I am a PhD student in Anthropology, fluent in Spanish, and excited to be working with young people to improve skills in multiple languages, writing, and the social sciences. I have been tutoring high school students in Spanish for four years, but I can also teach beginning to intermediate French.
I'm a local of Issaquah, and I have been studying the Spanish language for over 10 years. I've lived in Switzerland, Spain, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. The research I do for my graduate studies takes place in the Dominican Republic, so I have an excellent knowledge of both formal and colloquial spoken Spanish, and my training in comparative languages has given me a strong background in grammar and writing.
As a doctoral student, a huge part of my work is the ability to write and edit papers, articles, and grants in order to fund my research. I have studied extensively the techniques of writing at all levels, taking courses in pedagogy and grading for my field. High school students that have worked with me on their writing skills for English and Social Studies classes have improved their grades and consistently write stronger papers after working with me. I have also provided guidance and support for students writing college application essays.
As someone training to teach at the university level, I'm invested in the different ways that students learn. My abilities to adapt my teaching techniques to the needs of my students has been the aspect of tutoring that I love best. Often in the classroom students are asked to adapt to the teaching style of the professor, and I take seriously tutoring as a way for young learners to approach materials using their own learning strengths.
I always bring energy and creativity to my tutoring, as well as a commitment to working with students to improve their grades, knowledge, and ability to participate in the classroom environment.
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