I am a college student with a passion for language and learning! I constantly strive to surround myself in cultures that are unique and different to my own so that I have the ability to share wonderful experiences with others as well as live a life that supports unity and diversity.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Current Undergrad, Spanish
ACT Composite: 26
ACT English: 28
ACT Math: 22
ACT Reading: 26
ACT Science: 24
Adventuring, hiking, studying abroad, horseback riding, photography, cooking
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Strive to be present and alive in every moment of everything you do. Be it studying for something you're not interested in or running in a race. Because that's what the world needs; people who have come alive.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I would really love to introduce myself and talk about why I am doing this. I would like the student to know that we are on the same level as people, even though we may be on different levels within a subject. I would like to inform them that we are both helping each other in some form or another. I would also like to compare our main interests and find some commonalities between us to provide a comfortable base for learning.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students can become an independent learner when they receive confidence in their abilities to work on their own. Sometimes it needs a little motivation and inspiration, sometimes a bit of extra help, or even all of those things along with time within them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To help a student stay motivated, I would encourage them to create a daily schedule. Sometimes students like myself can get a little discouraged when we receive assignment after assignment. On top of that, there are other activities to fit in too. I can assure other students that the simple step of waking up each morning and writing down what must be done today, they will feel more control over their lives and daily duties that they will be motivated and more confident to take on more each day.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
With students struggling with reading comprehension, I will strive to break down reading portions for the student and then encourage him or her to do so on their own.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have many memories of being a young student and thinking to myself after I had finally comprehended a certain skill that there were so many better ways the teacher could have taught me this. I think a good strategy for a tutor like myself is remembering moments like those, and when a student is struggling, try to relate to their state of mind and accommodate the learning matter to their specific needs.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would provide them with the possibilities that could come out of this and how it will benefit them in the long run, even though they may not be able to see it just yet.