"I won't do it! You can't make me." I slammed the door shut as my mother ran after me. "Juanito, you have to learn to read. How else are you going to become an archaeologist?" I cracked the door and shot her a glance, "Indiana Jones can read?" "Yes, and he has a great big library," she responded. "Then what are we waiting for? Let's go to the library."
As the son of a teacher, I faced more pressure than most when learning to read. As a child with ADHD, overcoming that pressure was especially challenging. I spent countless nights staring for hours at homework that should have taken 30 minutes to complete. I was smart, I just couldn't pay attention. If I did not find the subject inherently interesting, or it was not presented in an interesting way, I would quickly begin distracting other students. By the beginning of second grade, my mother's colleagues were calling her in regularly for parent-teacher conferences.
What saved me from a dismal academic career was my mother's patience and my own limitless curiosity. She taught me to self motivate and connect subjects to things that interested me. "Juanito, what if you're being charged at by three rhinos and you only have six banana peels. It takes three peels to trip a rhino. How many rhinos can you trip before climbing a tree to safety?" "I guess math is important, huh?"
Through these lessons I learned to infuse joy, humor, and intrigue into all that I learn and teach in order to make lessons immediately applicable to my student's lives. These lessons have helped me to overcome my learning differences, graduate from Brown, obtain a recent acceptance to Oxford, and will allow me to succeed as an NYU Law student beginning Fall 2017. I hope to share these lessons with you and inspire a deep curiosity and love of learning through my work with Varsity Tutors.
I am able to tutor 8-10 hours a week and am available week nights between 6:00pm-10:00pm on week nights, and 12:00am-5:00pm on weekends. I look forward to meeting and connecting you with the knowledge and resources you need to achieve incredible learning outcomes.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brown University - Bachelors, Political Science & Philosophy
SAT Writing: 690
GRE Verbal: 168
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 700
SAT Subject Test in Spanish: 730
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening: 750
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Always make learning fun and relevant. Teach to student's strengths and individual learning styles.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I always try to get to know my students first. What subjects interest them? What motivates and drives them? What would they like to improve in?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help students identify what aspects about what they're learning interest them, and then I help them discover how to connect that with other subjects that interest them. Together, we identify their goals and create measurable achievements to track their path to success.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I always bring what we're learning back to their goals and their dreams. I always make sure to show how their small steps today will allow them to achieve whatever they hope for tomorrow. Making learning fun helps, too.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I take the time to make sure we know exactly where the student is having difficulty. Then, we go back, make sure they understand the foundations, and then approach the concepts from other angles and perspectives drawing from information they already know.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Repetition is the root of all mastery. If students are struggling, we break down passages into portions that are easier to understand and practice these until the student is an all-star.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I always start by listening to my students and learning their understanding of the concept we are covering. This allows me to understand how my students think and tailor my lessons to their individual style of learning.