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Michael T.

Milpitas, CA

$55/hr

Everyone learns Spanish differently

Usually responds in about 2 days

Everyone learns Spanish differently

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The students who connect with my approach the most are those for whom foreign language does not come easy; that is how Spanish was for me.

Spanish was by far my most difficult course when I returned to college. Math and science were easiest for me to understand, but my techniques for success in those were not helpful with Spanish.

A professor told me the best way to learn something is to teach it. So I trained as a CRLA II certified tutor to learn techniques I could apply to succeed with Spanish. I found what worked for me and, as a tutor, I help others find what works for them. My students encouraged me early on to pursue a second career in teaching, and so I completed a Masters in Spanish at San Jose State to qualify myself to teach Spanish at community colleges.

Math:
Prealgebra
Science:
Biology
Language:
Spanish
Homeschool:
Biology, Prealgebra, Spanish
Corporate Training:
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Spanish

3 learning tracks that can be mixed and matched.

The "Good Grade" program is for students mainly concerned about their letter-grade in class. The steady pace keeps the student a chapter ahead of the rest of the class, which eliminates surprises and the anxiety they can cause, and lets the student enjoy and get the most from their in-class practice time. In this program, learning study skills and test-taking strategies receive as much importance as the Spanish material itself.

The "Focused Study" program is for students who set out to achieve a long-term goal, like becoming conversant or even fluent in Spanish. The four skill areas (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Understanding) are continually assessed, and the exercises and teaching methods are likewise adapted to assure that students feel they are progressing toward their long-term goal. This program is all about keeping motivated by setting short-term goals as a way of measuring progress.

The "Traditional" program is the traditional tutoring arrangement, offering the advantage of spur-of-the-moment sessions in order to help the student get past a particularly difficult area. A good time to engage tutoring is once at the start of the semester and two weeks before a major test, final exam, or class project.

San Jose State University
Spanish
San Jose State University
Master's

Education

San Jose State University (Spanish)

San Jose State University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Initial visit payable only if you decide to use me. $55/hr Initial visit. <$55/hr Spanish instruction, as negotiated during initial visit.

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 40 miles of Milpitas, CA 95035.


About Michael

The students who connect with my approach the most are those for whom foreign language does not come easy; that is how Spanish was for me.

Spanish was by far my most difficult course when I returned to college. Math and science were easiest for me to understand, but my techniques for success in those were not helpful with Spanish.

A professor told me the best way to learn something is to teach it. So I trained as a CRLA II certified tutor to learn techniques I could apply to succeed with Spanish. I found what worked for me and, as a tutor, I help others find what works for them. My students encouraged me early on to pursue a second career in teaching, and so I completed a Masters in Spanish at San Jose State to qualify myself to teach Spanish at community colleges.

Education

San Jose State University
Spanish
San Jose State University
Master's

Education

San Jose State University (Spanish)

San Jose State University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Initial visit payable only if you decide to use me. $55/hr Initial visit. <$55/hr Spanish instruction, as negotiated during initial visit.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Milpitas, CA 95035

Michael’s Subjects

Math:
Prealgebra
Science:
Biology
Language:
Spanish
Homeschool:
Biology, Prealgebra, Spanish
Corporate Training:
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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