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I am originally from France where I grew up until I moved to the US in 1999. I have started tutoring in France as a part-time job when I was a law student and really enjoyed the reward of helping my students get their confidence back by making them feel that they were not the problem. Since my specialization was math and science I started tutoring math and later on English.
My experience tutoring French is a little unusual as I started tutoring French as a second language in the United States, while working. I started tutoring adults to help them prepare for the Foreign Service Language Proficiency exam for assignments abroad. Teaching French has also become personal as I am teaching my husband to communicate with my parents who do not speak a word of English. Since I became a mom three years ago I have been been teaching my two sons French. It is important for me that they are able to converse with their grandparents later on. For a three-year old, my oldest son is totally comfortable understanding and communicating in both English and French. My eighteen month old son is following the same path.
I have been a tutor for many years now in different subjects and at different levels. The past few years have been a challenge when I tutored children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I have mostly tutored math and French to children (9th – 11th grade). I truly believe that teaching should be fun and exciting.
Many of my students were failing in their classes and I was able after a couple of sessions to make them understand that they were not the problem. The source of the issue was more related to a method of learning. It has become evident to me that students who have not been performing well in a subject start doubting themselves and believing that they are the problem. When in fact the root of the issue is often related to the way a certain subject matter is taught. Throughout the years I have learned to adapt my methods of tutoring to the student by observing what type of learning style they are more receptive to and tailoring my lessons to their needs.
I have also noticed that many times topics were brushed very quickly in class without giving the student the time to absorb the information and understand it. A typical lesson would be to go over what has been done in class and writing up a summary of the essential points that need to be understood before going any further. These summaries become very useful when the time comes to study for a test or an exam.
New to the Great Falls area I decided to change career and devote more of my time to teaching. I am now the French Director of programs at KidzzWorld. It was a unique opportunity for me to switch career and dedicate myself to what I truly enjoy: teaching. I am now part of this new initiative to teach young children 18 months to 12 years old to become fluent in French by running a French immersion program.Despite the fact that it is a new initiative, so far the results have been very rewarding.
Elementary (K-6th) is the best time to equip the students with the right approach to studying, giving them solid foundations that they will be able to build upon in the future. Organization, structure and finding out which ways the student will understand the information and retain it is key. I like to go over what they do in class first to get an idea of what they have covered and what has been understood, then go over the gaps and try to get one step ahead so that they have already seen the material before the next class. It builds confidence and they are a lot more receptive in class. It has proven to work very well especially with younger students.
I am originally from France, where I grew up until I moved to the US in 1999. I have been tutoring French since then, mostly to younger students 12 years old and older but I have also taught my two little boys (3 years old and 18 months old)French.
Teaching French is a pleasure for me and I am always eager to help students getting more comfortable with this language. My key to success is patience, learning in a fun way and coming up with ways where the students can relate to what they are learning. Because I am completely fluent in both languages I am able to put into context what the students are learning so that the information is easier to understand and remember. I also create study guides which are very helpful in times of tests and exams. It offers a great recap and a very useful tool to use when studying or just writing an essay.
Most of my tutoring sessions are based on study skills. Helping students find out what type of memorization and learning techniques they feel better with and giving them the tools and tips to learn more efficiently, whether it is through repetition, using mnemotechnique ways of remembering information, flash cards, or putting summaries of lessons together for them. These techniques are usually key for students in improving their grades but also gaining confidence and control over their homework. I usually adapt my teaching style to the student by finding out in the first session if they are more visual or audio in their types of learning and retaining information. I am a very organized and detailed person so it helps with giving them tips to better organize their work load and deliver better quality product.
Great tutor! — Benedicte is very thorough and patient and works through all my daughters problems one at a time giving her tips and advice on how to solve problems and which formulas to use. She is very positive and encourages her to figure things out on her own. ...
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