ESL, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Greek/Latin, Math, Music, Bible
ESL, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Greek/Latin, Math, Music, Bible
My name is Mary, and I am an (adult) third culture kid, which has allowed me to learn a lot about cultures and languages throughout my life. Everyone that knows me knows I love languages--all of them. I love the way they express people's worldviews and cultures and I love the way peoples' worldviews and cultures are shaped by them. I am a certified ESL tutor, have a Bachelor of Arts in English, another in Biblical Studies/Biblical Languages and am in the last three courses of a Master of Arts...
My name is Mary, and I am an (adult) third culture kid, which has allowed me to learn a lot about cultures and languages throughout my life. Everyone that knows me knows I love languages--all of them. I love the way they express people's worldviews and cultures and I love the way peoples' worldviews and cultures are shaped by them. I am a certified ESL tutor, have a Bachelor of Arts in English, another in Biblical Studies/Biblical Languages and am in the last three courses of a Master of Arts in Translation. I am fluent in English, French, and German; have a professional working proficiency in Spanish; have studied 13 languages so far; and am always on the lookout for more. (Swahili is next on my list.)
My specialties are ESL (including preparation for the TESOL or IELTS), English (for native speakers), French, German, Spanish, Russian, Elementary Mandarin (Chinese), Koine Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and Latin; but also other subjects like Bible study and world religions, world geography and history, elementary and high school math (K-6, prealgebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus), and music (music theory, piano, French horn, and trumpet). However, I can also work with students on improving their Swedish, Elementary Arabic, Coptic, or Braille (which is actually a code, not a language). I have experience teaching anything from university-level language courses in a classroom setting all the way down to small group or one-on-one math, music, and language tutoring in person or online. I have helped students of all ages to excel in a variety of subjects, and have even taught French as a second language to a baby.
My teaching methodology naturally depends on the student's learning style and needs. With each student, I start out by using a variety of learning techniques, focusing on the visual, the auditory, and the tactile to establish what type of learner s/he is, and I later adapt my teaching methods appropriately. In tutoring math, I help students understand their problems logically and in detail, b
I am so glad Mary is my tutor.
I have been using other sources to assist me with my learning process but without Mary in my corner I would be spinning my wheels. I look forward to a long and successful year with Mary at my side.Amelia , 7 lessons with Mary
I really liked this tutor. I was able to meet with her online and in person. She was very patient and able to repeat or explain things in a different way when I was having trouble understanding a concept. I had taken a Beginning Spanish 1 class in college but it had been about three years since I took it. I am now returning to school and taking Beginning Spanish 2. I hardly remembered anything from Spanish 1. I only had six weeks to review everything, and I was very concerned about getting through all of Spanish 1 material within that time. But she was able to look at the syllabus and teach me the whole semester's worth of material within that short time. Now that I have been in my Spanish 2 class a few weeks, I am actually one of the only students who is not struggling with the material. I was impressed with the structure and commitment this tutor gave me. And she even said I could contact her with further individual questions even after we were no longer working together. I also think it's good that she does an initial session where she takes time to find out about you and your learning styles, before she actually starts tutoring. That way, she can be more helpful since she knows how you work best. I would definitely use her again.Anna, 17 lessons with Mary
Utilizes multiple intelligences
Mary has been such a blessing for our son. He has a writing disability and an anxiety disorder. She modifies her lesson as she goes based on whether he is feeling stressed or more in control. It is more important to her that he internalizes the material and feels confident in the skills rather than pushing too hard in order to check off all portions of her lesson plan. Mary is comfortable asking questions about my child, his interests, and his learning style so that her lessons are engaging and fun. My boy is active and has a fantastic visual memory, so she routinely uses color-coding of spelling patterns to help bolster his weak spelling skills. She also invents active games to practice spelling skills. This is so beneficial because research shows that the more sections of the brain are utilized in acquiring a skill, the more permanent the knowledge will be. Mary is patient, kind, and easily approachable with any questions or comments we have. It is evident that she invests quite a bit of time in her lessons and she cares about her students. I give her five stars!Heather, 14 lessons with Mary
Patient but Sometimes Difficult to Understand.
I met Mary for my first tutoring session at a local bookstore. She was almost 30 minutes late, but she had called me to let me know so I didn't mind as much. I think Mary's approach in tutoring has merit. She asks students to read questions out loud, which helps the student catch an issue his/her self. I found this very effective. However, I was very unimpressed with her ability to actually explain concepts, particularly algebra and more conceptual math. It was hit or miss - either she explained it very well, or it was very very difficult to understand what she was trying to teach. She seemed to lack confidence in her tutoring and I left the session more confused than not. After thinking about the lesson for a while, I decided not to continue my tutoring with her. I think her personal tutoring style (mostly auditory) and my learning style (visual) conflicted. Still, Mary was very pleasant and professional.Elizabeth, 1 lesson with MaryTutor responded:
This student asked me to do something I had never done before and I agreed in order to try to help her, but this experience has taught me that I really should not depart from my tried-and-true approach, even if the student thinks they need me to. It is my policy to have an initial consultation session with each student at our first meeting, but this student asked me to just go right into a trial session, skipping the consultation session. I agreed to do it that way that one time, but I shouldn't have because the reason I start with the consultation session in the first place is so that I can learn about a student's learning style, his or her current skill level in the subject, and specifically how and what the student wants to learn. I have a Learning Goals sheet that I type or write up for each student during the consultation with all of this information on it and I have each potential student sign it to indicate that s/he agrees that we have come up with the most effective way to tutor him or her. In this case, though, all I had time for before we started the math lesson was to get a very brief idea of her math skills and what she wanted and to tell her that because we were doing the session this way, it would have to still be partially an assessment of her learning style and needs and that future lessons would actually be significantly more tailored to what she needed. She said she understood and that this was fine, but I realize that a trial session that differs so much from what future lessons would have been like can't serve as much of a trial, so I can't honestly say that I'm too surprised that even though she said at the time that it had been helpful to her that she changed her mind before our next lesson. It is a shame, though, because she never got a chance to experience how I normally tutor visual learners in math. I normally tutor math online, where I have several resources to help visual learners learn math, or else I tutor in my home, where I have plenty of props. Being at a bookstore, tho
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