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Christian

I am a Colorado native and graduate from the University of Denver, where I graduated magna cum laude and received a B.A. in Geography with minors in Spanish and Anthropology. I attended college through the Boettcher Scholarship, a full ride scholarship to any Colorado university. Since graduating just a few short months ago, I've done work in spatial analysis, making maps for the USGS. Fittingly, I tutor subjects like Geography, Environmental Science, and Spanish, as well as ACT test prep.

It's my belief that the world is a huge, amazing place, and education gives us the best tools to explore it. For example, my educational experience has taken me hiking through European forests to learn about Human Geography, camping on Mexican beaches to learn about sea turtle ecology, and teaching in Peruvian schools to solidify my Spanish fluency while helping young students improve their English. These experiences are why I am so enthusiastic about learning, and why I'm so intent on sharing that enthusiasm with others.

In my free time, I love watching movies, hiking, camping, and reading.

Undergraduate Degree:

University of Denver - Bachelors, Geography

ACT Composite: 32

ACT English: 35

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 31

Reading, video games, hiking, board games, movies, music

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe all students deserve to be treated with respect, regardless of age. We are all learning together.

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

I would want to get to know the student better; we'd talk about the student's goals and what they like or dislike about the subject. Finally, we'd work through some practice problems so I could get an idea of the student's level of mastery.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I want to help each student find what makes each subject fun. This will likely be different for everyone, but finding it makes learning much easier and more enjoyable.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Setting clear goals and rewarding ourselves when we reach them are important aspects to keeping motivation.

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

We each learn a little differently from everyone else. My job as a tutor is to present the skill or concept in as many different ways as possible until we find the best one for the student.

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

I ask fact-recall questions about the text before the student reads it. This way, they know what to look for. Afterwards, I'll ask the student to summarize what they read in their own words. We can do this in short chunks and work our way up to longer passages. We can use graphic organizers, like Venn Diagrams or story maps to break down more complicated readings.