I come with over 12 years experience as a multi-subject tutor & home school teacher in conjunction with martial arts as well. Although I've received a diverse background of education training, and have studied under some of the best in their practice.
After helping my sister with Cerebral Palsy succeed in Algebra II, I began to learn that I was blessed with the gift of teaching and empathy. Since then, I've worked with many other special needs students, as well as other specific academic (or martial arts) needs until this point. That gift has grown since then, and I can even share it with you!
At age 13, however, I was training to become a Black Belt & began working with a couple of the younger students to help them sharpen their skills for the next belt promotion test they wanted to pass in our discipline (Yes, they passed!). After receiving my First Degree Black Belt, the head instructor trained me to teach full classes of students (Ages 3-12) with his assistance. By age 16, I was teaching full classes with very little assistance for the older age classes (13-60). By the time I reached my 20's, I was also creating a lot of a new content to teach to adults and children alike. This experience is important for me to share with you because Martial Arts is a very strong passion of mine that helped pave the way to an innovative, creative, and mindful mentor/tutor ethic & philosophy of adapting and improving my style of teaching to acclimate to the students' needs on a rapidly changing and dynamic basis whilst keeping proper content standards.
Throughout the years, I've been made to understand the diverse setting of individual student needs. From special needs to gifted, I come with a kit of tools and ideas to help the students I work with get the most out of their experience. I am a very big fan of manipulative tools (Think a deck of cards or a small model), the internet for research and dynamic exposure to ideas, my whiteboard & markers, and staying animated/engaged. I believe firmly that having a positive morale/mentality can be what makes the difference between a good and an awesome experience.
Breaking away from the formalities, let me phrase it this way: If I didn't absolutely love what I do for my clients, this profile wouldn't exist. Let me repeat: I LOVE WHAT I DO. I've been a teacher since I was a child, so the bottom line is that I want you to succeed because it gives me great joy and purpose to see you come out on top!
My favorite subjects to tutor are Math, Economics, Spanish, and Martial Arts. Math comes out on top due to practicality and my experience with the subject. Economics comes next because it brings a very concrete example of why the former is important, on top of analytical decision making on both a small and large scale of understanding (Micro vs. Macro). Me gusta ense???ar y practicar espa???ol con mis estudiantes porque es posible hacer mucho mas con nos vidas cuando podemos hablar y pensar en mas lenguas que uno. The previous statement, for those who don't know, translates to "I like to teach and practice Spanish with my students because [it] is possible to do much more with our lives when we can speak and think in more languages than one". Last, Martial Arts is a lifetstyle, so I'm perhaps willing to teach a thing or two as I continue on my practice.
Outside of work, I like to ride my motorcycle, play video games, cook, crack silly jokes, go to the beach, practice martial arts, draw with my 3D printing pen, and come up with new things to consider with one of my future/current students or a business plan. My teaching philosophy is Relate, Enjoy, Adapt, and Learn. Keeping it REAL, in my experience, helps cater to the curious, the struggling, the gifted, and everyone in between. I hope you're as ready as I am!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Palm Beach State College - Associates, AA Transfer Degree
Motorcycles, Martial Arts, Tattoos, Athletic Health, Video Games, Analytical & Educational Psychology, Multiculturalism, 3D Printing, Recycling, Interdisciplinary Educational Methods, Extreme Sports, Non-profit Efforts, Web Design, Programming, Color Coding, 3D Printing, Game Theory
High School Business
PC Basic Computer Skills
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Students should be able to learn and acquire new information & skills using a variety of methods, specifically the ones that resonate best. It is my responsibility to be able to provide as many of those as possible.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help them discover their most effective learning style (If the student does not know already), cater to & nurture that knowledge, and help refer the student to quality resources by encouraging intelligent searching of information.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Stay positive, make fun of the course (if needed), apply practical knowledge to the topic, take breaks as needed, and stay creative/discussion based throughout.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Check for logical fallacies within prior understanding and, if that doesn't work, try a different approach. It's very important to change the approach if the student is having a misunderstanding on the direct topic. I.E. The student needs to have a math concept written in 4 different colors on a whiteboard instead of written in pencil, because the student reported having trouble analyzing graphs. Vs. I.E. The student requires acting out a physics concept instead of simply writing about it, because the student has never talked about Physics on a concrete standpoint.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Typically, I evaluate the type of learning the student has, look at the strengths and obstacles, then create a working strategy to help the student best succeed. The more prior information, the easier it is!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
With reading comprehension, it's helpful to have a digital dictionary handy, as well as some applied examples of what is being read. Putting words into synonymous terms works as well.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Relax, take it easy, and have fun with it. The student can follow along much easier with less pressure involved in the lesson. Sometimes it's as simple as catching up with each other or on current times.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I make fun of that subject until my jokes go rotten, integrating some of the humor into the actual lesson. Another thing I like to do is use technology (I.E. 3D Printing Pen to literally draw objects out for inspection for Analytical Subjects).
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
After positive morale is established, we work together on the topic matters. If the student is struggling significantly, we work together to take care of the mental blockage at hand. Guided practice is another handy tool, weaning the level of tutor help with each question (scaling difficulty) to aid the student's ability to do the work him/herself.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Usually it comes to me naturally after learning about their interests, talents, and academic history. I will know pretty quickly if the student needs remediation in a subject, hit a roadblock and wants to get past it, is simply bored to the point of needing advanced work to stay engaged, or something else.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I use a lot of manipulative objects and tools. Some prefer analogies, some like it drawn out, some like to practice, and some love to express themselves while working. The important thing that the tutor can do is listen to what is and is NOT said by the student, bringing that to attention during lessons if needed (for positive reinforcement).