I believe in empowering students through their academic and learning experience. I have a Bachelor of Arts in History, and a Bachelor of Science in Communications, and am an Honors program graduate from Pacific Union College. I graduated from Southwestern Law School and received my Juris Doctorate.
I have strong organizational skills and can assist with class and homework planning. I love sharing my knowledge and expertise with students and want to motivate students to do their best.
I have extensive training in essay organization, writing and research. I have personally worked with students working on their dissertations. I have also worked with students writing college and graduate school application essays and personal statements.
I am a native Spanish speaker, fully fluent and able to read, write and translate at a professional level. I was certified as a legal translator and have a strong command of the language.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Pacific Union College - Bachelors, BA History and BS Communications
Graduate Degree: Southwestern Law School - PHD, Law
I love reading, watching soccer and football and going to museums.
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep
AP US History
CLEP American Government
CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
CLEP Social Sciences and History
College Application Essays
College Level American History
College World History
Elementary School English
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GED Social Studies
High School Business
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History
High School Writing
Latin America History
OAT Reading Comprehension
Study Skills and Organization
US Constitutional History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is empowering students to take ownership of their education and meeting them where they are. I love to encourage students to reach higher and set goals for themselves and to value education.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would identify what learning style the student had in order to reach them in the way they learn best. I would ask them to name and write down three problem areas and one personal goal so they could track their progress and see improvements throughout the course of their tutoring so their confidence could grow.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching a student how to take ownership of the learning materials such as textbooks and handouts, you can help a student learn how to do tasks on their own, anticipate what is coming next in a lesson and how to manage their learning in the most efficient way possible.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to understand what the problem areas were which could range from lack of understanding, bad time management or dislike of the teacher. Once I determined why the student was struggling with a concept, I would give them the necessary tools to attack their issues head on.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would identify what the student had difficulty with which could range from lack of vocabulary, reading speed, boredom or lack of concept identification. Once the difficulty was diagnosed, I would give them reading exercises and try to get them excited about reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Treating a student with respect is the best way to gain their trust. Once that trust is gained, they are better able to put the advice you give them into practice. If you have the best tools in the world to offer a student but they do not trust you, the student will not do the best they could be. If you stay positive, encourage them and get them to stay on task, they will respect you and in turn their confidence will grow once they see their improvement.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would identify why the student was not engaging with the material or subject. Once I found this out, I would encourage the student to keep at it and break down the concept so they could more easily understand it. Once the subject or material is broken down into smaller sections, students find it easier to tackle problem areas.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would orally test the student and ask them to explain back concepts they have learned, and then ask them to write down what they explained. In this way not only are they reviewing, but also teaching, and writing down the concept which helps to commit it to memory when the recall is necessary in their school work. Additionally, I would be able to see their progress and potentially identify concepts that need a bit more work to tailor the teaching for their needs.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would encourage the student to value their education and ask them what they already like about their classes and build on their pre-existing strengths to make their confidence grow.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would ask the student what their comfortability level was with the subject and have them set goals for themselves. I would encourage and praise their progress and show them how they have improved to build their confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would ask the student what their problem areas are, because oftentimes they can easily identify their struggles. Additionally I would test their knowledge in a particular subject and review prior assignments to see what their strengths are and build on those.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
After meeting the student and building trust, I would assess their learning style and try to build the tutoring around how they learn. I would see what works for the student and adjust accordingly based on the weaknesses of the students and fill the gaps to best reach them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use their textbooks and handouts, because oftentimes the students are not using their materials properly and do not know how to properly navigate a textbook. Additionally I like to supplement with outside sourced books and articles tailored to the interest of the particular student, because that keeps them engaged in the subject they need assistance with.