Attention all students and learners of all ages and levels (preferably high school and college/adult students): My name is Brian. I am a Spanish and Italian double major and a Linguistics minor. I graduated from College of DuPage with an Associates of Arts in Languages and I attend the University of Illinois at Chicago currently pursuing my Bachelor's degree. I had a 4.0 GPA at COD and have received several honors and accolades that have refurbished my profession as a tutor. I have also been involved in several clubs and organizations as an officer or leader position. I am a Professional Tutor/Academic Assistant at the College of DuPage and have been working there for five years. I am an avid linguist who speaks fluent Spanish and Italian, a lot of French, a decent amount of German and Portuguese, a little Polish, and a tiny bit of several miscellaneous languages like Mandarin, Serbian, Arabic, Romanian, Japanese, and Korean (etc.). I also am an ESL tutor/teacher who has worked with several English language learners from all over the world in small and large group (classroom-like) settings. Helping students learn and study languages is one of my absolute passions. Please read the following for further subjects I can help with! Are you or someone you know looking for a private tutor? I can help you with that! If you are interested in having me as a tutor for personal, professional, or academic purposes, I would love to help! I can tutor/and or teach Spanish, Italian, French, some German, ESL (English as a Second Language), Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology, Music (introductory classes or even Saxophone), etc. I am also willing to help you with study skills, time management, and how to be a good student in other classes that I may not have a lot of knowledge in. I have an immense amount of foreign language and ESL tutoring and over nine years of rich one-on-one and group delivery tutoring experience having worked with a diverse range of clientele. If you need general help, or even if you're interested in learning a language, please contact me and we can set up appointments and rates for the tutoring sessions! I am flexible and ready to assist you with all of your linguistic skills and needs!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: College of DuPage - Current Undergrad, Spanish and Italian
Dancing, singing, playing Saxophone, learning foreign languages, playing sports, eating food, traveling, etc!!
ACCUPLACER ESL Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep
CLEP Introductory Sociology
College Application Essays
High School English
IB Social and Cultural Anthropology
SAT Subject Test in Italian with Listening
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to build a rapport with my student, knowing they trust me and feel comfortable with me. Any struggle the tutee may have is always turned into a positive and I ensure to instill optimism into the tutee. As a language lover/major/minor, I especially love tutoring foreign languages, Linguistics, and ESL. It is so interesting meeting all the students I work with and getting to know their learning styles and strategies. Additionally, my sheer passion for the subjects allows me to fully engage in an effective and personalized tutoring session.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I get to know my tutees so that I can help them understand why the class they're taking is relevant to their future goals. It is difficult to motivate yourself if you don't know why or don't care why you are doing something. I often empathize with students that come in because I myself had difficulty with many of the same topics they do. From personal experience, it helps knowing that you are not alone when you are having difficulties.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Oftentimes I let students know that what they are doing is not easy and I completely understand why they may find certain topics tricky or difficult. If I had a hard time with it, I like letting the student know that I have had trouble with it too at one time. From then, I let the student know how to go about studying, utilizing resources, and solving exercises and problems. This allows them to strive for better, while learning things on their own along the way.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
As I mentioned before, I always make sure the student feels comfortable asking me questions and is not afraid to tell me if they don’t truly understanding something. Furthermore, I also make sure they let me know if I am explaining something too fast. I learn why the student is taking the class, and what they are trying to get out of it so we can set realistic and practical goals. I always try to gauge whether the student is following my explanations or not. If I feel they are not, I will explain in several other ways until they understand.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Oftentimes I let students know that what they are doing is not easy, and I completely understand why they may find certain topics tricky or difficult. If I had a hard time with it, I like letting the student know that I have had trouble with it too at one time. From then, I let the student know how to go about studying, utilizing resources, and solving exercises and problems.