My name is Diana. First and most importantly, my mission is to help students understand, write, and speak English and Spanish.
I want my students to feel comfortable with me. I know first hand what it is like to learn a new language. I came to U.S about 5 years ago; my birthplace is Mexico and I lived there 14 years and I am a proud Latina. I came to California and instantly went to high school, where people would ask me the most simple questions and I wouldn't know what they were saying, so I just agreed. I want students to understand that they have nothing to be ashamed of, on the contrary, they should feel proud because they are walking the extra mile, because they are looking and creating a new, bigger, better future for themselves. I am just here to help in their transition.
I know that learning new things can feel frustrating or maybe even boring, but the reality is that as we are exercising our brains, we are making them stronger and more efficient while opening new doors and opportunities. I'm looking forward to helping students. I want to see their progress and ultimately be like a parent and say "they grow so fast." I am friendly and I make connections very fast. I hope to see students pass those tests, smile after a conversation, or get that new job. As I teach others, I am continually learning.
Fullerton College - Current Undergrad, Criminal Justice
What is your teaching philosophy?
That every student can learn a new language; our brains are never going to stop learning; it is like a muscle-- as long as you work out (try to learn, practice), it will grow and retain more information.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself, try to get the student better, tell him/her what we going to do and how things are going to work.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By giving him/her the opportunity to bringing new ideas to the table, by answering questions they may have, finding new ways to learn and seeing which one works the best for each student, because every student is different and learns differently.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
To help the student overcome that difficulty, I would try to teach them the concept in different ways and see which one works best; maybe writing is not working, and maybe oral conversations are more useful for them.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It is very useful to know at what level the student is, how much practice they have with the language, and maybe if they have someone close who can help them practice.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I let the student know that being bilingual is going to take you places; more doors are going to open and job opportunities will increase, as well as new connections to different parts of the world.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use writing, make short quizzes, and start having conversations more and more complex.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Relate to the student and let them know that they are not alone. As I mentioned before, I know the struggle to learn a new language, but I also know it is possible.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I need to know where the student stands; maybe a short quiz to know how much help the student needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Short quizzes to know how advanced or new the student is and to know how much help he/she needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By letting them know that they can contact me anytime if they have questions, and also giving them incentives to start reading novels or even comic books to learn on their free time.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
With writing, worksheets, because as you talk about it and write, reading comes along. Maybe me reading it and them repeating after me; also, audio books come in handy.