I am a highly motivated college professor, and have experience with training and curriculum development for post-secondary education. I am skilled in developing solutions for student retention and motivation, and in resolving any difficulties encountered by a student in their academic progress.
I have a bachelor's in Labor Relations from the University of Puerto Rico, a master's in Management from the University of Phoenix, and I am a doctoral candidate in Human Resources from Northcentral University. I have taught Management & Human Resource Management, as well as various other topics in Business Administration for several colleges in the past eight years, including at a bilingual-English/Spanish-University in Orlando, Florida.
I enjoy interaction with young minds, and the process of dispelling the myth that Spanish, management, and human resources are difficult subjects. I am fluent in Spanish, and have experience working with culturally diverse students, and those of all ages.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Puerto Rico. - Bachelors, Labor Relations
Graduate Degree: Northcentral University - PHD, Human Resource Management
History of Puerto Rico, read, and gardening.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is based on Constructivism. Constructivism is a theory of knowledge that argues that humans generate knowledge and meaning from an interaction between their experiences and their ideas. Formalization of the theory of constructivism is generally attributed to Jean Piaget, who articulated mechanisms by which knowledge is internalized by learners. He suggested that through processes of accommodation and assimilation, individuals construct new knowledge from their experiences.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student, what motivates him/her, his/her knowledge of the subject, and his/her goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching him/her the importance of the research method of study, different techniques, and methods to achieve his/her goals.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By carefully projecting or planning, organizing, and controlling resources to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go back to the basics and build a new foundation. After the foundation is created, then it will be practice, practice, and more practice until the student feels comfortable and dominates the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I made them read from a subject or topic they like and enjoy, and then asked them questions about what they just read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
An icebreaker exercise to get to know him/her.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
As a manager, your job is to keep employees motivated, and this means for them to produce. I would use different motivational techniques learned throughout my many years of managerial experience, to achieve the goals set by the student in the first session. In our society, saving face is one of the most important things, nobody likes to look like a fool.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Through role-play. I will become the student, he/she must become the teacher, and must explain to me the concept. This is Communication 101, have the other person repeat what you just said, in order to find out if the communication process was effective.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Throughout the achievement of small milestones. Each time they achieve one, they will feel good about themselves. This will boost their confidence and motivate them. Also, the pat on the back technique for things well done never fails.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate student's needs through an initial conversation, and a possible test.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By understanding their needs and fears.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Using the student materials as a starting point, but then immersing ourselves in research.