I am a native speaker of Spanish who has taught in South America and the United States. While residing in South America, I attended an international school where I studied several languages. I am comfortable working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
I am looking forward to helping each of my students learn, grow, and succeed!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Universidad Central De Venezuela - Associates, Medical
Graduate Degree: Universidad Central De Venezuela - Current Grad Student, Medicine
Learning new languages, art, movies, music, reading, history, museums, motorcycles, jeeps, family, animals, meeting new people, etc.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Effective teaching and learning is all about dedication. I believe that through open communication and consistent effort, everything can be accomplished.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I feel it's critical to learn about my student and his/ her needs and goals. For example, if I were working with a high school student who was trying to boost his grade, we would focus on skill building such as understanding conjugations.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I like to discuss my students' interests, hobbies and passions. Anything someone can relate to or feel curious about is a way to generate engagement.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The student is the compass.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By building confidence and motivating students they are put on the path to being a truly independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to set student goals that are realistic and achievable. Once students can see what they have learned and how they are capable of learning even more, this gives them the motivation and confidence to keep pushing themselves further.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The materials that I use depend on my student. Some of the materials will be those that my student already has while some materials would be generated based on the students' skills and interests. Pictures, articles, and videos can all be incorporated to different extents.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Building vocabulary and practicing oral fluency is key to also building comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First, I need to determine the student's goals. Next, I need to determine a level where the student is currently functioning. Then I can work to together with the student to create a plan that suits the student and his/her needs. I try to make every lesson relatable and practical.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Practice makes perfect! Honestly, sometimes I find that giving a student a break from some difficult task or skill is often needed. Often the student can tackle a skill after a rest from a difficult period in learning the skill.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I will do a brief review of the topic covered, followed by a quiz at the end of each session. This will enable me to determine if we are in fact ready to move on, or if we need to go over our class a little more. I would not proceed unless we're both comfortable enough in doing so.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I believe that the key factor is motivation. As tutors, we must let our students know that we were all in their shoes once, and that we understand the complexity of learning a new language.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I make an assessment to pinpoint the areas that are most difficult. Whether it is verbal skills, reading, writing, or all of the above. Then come up with a tutoring plan that will accommodate a student's particular needs.