I am a recent high honors graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in International Relations and Global Studies. I have a general knowledge of most of the world, however my focuses include Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
I know about both history around the world and current events! To supplement these area studies, I studied Mandarin Chinese every semester during my four years of undergraduate studies, along with one year of intensive Arabic, and received excellent grades in all of my language courses. Specifically, I have studied and worked for a brief period in China, where I also lived with a Chinese roommate, and which provided me with invaluable cultural and linguistic knowledge and practice. I also speak Spanish and have ESL tutoring experience with a native Spanish speaker.
This student was struggling in his high school courses and falling behind because he didn't understand what was being asked of him in many of his classes, and at the same time, he was wanting to prepare for the SAT. We worked together to figure out what his teachers were trying to convey during his class time (in various subjects, from math to history) and what exactly he was being asked to prepare and complete for various tests, homework, and projects. I used minimal Spanish, only when it was necessary, and I believe that this truly pushed him to learn out of his comfort zone, and he eventually became much more comfortable and confident being surrounding by English, in addition to being able to better understand what was being asked of him in his classes. Once we reached this point, he was better equipped to prepare for the SAT (reading & writing sections), which we did using practice material that he had purchased and brought to our sessions. We worked through some problems together so that I could help him understand the nature of the types of questions that are often asked in such standardized testing, and then he worked on these questions independently, asking questions when he ran into serious confusions or was unable to understand specific material.
While I currently only have experience tutoring a Spanish-speaking ESL student, I would also love the opportunity to tutor any foreign-language speaking ESL students! I love studying languages and any opportunity to interact in different languages! In addition to the subjects surrounding my major, I also have a minor-level background in Linguistics.
Not only do I offer ESL tutoring, but I also after tutoring for students who would like to start learning Mandarin, Arabic, or Spanish! I am likely to go about this tutoring in ways that are similar to they ways that I began learning, and continued to learn, each language in school because these methods have proven effective in my experience. I have learned that covering reading, writing, and speech evenly is highly important when maximizing your linguistic abilities in another language, and so I intend to practice each aspect with my students. Each language is very different, and therefore requires different approaches in its teaching method. Additionally, some students move more quickly through languages than others, and so I am open to tailoring language tutoring to and individual student's needs.
Moreover, as a Liberal Arts major, I developed strong reading and writing skills, along with important analytical skills. I am confident in my ability to help others improve their reading, writing, and analytical skills. Throughout my undergraduate studies, I personally excelled in all of my courses that involved reading and writing. I have an excellent command of the English language, abundant experience peer-editing students writing, and knowledge about a variety of citation formats, such as MLA, Chicago, and APA.
I also understand the importance of tailoring edits and feedback to each individual writer based on their level of ability, reasonable goals, and the purpose, or focus, of each specific piece of writing. In addition to general reading and writing improvement, I am also able to assist students in preparing for specific testing formats. Concerning standardized testing, specifically the reading and writing portions of the PSAT and SAT, I have personal experience taking and succeeding in these. Therefore, I understand the preparations that are required to do well on such tests, and I am confident in my ability to teach my students the skills that it takes to be successful.
Lastly, I would like to say that I love learning and helping others learn! I don't know you yet, but I am already excited about the prospect of getting to teach you! I understand that each student is different, and so I am flexible and adaptable to all levels of ability and goals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelors, International Relations and Global Studies
Languages, current events, global cultures
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
AP US History
College Level American History
College World History
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History
High School Writing
Mandarin Chinese 1
Mandarin Chinese 3
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I understand that each student is different, and so I am flexible and adaptable to all levels of ability and goals.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I aim to get a sense of the student's background, abilities, and goals, so that we can come up with a successful plan to improve their skills.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help students by providing them with effective learning and study tools that they can also use to be independent learners.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I am a very motivated person myself, and I like to do all that I can to keep others motivated. I think learning can be interesting, exciting, and rewarding, however it sometimes takes the right teaching approach to have students feel this way, which I believe I can provide.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I understand that it is important to tailor teaching to a specific student's needs, especially when they are struggling with a specific skill or concept, whether that means spending more time on a topic or going about teaching the subject or concept in a different way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I believe students are more likely to learn in situations that interest them. If a student is struggling with reading comprehension, I would first try to get them engaged in reading things they are really interested in and transitioning to other reading selections once they begin to feel more confident.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Each student learns best in different ways. I first figure out how to go about teaching the student in a way that would be most successful for them personally.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I have found that showing how subjects might have "real world" applications helps with this.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would first go about setting criteria that the student must feel comfortable with before moving on to new material. I would then test the student in one way or another, which might mean formally or informally, also depending on the student and their goals.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By clearly showing them how much they do know, and what an accomplishment that is, before moving forward and tackling new material.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by both making observations based on the abilities they display and listening to their concerns.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Students' needs can vary greatly, and I am adaptable as a tutor. Whether this means adjusting the pace of lessons or taking entirely different teaching approaches, I always try to figure out the best way to help the student learn most successfully.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically use a notebook and any additional materials that may vary according to subject.