Hello everyone! I'm Irene. I recently graduated from Williams College , a small liberal arts school in middle of nowhere Western Mass. I was born and raised in IL and decided to root my career here in Lake County. I've always had a passion for tutoring. I can remember being in primary school making handwritten "worksheets" for my sister whom is two years younger. I have been a constant tutor throughout my life, both officially and unofficially.
I helped my younger 2 sisters with their homework, helped other classmates study for exams, and have partaken in tutoring programs. English is a second language for my parents so ever since I was small I felt the responsibility of teaching my parents how to navigate the language. And for my friends that have taken Spanish in school, I served as an aid to them as Spanish is also my native language.
I was a recruiter as well as a tutor on the board of the Brayton Elementary School Tutoring Program during my time at Williams College. My role as recruiter involved attracting college students to sign on and then training them on how to tutor in areas varied such as reading and math. During my time there I tutored grades 1-5 in math, reading, and art.
From all of these collective experiences I hope to nurture the tutoring skills I have obtained. While I would not assign you handwritten worksheets, I want to still have that handwritten personalized touch with each lesson. I understand that not everyone learns the same, so I am here to listen and teach you how you learn best. Different people learn through different methods, be it visual, auditory, repetition, or hands-on, and I am committed to teach in the style in which you prefer. I am comfortable simply helping with pre-assigned homework from a teacher to creating your own customized lesson plan and materials from the ground-up. Tell me what you want to accomplish, and I will do my best to simply help you get there in a fun and lasting manner.
I am a native Spanish speaker and learned grammar in grade school. I can provide great real life conversational skills and will help with the written and reading components in both conventional and non-conventional ways. I will customize language exercises according to your learning goals and style.
I studied French for four years in high school and still consider myself a student of the French language. While I am not fluent, I feel confident in helping an early French student strengthen their skills!
I received my B.A. in Theatre but have been doing it since I was 12. I am a firm believer that theatre is applicable in almost any discipline and I am here to utilize those skills to make the best personalized tutoring experience for my students,
Interested in hearing more about what I am willing to tutor in or my teaching style? Send me a message and I would gladly answer!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Williams College - Bachelors, Theatre & Latina/o Studies
I love dancing, nature walks, the beach, films (especially comedy), and documentaries
What is your teaching philosophy?
Each student deserves tutoring in the way they want to learn, in a supportive, personalized, and effective way.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, I would like to make sure we get to know each other. I would also like to go over lesson and overall goals. Then, right to teaching.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In my opinion, an independent learner isn't someone that learns on their own. I think of it as someone that is fully aware of their available resources and knows how to take advantage of them, be it online websites, study guides, or tutoring.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Try different teaching methods until I stumble upon one that helps my student grasp the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading and dissecting what's being read is the best way to build reading comprehension skills.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I found that successful tutoring is not about providing answers, but rather teaching the tools a student needs to solve a problem.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to structure the lesson in a way that is fun for the student. Rewards can also be set in place, such as stickers and certificates.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
A good and proven true method is asking the student to explain it to you. If they understand the concept, they can relay it back to you!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
One way is to let them try solving a problem on their own, reminding them that THEY are the ones using their knowledge. I am simply there to let it shine through.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Depending what the lesson is in, I like to have them try the issue at hand first, and then see what skills need building.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I modify the teaching style according to how I see the student learns best.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically use books, worksheets, and games.