Hi! I'm Erin. I love helping people reach their goals and learn new things. I am a professional language and writing instructor and am experienced in teaching people how to read, write, speak and understand grammar. I have over 7 years of experience teaching and tutoring both Spanish and English. I am fluent in Spanish, English and French. I have many years of experience preparing students for the TOEFL and OPI. I also have prepared students for the ACT test.
As a teacher I love helping people succeed and feel confident in themselves, and learn to overcome their obstacles. I'd love to get to know you, and your goals for improvement.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University - Bachelors, Linguistics
Graduate Degree: Brigham Young University - Masters, TESOL
ACT Composite: 32
ACT English: 32
ACT Math: 30
ACT Reading: 30
ACT Science: 35
SAT COMPOSITE (1600 SCALE): 1360
SAT Math: 650
SAT Verbal: 710
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ACCUPLACER ESL Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that teaching should be tailored to the student and that no one method works best for everyone. I try to get to know my students and use different methods that might work for them individually.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In my first session with a student, I might do a skills evaluation and find out what they do or do not know and what specific goals we can achieve in the amount of time we have, and make a plan on how to achieve them. We also would start with questions the student has and make a list of topics he/she would like to cover. Then, we could get started!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students can become independent learners by making connections between things they do know and new information. My job as a teacher is to help them make those connections, then have lots of practice with me, and then on their own to see if they understand!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Everyone is motivated in different ways. In order to keep motivation, I try to verbally communicate with my students if what we are doing is helpful or interesting to them. Then, we adjust changing methods or ideas, or refocusing on goals as necessary.