I am currently a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I am currently working on a bachelor's degree with a teaching licensure. I love to learn but also to share my enthusiasm for learning with others. I believe that spending one on one time with student is outmost important to make sure they understand and feel confident with what they are learning.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
As a foreign language tutor, I believe that the best way to learn a foreign language is by speaking it. I would encourage my students to not be afraid to make mistakes, but to also welcome corrections without being discouraged. The most effective way to learn a language is by practicing and to train your ears to associate Spanish sounds with the written form.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would try to figure out what the student's and parents' expectations are. If they need help with homework or if they need to review what they have learned in class. I would ask what the student's learning style, strengths, and needs are to better prepare my lessons in the future. I would also try to find out what the student's interests are to incorporate them into the lessons to engage the student and make it more fun.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would create a plan of action with the student and his/her parents so that they can become part of their learning process. I would encourage my students to take risks, to embrace mistakes, and to keep trying. I would also ask my students for feedback so that I can plan my lessons according to their needs.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By improving their attitude toward the subject area. I believe that being organized with your school work helps students develop a positive attitude towards learning. I would teach my student organization skills to improve time management, set priorities, and to avoid chaos.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I like to use the ADEPT method. Analogy, Diagram, Example, Plain English, Technical Definition.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I try to find out what their interests are so I can apply them to my lessons.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I ask the students to explain the concept we are studying in their own words and to also relate the concept to what they already know.