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Daniela

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I graduated from New World School of the Arts in 2014 and I’m currently attending Florida International University. I am pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in robotics at FIU. I have previously worked with students as a community service project in high school for the math club; I tutored all levels of high school math with the exception of geometry. I tutor Spanish and math but I am most passionate about math because it’s the same in any language. I believe that the student should have strong math roots no matter what math level they’re in. I like to work with my students to find the weakness in their roots and strengthen them to be able to solve the higher-level material. I enjoy the arts and I believe they’re a vital part of human nature, I also enjoy classic rock and any music up to the 2000’s, I enjoy video games whether old school or new and I really love reading novels in Spanish.

Daniela’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Florida International University - Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

dance, music, arts, reading, film


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I like to have the students repeat to me the material once they seem to have a good grasp on it. If I see they are struggling with understanding something, I take a different perspective on the problem.

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

I usually like to see the level at which the student is. I would see their class structure and ask about previous experiences with the subject.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I like to have students learn to self-study using additional tools. Most of the time I encourage them to work on problems before I meet them so that they can see the mistakes they made and ask questions, instead of just powering through all the problems. With time the students learn how to understand their mistakes independently as well.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I usually keep my students motivated by letting them know that they’re not the only ones having difficulty with a course. I like to let them know that it is a hard course, and that the fact that they're even taking it and giving it their all is already a statement itself.

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

Usually when a student has difficulty with a concept I try to use the roots of the concept and expand on that. Usually when a student struggles too much, it is because the root of the concept is not understood from a previous course. If that is not effective, then I like to take various perspectives to a problem and have the student choose their best method.

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

In my field of tutoring, which is mathematics, the main struggle with reading comprehension is in word problems. I like to break down the problem and show them how the application works in everyday life. I also like to have them note key words to be able to set up the problem and use the math skills to figure it out.

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

The best strategy is when the student already bring questions for me ahead of time. Usually if the student is completely unclear of the subject I will review it briefly, but I find application and repetition the best ways to learn.