Energetic and Engaging Spanish Tutor
Energetic and Engaging Spanish Tutor
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...
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 certified substitute teacher for K-12 within Santa Cruz County, as a teaching assistant in Santa Cruz and Mountain View schools and most recently, as an instructor at a local, private academy. I have been tutoring both through Wyzant and independently for the past three years. 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 extensively in Latin America on more than five separate occasions and working in Patagonia, 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 lived two months in Spain, further solidifying 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 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 grow their knowledge base in the most sustainable way. Also integral to my teaching style bringing Spanish learning into the modern day, providing students with up-to-date cultural connections and resources for further discovery. This assists students in feeling confident exploring the language outside of the classroom and enthusiastic to employ it in local contexts.
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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 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