I am a graduate of University of California, Riverside. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Chicano Studies with a minor in Education. I have been tutoring students since high school. I used to help my own peers with classwork and homework. Every summer, since I finished high school, I worked in San Francisco at an elementary school as a tutor and teacher's aide. I worked with supervising and facilitating activities, mostly in Math and Reading, for Kindergarten to 5th grade. I currently work at an elementary school as a tutor in Riverside for second and fourth grade. I tutor in Mathematics and English Language Arts. I am very passionate about working with children because I aspire to become a teacher. I love to work with a diverse community of students because it gives me more experience and I learn different strategies for how to teach all kinds of students. I mostly tutor math because it has always been my favorite subject. The highest level of math I have taken is AP Calculus but I have only tutored up to Pre-Calculus. When I tutor, I like to find out what it is the students likes. This makes it more fun and easier to help the students in the subjects I am helping them with. I like to use colors and flashcards because I have found them very effective. I find it helps the students become more engaged when they are learning the subjects with topics that they are familiar with and then slowly integrating the harder topics into it. In my free time, I love to listen to music, watch movies, and take walks. I also like to run and play soccer. I am good at having lots of energy for my students so they know I am interested in helping them.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Riverside - Bachelors, Chicano Studies, Spanish, Education
I enjoy playing soccer and watching baseball. I also enjoy collecting movies.
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself and find common interests about school. I would talk with the student to find out what they like and what they know to foster my teaching around that.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can implement strategies with the I Do, We Do, You Do model. It will allow us to work together and then allow them to work alone.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would keep the topics to what they know. I would also talk to them so they know they are not alone and that it is not like taking a test.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to scaffold the lesson. I would mostly continue with the I Do, We Do, You Do model. Sometimes it’s about relating it to them so they find it useful.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I read along with them. I can use different reading strategies to find which one they read better with or feel more comfortable with.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like to find out their interests outside of school. I also like to find out what they like about school and somehow incorporate that into the tutoring sessions.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would show them examples of the subject using their own interests. I like to use resources on the internet to find games on the subjects so they are not always using pencil and paper.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to use the I Do, We Do, You Do Model, where I show the student how to do the problem first, then we do it together, and then I let them try it on their own. Sometimes I'll spend extra time on the We Do part so I can see if they are following along and able to solve the problem without too much of my help.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I like to let them know when they get an answer right. It lets them know that they are doing something right, instead of emphasizing what they do wrong. Also, if they do get an answer wrong, I like to ask them how they got their answer so they can hear their explanation and perhaps catch their own mistakes.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I give them their own problems of the topics we have been working on. In reading, I listen and watch closely to how they pronounce the words and how they decode the words to use them correctly. In math, I watch how they solve the problems, and I give them time to explain their process so I can understand how well they understood the lesson.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I find what it is they are having trouble with the most through our first session by talking to them about the subject I am helping them with. After I use different strategies to see what works best with them so they are both learning and engaged.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I usually have a pencil pocket filled with pencils, pens, highlighters, and erasers. Depending on the subject, I will have markers and flashcards. I also like to look online for resources like games or worksheets for certain subjects.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I always find it very useful to find what it is that the student likes or dislikes. This helps me make the subject, topic, or material more interesting. It's about observing and listening to the student and applying how they learn to how I teach them. It makes their learning more personal and unique to their needs. This way, students are having fun while learning and they see deeper into the value of their education.