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I have been tutoring and teaching in various capacities since 2007. I worked as a peer tutor for German in high school and then as a peer tutor at a community college in Illinois. I took both the German and French AP tests and received a 5 and a 4 respectively. In 2010 I started work at the Concordia Language Villages, world-renowned language immersion summer camps in Minnesota. I worked four summers at the French village and one at the Spanish village.

I then became a tutor at Northern Illinois University for a year where I worked with students in French and Spanish and other subjects. I graduated from NIU with a BA in Spanish with an emphasis in Translation and Business and then began working as a full-time French teacher Pre-K through high school. Now I have moved to San Diego to start a MA in Spanish at SDSU, and I could not be more thrilled to help others succeed and gain confidence in their subject.

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Thomas’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Northern Illinois University - Bachelor in Arts, Spanish Translation & Business

Graduate Degree: San Diego State University - Master of Arts, Spanish


Language, Culture, Cooking, Traveling

Tutoring Subjects

AP French

AP French Language and Culture

College English

Conversational French

Conversational German

Conversational Spanish




French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4


German 1

High School English




Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Communicative language, comprehensible input, interesting repetition, and low affective filter.

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

Get to know the student and his/her goals, discuss good materials to use, and give a good idea of what the average session is like.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Show them resources to use outside of sessions as well as teach the student how to study and learn effectively.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Good attitude, empathy, smiles and fun!

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

Be patient, and consider what might be the underlying problem; could the student use a new perspective? Has the student considered variables X, Y and Z?

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

Take it one step at a time! Break the task down into multiple, achievable goals.

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

Get to know the student; their personality, goals and learning styles.

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

Show the student how the knowledge can be applicable and practical and enrich their life.

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

Comprehension checks; asking a series of questions and using interactive quizzes.

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

Show them that they can succeed.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

First, I ask them what they consider to be their needs, and then I would ask them to perform a series of tasks so that I can better diagnose what the student may need to practice or improve.

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

I get to the know the student well and figure out how the student learns best. One of the biggest advantages of tutoring is that it is one-on-one, and can be customized to fit each individual student.

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