Teaching is a passion of mine! I love helping people learn foreign languages. It's your ticket to the world.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-San Bernardino - Bachelor in Arts, French
Creative writing (poetry/historical fiction), travel, exotic foods, playing with my dogs!
AP US History
Basic Computer Literacy
CBEST - The California Basic Educational Skills Test
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
GED Social Studies
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I adapt my teaching style to the student's learning style. Some are audio learners, other visual, and others both. I quickly learn what techniques are helpful and which aren't.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Discuss what the student's goals are in the subject and in tutoring with me, and then determine where they are and begin addressing areas the student needs help with.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will share with the student the strategies I've learned through high school and college. There are a myriad of resources outside the classroom, teacher and textbook, but it's knowing where to start looking that's half the battle.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would have the student keep a log of all the hours they spend studying, and what type- i.e. reading, note taking, practicing with flashcards, etc. I would also have them log the progress they've made from quizzes and exams, if applicable, and show that they are, in fact, improving.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would assess what teaching style I'm currently using and change it. It's the tutor's responsibility to adapt their teaching methods to the student's own learning methods. The tutor does that work so that all the student has to do is learn the material.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would encourage them to do as much reading in their own time as possible. Practice, practice, practice. Becoming proficient in any subject is a process, and steps shouldn't be skipped. The more time a student dedicates to reading in their own time, the more progress we can make together, because when we meet for sessions, they'll have a list of what they need help with, and we can immediately address those issues.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I take my time to accurately assess the student's needs and goals, discuss what they want to achieve, what they need help with, and what they've tried already that isn't working out for them. Then I will introduce new methods of instruction that hopefully match the student's learning style. If not, I will keep trying until I find what works.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I can always find a way to make a subject relevant to the student's own life and experiences. When you feel that French, for example, will never be useful to you, I can always show you how it already is useful and can be relevant in your life. When a student feels a personal connection with a subject matter, it makes it more familiar, less abstract or unknown, and then it gets fun and exciting.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask the student to teach me the lesson as if they were the teacher. If a student is proficient enough in the material to teach it to someone else, then they understand it and we can move on.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I will ask them questions regarding material I am certain they have mastered already. Praise goes a long way, and in order to give praise, I have to anticipate them having the right answers by asking the right questions. This will be done to boost morale if they are feeling like they haven't grasped a concept or if they feel like they aren't making progress. I'll remind them of all the progress they've made thus far, and encourage them to keep at it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I will first ask what the student thinks he needs help with, and also through trial and error with working with different lessons, I will discover what else they need help with that wasn't previously mentioned by the student.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If a student is a visual learner, I will use a visual-based teaching style (which is a written style). If they are more auditory learners, then a lot of discussion will be involved, speaking between the two of us. Some people like myself are audio-visual learners, meaning we require both visual cues (the written word) as well as auditory cues (the spoken word) to really grasp the concept. I will quickly ascertain which learning style my student has, and I will adjust my techniques accordingly.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Anything that they might need. Worksheets, textbooks, magazines, novels, comic strips, videos, songs/music, maps, flashcards... Anything that might help.