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Matt

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I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish Education at Indiana University, and I received my Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at the University of Indianapolis. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Hispanic Linguistics. I have been teaching high school Spanish for 11 years. I have lots of experience teaching upper level/college level Spanish at the high school level. I tutor Spanish and am available to help you with your learning needs.

I love teaching Spanish because I am passionate about the language, people, history, and culture. I was inspired to obtain my degree in Spanish after studying at the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. I like to teach in a cooperative learning environment because I believe that students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. In my sessions, I will teach you the content and then we will do several different types of activities to master the content. I have several interests outside of the classroom. Some of my interests include: watching football, IU basketball, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. I also enjoy furthering my education.

I am here for your tutoring needs and am very laid back. I do a great job at giving thorough explanations and giving practical learning experiences. I will work with you to meet your learning goals and together we will find ways to master the content.

Matt’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University - Bachelors, Spanish

Graduate Degree: University of Indianapolis - Masters, Educational Leadership

Hobbies

God, family, football, IU basketball, fantasy sports, travelling, psychology, spending time with good friends, serving the community and school, continuing my education

Tutoring Subjects

Conversational Spanish

Languages

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is that every child can learn and should be given the best opportunities to maximize their learning.

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

I would start off by getting to know my student and vice versa. We would try chatting a bit in Spanish, and then we would jump into the content. I would give my students different resources to use outside of the classroom in order to be successful in Spanish.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by giving them confidence, resources, and sharing my personal experiences.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would encourage them to do their best and never give up on achieving success. Successful people don't give up. I would find out what their interests were and integrate those into my lessons.

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

I spend extra time going over the content and practicing the content in a variety of ways.

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

I teach them reading strategies to use while, during, and after they read.

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

Building relationships is the most important strategy. Without a good student/teacher relationship, everything else is meaningless. So I start off by doing get to know you activities and really exhibiting patience because Spanish is not easy to learn for a lot of people.

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

I would find out what their interests were and relate it to Spanish. For example, maybe the student did not like Spanish but loved history. I would go on to talk about the Spanish Civil War.

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

Quizzing, conversation, observation, and progress made in planned activities.

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

I highlight their strengths and let them know that they might be weak now, but through endurance and hard work, they can turn this weakness into confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs through assessment of their work. We will do a variety of formative assessments to track learning. I also ensure that students have the proper background knowledge in order to be successful in the given topic.

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

I design lessons based on students' interests and areas that may be problematic for them. I always ask my students what way they learn best and adapt my tutoring to their learning style.

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

Worksheets, speaking cards, flashcards, game cards, PowerPoints, podcasts, and video clips.