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Christopher

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I have worked in a wide variety of fields and spent the majority of my professional time involved in disaster relief and community service. I find something fascinating about people and wish to do what I can to support them while I learn from them at the same time.

Christopher’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Spokane Falls Community College - Current Undergrad, Anthropology

Hobbies

Running, Muay Thai, reading, photography, writing, listening to music, a good story, travel, and foreign cultures.

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

Conversational Spanish

English

ESL/ELL

Languages

Other

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Learning makes me a better teacher, and I want to teach those who want to learn more as well.

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

Get to know the student! He or she is the most important part of the process, and I want to know what they want from me in order to be able to help them efficiently.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By providing them with tools to find answers, and teaching them how to use those tools. They can then proceed more confidently on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would share my own experiences while learning the very things that I am currently teaching others. I have had my trials, and can thus empathize with other people's difficulties. I can also confidently say that a person can surmount those difficulties.

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

I would talk with the student to help them identify what part is the most complicated. If it has to do with the medium that I am using to teach, I will adapt and use another tool or approach.

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

Reading out loud with them will help to determine what parts of the text are causing them to stumble the most, and I can use that to focus my energy. I frequently ask open-ended questions to encourage critical thinking on the student's part in order to determine how they are understanding the material.

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

I present myself as openly as possible to the student to encourage a friendly and trusting teaching relationship so that the student feels confident enough to ask me questions in any situation. A student's willingness to ask questions is very important to me.

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

I would present fun ways in which the material can be applied. For example, if the student likes music, then I can use Spanish songs of a genre they like. I can use those very songs as the tool to help the student focus on the words, tones, and other aspects of the language.

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

I would ask open-ended questions to encourage the student to provide me an original answer using the knowledge possessed at that time. With language practice, I can also converse with them to gauge their understanding.

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

Responding sincerely and positively to every step of progress, and giving the student opportunities to apply what was learned so that the student can personally see their knowledge at work.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would ask questions about what they want to learn, look at some sample work that may be frustrating them, and ask them to try and work out some of the problems there with me present so that I can determine where the misunderstanding of the material lies.

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

I may choose more didactic approaches to teaching according to their responses and results, or I may give more lecture-type lessons if what they need is a supplement to the knowledge that they already have.

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

Smartphone applications, physical written media, songs, films, and television shows.