Different languages have varying difficulties to learn. One someone says learning a certain language is easy, it would be more accurate to say learning it is easier than many other languages. Learning a second language is not easy. However, it can most certainly be done. Speaking from experience, it is am amazing experience when you learn enough of another language to use it, to make it work for you. It takes a lot of time regardless, but it can take less time depending on how much you put in. Putting in the effort to master Spanish is one of the accomplishments I am most proud of and I would be honored to help bring about that sense of accomplishment in someone else.
When it comes to mathematics, it is entirely possible that you won't ever need to know more than basic arithmetic. Nonetheless, learning more advanced math teaches you more advanced problem solving skills. The ability to use what you know to find out more is fundamental to solving almost any problem you may be faced with as well as improving your logical aptitude.
I am patient, flexible and attentive. I heavily enjoy teaching both of these subjects and the more determined the student is, the more determined I become.
Undergraduate Degree: Colorado College - Bachelor in Arts, Romance Languages and Literatures
ACT Composite: 29
Tennis, lifting, hiking, learning languages, piano, programming
What is your teaching philosophy?
As a teacher, I believe it is more my job to guide a student through their own learning process. As such, I only help as much as a need to. Students learn by teaching themselves, not by watching someone else do the work. A teacher is mainly there to provide direction and clues. The student must struggle a bit on their own to arrive at a solid understanding of the material.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask them why they want to learn the material, what point they are at and what difficulties they have with it. I would then draw out a series of lesson plans specific to that student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student becomes an independent learner when they are willing to struggle in the face of difficulty instead of relying on the instructor to help them. The more a student struggles themselves, the better they will understand the material.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would make the student understand that patience is a virtue and that any improvement matters.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to use a way they haven't been taught before. I am fine with turning to other sources for instruction. Sometimes it just takes another voice telling a student the same thing for the process to click in their head.