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Carla

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I was born and raised in Argentina and moved to the United States in 2004. Nowadays, I enjoy being the mom a 15 month old baby girl and the wife of my loving husband. I am all about learning and exploring new disciplines of study. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering with a special interest in web applications development. One of my biggest passions in life is to see others succeed and reach their goals. This is why I enjoy tutoring and helping in the community in one way or another. I hope I can make anyone's learning experience exciting, fun, and as personable as possible. We, all tutors, have been in your shoes once, so I know how you feel. I want to be able to provide all kind of learning tools but, most importantly, forge motivation and confidence.

Carla’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Virginia State University - Bachelors, Computer Engineering

Hobbies

Develop websites, play with my baby girl, read books, write essays/poetry, watch movies, and many other things

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

ASVAB Prep

CLEP Precalculus

CLEP Spanish

College Algebra

College English

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

Geometry

High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

Languages

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Pre-Algebra

SAT Prep

SAT Math

Science

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe everybody can be anything they want to be; you just have to help them believe this.

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

First things first: icebreaker time! I will definitely use a good 15 minutes getting to know each other and see the type of interests he or she may have. From learning his/her background first, I could make my next session more personalized with his/her interests.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I help by letting the student know that he/she can trust his/her skills. Students first need to develop confidence in themselves to feel like they can actually learn. A lot of students believe they cannot learn by themselves--they have to be taught everything.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Rewarding the accomplishments is one way!

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

I would try to understand what this difficulty is. Is it a basic concept that was never polished in the past? Is it the way I explain my method? I will try to listen carefully to what he/she feels the problem really is and find a solution accordingly.

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

In the past, I mentored middle school kids and had some cases where reading comprehension was an issue. I would sit down and help them practice conversational skills. I would ask their opinion on a specific idea or ask them to tell me a story every day. These activities helped them visualize situations and retain content, increasing reading comprehension skills.

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

Play a game that we both know targeting today's lesson-- Bingo for example. Another game that I choose to play usually is possible if we decide to meet at a library or a bookstore. Games are a great way to keep students actively learning and constantly motivated.

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

Applying activities relevant to their interests. Finding resources and articles that arise their interest, initially. I also find it very helpful disclosing my own personal struggles while in school. When students see that everyone, even their teachers/tutors had, a weakness in their academic path just like them, they can relate to the teacher and feel more inspired.

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

Flashcards, pop quizzes, and some memory game.

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

I praise his accomplishments, reward his discipline and effort (maybe with a candy or a special offer to his favorite concert if he is older), and ask him to teach me something related to the subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By looking at the student's scores, quizzes, tests, homework assignments, and understanding the type of personality the student has. By understanding what kind of student he/she is, I know how to help. Some students are A students; not everyone struggles with trying to pass a class. Perhaps the student needs more motivation or an outside perspective of his/her current performance. Tutoring is a very individualized discipline, and therefore every student will have a different need.

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

I level down or level up my lecturing of the student's situation. If I feel like the student is fairly independent, I challenge the student with harder content or exercises. If the student is rather shy and dependent, I help build up the confidence by breaking down the activities to the simplest they can get to decrease anxiety.

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

In the past, I have used textbooks, especially if the student has his/her own textbook. I try to stay consistent with the material of his/her class. I also use online sites that offer great tools for teaching, including YouTube videos and specific math sites.