I am a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, where I obtained a bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering. I first learned about tutoring in the El Paso Community College, where I completed my basic courses including remedial math, all the way to Calculus I. I became a tutor while attending college where I tutored all levels of math up to Calculus I to students from that campus. It wasn't until I transferred to university that I realized how important tutoring is for students. As I struggled with university level courses I found myself attending tutoring sessions every day for the first semester to successfully complete my courses. I was so thankful and inspired by the tutors who aided me the entire first semester that I decided to apply for a tutoring job in the same learning center and give back by helping struggling students the same way I was helped. I now can understand students struggling in the courses I tutor because I have been in the same situation. I currently tutor math, pre-algebra, algebra I & II, calculus I, Spanish and conversational Spanish. My philosophy of teaching is helping the student understand difficult concepts through real life applications, and breaking down difficult problems to easy step by step procedures. In my spare time I enjoy learning guitar, reading, and playing soccer.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelors, Architectural Engineering
Engineering, Construction, Mechanics, Art, Soccer, Fitness
What is your teaching philosophy?
To identify the student's area of struggle to strengthen knowledge in this location, and to break down difficult problems to basic steps where an intimidating giant problem becomes several tiny easy ones.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first like to listen to my student's needs, and then proceed in the session with a few samples to prepare my student on my teaching style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Increasing the level of confidence of the student as we tackle problems of all levels and understand every single step of the way, so that the student may approach new challenges with a proven technique.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By helping the student improve their grade and showing them that hard work pays off.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would use references such as books or videos that use a different style of teaching.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help by using graphics and examples they can relate to.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best strategy is to identify the area where the student struggles by working problems, and then focusing in strengthening those areas.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would show them how difficult subjects make an individual a specialist that can reach a level above the average person, thereby increasing their quality of life.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would help the students keep very organized notes so that they may always repeat the steps and stay sharp on the subject.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Letting them tackle basic problems, and then showing them how difficult math problems are just a set of basic steps they already know.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By listening closely to the student's concerns and by watching closely as the student works problems.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I try to put myself in the student's shoes so that I can relate to their situation, and then choose what technique will work best for my student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use textbooks, examples, videos, and references that are available online.