I am a bi-lingual tutor in English and Spanish. I have a Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I specialize in reading comprehension, grammar, and writing in both languages.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Creighton University - Bachelors, Sociology
Graduate Degree: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey - Masters, TESOL
Reading, traveling, listening to music, cooking
Q & A
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I think that you need to meet the student where they are at in the learning process. Next, as a tutor, I need to see what their learning style is like in order to best serve them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use their textbook, worksheets, and audio/visual resources.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I strive to help students become lifelong, independent learners.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would interview the student about their needs. I would do a diagnostic test, if applicable. I would also ask them about their learning style(s).
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By scaffolding the lessons to enable them to do the work themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Make it fun. Make it a challenge. With respect to language learning, I would try to tailor the session to their interests.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would check in about their learning styles first. Then I would revise the lesson to help them connect with the concept in a way that fits how they learn.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
1. Pre-reading 2. Guided reading 3. Facilitate a discussion 4. Identify key words
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Creative dialogues, audio-visual resources, and their own interests.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Again, it's about finding their "why" and helping feed their interest in the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Mini-quizzes, project based learning, and formative assessment.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I think you build a student's confidence by facilitating graduated levels of difficulty.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
1. Ask them 2. View their previous work 3. Have them do a diagnostic