I am Ethan O'Neall, a recent Biola University graduate with a B.A. in psychology. One of my favorite things is the Spanish language -- I love the way it sounds, rolls of the tongue, and makes everything more charismatic. Collectively, I have spent over a year living in Spanish speaking countries; mostly I spent the time in Mexico, but I also spent time in Panama, Bolivia, and other Central and South American Countries. Not only will Spanish be fun for you, but it will be very fun for me, too!
In addition, I English English and friends know me to be a concise writer and an excellent peer reviewer. I will do all I can to help you be the best writer you can be.
I am currently between jobs and school right now. The plan is to return to school to pursue even higher education. One thing that I love to do most is to help other people.
Biola University - Bachelors, Psychology
SAT Composite: 1750
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student becomes an independent learner when he/she learns to love the subject matter. Then the student will be excited enough to learn alone.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
One technique that I love to use is to have the student ask me questions about the material. If the questions are in depth and are well thought out, then that means the student actually has gained an understanding of the material!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
When a student has started to master a subject or realizes that it is possible to master a subject, that is when a student's confidence is built.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Slow and steady wins the race. I believe that there is more than one way to learn a subject. People might learn at different speeds, in different styles, and different efforts given, but any person can learn anything with a good teacher. Knowing that each person is different, I try to adapt my teaching style to that individual person so that the lesson can be the most effective.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would apply the material to the student's personal life. That way the student would feel like the subject is applicable to daily life. Also, to keep the student motivated, I would also be motivated and excited to learn, study, and teach.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help the student see the subject in a personal way, and have them apply it to their own lives somehow.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Getting to know them and building a trusting relationship. Afterwards, the first session would consist of finding the student's strengths and weaknesses, and finding out where the student is getting lost. One important thing is to determine what the student actually knows and does not know; that is one of the first things to determine in the session.