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Paola

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I believe in teaching made fun - not boring and rhetorical. We all learn differently, therefore I don't limit my teaching to a single approach. Depending on the learner, I use fun and different techniques. I capture my students' interest with drawings, pictures, stories and fun activities. These activities combined with other core subjects make the lessons more fun and effective.

Paola’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Florida State College at Jacksonville - Bachelors, AA

Graduate Degree: University of North Florida - Current Grad Student, Art

Hobbies

Printing, drawing, yoga, walking, watching historical movies and documentaries

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

Conversational Italian

Conversational Spanish

Italian

Languages

Other

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in making learning a fun experience. A lot of us are visual learners. Depending on the age group, I like to combine art, crafts, games, and stories when I teach. When teaching to an older group, I introduce culture and historical fun facts about other countries. We all know that a lot of students see school as boring and dread the thought of going in every day. My approach to the student is, first of all, to inspire and encourage him/her to believe in themselves. Believe that they are capable and well able to accomplish almost anything if they try a little harder. The student must believe and understand the importance of good academic standards. That there is much more to school than just having good grades, and they can also culture good academic patterns. This will benefit them now and in their future success in life.

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

Usually, I introduce myself with a short PowerPoint presentation which tells a little about myself, my family, and pets.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The key is to make the student understand the benefits of good academic standards in life. Encouraging the student to believe in themselves and their ability to succeed.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Creating a fun experience every time. Trying to make the subject less boring and connecting in a positive way so that the student will not dread when tutoring time comes, but on the contrary be excited about it!

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

Try different approaches, using other methods.

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

I try to create scenarios, or I use drawings and images.

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

To connect in a fun and relaxed environment is a must. To have a routine is strongly encouraged. To be friendly but also firm and to set expectations.

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

To flip the card and make it fun if possible. To remind them that when I was a kid, I had the same struggle and that I overcame it, so if I did it they can do it too!

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

I usually plan a lesson ahead of time. Depending on the age group, there are different ways and techniques that can help make the subject easier.

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

In giving a lot of compliments whenever they achieve something.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

In working closely and on a one on one basis. This is all I need to see the area of struggle and concerns on whatever subject.

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

Accordingly. To the student's needs and areas of interest. Using different approaches and sticking with the most effective.

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

Visuals, it can be with drawings, pictures, power points, and so on.