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Amasa W.

Energetic and Engaging Spanish Tutor

Energetic and Engaging Spanish Tutor

$80/hour

  • 277 hours tutoring

  • Los Altos, CA 94022

About Amasa


Bio

My primary goal as a Spanish tutor is to engage students in a unique and innovative learning process that will help propel them towards success in their current academics as well as 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...

My primary goal as a Spanish tutor is to engage students in a unique and innovative learning process that will help propel them towards success in their current academics as well as 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 certified substitute teacher within Santa Cruz County, as a teaching assistant in Santa Cruz and Mountain View school districts and, more recently, as an instructor at a private Menlo Park academy. I have been tutoring both through Wyzant and independently for the past four years, working with students in and around the Bay Area, as well as remotely through online sessions. 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 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 worked and traveled extensively in Latin America on more than five separate occasions (2+ cumulative years), I have noted cultural and idiomatic differences that are useful to students trying to improve and gain real understanding beyond the classroom setting. Most recently, I founded and managed a cycling tour operator on the coast of Uruguay, providing me further opportunity to employ my Spanish abilities in an international context. I even continued to meet with students remotely, giving them bits of cultural immersion direct from the source to their computer screen!

I have a serious passion for all things Spanish and my students know me not just as an effective, results-oriented coach for their studies but as a mentor who pushes them towards opportunities to make Spanish applicable and meaningful in their own lives. I’m a firm believer in the power of language to broaden perspectives and connect people in invaluable ways. Learning a language should be fun, challenging and ultimately, empowering! To embody that empowerment, however, requires an intentional and targeted approach to the Spanish language.

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. From my vast experience in a variety of teaching settings, simply put I know what works and provide students tried and tested tips, tricks and strategies to achieve the highest level of academic success. While I like to focus on the study materials and homework that have been provided to each student, I love to supplement with outside resources as much as possible. I find it especially vital to incorporate other online resources, 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. At the core of all my tutoring, I pride myself on immersive lessons where students can hear the language and feel comfortable and encouraged to speak.

In all of my sessions, I aim to bring the Spanish language alive and invigorate students to reach for the stars! Generating personalized learning strategies, boosting confidence and embracing inquisitiveness are my ethos and I look forward to establishing relationships with students that situate them as thriving life-long learners.

Please contact me with any questions or to figure out how I can help!

All best,
Amasa W.


Education

University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A. in Art

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $80
  • Rate details: For tutoring sessions more than one hour, I offer a discount on the additional time. Please contact me for more information or to discuss group rates.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 30 miles of Los Altos, CA 94022
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/20/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

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.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have been developing my Spanish language fluency since a very early age, when I was enrolled in Spanish immersion classes throughout elementary and middle school. In high school, I completed up to AP-level Spanish, receiving the top score on the AP exam. During these years, I also travelled during three separate summers to Spanish speaking countries in Latin America, working via different community organizations to help establish and grow initiatives surrounding education or infrastructure improvements. These trips, combined with my prior foundation, solidified a near fluency in the language and further emboldened my drive to master the language and pursue future experiences in Spanish-speaking countries. Later, in between college years I returned to South America and worked the summer season as a guest coordinator and translator on a traditional ‘estancia’ located in the Patagonia region of Argentina, afterwards taking another semester to travel throughout the majority of the continent and forging deep relationships with the people and landscapes. Among other work and travel situations, I most recently founded and managed a cycling tour operator (Mondo Bongo Bici) on the coast of Uruguay, working with locals to develop adventure trips and guiding tours of the area. For the past five years, I have been fortunate to work in high school education teaching Spanish in public and private classroom settings, as well as one-on-one through Wyzant and independently. This has afforded me further mastery of the language and instructional methods, as well as given me the ability to continue traveling when not working. Even when I am off traveling, I have worked with students remotely to help them excel in Spanish and experience cultural immersion through our lessons! Learning the Spanish language opened (and continues to open) countless amazing doors for me, it’s my goal to give students the tools and inspiration they need to be empowered and enriched by Spanish too!
Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

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.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

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.
Reading, Spelling

English

Grammar,

Grammar

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.
Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Spelling

Homeschool

Spanish,

Spanish

I have been developing my Spanish language fluency since a very early age, when I was enrolled in Spanish immersion classes throughout elementary and middle school. In high school, I completed up to AP-level Spanish, receiving the top score on the AP exam. During these years, I also travelled during three separate summers to Spanish speaking countries in Latin America, working via different community organizations to help establish and grow initiatives surrounding education or infrastructure improvements. These trips, combined with my prior foundation, solidified a near fluency in the language and further emboldened my drive to master the language and pursue future experiences in Spanish-speaking countries. Later, in between college years I returned to South America and worked the summer season as a guest coordinator and translator on a traditional ‘estancia’ located in the Patagonia region of Argentina, afterwards taking another semester to travel throughout the majority of the continent and forging deep relationships with the people and landscapes. Among other work and travel situations, I most recently founded and managed a cycling tour operator (Mondo Bongo Bici) on the coast of Uruguay, working with locals to develop adventure trips and guiding tours of the area. For the past five years, I have been fortunate to work in high school education teaching Spanish in public and private classroom settings, as well as one-on-one through Wyzant and independently. This has afforded me further mastery of the language and instructional methods, as well as given me the ability to continue traveling when not working. Even when I am off traveling, I have worked with students remotely to help them excel in Spanish and experience cultural immersion through our lessons! Learning the Spanish language opened (and continues to open) countless amazing doors for me, it’s my goal to give students the tools and inspiration they need to be empowered and enriched by Spanish too!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

