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
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.
2 hours notice required
For multiple hour lessons or multiple lessons during the same week, I am flexible and we can discuss
Travels within 10 miles of Great Falls, VA 22066