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Rachel

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Hello!

Are you looking for some help with elementary level math or reading? Do you need assistance with writing or editing a high school or college paper? Are you interested in learning a language like English, Spanish, or Portuguese? Or do you just need some supplemental lessons to really help you understand your class material?

Then contact me!

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelors degree in International Studies, Spanish, and Global Cultures. While an undergraduate, I studied abroad in Ecuador. I also received a Certificate in Youth Development from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as a Certificate in Conversational Portuguese from Liberty University. I continue to further my education by taking Public Policy masters courses from Liberty University.

I am passionate about learning, and I delight in helping others succeed in their academic and language pursuits. For over 14 years, I have been tutoring clients of all ages in various subjects. In Lithuania, I taught youth conversational English. While in college, I took several elementary education courses, assisted other college students with their homework, and tutored grade school students in math and reading. Following graduation, I continued to work with younger students in an after-school program setting, and for several years I have been teaching private language lessons to adults and children.

While I tutor several subjects, I really enjoy helping clients learn a new language. In this globalized world, I believe that learning another language is invaluable; being able to communicate in a non-native tongue not only improves your self-confidence, but it also helps you see the world from a new perspective. I love that knowing foreign languages has given me insight into other cultures and allowed me to form deep relationships with people who do not know any English.

In my language classes you will receive assistance with:
understanding content
clarity in writing
vocabulary
cultural comprehension
grammar
sentence structure

As a teacher, I delight in helping my students find success, and I strive to create a relaxed, fun, and happy classroom. I work with you at your pace and tailor lessons to your needs. It is my goal for you to have a better grasp of the subject matter and to equip you with the tools you need to succeed.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures, being creative, going on outdoor adventures, playing cards and board games, singing and dancing, reading, and watching movies.

Experience & Education:
14+ years experience tutoring Spanish, Conversational English, ESL, Elementary/Middle School/college subjects, writing/editing papers
20+ years speaking Spanish with experience living in a Spanish-speaking country
University of Wisconsin graduate with 3.9 GPA
B.A. in Spanish, International Studies, and Global Cultures
Public Policy masters courses
Elementary Education courses
Portuguese courses

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Rachel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelors, Spanish, International Studies, Global Cultures

Graduate Degree: Liberty University - Current Grad Student, Public Policy

Hobbies

Traveling and exploring new places; learning about other cultures and languages; being creative: scrapbooking, crafts, painting, drawing; outdoor activities: camping, hiking, skiing, biking, tennis; playing cards and board games; singing and dancing; reading; watching TV and movies.

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

Adult Literacy

AP Spanish Language & Culture

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

English

ESL/ELL

High School Writing

Languages

Math

Other

Portuguese

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Writing


Q & A

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

We would discuss expectations of each other and what the student expects to get out of the tutoring sessions, including lesson ideas and structure. I would find out how much he or she already knows about the subject matter.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would teach the student how to check his or her work by referring to general principles and guidelines. I would show the student where to look for answers to their questions in the materials they have and how to use those materials efficiently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would remind the student of the benefits of studying and understanding the subject matter. For example, math may be important for creating a household budget or getting a good grade in history may be important for getting into college.

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

I would help the student outline the passage and break it down into smaller sections, looking at the sequence of actions and their consequences. I would also ask the student questions about the passage and help him or her to search the passage for answers.

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

I would try to relate the subject to the student's interests and life. I would also help the student understand how being successful in that subject will help them in school and life.

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

I would give the student written assessments, ask him or her questions about the material, and have the student demonstrate their knowledge.

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

I base my material on the student's requests (for example, the student might request to learn particular vocabulary) and focus on areas in which the student is struggling. I also use the teaching methods which are most useful for the student (if the student learns better visually, then I will draw more pictures and diagrams).

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

I gauge the student's knowledge of the subject matter and find out their goals for the tutoring sessions. This helps me plan lessons.

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

Practice makes perfect! I have the student practice until they feel comfortable with the material. When they improve their skills, their confidence is boosted.


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