I am a passionate individual looking to help you learn the Spanish language and looking to tailor a program to meet your specific goals. I was born in South America and grew up having Spanish as my first language. Ten years ago after high school, I moved to America knowing minimal English, so I understand the challenges of learning another language. Over these ten years I have become fluent in English, obtained an undergraduate and masters degree, and worked in multiple jobs as a tutor and business specialist. I started tutoring Spanish eight years ago while working in Houston and continued this over the past two years at Penn State University. I have worked with many people including high school and university students as well as people who wanted to develop a second language for academic and personal reasons. These students all achieved great results, had fun, and gained a valuable skill in the process. If you are looking to learn Spanish I am here to help!
University of Houston - BA International Business, Business Management
Penn State University - Supply Chain, MBA
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to provide the student with all the tools necessary to be successful without doing the work for them. I love challenging students to achieve the best results. I think that by making students work hard for the results, they will learn the subject forever.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Dedicate some time to know my student. Understand their reason for seeking tutoring. Understand what their goals are and how I can help them get there. Make sure we establish guidelines for the tutoring sessions and seek agreement from the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Make sure they are doing the work, trying hard, and following my lead to get to the goal. I need to see that what has been taught really stays in their head and they are not just learning it for that moment.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Remind them of the ultimate goal. Also, show them extra benefits they can enjoy from learning the language. (For example, if a client would love to visit Spain one day, make them imagine what it would be like to be fluent on the trip.) Keep reminding them that there are many benefits to being bilingual.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will try many times and many methods until I find a way for the student to understand and remember the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will help them go over different readings, understand where they are having problems, and get more materials that tackle those problems. Then, I will read and read those kinds of texts with them until they no longer need me.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that being nice and firm at the same time helps student be most successful. Going over their challenges, understanding where they need most help, and providing exactly that. I want to make sure they work for what they learn so they learn it for a lifetime.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Again, showing them all the benefits. Finding some benefit to something they like doing or will want to do in the future.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask questions. Take away what we have done, put them on the spot, and see if they can remember.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Praise them for what they are doing well. In my case, since English is my second language, I can show them that, even with my accent, I can still communicate properly with everyone going to school in English. Therefore, they can do the same in Spanish.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Asking questions. Making a detailed assessment of their reasons for tutoring and what they want out of it. Then, I'd see the progression and how they behave to really understand their needs and how to motivate them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each student is different, as said in previous questions. I have to understand each person's goal and desire and then accommodate my tutoring to get the students there.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Common sheets with verbs, subjects, etc. Games, activities, and any other things that the student wants to do.