Energetic and Engaging Spanish Tutor
Energetic and Engaging Spanish Tutor
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!
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 interestLinda, 3 lessons with Amasa
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
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
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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