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Iulia K.

Wilmington, DE

$35/hour

Tutor brings focus on understanding to increase academic competence!

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— Susan, Wilmington, DE on 1/28/16

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University of Delaware
Spanish

Education

University of Delaware (Spanish)

About Iulia

My road down the path of teaching began when I started to feel drawn to the teaching profession back in high school.

Because of competing interests, I got my first Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Education, and my senior year of college I began tutoring students in my local area.

During my years as a tutor I gained valuable experience in teaching students which has led me back to college to become a teacher.

Below is a description of some of the things I have learned from tutoring, as well as from my education classes, that I keep in my ‘teacher’s toolbox’ and that are helpful when working with students.

The skills described below may seem like skills a teacher would obviously posess, but the way in which they need to be carried out must be fine-tuned in order for them to work effectively.

The first skill you need to have as an educator is the ability to think about the ways in which other people think about problems, ideas, situations and about learning itself.

Being able to think of different ways in which people solve a problem lets you explain how to solve that problem in more than one way. It also lets you figure out how students think about a problem based on what they say, and that allows you to explain an idea to them in a way that they can understand more easily.

Related to this is the idea of communication, which is also very important in education because teachers need to be able to pick up on the subtle differences in the ways students think about a problem in order to be able to clarify any misunderstandings. Students, however, are not always aware about the ways they think about a problem, and because of that they are not always able to express what they don’t understand. Teachers, therefore, must ask students questions that inform them on how their students think about a problem so they can determine what they don’t know that causes confusion. The teacher can then fill in those gaps and explain the problem in a way that makes sense for the child.

The explanation you provide to students also matters, because, just as a student thinks about a problem in subtly different ways, an explanation can offer subtly different ways for students to think about a problem. Thusly, understanding how a child thinks of a problem is necessary to provide the child with the explanation he will need to understand the concept he is learning, and become able to use and later expand upon it.

The next important skill you need to know is that to be a good teacher you must keep your explanations as simple as possible for the level the student is on. You can present more complicated explanations to a student if he or she is ready to work at a higher level, but when someone is learning something for the first time, you want to make sure that they build foundational skills in being able to work with that idea at its simplest level first, and then show them step by step how to build on those ideas and solve more complex problems.

The last skill I will discuss here that is important in teaching is identifying whether the student needs help to understand the big picture, that is, the overarching principles of a concept, or whether the confusion lies in the small details of of how to move from one step to the next, or whether a combination of both situations is causing the child to struggle in school. Does the student need help to identify what division is, what a radian is or why chemical reactions occur, for example.

And that comes back to the teacher understanding how students think about problems, and being able to ask the right questions and provide great explanations.

These are the things that a good educator needs to be aware of and be able to make use of when working with students, and these are points I look for, when helping a student learn and understand a subject.
My road down the path of teaching began when I started to feel drawn to the teaching profession back in high school.

Because of competing interests, I got my first Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Education, and my senior year of college I began tutoring students in my local area.

During my years as a tutor I
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"Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor"

- Susan, Wilmington, DE on 1/28/16
Iulia replied on 3/15/2016

Thank you for your feedback Ms. Susan! My goal is always to help students understand what they need to do and the logic of why those steps are needed.

Thank you again for your feedback!

"First session went great!"

- David, Wilmington, DE on 5/31/17

"Absolutely fantastic dual-language elementary math tutor!"

- Yvonne, Wilmington, DE on 3/12/16
Iulia replied on 3/15/2016

Dear Mrs. Yvonne, thank you so much for your encouraging words. It has been great working with your son and I always try to provide enough examples to ensure students master and become comfortable with the subjects they learn.

Thank you again for your support!

"Helpful"

- Clay, Wilmington, DE on 3/12/16
Iulia replied on 3/15/2016

Clay, it's great to have your feedback!

"Great tutor"

- Dave, Wilmington, DE on 12/20/14
Iulia replied on 12/21/2014

I'm glad I could help Dave! It's great to hear your feedback!

