I do love to help other people to learn what I love. I love Math, Physics and Languages. I believe that every person can learn. It's just the time needed to get the knowledge the difference. I can help people minimize that difference of time.
I got my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and my Master in Education at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (Mexico). I also studied the speciality of Bilingual Education at Saint Thomas University (Houston, TX). I'm Certified to Teach Bilingual/ESL classes and Math & Physics in schools in the State of Texas.
I've taught Math & Physics since 1990. I've taught Bilingual and ESL classes since 1994.I really enjoy teaching or tutoring subjects like Math (any area of Math), Physics, Statics, Dynamics and Spanish.
When I'm not teaching I love to read about aviation, Space exploration, Science-Fiction books, go to the movies or to the park with my family. Of course watch TV with my wife and kids.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Autonomous University of Guadalajara - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Degree: Autonomous University of Guadalajara - Masters, Education
Aviation, Space Exploration, Science-Fiction Books, Languages, History
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every person is able to learn. The only difference is the time that people need to get the knowledge. I can help to minimize that time!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is "knowing the student," talking about the problems he/she has with the subject, what he/she thinks about his/her classes and the teacher. After that, we start helping with the weaknesses of the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Explain how to do it, and never give him/her the answer before he/she tries to get it first by himself/herself.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Explaining why it is important that he/she studies that subject. Also, talk about how can he/she apply that knowledge in real life.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Change the strategy. Try to understand what could be the real problem in learning a topic.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I make them imagine every word. They have to make in their minds an image of the words they're reading, like on a movie screen; watch the movie of the book they are reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I explain how to solve a math problem all by myself. Then I let him/her explain me how to solve another problem, but I help him/her. After this, I let the student do a problem all by himself/herself.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I always try to find out what the likes and interests of the student and. Then, I try to make a connection between his/her interests and the subject I'm teaching.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Let him/her answer questions or problems without my help. Also, I'll change the way I ask the question or the problem to check he/she is understanding the main idea of the question.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I never tell my students that the subjects they are struggling with are difficult. I tell them that they just need more time to better understand the subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Talking is the best way to discover what the student really needs. While I tutor, I ask students to explain to me why they do or say something. That's the moment when I realize what the student's real need is.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I always adapt my tutoring to the student's needs. Teaching, and tutoring, is a dynamic activity. Teachers must monitor a student's improvement and be able to get back if they identify a problem to reteach or reinforce concepts.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbooks, notebooks, calculators, computers, cellphone apps.