My desire to assist students in their learning process derives from my natural inclination to help people. Throughout my school years, I helped fellow students develop strong learning skills, not only by taking the time to explain complex concepts, but also by sharing innovative studying techniques.
I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Video. Prior to transferring to CCC, I got an Associates in Arts from Harold Washington College, where I worked as a Spanish, Logic, and ESL tutor. My favorite subject to tutor is Spanish, since it is my native language. I believe that learning should be exciting, so I pride myself in making sure I apply creative, fun ways to learn when I tutor my students. Some of my interests are singing, dancing, filmmaking, meditation, fitness and nutrition.
Columbia College-Chicago - Bachelors, Film & Video
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone has unique ways of learning. It is important for me to find what works for you.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like to learn about you and your background, and determine the best approach to reach your particular goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In order to motivate independent learning, I like to recommend music or movies in Spanish, and share techniques I used when I was learning English as my second language.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Having the right attitude when teaching, along with being patient, provides the right conditions to make learning fun. If learning is fun, then students stay motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I love to use analogies, cultural references, drawing, singing, even acting! Getting creative with learning techniques is usually a successful approach to understanding difficult concepts.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By helping students build a strong core of knowledge in the subject, so it facilitates learning more advanced concepts.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Communication is important, and most of the time students know what they need, so I just ask. If students are not sure about their needs, I assess their strengths and use them to improve in other areas.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would suggest a few movies and songs in Spanish.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would relate a new topic or concept to one in which the student already has a good grasp.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Visual and auditory references to strengthen learning and understanding.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Identify the student's strengths and how those can aid in improving other abilities. Learn about the student's interests and hobbies, so we can use those in the learning process.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I listen to them when they let me know what is working for them and what is not.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I start by reading a short article out loud with my student, and then proceed to breakdown the content of each paragraph together.