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Maria

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I am a 48 years-old Native Spanish speaker from Spain. I hold a Master in History under the University of Valencia (Spain.) I have been teaching Spanish (all levels) and Social Studies in the US since 2005. Being able to make the most boring material intriguing for my students after 12 years teaching in the United States, they affirm that I am a very creative teacher who loves her work, inspiring students who are struggling with Spanish or Social Studies. My students become very motivated and excited to learn more after a class with me. My goal is not limited to your success in your exams, but you are able to understand Spanish or Social Studies by yourself in a very easy way.

Maria’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Valencia - Bachelors, History

Graduate Degree: University of Valencia - Masters, History

Hobbies

Jazz Music, Murals, Editing video & image.

Tutoring Subjects


Q & A

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

After introducing each other, I LISTEN carefully to the student, who tries to explain his/her issues related to the subject. I analyze the student's reasons, preparing a series of classes personalized and focused to solve these issues.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Giving the student attractive clues that encourage him/her to solve the problem by him/herself.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Teaching the subject in a very attractive and nice way. When students realize that my interest in them is genuine, they react very positively with the subject.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

To check what is the real reason ("the gap") of his/her difficulty. Typically, a gap in the student's subject background is what drive him/her crazy in their learning process. I must discover the gap.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Reading with them, adapting my reading to their speed, and giving a necessary explanation after each sentence.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

To provide examples of real life and/or the student's interests, adapted to the topic of the subject that we are learning.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

As I commented before, my teaching is attractive; I can adapt the most boring topic into a very enjoyable class.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

1.) Asking the student 2.) Giving him/her an open comment that the student closes without hesitation. 3.) Providing the student the opportunity to give his/her own conclusions.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Introducing the subject in a nice and easy way.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Listening carefully to his/her concerns.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Once I realize what are the student's weakness and needs, I prepare a set of personalized classes.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Books. Lots of drawings (I do them fast and expressively. My students really enjoy and understand the subject.). Video resources of my own.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Quality teaching is only possible when communication is effective and the teacher really loves what he/she is doing.