I am a student of The University of Akron. I will be receiving my Bachelors of Arts in Spanish this coming December 2015. I enjoy helping out students because I love the language Spanish and the culture as well. In the past year, I have traveled to Mexico, lived with native people and eaten real authentic food, which by the way I loved every bite of it (but again who doesn't love food!). My experience with students has been good because I help them understand in an easy way in order for them to grasp the concepts. My teaching philosophy would be to help the student reach their own set goal, whatever it may be. I will help with them activities and assignments that are due, help in memorizing and studying for tests, and much more. I'm here for the student so that they can become successful in yet another important part of their lives. I have always loved Spanish and helping people, not only in academic settings as well. Other than Spanish, I do enjoy reading mystery books and love watching movies of many genres.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to get a sense of what the student wants to get from this experience and base my technique from there. I want my students to feel comfortable and confident that they can succeed from this experience.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself and talk a little about my background, then I would ask that the student do the same as well. Then I would ask what they are here for and what they expect to get out of this experience.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would help them in teaching them how to study on their own by showing them some tips. I would encourage them to study and then quiz themselves to see if they learned anything from their materials.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would have them work for a little bit and then give them a break. I would just continue with this structure throughout the session. Also, I would have them do different types of exercises to change up the routine a bit.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to help them understand the concept with different techniques. If that doesn't work, I would help them in finding another tutor that might have more success in helping them to understand.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would have them read the excerpt, and then I would ask them to summarize what they just read. Then, I would go about having the student answer the questions about the reading. I would take it slowly until they got the hang of it.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
A strategy that is helpful is having the student practice and then quizzing them on the material. It helps keep the material fresh and stuck in their minds.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to incorporate some fun activities into the session so that the student doesn't feel bored of the material. For instance, I might cook an authentic meal for a language session. I'd try to make the whole experience a fun and beneficial one.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would test them on the material we just finished going over. Maybe, I'd use flashcards or have them teach me a short lesson to see if they understood what we just learned.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would encourage them to keep going on in the subject and never to be discouraged. I would show them that they can do it and reward them when they have succeeded.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would ask them, first of all, to see what they wanted to get out of this experience. Then, based off of the tutoring sessions, I would see what the student needs assistance in and go from there.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would use tips that I have learned from tutorials and see what techniques are best for the type of tutoring the student personally needs. I would incorporate activities that can help the student understand their material.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I will begin with using what the student has brought with them and go from there. I also have my own books and notes from websites that I can use if needed.