From the beautiful and exciting city of Boise, Idaho. I graduated from Mountain View High School as an Honors student. I have been in Utah for a total of about a year. Currently I am a Pre-Med student at the University of Utah working for a major in chemistry with an emphasis in Physics. I tutor all levels of Spanish and French. I grew up with Spanish in the home and learned French while living in Quebec Canada for two years, and then in France for a summer. I have spent a lot of time teaching others Spanish and French mainly in a casual setting. I have also done the reverse by teaching English to those that only speak Spanish or French. I have also been an interpreter and translator both in professional and spur of the moment situations. I know what it is like to learn a new language (I have done it twice) and look forward to doing it again. Tutoring languages is a passion of mine because it is more than vocabulary and structure, it is about understanding how people think and why. The best way to learn in by experience and understanding the why behind the material. By using music, film, reading, writing, and especially speaking a student can master what they are learning. In my free time I love to rockclimb and experience other cultures through music, food, and people.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Utah - Bachelors, Chemistry
Rock Climbing, Cultural Experiences, Traveling
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The best way to learn is by watching, understanding, and then doing.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Set some goals and understand the background a student is coming from to better be able to help.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By helping them understand the best ways to study and retain information in a disciplined matter.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I'd put it all into perspective and show them how many benefits there are to working hard until the end.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I'd explain it in another way and compare it to something that they understand very well; such as a hobby, job, or another subject.