From Papua New GuineaLiving in Other, Papua New Guinea (16:55 UTC+09:00)
italki teacher since Oct 8, 2021
Hi everyone! My name is Nathan Kwasam, I am 26 years old and I am a native English speaker from Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific.
In November last year, I graduated from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) with a Bachelor in Psychology (with a GPA of 3.8). I am a native speaker of English, since English is the language of instruction in my country’s education system. Furthermore, all the institutions I had attended as a student are amongst the best in my country. I also speak English with a clear accent. I am also confident and skilled in public speaking.
I am also proficient in basic conversational Japanese, as I studied at Waseda University in Tokyo for one year (2016-2017).
Me as a Teacher
I’ve always loved helping others understand something they may not know or understand too well, whether it be helping a friend with homework or an essay, or explaining something trivial. I’ve also volunteered as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in my university’s Japanese language classes for several months in my final year of study (2019). As an ALT, I helped my students greatly improve their grades and I even helped a struggling student in my class become one of the best-performing students in class after I had introduced mnemonics to her (and how to use them) to help her remember kana better. I intend to utilize my knowledge and experience to excel as an iTalki community tutor.
My lessons & teaching style
I have a high level of patience with my students and I use a consultative approach when trying to resolve their learning issues. In other words, I ask my students what their concerns are and gently encourage them to open up about their learning challenges so that we can be discuss them openly and effectively.
When discussing learning challenges with my students, I believe that I have a natural talent in simplifying complex learning matters to them. There have been many occasions that my students would express surprise at learning new perspectives from me which greatly helped them understand the concepts they were struggling with. I also set practical and effective learning goals.