering reassurance and amplifying a student's strengths will allow the student to feel motivated.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Helping a student stay motivated is key to gaining positive results. It's important to emphasize what it is the student does well, and to prove to them that they are capable of learning and applying anything.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being engaging, friendly, patient and kind. Connecting with the student on a personal level as well as a professional level, in regards to understanding the way their mind works and what they are willing to work towards.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
The way to excite a student regarding a subject they are struggling with is to emphasize what it is they are successful with in that subject. Emphasizing what it is the student does well will give the student more confidence.