"Patient"

- Robert, Newark, DE on 6/14/14
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra
Science:
Chemistry
English:
English, Grammar,
Reading
Test Preparation:
GED, GRE, Praxis
Computer:
General Computer
Language:
Romanian,
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar,
Handwriting,
Reading
Business:
GRE

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Algebra 1

Although I didn't major in math in college, I have been a math enthusiast for many years. After I graduated college I decided to buy the algebra I book I used in eighth grade to refresh my knowledge in algebra and bring anything that was dormant about the topic back to the forefront of my mind. I studied the book so I could understand the reasoning behind every formula and to retain the information therein for the long run. Now, twelve chapters later, I can explain to you concepts in Algebra like a chef can talk about his cooking. Whatever question you might have, please don't be afraid to ask, and I will be happy to explain it to you!

Elementary Math

Since I’ve started tutoring, I’ve worked with all levels of students in elementary math, from teaching the most basic addition and subtraction number facts to first graders, to more complicated concepts of fractions, decimals and pre-algebra equations. I can move slow to provided students with explanations for the tiniest of steps, as well as fast to provide students with condensed explanations when they are ready to move quickly. I use different techniques to help students understand a problem, including numberlines, drawings, counting manipulatives and explanations. My mission is to help students understand math and I will do whatever it takes for students to reach that point.

Grammar

I am a teacher of English as a second language to adults, and a lot of what I teach in class includes grammar. I would therefore love to show students how grammar applies to their own speech and writing, and help students identify how language is structured in communication.

Handwriting

In instructing handwriting, I will show students how to form parts of letters first (based on the different types of lines and curves of letters and numbers), while showing them how to form those segments on paper. After showing them how to write those sections of letters and numbers, I will show them how to write whole letters and entire numbers, followed by letter combinations (if they are practicing cursive).
I will also provide letters and numbers for my students to trace, in case the need arises, including ones with numbered arrows, that show the directions in which to write said graphemes, because I learned in my education classes that they aid students in learning how to form letters and numbers.
For students who confuse how to write letters such as b d and p, (which is common), I will teach them left from right and top from bottom to help them differentiate between those letters, and if students are having trouble remembering how to write letters in general, I will provide them with an alphabet strip that has the letters with numbered arrows that shows students how to form those letters.
Last but not least, to contextualize the writing practice, I will dictate words and sentences for students to write, or ask them to answer questions to practice their handwriting fluency. Preparing students for this task also involves teaching them how to form punctuation marks and give them examples of how to space their words appropriately.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is the middle ground where students begin to work with variables and find unknowns. It also involves learning how to balance an equation and can even include solving area problems. These are all things I show students how to solve with expanded examples, drawings, numberlines and even manipulatives to help students understand how to do the problems, even if they are given problems that are not cookie cutter examples that they solved in class.

Reading

In my Beginning Literacy Instruction class in college, I learned how to test for and distinguish between different levels of beginning readers as well as different activities and strategies I can use to help children develop reading, writing and comprehension skills.

This first class in literacy instruction has prepared me to work with students from the Kindergarten level to the second/third grade level.

Romanian

Romanian was my first language. I still speak it at home with my parents and on the phone or on Skype with my grandparents. I will teach you what I know.

Spanish

I majored in Spanish at the University of Delaware and as someone who already speaks another Latin language (Romanian) I think of my self as being half a native Spanish speaker because there are many similarities between Spanish and Romanian in grammar, spelling and pronunciation. Also I find that there is a stronger connection between Spanish and Romanian than Spanish and English in how the languages create meaning and that is something I share with my students to help them understand the Spanish language.

University of Delaware
Spanish

Education

University of Delaware (Spanish)

Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor

We are sooo happy to have found Iulia! She is indeed patient and kind and has a zest for helping students find their inner detective so that they understand how math works together, not just about recitation of facts.

— Susan, Wilmington, DE on 1/28/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Iulia will travel within 10 miles of Wilmington, DE 19808.