I have tutored students in Spanish on and off for several years, including while in college and law school. I've also worked for two international law firms in Madrid, Spain for 18 months, and I lived in Juarez, Mexico for a few more months. In addition to being qualified to teach about the language, I can also teach about Spanish (Spain and Mexico) culture.
Additionally, I taught English in China for several months.
I'm a practicing attorney (Commercial Litigation) and I'm tutoring now so that my Spanish speaking skills stay sharp while also enabling me to help student who may need extra assistance from an experienced Spanish speaker and tutor.
The University of Texas at Austin - BA, Spanish and Government (Dual-Major)
The University of Texas at Austin - JD, Law
What is your teaching philosophy?
One learns best from a balanced combination of a formal education and real-world experience.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Discuss the student's situation and goal to determine how my tutoring can be most useful.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By encouraging the student and aiding them on the path to achieving their goals.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By combining my textbook knowledge with examples of real-world applications.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Find a creative new way for the student to learn the skill or concept. Everyone learns differently; the trick is to find what works best for that particular person.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By patiently assisting and continually encouraging.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Identifying goals and setting benchmarks to ensure we stay on track to achieve those goals.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking the right questions and listening to the student's answers.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Everyone learns differently. The key is to figure out how the particular student learns best and to stick with this method.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbooks, articles, and stories of real-world applications.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By making the subject more interesting.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Asking and listening.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Motivation and encouragement.