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Maria

I am incredibly passionate about education and helping others when possible. I graduated from Texas A&M University in December 2014 with a BS in Biomedical Sciences and a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. I tutor Spanish and Study Skills and Organization. My previous tutoring experience comes from helping classmates and friends throughout my schooling career. Living in Guadalajara, Mexico until I was seven years old I grew up bilingual. I think the most important thing to focus on when tutoring is the student's learning method. If the information being presented is in a method that is not conducive, it can prohibit the student from excelling to the best of their ability. By identifying the best teaching method for the individual student, the information will be much easier to portray and understand. I also currently work as a zoo keeper at a privately owned zoo in Spring, TX and am working towards getting into veterinary school to work with exotic animals. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, creating stencils to paint with spray paint, cooking and baking.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Texas A&M University - Bachelors, Biomedical Sciences

ACT Composite: 26

ACT English: 26

ACT Math: 28

ACT Reading: 23

ACT Science: 25

GRE Quantitative: 153

GRE Verbal: 149

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What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to try different methods of portraying the information until it makes sense. Learning is not a cookie cutter process but rather a very personal experience that needs to be treated as such.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would try to identify what teaching method works best for the student as well as where the student may need help or improvement, and then go from there.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Once the best study method for the student is established, aiding in improving on good study skills and methods by using that method of learning would allow the student to then use these same methods for future academic situations.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would have to talk with the student and see how they find motivation not only within the academic realm but also in general. By working off of that, a reward system could be established as a way to motivate the student to make progress.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would attempt rephrasing the question and trying to explain the concept in a different way. If the learning method that was initially used does not correlate with the student, I would go over the concept in a method that would be better understood by the student.