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Cristina

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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, research and theme development. This includes college 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.

Cristina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Pacific Union College - Bachelors, BA History and BS Communications

Graduate Degree: Southwestern Law School - PHD, Law

Hobbies

I love reading, watching soccer and football and going to museums.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Administrative Law

Adult Literacy

History

AP Research

AP Seminar

AP Spanish Language & Culture

Business

Business Ethics

Civics

College Application Essays

College Business

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College World History

Conversational Spanish

English

Essay Editing

Ethics

European History

GED Prep

GED Social Studies

Government

Handwriting

High School Business

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History

High School Writing

Homework Support

Honors

Languages

Latin America History

Law

Legal Research

Other

Persuasive Writing

Public Speaking

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

US Constitutional History

US History

World Civilization

World History

Writing


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.