I am a recent graduate from St. John's University in Queens,NY. My mother is from Italy and my father is from Colombia. I speak both Italian and Spanish fluently. Growing up with such a diverse culture has led me to so many great experiences and wonderful people all around the world. I've traveled to many countries, some of which include Brasil, Italy, Colombia, Spain and Nigeria. I currently work as a supervisor at Target in Brooklyn New York. My true passion however is soccer and I aspire one day to be a professional in this field, whether playing or working. I would like to say what makes me interesting is my way of expressing both my cultures with everyone I meet on a daily basis. I have a strong passion for these languages and would love the opportunity to teach you them so you can finally be able to speak, read, and write confidently. I look forward to experiencing great tutoring sessions with you in the near future. Thank you!
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teach because you love to see others succeed as you would yourself.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them as a student and person by relating what they are learning to their everyday life.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By giving them tools they can use outside the classroom, such as foreign music, or sharing with them ideas they can do to interact with the culture of study.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Recognize them for the little steps they are taking to achieve their ultimate goal. Everything they do to learn matters, so you should let them know they are doing a good job.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go over it again and again until the student learns it. I will try different approaches in order for them to understand the best way possible.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Help them to read slowly. Teach them to pronounce words and accents in the words.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Let them make mistakes so I can show them where they went wrong. If I can find out why they are making that mistake, I can correct it by seeing where they went wrong so they don't repeat it again.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate it to a real life situation. No matter how boring it may be, if you can bring it to life with a story or an event it's likely to be much more interesting.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Use pictures, note cards, and writing methods to see if they completely grasped the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Help them to see that they are well able by proving it through various learning exercises. Once you get it right consistently, you build confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By seeing where they keep making the same mistake. Usually, if a student struggles with the same thing over and over again, it is where you must spend more time with the student until they get it.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Whatever helps the student to learn; it is something I must do for them to succeed.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbook if applicable. Notebook, dictionary, and a pen. I will also use appropriate music to teach them the sounds and proper pronunciation of words.