I currently work as a Literacy Intervention Tutor with Reading Partners in North Texas, and I also teach Spanish at a Montessori school. I speak 3 languages and hope to learn more! I have a B.A. from the Univeristy of Texas at Austin in Government and Spanish Literature. I also hold a Cambridge CELTA Certificate in teaching ESL to adult learners.
I am flexible and can work with students of all ages and backgrounds. I've always worked with a diverse group of students, and I really enjoy it! While completing my degrees at UT Austin I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, where I facilitated English/Spanish language exchanges. I also volunteered with various organizations at UT Austin to mentor middle school and high school students. I was also a Spanish instructor at Esquina Tango Austin, a non profit cultural society located in Austin, Texas, and I taught adult ESL Courses as a Cambridge CELTA trainee.
My favorite subject to tutor is Spanish, specifically Spanish Literature. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to actually visit Spain and visit the sites I'd learned about in my Spanish classes. I am also passionate about helping students with literacy skills in both English and Spanish, and I enjoy working as a Literacy Tutor with Reading Partners.
The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelors, Government and Spanish Literature
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help my students become independent learners by initially providing students with a solid foundation and set of skills, then empowering my students to apply these skills.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I'd help a student stay motivated by helping them implement a rewards system (for example taking a study break to play a game or have a snack after 35 minutes of intensive studying). I would also offer research-based, effective tips and strategies that help individuals stay motivated.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students struggling with reading comprehension by first assessing what challenges affect their comprehension, and then creating a customized lesson plan that will enable the student to overcome these challenges.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being positive and respectful is a must when working with students. Also I like to ask my student what hobbies or interests they have so that I can create lesson content that relates to them.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I'd help a student get engaged with a subject they are struggling in by first determining what interests the student has, and then incorporating the things that capture the student's interest in my lesson plans. I can also customize a game or game-show that would incentivize mastery of the subject for the student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I can ensure my students understand the material by frequently asking questions that check the student's understanding of the material and providing quick, short revision of information.