Hi my name is Jessica and I love Spanish, teaching and helping people; I want to combine all three to help students excel in Spanish. I am currently working as a behavior interventionist in a school setting, teaching children one on one, positive behaviors they can practice to replace any negative behaviors. In addition, I have the pleasure in helping them to improve their ability to learn in school. Currently, I’ve been working with a student on learning how to write, to count, and to read. I enjoy seeing the student’s progress in reaching his potential behaviorally and academically. It takes a lot of patience, which my coworkers have noticed in me and pointed out.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Chico - Bachelors, Social Work
Graduate Degree: University of Southern California - Masters, Social Work
I like to read and to admire nature.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that I must be patient and see the potential in each individual with the goal to help him or her reach it.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would greet my students and get to know them. I would ask about their career and educational goals. As well as their expectations of our sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By creating space for them to learn at their pace.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Celebrating their efforts and progress, being enthusiastic in teaching the subject matter and seeing their progress.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would explain the skill or concept in a clear and concise manner. I would use good examples.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Regarding reading comprehension, I would help my students by asking them questions pertaining to what their reading. In this way they could be active and purposeful when they read. I would ask them to identify what they understood what parts they did not understand. On the parts that they did not understand, I would help them to review or learn those parts.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategy I have found most successful when I start to work with a student is tailoring the sessions to the students learning style and their topic of interest. One student wanted to focus on verbs and its various forms of conjugations. I learned that the student learning style was visual so tables were used to explain the complexity of the subject of interest.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help my student get excited with a subject that they are struggling in by making sure I reveal my excitement for the subject. I would have them choose the parts they want to focus on in a session. In addition, I would praise them for their improvement and encourage their struggle to tackle the subject of interest.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask them open-ended questions regarding the material. I would give them practice quizzes after sessions and in session practice assignments to see if they understand the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would praise them in their accomplishments and struggles to tackle the subject. I would identify their strengths and show them my confidence in them overcoming the areas they need to improve.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would evaluate a student's needs through in session practice assignments, practice quizzes, assignments and tests given after session. I would also evaluate their needs by asking them what areas they are having trouble in.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would make sure I understand their expectations, learning styles and goals.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Work prepared for the student tailored to the student's subject of interest.