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Carlos Z.

Sociology Professor with Liberal Arts Background

Saint Louis, MO (63126)

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I approach teaching and tutoring the way I approach sociology and human rights—with great enthusiasm and interest. Since my early college years, I felt the intense desire to make an impact in our world by influencing future generations. I wanted to wake up young minds to the multiple injustices taking place in their communities as well as around the world and instill in them the desire to change the world. The middle school, high school and college setting gives me the opportunity to engage the student in a stage of their lives where they are willing to try anything that may broaden their horizons. Furthermore, I honor the great pedagogical thinker, Paulo Freire, who believed that educating is just a reciprocal process: teachers as well as students learning from each other.

Though my primary field is sociology, I am versed in Liberal Arts due to my experience and background. Not all students are sociology majors and thus, not all students respond to a sociological manner of thinking. By presenting primary documents, government documents and other sources, I am able to draw out the contributions of a variety of students. I am especially pleased to present visual material to students who have not regularly engaged with such texts, and are surprised at how much a picture of movie has to say about sociological ideas and its connection to contemporary world. I am not afraid to admit uncertainty, for uncertainty provides the basis for all new knowledge. My philosophy applies equally at both the general introductory level, as well as in more advanced sources, where students engage material at more detailed topical levels. I continually learn from my students, as I hope they learn from me; I firmly believe that higher education works best with a system of exchange. I love teaching and tutoring; and I feel this comes across in my regular classroom interactions. I feel that my student evaluations and the optional comments they share reflect my commitment to active learning.

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Carlos’s subjects

English, Writing
Portuguese, Spanish
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, World History
Elementary Education:
English, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Corporate Training:
Portuguese, Spanish

Study Skills

Study skills or study strategies are approaches applied to learning. They are generally critical to success in school and are considered essential for acquiring good grades, and are useful for learning throughout one's life. There are an array of study skills, which may tackle the process of organizing and taking in new information, retaining information, or dealing with assessments. They include mnemonics, which aid the retention of lists of information, effective reading and concentration techniques, as well as efficient note taking.

While often left up to the student and their support network, study skills are increasingly taught at High School and University level. More broadly, any skill which boosts a person's ability to study and pass exams can be termed a study skill, and this could include time management and motivational techniques. Study Skills are discrete techniques that can be learned, usually in a short time, and applied to all or most fields of study. They must therefore be distinguished from strategies that are specific to a particular field of study e.g. music or technology, and from abilities inherent in the student, such as aspects of intelligence or learning style.

I have been teaching/tutoring my students study skills since I began teaching Spring of 1997. In all of my courses i go over basic test-taking, study skills and other tools necessary for my students to excel. While meeting with students I go over various techniques to help them write better, organize their time, organize their materials and perform better not only in my courses, but in other courses too.

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Austin College (International Studie)

University of Kansas (KU) (Master's)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (PhD)

Learning Spanish with Carlos Z. — Carlos is a most knowledgeable and helpful teacher. He starts where the student is and goes from there. His knowledge of the language includes that of the culture in which the language is spoken. Carlos is passionate about Spanish culture, including its food (being a cook himself). By representing the culture whose language he teaches, Carlos brings Spain into your home. He skillfully adapts to th ...

— Otto from Gloucester, MA on 6/9/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

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Carlos will travel within 20 miles of Saint Louis, MO 63126.

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