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Nicole

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I am an honors graduate of both Universidad del Sagrado Corazon and Texas A & M University. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Bilingual Education. Since graduation, I have traveled extensively, tutoring Spanish to children of immigrants in Texas; adults in Puerto Rico looking to improve their English (as I am a certified ESL and Spanish instructor); and private clients in Maryland. While I tutor a broad range of subjects, I am most passionate about Spanish and English as a Second Language. In my experience helping struggling students prepare for Standardized Tests, we always seem to have the most fun (with remarkable advancements) prepping for the Grammar and Writing portions of the exams. I am a firm proponent of education, believing it to be absolutely necessary for an improved quality of life, and I try to impart this appreciation to all of my students. In my spare time, I enjoy reading that which enriches my life, yoga, running, and modern nonfiction.

Nicole’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Universidad del Sagrado Corazon - Bachelor in Arts, ESL/ Bilingual Education

Graduate Degree: Texas A & M University - Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology

Hobbies

literature and yoga

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Conversational Spanish

English

ESL/ELL

High School English

Languages

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

A student's learning style should dictate the method of instruction.

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

A typical first session with a student would include introductions, an initial assessment to find the logical starting point, and questions to determine how the student learns best.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students become independent learners when they are given strategies and techniques to problem solve on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students are motivated to learn when the activities are varied and interesting to the student. Learning should be fun!

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

If a student has difficulty learning a concept, the concept or skill should be first broken down into smaller steps and then retaught. Check for understanding as the step is taught before progressing to the next.

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

Students who are struggling with reading comprehension need to be taught strategies that accomplished readers use to get meaning from the text. For example, looking for the context of unfamiliar words to make a logical guess at the meanings of unfamiliar terms and making predictions before reading.

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

When working with a student, the strategies that have proven most successful have been breaking each task into smaller tasks to be mastered, making the lessons interesting but rigorous and constantly checking for understanding throughout the lesson.

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

The techniques that work best to ensure that the students understand the material are checking for understanding by questioning and independent practice and having the students teach the concept themselves.

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

A student's confidence is built as they have success with the small pieces that come together to understand an entire concept.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

The Students' needs are evaluated by assessments before starting a course of study and a discussion of the students' goals for the tutoring session.

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

Each student has a unique learning style that can be categorized into one of seven categories: interpersonal, intrapersonal, visual, auditory, kinesthetic, linguistic, and spatial. Each tutoring session should be adapted to the particular student's' style to be most effective.

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

During tutoring sessions, I typically use audio, visuals, and text as teaching materials.