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Maria

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As a recent graduate from Columbia University, I am pursuing a career in theatre and education. I have helped teach a variety of subjects for many years now and I am excited to continue tutoring. I am a native Spanish speaker. I love learning and understand both traditional and creative learning techniques. I have worked with students of all ages. I understand the frustration of confusion along or not being challenged. This allows me to empathize and find different ways to help. There is so much to learn and seeing students progress is a gift and honor. I am incredibly hard working, passionate, and dedicated.

Maria’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelors, Theatre and Dramatic Arts

Test Scores

ACT Math: 33

Hobbies

Performing, writing, drawing, soccer, reading, swimming, and dancing

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Writing

History

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

Conversational Spanish

English

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American History

Languages

Other

SAT Subject Test in Spanish

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Summer

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

To create a personalized plan of action that leads to success. In order to do that, I talk to the student, look at their work, and decide together their strength and weaknesses. Then, it's to figure out the best way they learn and help them use those tools of understanding. I believe that students have different ways of approaching things, and it is important to listen and use that to their advantage.

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

I would get to know the student and see how they feel about school and the subject or test we're looking at working on. I would want to gauge how they personally feel about where they are at. Also, in that time, I want figure out goals and expectations. After that, I would work with them on some questions on the subject and dive into the material. Using study tools and observations, I would get to know how the student works. It is important to build trust as well.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By giving them different tools and helping them get into the habit of using those tools and strategies to become an independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Make sure I am encouraging and prepared -- it is important to show I am motivated and excited to help and work with the student. Also, by figuring out the best ways the student learns, I can come up with useful plans that will hopefully click with the student and help keep them motivated.

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

Create a game or a new way of expressing the concept or skill, compare it to a different concept that is similar, or practice it a lot, depending on the student.