My favorite part of being both a teacher and a tutor is seeing the "lightbulb moment"— that moment where something clicks into place and the student finally "gets it". Sometimes it takes a while, other times it happens right away, but either way, it is a reward like no other.
I graduated from CSU Long Beach with a B.A. in Spanish, emphasis in Translation and Interpretation, and am also a CELTA-certified ESL instructor and Fulbright Grant alumnus. I have been a tutor since high school, and as an ESL instructor, I have taught people from a wide variety of backgrounds, from students at a Russian polytechnic university in Siberia to aircraft mechanics on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
While English is my forte, and I have extensive experience with Standardized Test preparation (including curriculum development), I am more than comfortable teaching other subjects, especially Spanish, as I have lived in Colombia and Argentina and am currently training to become a Spanish-language court interpreter.
As a tutor, I feel that my job is to provide the personalized attention that a teacher often cannot. The sessions can be as relaxed or as formal as is comfortable for the student, so long as the work is done efficiently and effectively. I focus on problem areas, diagnosing each issue and working to correct it through a series of skill-building steps. In regular subject teaching, I strive to adapt the subject matter in order to make it more interesting and applicable to a student's life. In dealing with Standardized Tests, though, I advocate a methodical, mechanical approach that makes finding and selecting the correct answer as painless as possible.
Outside my academic life, I am a travel enthusiast, linguistics nerd (yes, for fun), journeyman bartender, passable drummer, amateur photographer, and horrible costume designer, but I am eager to learn about nearly any subject.
If you believe my skills might be a good match for your needs, I would be delighted to help lead you toward some "lightbulb moments" of your own.
California State University-Long Beach - Bachelors, Spanish
SAT Composite: 2270
SAT Math: 670
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 800
College Application Essays
High School English
High School Writing
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization