Hello, all, and welcome to my free response page!
My tutoring experience has been brief; yet, in my opinion, has provided me with a variety of tutoring experiences.
During my upperclassman years of high school, I was a volunteer tutor for Reading Partners: a nationally-recognized non-profit that uses a targeted reading curriculum that helps struggling readers from less affluent schools build fundamental reading skills. In addition to Reading Partners, I volunteered at my local public library's homework help center, where I offered homework assistance to a largely elementary school-aged population.
I am currently a student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, where I will return for my sophomore year in the fall of 2013. I know I want to be a double major; I will be declaring my Spanish major this fall and am currently looking into anthropology as my second major. For the spring 2013 semester, I had the opportunity to serve as an after-school tutor for elementary school (K-5) children at a South Dallas school. I tutored students from every grade, but toward the middle to the end of the semester I worked mainly with 3rd through 5th grade students. I offered these students homework assistance in any subject they needed, from reading to mathematics to social studies. Through a partnership between my university and Reading Partners, I hope to be working a salaried position with the non-profit in the fall and, in the process, returning to my love for teaching struggling students how to read with fluency.
Another subject in which I have recently immersed myself is Spanish. Although I am Filipina by ethnicity and a heritage speaker of Tagalog, the principal language of the Philippines, I have always had a particular affection for the Spanish language since I began taking courses in the subject in elementary school. To shorten a very long journey of language learning and discovery, I have not stopped taking Spanish courses since the day I began learning the language.
After finishing my freshman year of college at SMU, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to truly hone my Spanish skills by studying abroad in Costa Rica for five weeks of summer 2013. I took the equivalent of two Spanish courses at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica in Heredia, Costa Rica. During these five weeks, I used Spanish in every capacity possible - from ordering at restaurants to full-on conversations with my host family. While my Spanish is not perfect, it is conversationally fluent and is something I would absolutely love to both improve and help others improve.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me!
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