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University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A. in Art)
My primary goal as a tutor is to engage students with a unique and innovative learning process that will help them excel in their current academics, future schooling and furthermore, in the spectrum of life pursuits that awaits them! Paying attention to the distinct abilities of and challenges facing each student, I tailor my tutoring methods to accommodate a range of learning styles and needs. Through this adaptive approach, I believe it is possible for every individual to succeed at and gain enjoyment from studying Spanish.
I have experience teaching in a variety of settings, including as a tutor for middle-school youth, as a certified substitute teacher for K-12 within Santa Cruz County and two years as a teaching assistant in Santa Cruz and Mountain View schools. Prior to my work in education, I received my B.A. in Art from UC-Santa Cruz, propelled toward this major by a broad background of intellectual explorations and diverse experiences.
Beginning at an early age, I have had extensive training in Spanish and carry an in-depth understanding of both the written and spoken language. Having traveled in Latin America on more than five separate occasions, I have noted cultural and idiomatic differences that are useful to students trying to improve and gain real understanding outside of the classroom setting. Recently, I have spent close to two months traveling in Spain, further improving my own Spanish language abilities and cultural fluency. I tutor up to AP-Level Spanish and can offer help with conceptual understanding of grammar, conversation and reading comprehension, development of effective study techniques and improvement of organizational/time management. While I like to focus primarily on the homework and study materials that have been provided to each student, I also supplement with outside resources whenever possible. I find it especially helpful to incorporate online study materials, alternative textbooks and various activity worksheets in conjunction with Spanish visual and audio media (i.e. music, video, radio, podcasts etc.) in order to reinforce different elements of Spanish language and culture.
In all of my tutoring sessions, I aim to bring the Spanish language alive and invigorate students to reach for the stars! Boosting confidence and embracing inquisitiveness are sources of pride for how I work with students and I look forward to establishing unique relationships with each student to help them excel in learning Spanish. Please contact me with any questions or to figure out how I can help.
Amasa My primary goal as a tutor is to engage students with a unique and innovative learning process that will help them excel in their current academics, future schooling and furthermore, in the spectrum of life pursuits that awaits them! Paying attention to the distinct abilities of and challenges
My son loved tutoring with Amasa. He explains things well and Jack was very ready to take the Spanish 3 final!
Amasa focused on what I needed to learn for my final because we just started working together. It was really helpful.
Amasa tutored my freshman son in Spanish 2. He has excellent oral and written knowledge. We will be using him again next year for Spanish 3. Money well spent.
My son had given up on Spanish when we contacted Amasa. In fact, he hated it and thought learning a second language was pointless. Amasa was the right person at the right time. His mastery of the language and ability to teach the material was impressive. And because Amasa is a young man, my teenage son could relate to him well and enjoyed their sessions. He began to study more, learn more and perform much better on oral and written assignments. His grades improved dramatically. Hiring Amasa was one of the best decisions we've made.
Amasa is a fantastic Spanish tutor. My son is taking Spanish 3 in high school. Amasa not only helps him with the work he is currently learning, but also helps him understand the big picture. He is extremely organized and a great communicator in terms of scheduling. Amasa is also flexible which is important when your student has extra curricular activities. Thanks so much, Amasa!
My son had a great experience with Amasa. He was very patient and engaging as he encourages the writing process.
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Over the past two years I have worked in two different Special Education classrooms, working with students facing a variety of learning challenges, including ADD and ADHD. I have directly supported these students by encouraging different learning and study techniques, helping them to understand what works best for them and providing them with multiple possible approaches to any given task or assignment. In addition, I have provided a plethora of outside resources for these students to access which can help them work with their learning challenges and allow them to thrive in their academic pursuits.
This previous year I worked as an Instructional Assistant in the Special Education program at Mountain View High School, aiding daily in 3 sections of English 1 and 2. I helped students understand grammar concepts, particularly in the context of writing assignments based on the literature we were reading. I also assisted these students in editing their written work, proofreading papers and offering suggestions for revisions prior to submittal. After assignments were completed, I shared responsibility for grading papers, leaving feedback and further advice for post-submittal revisions. These included notes on appropriate paper structuring, rewording of sentences and spelling corrections. Many times too, I was working one-on-one with students to revisit books to improve textual understanding and find evidence to incorporate in their analytical writing assignments.
I have been developing my Spanish language fluency since a very early age, when I was enrolled during elementary school in weekly afterschool Spanish classes. In high school, I completed up to AP-level Spanish and received a top score on the AP exam. During high school, I also travelled on three separate occasions to Spanish speaking countries in Latin America, working via different community organizations with locals to help establish and grow initiatives surrounding education or community building/improvements. These trips solidified a near fluency in the language, as I was required to speak with community residents solely in Spanish, only aided at times by one other organizer who joined me from the US.
During college, I returned to South America and worked for two months as the only English-speaking employee of a ecotourism ranch and hotel located in the Patagonia area of Argentina. This job required I speak with guests and other employees almost exclusively in Spanish.
After college, I worked as an Instructional Assistant in two different Special Education classrooms over the course of two years, and these jobs subsequently required I employ Spanish as a means of communicating with a handful of ESL students, who at times faced extreme difficulties understanding lessons or assignments in English. During these two years, I have also tutored a number of students in Spanish through WyzAnt, receiving excellent reviews from clients all over the Peninsula.
I have been a middle school tutor for many different children and currently mentor a number of high school students whom I have met through my work as a substitute teacher. In many of these sessions, the student and I focus on how to effectively study the subjects they are immersed in. I work with them to develop strategies that employ the use of many different study resources, including flashcards, reference books, online quizzing and class/group review sessions. We also concentrate on study methods including time-to-task management and structuring, effective note taking/annotating and creation of supportive study environments.