I have worked with Asian students as an online English tutor for two years. I have also taught reading and writing skills to native English students.
Learning French in school was difficult for me, so I understand what it can be like to become comfortable learning new academic skills. The best teachers were able to engage me and create an enjoyable, creative, supportive, and relaxed learning experience.
I combine my tutoring experience and TEFL training with my master's in education and my master's in psychology (both with highest honors) to bring this learning environment to each student during every lesson. I work from each student's strengths and learning style and I'm enthusiastic and patient. My goal is to make everything we cover understandable. I encourage questions; no question is too simple. I also make sure that each student fully masters the lesson materials.
Some of the most rewarding tutoring experiences were those where students learned through discussing their interests and vocations. For example, one student with intermediate English skills wanted to know the detail of the organization of the streets in Manhattan and Queens and the sights related to the neighborhoods defined by streets. When I told her that I lived close to the city, she became enthralled and asked questions about the people in my neighborhood. Though there was somewhat of a language barrier, this woman’s curiosity brought learning to life and she acquired a great deal of contextual English in the process.
Another student discussed how he worked for a subsidiary of Toyota; his company manufactures batteries for electric cars. This student, who was somewhat more advanced, learned some of the subtleties of English as he described his vocation and I asked questions. This lesson was particularly rewarding because the student said at the outset that he needed to cut the lesson short to catch a train for work but then decided to stay for the entire lesson because he felt he was learning and enjoying the session.
These students and others continued to seek me out because I took the time to value them as individuals and understand their personalities and showed genuine interest in their experiences.
Here are my academic credentials: I have a Master's degree in Education (GPA 3.98), and I was accepted into the Golden Key International Honour Society. I also have a Master's degree in Psychology plus 60 additional credits (GPA 4.00), and a Juris Doctor degree. I graduated within the top one-third of my class and passed the New York State Bar Exam. I have a Bachelor's degree in Political Science (GPA 3.94) and received the following honors: Phi Beta Kappa (junior year), Summa Cum Laude, and Phi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society).