Currently enrolled in Los Angeles Community College, I am able to always be practicing my study skills whether it is by myself or with a Varsity Tutor client. I am working towards transferring and eventually receiving my Bachelors in Spanish and Environmental Science.
I have been tutoring elementary and middle school students in various homework subject for five years now. Being only twenty myself, I find relating to the students very easily which in my opinion, is the greatest way to helping a student understand a lesson or an assignment. Besides tutoring, I have been lucky enough to design and teach my own curriculum for a summer high school course called "Spanish for Travelers."
Outside of academia, I enjoy reading, watching, playing and analyzing basketball. It is a sport, along with soccer, that has represented tranquility and family passion since I was a child. In addition, playing cultural music on my tenor saxophone has been a big part of my identity since fourth grade.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Hobart William Smith Colleges - Current Undergrad, Spanish
Playing the tenor saxophone, watching and playing basketball, and soccer.
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Patience and talking to students as a student myself. I have had much success getting through to students when I talk to them about how a particular hard assignment is just a roadblock for the ultimate goal - a college degree.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In my first session with the student, I would like to find out what things he/she finds interesting in and out of school. I let them ask me any questions, and I assure them that they can ask any question they have at anytime.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By helping the student identify keywords, regardless of the subject, I can help them become an independent learner. It's all about discipline and seeing the bigger picture that helps students become motivated.