I received my Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. I also hold a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I have experience tutoring ESL privately in Brazil and through Skype. I also have experience tutoring Spanish and the clarinet. I tutor many aspects of English including reading, writing, test prep, literature, grammar, and essay editing. I also tutor any level of Spanish, including test prep for SAT subject tests or Spanish Language AP tests. I also tutor Japanese, clarinet, and public speaking. My favorite subjects to tutor are any involving ESL or foreign language as I have a passion for language learning and teaching. I speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and have also studied Japanese, German, Brazilian Sign Language, and Italian. I would describe my teaching philosophy as friendly but structured. I use lesson plan organization techniques including lesson plan outlines and back-up activities in case a certain activity does not go as planned. I also am familiar with teaching methodologies, learning styles, and how certain methodologies are appropriate for certain learning styles. Outside of Academia I enjoy playing video games, specifically Japanese role playing games (RPGs). I also enjoy unicycling, and juggling.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Cruz - Bachelor in Arts, Linguistics
SAT Subject Test in Spanish: 700
Unicycling/Juggling, Video Games
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
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12th Grade Writing
1st Grade Math
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6th Grade Reading
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ACCUPLACER ESL Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
Basic Computer Literacy
CLEP American Government
CLEP American Literature
CLEP College Composition
CLEP English Literature
College Application Essays
College Level American Literature
College World History
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
DAT Perceptual Ability
Drum and Percussion
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
GATE/ TAG Prep
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
GRE Subject Test in Psychology
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
High School Writing
HSPT Language Skills Prep
HSPT Reading Prep
HSPT Verbal Prep
IB Classical Languages
IB Classical Languages HL
IB Classical Languages SL
IB Film HL
IB Film SL
IB Global Politics
IB Information Technology in a Global Society
IB Information Technology in a Global Society HL
IB Information Technology in a Global Society SL
IB Language A: Language and Literature
IB Language A: Language and Literature HL
IB Language A: Language and Literature SL
IB Language A: Literature
IB Language A: Literature HL
IB Language A: Literature SL
IB Language ab initio
IB Language ab initio SL
IB Language B
IB Language B HL
IB Language B SL
IB Literature and Performance
IB Literature and Performance SL
IB Music HL
IB Philosophy HL
IB Philosophy SL
IB Theatre HL
IB Theatre SL
IB Visual Arts
IB Visual Arts HL
IB Visual Arts SL
IB World Religions
Introduction to Fiction
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
OAT Quantitative Reasoning
SAT Subject Tests Prep
STAAR EOC Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
The Modern World
US Constitutional History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that lessons should be both structured and fun. Without an equal balance of the two, optimal learning can not be facilitated.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, depending on the subject matter, I try to understand the student's wants, needs, and motivations for taking lessons with me. If they are taking these lessons for an academic class, grades will be the focus. If they are taking this class to improve oral or written fluency, that will be the focus. My first lesson will involve pinpointing areas of difficulty and relating that to the motivation for wanting to take lessons with me.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping a student become an independent learner starts from the classroom. It starts by letting students figure out certain ideas by themselves instead of you simply explaining the ideas to them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will help a student stay motivated by providing them with engaging lessons and fun materials to complete outside of the scheduled lesson.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I will take note of it and devote a large portion of a future lesson to this concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by reading through passages together, and by taking note of words or concepts they have difficulty with. I will then create situations for us to go over these concepts or words, enabling the student to figure them out on their own.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find that beginning lessons with a friendly introduction and starting off with the more difficult aspects of the subject we are to cover earlier, rather than later, results in great success.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
To help a student get excited or engaged in a subject that they are struggling in, I will look for activities that involve that subject that are relevant to the student's personal interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To ensure that students understand the material, I will employ concept questions at the end of each concept covered, as well as questions at the end of the lesson. If there is something the student is still not understanding, we will address it at the beginning of the next lesson.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
A student's confidence is best built by providing adequate education. Confidence is solely a result of this.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by testing them on the basics of the subject at the beginning of the lesson.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my lessons to student's needs based on their learning style, whether that be visual, auditory, tactile, etc. I use methodologies based on these learning styles. I also take the student's wants, needs, and motivations for taking lessons with me into account when preparing my lessons.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use online materials generally, PDF worksheets, and (depending on the subject) copies of online books.