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.
Reading, Spelling

Language

Spanish

Spanish

I have been developing my Spanish language fluency since a very early age, when I was enrolled in Spanish immersion classes throughout elementary and middle school. In high school, I completed up to AP-level Spanish, receiving the top score on the AP exam. During these years, I also travelled during three separate summers to Spanish speaking countries in Latin America, working via different community organizations to help establish and grow initiatives surrounding education or infrastructure improvements. These trips, combined with my prior foundation, solidified a near fluency in the language and further emboldened my drive to master the language and pursue future experiences in Spanish-speaking countries. Later, in between college years I returned to South America and worked the summer season as a guest coordinator and translator on a traditional ‘estancia’ located in the Patagonia region of Argentina, afterwards taking another semester to travel throughout the majority of the continent and forging deep relationships with the people and landscapes. Among other work and travel situations, I most recently founded and managed a cycling tour operator (Mondo Bongo Bici) on the coast of Uruguay, working with locals to develop adventure trips and guiding tours of the area. For the past five years, I have been fortunate to work in high school education teaching Spanish in public and private classroom settings, as well as one-on-one through Wyzant and independently. This has afforded me further mastery of the language and instructional methods, as well as given me the ability to continue traveling when not working. Even when I am off traveling, I have worked with students remotely to help them excel in Spanish and experience cultural immersion through our lessons! Learning the Spanish language opened (and continues to open) countless amazing doors for me, it’s my goal to give students the tools and inspiration they need to be empowered and enriched by Spanish too!

Most Popular

Spanish,

Spanish

I have been developing my Spanish language fluency since a very early age, when I was enrolled in Spanish immersion classes throughout elementary and middle school. In high school, I completed up to AP-level Spanish, receiving the top score on the AP exam. During these years, I also travelled during three separate summers to Spanish speaking countries in Latin America, working via different community organizations to help establish and grow initiatives surrounding education or infrastructure improvements. These trips, combined with my prior foundation, solidified a near fluency in the language and further emboldened my drive to master the language and pursue future experiences in Spanish-speaking countries. Later, in between college years I returned to South America and worked the summer season as a guest coordinator and translator on a traditional ‘estancia’ located in the Patagonia region of Argentina, afterwards taking another semester to travel throughout the majority of the continent and forging deep relationships with the people and landscapes. Among other work and travel situations, I most recently founded and managed a cycling tour operator (Mondo Bongo Bici) on the coast of Uruguay, working with locals to develop adventure trips and guiding tours of the area. For the past five years, I have been fortunate to work in high school education teaching Spanish in public and private classroom settings, as well as one-on-one through Wyzant and independently. This has afforded me further mastery of the language and instructional methods, as well as given me the ability to continue traveling when not working. Even when I am off traveling, I have worked with students remotely to help them excel in Spanish and experience cultural immersion through our lessons! Learning the Spanish language opened (and continues to open) countless amazing doors for me, it’s my goal to give students the tools and inspiration they need to be empowered and enriched by Spanish too!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

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.
Reading

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

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.

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

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.
Study Skills

Study Skills

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.

Summer

Spanish,

Spanish

I have been developing my Spanish language fluency since a very early age, when I was enrolled in Spanish immersion classes throughout elementary and middle school. In high school, I completed up to AP-level Spanish, receiving the top score on the AP exam. During these years, I also travelled during three separate summers to Spanish speaking countries in Latin America, working via different community organizations to help establish and grow initiatives surrounding education or infrastructure improvements. These trips, combined with my prior foundation, solidified a near fluency in the language and further emboldened my drive to master the language and pursue future experiences in Spanish-speaking countries. Later, in between college years I returned to South America and worked the summer season as a guest coordinator and translator on a traditional ‘estancia’ located in the Patagonia region of Argentina, afterwards taking another semester to travel throughout the majority of the continent and forging deep relationships with the people and landscapes. Among other work and travel situations, I most recently founded and managed a cycling tour operator (Mondo Bongo Bici) on the coast of Uruguay, working with locals to develop adventure trips and guiding tours of the area. For the past five years, I have been fortunate to work in high school education teaching Spanish in public and private classroom settings, as well as one-on-one through Wyzant and independently. This has afforded me further mastery of the language and instructional methods, as well as given me the ability to continue traveling when not working. Even when I am off traveling, I have worked with students remotely to help them excel in Spanish and experience cultural immersion through our lessons! Learning the Spanish language opened (and continues to open) countless amazing doors for me, it’s my goal to give students the tools and inspiration they need to be empowered and enriched by Spanish too!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

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.
Reading

Ratings and Reviews


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Knowledgable and patient tutor

Amasa's approach to my daughter is patient and encouraging. He uses the textbook to understand what is coming next in her lessons and prepares her, as well as concentrating on building a foundation of basics. He is actually teaching, not just addressing the work at hand - some tutors do not have that skill, ability, or interest

Linda, 3 lessons with Amasa

Wonderful tutor

My son loved tutoring with Amasa. He explains things well and Jack was very ready to take the Spanish 3 final!

Jennifer, 4 lessons with Amasa

Knowledgeable and Fun

Amasa focused on what I needed to learn for my final because we just started working together. It was really helpful.

LeeAnn, 10 lessons with Amasa

Excellent. Highly Recommend.

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.

Erin, 20 lessons with Amasa

Best Tutor Ever

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.

Jenny, 10 lessons with Amasa

Excellent

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!

Sue, 10 lessons with Amasa

Very helpful!

My son had a great experience with Amasa. He was very patient and engaging as he encourages the writing process.

Lisa, 3 lessons with Amasa
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