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My tutoring subjects of expertise are math (basic to calculus), writing for many subjects both in English and Spanish, English grammar and composition, literature, American and world history, and Spanish writing and language lessons. My subjects of expertise are all subjects that I am very passionate about and have studied extensively during my undergraduate and graduate education at Columbia University. I also have extensive experience using my subjects of expertise on a regular basis for my work as a policy researcher. My work entails writing about policy and economic development and includes both quantitative and qualitative historical analysis.
My tutoring methods vary depending on students' abilities and needs. I like to make learning fun by relating subjects to other topics that students already know and understand easily so that they can feel more at ease with the subject. At each session I review the student's knowledge and comfort with the subject and needed assignment (and or task) and then go over the the critical areas and probe with verbal questions that give me an indication of the student's level of comprehension of the subject. After the initial review and critical area lesson, students will practice the knowledge learned by solving problems and questions. Problems and questions can be part of assignments (current or previous) or will be developed by me before the lesson (if and when I have enough information of the areas of need before the lesson) or during the lesson. In the case of tutoring to learn or improve English or Spanish proficiency, conversations and flash cards with key words and phrases are instrumental. Before the end of each session, I will go over next steps and recommendations for students to do after the session. For continuous students, we will go over the areas to be covered during the next session and deliverables from the student for the next session. These "deliverables" are not a homework assignment, but they will be related to help the student with school homework or desired subject proficiency goals.
I am a fluent Spanish speaker and have extensive writing and reading proficiency. I also have a Minor in Spanish Literature from Columbia University. I studied abroad in Madrid Spain via the Middlebury Language program. In addition, I also use spanish in business settings on a regular basis and translate business documents from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English on a regular basis for my job.
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