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Why are you passionate about helping students?

For much of my life, I have expressed an interest in sharing my knowledge with others the same way a teacher does for their students. I long to play a teacher/mentor figure in my career in which I transmit knowledge on the subjects I am most passionate about.

Describe your experience working with students.
Throughout my career, I have had much experience working with other students in group efforts as well as helping other peers to clarify certain concepts that I understood more easily. I have worked informally tutoring other students, which has helped me gain a better understanding about what students struggle with the most when trying to study Spanish.

Where did you get your education?
I graduated from Rio Rancho High School in 2013 and am currently a Junior at the University of New Mexico.

What degree(s) have you attained? What degree(s) are you working toward?
I am double majoring in History and Spanish with particular interest in Latin American history. I will also be writing a Departmental Honors Thesis in History.

What subjects do you tutor?
I tutor Spanish at all levels and Latin American History.

What is your favorite subject(s) to tutor, and why?
Spanish is my favorite subject to tutor because I have luckily had the luxury of growing up bilingual and with the ability to grasp the mechanics of the Spanish language, such that I have developed the mind of a linguist, skills that I am more than happy to share with others.

How would you describe your teaching philosophy and your tutoring style?
The best teachers teach what they are most knowledgeable about. With that said, to be an effective tutor, it is crucial that I not only share my knowledge but continue to be invested in how the field continues to change as well as the demands on students in learning a language in our modern, globalized world. Furthermore, it is the job of the teacher/tutor to be a guiding a mentor that teaches their pupil the skills needed to teach themselves.

What interests you outside of academia?
Academia is an important part of my life. However, to pursue and continue working in one's niche, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Outside of academia, I take much interest in pursuing a fruitful life of virtue and health. I take much interest in caring for the Environment as well as keeping a healthy, active lifestyle. I especially take interest in motivational reading and yoga to help me connect with my inner self and live a holistic, satisfying life.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of New Mexico-Main Campus - Bachelors, History and Spanish

Self-learning; Yoga and Cardio exercise; Healthy living; Latin American and U.S. Latino History; Spanish Linguistics; Pan-Hispanic Diaspora

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would tell them the ways in which they can use the subject in the real world to their advantage, in addition to finding strategies they can use to better understand it and apply it.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would give them practice problems that they could use to apply the concepts they learn, as well as exercise their critical thinking skills, by giving them problems that require them to make connections necessary to gain the right proficiency.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I would tell the many reasons the subject they study matters in the increasingly globalized world we live in today, and how the skills they gain in the subject are essential to partaking in it.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would evaluate their needs by observing not only what is expected of the student but what skills they already have that they can use to build new skills, as well as assessing where exactly it is they struggle in a certain subject.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Much of the tutoring process revolves around assuring that the way we teach satisfies the needs of the students. I would use the strategies needed to tackle the given concepts, and teach them those same strategies to assure that they understand what they are studying.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

The best materials to use for these subjects are writing materials, as well as samples of readings and audio, to facilitate the acquisition of the language.