I am passionate about sharing my knowledge of the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture. I hold an MBA from Penn State and I am a Spanish native speaker. My hobbies are soccer, reading and movies, in that order. I am an active soccer player and coach.
Undergraduate Degree: Universidad Metropolitana - Bachelors, Economics
Graduate Degree: Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Great Valley - Masters, Master on Business Admnistration
Soccer. Reading. Movies.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to make the subject interesting and fun. I believe that a student will learn better and faster if he/she finds the subject challenging, fun and if it caught his/her interest.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We will evaluate together his/her school material. Then I will establish a communication bridge, and I will try to make the student feel comfortable with me and at ease. At this point, I can start working on a lesson plan.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By making him like the subject. By giving him tools to understand it better. Providing him/her with a method and interesting material.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is something that is built session after session. Keeping the student interested in the subject by providing practical approaches and diversifying the learning material goes a long way to motivate the student.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will provide him with some other examples that will help him/her grasp the concept. Most of the time, a practical example does wonders with understanding an issue. Repetition without repeating the same material.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Since I'm tutoring Spanish, I will encourage them to think in Spanish. However, I will also try to explain to my students the general concept of the story.