I am a Spanish major finishing up my Junior year at Cal State Long Beach. I am also working on minors in University Honors as well as TESOL (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages). This summer I will be in Costa Rica researching the origins of their growing child immigrant population and how the government is assisting their integration into the country through educational and other social programs. After receiving my Bachelor's Degree, I plan to do a Master's International Program (combining the Peace Corps and a Master's in Linguistics) while earning my Spanish teaching credential. I eventually would love to be teaching Spanish as well as ESL (English as a Second Language) for Spanish native speakers.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Long Beach - Current Undergrad, Spanish
ACT Math: 30
ACT Reading: 31
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 790
AP English Literature: 5
AP English Language: 5
AP US History: 4
AP World History: 5
AP U.S. Government & Politics: 5
AP Psychology: 5
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 730
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 740
I love animals, coloring books, learning and speaking Spanish, singing, exercising and traveling
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student has the ability to learn and understand new and/or difficult material. It is the teacher's job to communicate the information in the best way possible for each individual student because everyone learns in different ways and has unique strengths.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, it's important that the student and I discuss their current level/understanding of the subject in question and what their specific goals are for themselves moving forward. I would also ask them what their interests and hobbies are, as well as how they learn best in order to get to know them better and be able to teach them in a relatable way.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The worst thing a tutor or teacher can do is to simply give a student the answers. A student can only truly learn and learn independently if they understand "the methods behind the madness," so to speak. While "how" is an important question, I am more interested in the "why." I believe that when students are taught to be inquisitive, they become better learners and thinkers.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would suggest that they annotate as they read; they should highlight, underline and make notes within the text. Interacting with the text improves understanding and memory of the text. It also helps to analyze each paragraph individually, (i.e. write down the key points and the main idea of each paragraph) so that by the end of the reading, you've already broken the text down into manageable chunks.