I want to assist, encourage, and motivate students of every age to demonstrate and improve their verbal and written skills in Spanish. I want my students to feel comfortable with the language and I always encourage them to ask questions. Since everybody learns differently, I adapt my teaching styles to the student's needs. I have been learning Spanish since I was in middle school. All throughout high school, I took Spanish classes including AP Spanish Language. While I was in the Spanish Honor Society, I would tutor others in Spanish as well. Right now, I am in my third year of college and I am working towards my Bachelor's with my major being Spanish. Also, in the year 2015 I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain for four months. Outside of academics I enjoy hiking, swimming, and art. I am also a huge fan of animals, especially dogs!
What is your teaching philosophy?
When it comes to learning something new, I believe that the key element is keeping the student motivated. I hope to create an atmosphere that fosters learning by showing a passion for the material I present. If the instructor doesn't show interest in the subject and a passion for learning, then students are less likely to put forth the effort.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, I will tell them about my background and explain why I love the subject. My main goal is to remind them that I am there to help them and that no question they may ask is stupid or silly. Then, I will find out as much as I can about the student and their problem with the subject. It's best to find out how my student learns, whether it be reflective or active. I can work with them on their learning style and the best way to convey information to them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My role as a tutor is not to provide the answers but to guide the student to finding the answer themselves. The student must be the active participant and do the work in order to learn the concept. Overall, I will let the student do the work. By giving them control, I encourage active learning and increase their self-confidence. I will guide their thinking but not do the thinking for them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
In order to keep a student motivated, one must recognize their contributions. It is important that they feel their work is recognized and valued. Also, giving them a challenge is a great way to keep them interested, but it is important that these goals are attainable.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Sometimes the student just has to go back to basics. I would determine whether we need to review the skill or whether we need to take a different approach to it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I will ask questions that will require the student to use the thinking skills he has developed.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I will offer praise and acknowledge the student's accomplishments. Also, I'll encourage them to learn from their mistakes.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will go through the passage slowly and pick it apart bit by bit so the student will understand the basic concept the reading material is asking.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Working on the foundations of the subject really helps me understand where the student needs help. When you go back to basics, it's easier to find where the student's misunderstanding originated.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by testing them on material they may struggle and finding where they need the most help.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I find out first what is the student's best way of learning, such as visualizing, writing, or listening. From there, I do what I can to adapt my lesson plans to their form of learning.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Paper and pencil, with the occasion of flashcards if the student learns best this way. I will also ask the student to bring any textbook material they may have or any worksheets they're given.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would make sure that they find confidence in what they already know and do well in the subject. From there, we can work on the more challenging aspects.