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Claire

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Hello! I'm a current graduate student in the humanities field. I graduated college in 2015, and during my undergraduate career I worked as an English as a Second Language instructor. Following graduation I served as an interpreter for a local social services agency. My experience with real life use of the Spanish language coupled with my teaching and educational experience would be put to great use as a tutor!

Claire’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Virginia Commonwealth University - Bachelors, Spanish

Graduate Degree: George Mason University - Masters, Social Work

Hobbies

Running, yoga

Tutoring Subjects

Conversational Spanish

English

ESL/ELL

Languages

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4


Q & A

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

During the lesson, to check that they are understanding, I have them teach it back to me so they are fully confident.

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

Take it one sentence at a time, get to know the student, and compare the reading with something they are passionate about.

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

Quizzing them to see where their learning skills need to be approached from.

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

Compare it to something they are interested in and present it in a modern or age comparable way.

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

I use repetition, having the student explain the concept, and quizzing to ensure comprehension.

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

With positive reinforcement and constant quizzing to ensure they are grasping the concept.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I ask them questions based on their curriculum, and with languages go over basic needs necessary to communicate and build off existing knowledge.