Greetings! I have roughly 15 years of experience in the education field in various capacities. I began tutoring while still in high school and continued to do so throughout college. I received my B.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Soon after, I taught 2nd grade Math with Teach For America. After completing a Master's degree in Political Science at my alma mater, I returned to my hometown of Miami where I served as a Math Interventionist, parent counselor and private tutor for students in K-12. Along the way, I have also helped college students with completing weekly and term assignments. While I have assisted students in writing/editing papers and completing various assignments, I primarily tutor in Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Statistics and Trigonometry.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Chicago - Bachelors, Sociology
Graduate Degree: University of Chicago - Masters, Political Science and Government
Writing, Reading, Traveling, Non-profit organizations
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My goal is to establish a relationship with my client based on what he/she is interested in. I then use what I've learned about my client to understand how they view certain topics and then find multiple strategies for relating their interests and views to completing a given task.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In my first session, I would have a casual conversation with my client. My goal would be to gauge their interests and identify their strengths and weaknesses. I then use that information to tailor my instruction.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is important to motivate a student and help build their self-esteem through positive affirmation and rigorous expectations.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by sending them weekly encouragement and by providing him/her with either a tangible or intangible reward when an established goal has been achieved.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
To help a student through difficulty, I would give additional support using different types of resources such as YouTube or other online resources, talking through problems and role-playing.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I find that role-playing is a great strategy for helping students with reading comprehension. The goal is to make the material relatable to students so that they become personally invested.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Some strategies that I found most successful when starting to work with a student include getting to know you activities, conversation and playing tic-tac-toe!
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
To help a student get excited with a subject they are struggling in, I would just make sure to ask them different questions about the subject, including where they feel the most weak. I would also do my best to connect the subject with another subject they are passionate about.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I love to ask probing questions to ensure that a student understands the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build confidence in others through positive affirmations and regular moral support.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by giving them practice problems, asking lots of questions and letting them talk about themselves and their academic goals.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Once I know what my student likes and doesn't like, it is easy to find connections between their interests and the work at hand.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session I typically use practice workbooks, Google and manipulatives.