I am fluent in written and spoken Spanish. I have enjoyed teaching and tutoring for more than twenty years. I have tutored all types of students from high school and college students to Executives. I have also tutored and taught extensively online, which also helps students to learn who do not have the time to go and sit in a classroom. I have worked extensively with English speakers who are learning Spanish and Spanish speakers who are learning English. Tutoring and teaching brings joy to me because I can see a student improve their proficiency in whatever subject they are trying to master.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Hartwick College - Bachelors, Management
Graduate Degree: American Graduate School Of Global Management - Masters, International Finance
Spending time with family and going to movies.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that professors and teachers should help students to learn by using different learning styles, as not all students learn in the same way. Also, teachers need to be patient with students as well, because all students learn at different paces based on how challenging or easy the curriculum is.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them by asking the student and working to figure out what the issues are that are creating difficulties for the student in his or her day-to-day learning.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By giving them exercises to work on to help enhance the learning for the student when the teacher or professor is not around. Also, encourage the student to look for answers for their extra exercises by searching out other answers apart from you, like consulting the Internet.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By relating the subject matter to something that they are interested in, like a particular style of music, or a song they like.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Ask them to explain what they do understand, and then work on filling in the gaps. Also, maybe consult another text or instructor who may be able to explain things in an easier manner for the student to understand than you can.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Break down the paragraphs into main ideas and ask the student to summarize what the main idea is for you.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Introducing yourself and making sure that the student feels comfortable working with you and learning from you.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate it to something they like or are interested in, like a particular type of music, for example.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask them to summarize main points of what has been studied and learned.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By complimenting them on learning points that they have mastered and learned well.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Asking them and talking to others who know them, like parents or significant others.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Figure out what type of learner they are, and then use that style of learning when tutoring them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Handouts, books, internet sites.