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Jonas

I am a personable, caring individual with a passion for the English and Spanish language. With each client, I strive to personalize my approach to their needs, and I work tirelessly with them in order to achieve their academic goals.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Massachusetts-Boston - Bachelors, Theater Arts and Spanish

ACT English: 32

ACT Reading: 33

SAT Composite: 2150

SAT Math: 650

SAT Verbal: 750

SAT Writing: 750

Acting, yoga, and running

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

High School English

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

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

I would evaluate the goals that the student has, and give them a plan of what I will do to help them achieve them. I would also try to get to know the student a bit, and try to understand what teaching strategies work for them and which ones do not.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by being very specific of what I expect of them, and by enforcing any timelines that we have established. The first step in becoming an independent learner is to get students to understand the importance of accountability and autonomy.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would try to teach the concept in a different way, utilizing YouTube or other online learning tools. A lot of the time, I find that a student has difficulty understanding material because it is not being presented to them in a way that is suitable to his/her learning style.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I help students struggling with reading by identifying more specifically the vowels/consonants that they are having trouble with, and emphasize the practice of those during our lesson. That way, the student can take the knowledge of those consonants with them in other aspects of their work.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I find that it is most beneficial to lay out specific goals that a student has ahead of time, so that my lessons can always be tailored in one way or another to meeting those goals.

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

I would incorporate multimedia or audiovisual activities as much as possible. It is undeniable that videos and/or songs can stimulate a student's learning in a subject that they have a tough time in.

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

My most practical technique is to break a question down into smaller steps, and have the student solve the problem with my guidance. I try to give nothing away, and strip a lesson down to basics from which a student can build toward the answer.

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

The best way to build a student's confidence in a subject is using by positive reinforcement whenever they get an answer correct, or whenever they demonstrate understanding of a concept.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by taking time after each tutoring session to reflect on whether the lesson was effective or not, and how it can be improved if needed. Even though a student may have goals, their needs are different from week to week, and it is important that lessons always match those needs.