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I was born and raised in Costa Rica, I moved to Arizona 11 years ago where I attended Arizona State University and received a Master of Engineering. I worked in the engineering and construction industry for several years and later became a middle school math teacher. Teaching became my purpose in life and I really enjoy empowering students with problem solving skills and critical thinking.

I also enjoy teaching spanish, I believe I can bring many grammatical, pronunciation and conversation skills that will enrich student's abilities. My motivational skills focus on setting goals and building confidence while important qualities are about showing interest in a student and what their interests are.

When I am not teaching I enjoy hiking, reading and travel.

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Ana’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Technological Institute of Costa Rica - Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering

Graduate Degree: Arizona State University - Master of Science, Civil Engineering


Piano, fashion, traveling, and visiting my native country Costa Rica

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

As a teacher and a tutor, I believe my job is to provide students with links and tools so they can dissect and associate new concepts. Learning happens as the result of a rational thinking process.

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

Get to know the student's needs and find out his/her learning style.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By providing adequate tools and rational-thinking skills.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By showing him/her how much progress can be accomplished and giving examples of useful practical applications of a particular topic.

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

Try a different learning approach and/or go back and reinforce previous concepts that are basic to learn the new concept or skill.

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

Breaking down problems into pieces, keeping them focused, and making them believe in their own abilities.

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

Try a different learning approach, and show them that people learn in different ways.

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

By showing them how they are making progress with a different learning approach and practicing in small steps.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By asking questions and letting the student (or parent) explain their needs, and assessing what is required at that level.

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

White paper, pencil, calculator, and computer.

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