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Galina

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I graduated from Georgia State University. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and later incorporated it into my Master's degree in International Business with a focus on Latin America. Beginning in high schools and throughout my entire college career I tutored numerous students in Spanish and Russian languages. As a language enthusiast, I also work with students from Elementary to Adult to help them improve their writing and reading skills in English, whether it is their native language or not. I have also studied Statistics and Actuarial Science, so in addition to tutoring languages, I have an extensive experience in tutoring elementary-school Math, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading the XX century Latin American fiction and Russian classical literature, traveling, and ballroom dancing.

Galina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Georgia State University - Bachelors, Spanish

Graduate Degree: Georgia State University - Masters, International Business

Hobbies

Ballroom dancing, travel, foreign languages, reading

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

CLEP Prep

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP Spanish

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

ESL/ELL

IB Classical Languages

IB Language A: Language and Literature

Languages

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

Russian

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Keeping students interested in the subject and helping understand the "why" behind the answers.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Ask the student about initial goals, time frame, previous experience, and expectations.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Provide resources and motivation, as well as teach him/her effective learning techniques.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Illustrate practical application of the subject.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Look for different ways to explain and illustrate. Sometimes taking a break is very helpful, too.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Practice - start reading in small paragraphs, asking the students what they understood. Break the passage into smaller pieces, if necessary. Add questions at the end of the reading.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Laying down the grammatical foundation, keeping learning organized.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Change the environment and find a practical use of the subject.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Frequent reviews; have the student teach that subject back to me.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Practice - tests, quizzes, assignments, speaking.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Based on their goals and previous experience.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Based on the deadlines and goals.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Textbooks, colors, sticky notes, markers, flashcards.