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Jose

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In the Fall of 2013, I got my Associates degree in General Studies from Laredo Community College. In Spring of 2016 I graduated Cum Laude with my Bachelors from the University of Rio Grande Valley. My major was Communication Studies and under my major, I minored in French, Spanish and English language studies. In the near future, I plan to get my Masters degree in Spanish Linguistics and my Doctorates in French Linguistics.

The reason I pursued these fields in my degree were because I love to communicate and I love watching and observing how people communicate with each other. Even more interesting when people communicate in a different language. My motto is, Communication and Languages go hand in hand and play a vital role in one's life for survival.


I believe that students have a lot to teach a tutor and tutors can learn so much from their students. One of the main reasons why I chose to become a tutor is because I like helping people. There are far too many students who need help in a particular subject, but they don't know where to seek that help, and I feel that I can help them develop their skills.

In my previous tutoring, many students had that small spark to master that certain subject that they found so daunting. All they needed was a match to ignite that spark and turn into an epic fire, a fire that created an explosion that opened their mind to endless possibilities, enhances their learning and overcome their fears.

I tutor Spanish, French, English and Speech. The reason why I tutor these languages is because they are important and they are academic languages that a student will carry and may even need to use in future and everyday life. As for speech, it is an important skill that people have to develop in order to communicate and express themselves.

My teaching philosophy and tutoring styles are simple. Since I consider myself an empathic person, I like to put myself in my students place. I like to understand and connect with them. See where they are coming from and what is it that they are lacking in a certain subject. I also like to introduce my students to new things and explaining it to them with examples. By doing this, my student and I can work together to fix and improve their ability to muster that subject that they are lacking.

When I'm not tutoring, I enjoy going to dog shows and seeing different breeds walk through the run way. Other things that interests me outside of academia is watching horror films and reading horror books. I also like to write short horror stories. Horror has always interested me because it is an alternative to another reality. Aside from watching and reading horror stuff, I also like to watch foreign films. When I watch a foreign film, I learn a lot from that their culture. When I have extra time, I enjoy reading books in Spanish and French, especially books in medieval literature.

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Jose’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University Rio Grand Valley - Bachelors, Communication Studies Major, French Minor, Spanish Minor, English Minor

Hobbies

Meeting and helping people, learning from people, helping out at animal shelters, reading and writing.

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

Conversational French

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

ESL/ELL

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

High School English

Languages

Public Speaking

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Practice makes perfect. The more you read, the more you expand your mind to endless possibilities and knowledge.

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

Touch bases. Introduce each other, introduce the material, bring the student's problem to light and work the problem out.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The best approach and tactic will be through trial and error. But most of all, having them understand the ways one can learn on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By encouragement; it goes a long way. Also, setting goals for themselves.

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

First I will explain it in detail; this will help them to understand it. Then I will show them examples on how it is done. This example will be done over and over. After that, I will have them teach me the material to see if they understood it.

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

First I would read the material and have them listen to me. After reading it, I will ask them questions to see if they understood. Second, I will have them read the material, and after they are done, I will ask them question to see if they understood. If they are unable to understand what was read, I will then help them find important clues to understanding the material.

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

Building rapport and trust. Being empathetic and perceptive of their situation and problem. But best of all, putting myself in their place. How would I feel if I was having a hard time understanding material? Patience is a virtue, and it pays off really well.

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

By incorporating the subject into a game-- any type of game. For example, a card game or a TV game like Jeopardy! Also, using celebrities as examples, with them being students who have trouble with the material.

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

Practice. Reading, studying, comprehension and social media.

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

By showing them that it is possible to master that subject. Using other people's examples who have had trouble with a subject. Letting the student know that they are not alone.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By understanding them. Also, by knowing what it is that they are not comfortable with and what they don't want to share and talk about.

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

By simply understanding them. Also, relate with them to understand them.

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

Books are my resources. Also, notes from my previous academic classes.

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