Learning should be fun and exciting!!! Spanish is my first language, and of course, I have taken Spanish in college. I was born in EL Salvador, and studied there up to high school, winning different awards in Spanish spelling and comprehension. I also have taught the language to small, and middle school kids as I have had the opportunity to work as a nanny in previous jobs. I am also very qualified in math, and have helped kids to learn really well the foundations of mathematics in a way that makes them successful throughout the school years.
Being a mom of two children and tutoring other kids has given me the ability to implement different ways in which every kid can learn, since not all kids learn the same. I have helped them do great in math being one or two years above their grade level. Math doesn't have to intimidate anyone, that is why it should be taught in a fun way depending on the age you are teaching. Patience is the key, and the ability to know how each person learns is the way in which I base my teaching.
San Bernardino Valley College - Current Undergrad, Mathematics
- Current Grad Student, Mathematics
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching step by step is the best way. I make sure you don’t have any questions on the subject before moving to the next one.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will by introducing myself, knowing the student, and how he learns best to implement that way of teaching
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By showing him how he learns, and what’s the best way for him to learn on his own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Depends on the age, but giving them incentives, as well as praising them every week, is the way they keep motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will try to understand what exactly he is having trouble with and focusing on that section.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I start by having them explain, in their own words, line by line what they just read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Making them try to do a problem on their own, and then finding out exactly where they are stuck.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Study the material, answer all his/her questions, and then make her/him teach the material to me.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Make sure to let them know everything is hard at the beginning, but that practice makes perfect.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By going through every step of the assignment and letting them explain what they want to accomplish.