As your child's private tutor, I believe that my role is to provide both support and challenge in a positive learning environment. One-on-one tuition allows a student room to breathe and test their skills and understanding not without fear of failure, but without fear of the negative consequences that failure in a classroom setting often entail.
My tutoring philosophy is Socratic—I believe in asking students questions to let them find their way to the correct and logical answer, and in them asking ME questions to further their own understanding of a concept. I am studied in patience, and will not fill out your child's homework or feed them material they are struggling with just because it takes a long time for them to grasp. My goal is for a student to learn not just the material on any given school day, but also the confidence in their own ability to comprehend new subjects when working without a tutor's support.
My tutoring experience is broad, both in subject and student age.
- volunteered as a reading and math tutor in kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms;
- worked with older elementary and middle school kids on math, English, science, and foreign languages;
- worked with high schoolers on French and English, as well as on SAT, ACT, and IB skills;
- taught violin to students ages 6-60;
- tutored adult foreign Humphrey Fellowship professionals in English through the American English Institute at the University of Oregon;
- been an undergrad writing assistant for literature courses, as well as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in literature, Sociology, history, Humanities, and Russian language courses;
- worked with kids ages 7-18 in French, Russian, and English language immersion programs through the Concordia Language Villages organization.
As far as my language instruction training goes, I not only love languages, but thoroughly understand how to go about learning them most efficiently. Language is an ultimately social endeavor, and I believe in conversation and immersion as the foremost tools in acquiring proficiency in a new language. I am a native English speaker, and am fluent in both Russian and French, with years of experience teaching all three languages through both the Concordia Language Villages program as well as privately. I hold a master's degree in Russian Studies and an undergraduate degree in both Russian and French, and also have a background with Japanese and Portuguese; I am more than comfortable tutoring in Russian, French and English, but Japanese and Portuguese would have to be at a very introductory level.
I am comfortable working with individuals or groups, providing support for classroom curriculum or teaching from scratch.
back to top