I am a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Studies with a concentration in Latin America. I have spent time traveling and living in Latin America over the past few years and truly love the Spanish Language.
When I was in college, I tutored Spanish for a year and a half, working with traditional and non-traditional students. I love tutoring Spanish because it allows me to keep up with grammar, while also sharing one of my favorite subjects and cultures. Learning a language is hard, I've been working on it for 12 years, so I feel like I can connect to all types of students at different levels. It's amazing to see how far students can come, just with a little extra confidence boost and perspective that tutoring sessions can provide.
University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Bachelors, Spanish
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What is your teaching philosophy?
In order to have a great tutoring session, I think the student should have confidence in their tutor. I like to start out forming a relationship with the student to find out where they are currently in their studies in order for us to strengthen bases and move forward. I like using the textbooks and materials students have from classes, but also bring in my favorite online games and videos to cater to all types of learning styles. I am a patient tutor and think a basic understanding of Spanish is extremely important to being successful in classes.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Learning a language involves a lot of practice. Practice can be fun if someone is creative, so I try to give as many ideas for studying as possible to find a way that is right for each individual.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by seeing how much they have improved. If there is a hard day, I like to go back to an easier grammar topic and build back up confidence before moving on to another topic.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill, I like to see if there are any online resources that maybe present the skill or concept differently for a new perspective. I also like to use a new learning method when that is an option.