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I believe that everyone is capable of learning and exceeding their current educational levels. I tutored while I was in high school, and was tutored in college. As an adult, I want to give back and tutor subjects in which I feel that I am very confident. My Spanish tutoring is enhanced by my travels to Spain and Mexico. As a graduate of Cornell University, I understand the high demand to succeed, and strongly believe that tutoring is a wonderful means to over-come any learning hurdles or challenges. I look forward to helping students over-come these hurdles with tutoring.

Vanessa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Cornell University - Bachelors, Electrical Engineering


horseback riding, roller skating, watching old movies, Spanish, international travel

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2

College Algebra

Conversational Spanish






Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that everyone has the ability to learn; however, each person learns and grasps concepts in different ways.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would introduce myself and give the student a brief educational background of myself. I'd then ask them how much they like the subject in which I will be tutoring them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

To help a student become an independent learner, I'd encourage their independent thinking.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

To help a student stay motivated, I'd provide lots of real-life examples of applications for what they are leaning.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I'd do my own personal research to find other ways in which to teach that skill or concept.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I'd try to find a way to present the subject matter with visual pictures or depictions.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Starting out with a nice joke or something comical always breaks the ice.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Finding and presenting real-life and relevant applications always helps with getting a student excited/engaged with a subject.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Quizzes always help.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

To build a student's confidence, I will reiterate the things that they get correct, and the areas where they demonstrated strong understanding.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by paying close attention to and assessing the things that they miss, don't understand, or get incorrect repeatedly.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

At the start, I try to gauge how quickly a student learns, the style(s) of learning that appear most comfortable, etc., and adjust my tutoring accordingly.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use pencil, paper, computer, and any related subject materials that I have already or can download from the computer.