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University of the West Indies (Spanish)
Nova Southeastern University (MBA)
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. I am a great teacher with an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and Languages, a diploma in Management Analysis and a Masters degree in Business-MBA.
Why do I love teaching?
Actually, I am passionate about teaching. I love to impart knowledge. I believe in learning and development and I see where learning and development have opened many doors for me.
I love to teach languages. With regards to English, I love to see English well spoken and written. Spelling, grammatical and syntactical errors scream at me from people’s writing. On a daily basis, I see a lack of punctuation and entire paragraphs being written as one sentence. I also see homophones being used incorrectly and I would love to be in a position to explain the differences between these similar sounding words. With this era of text messaging, instant messaging and abbreviating, writing is becoming a lost art.
With regards to Spanish, I teach Castillian Spanish (and not one of the many home-grown versions). In teaching a language it is important to teach not only the pronunciation and the vocabulary but also the grammar, translation, tenses, conjugation, the differences with the irregular verbs and the polite and impolite commands. In other words, there can be no shortcuts in achieving proficiency in a language.
I like to teach arithmetic and I love to challenge students to solve problems mentally instead of reaching for a calculator. One example is calculating percentages. It is so easy to calculate ten percent and then add to or subtract from that in order to get five percent or fifteen percent. Another example is decimal places and moving the decimal one place over based on whether we are calculating by ten or by one hundred.
What levels have I taught?
I have taught at elementary, high school and college levels.
I also teach Business and Management subjects at the college level and I challenge students to think about an assignment and what they understand from it even before they start to prepare an answer. So many times students are focused on meeting the submission deadline that they are not even answering the question or thinking through all phases of the question and addressing each one. With regard to language skills and grammar; I find that a lot of students tend to ramble and make grammatical errors in their responses.
I have proofread and edited several papers including doctoral dissertations and thesis proposals.
Methods & Techniques
My tutoring method and technique involves doing an assessment of the students’ skills and competencies. I tailor lessons for individual students based on their need and level of proficiency. I prefer direct one-on-one contact because many persons do not learn in a group setting. Also, a group setting inhibits a student from opening up and admitting their shortcomings. I meet with the student and try to determine their strengths and weaknesses/development gaps. I try to determine why they think they need a tutor in the first place so I zero in on the identified needs. I review old workbooks and exercises done at school and then we arrive at an agreement as to what is needed.
I also prepare a Learning Plan of what the student will be learning and the estimated time it will take for us to cover each topic and this is particularly important to the parents (in the case of elementary and high school students).
There is usually an assignment (homework) after each class, so students are expected to practice what they have been taught. For each subsequent class the first half hour will be spent reviewing and discussing the home work. Because of this, some class times might be one-and-a-half hours duration. I sometimes use my own material for teaching.
One important ingredient is motivation, I always encourage the students that they CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING AND WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY.
I also encourage students to develop good study habits and to plan and organize their time and their work. I think organizational skills- including study skills- is an important aspect in a student's life.
My teaching experience is varied. I have taught English and Spanish at the High School level. I have taught English, Management and Business Subjects at the College level. I have also taught elementary Maths, English, Reading and fundamentals of good writing. I have worked as an adjunct lecturer at the University of the West Indies both in Jamaica and Barbados. I have done private tutoring in Miami to elementary and high school kids. I am very patient with my students and sometimes use aids to make the learning experience a pleasant and interesting one.
At my office, I informally tutor colleagues in Business subjects – Marketing, Management Theory, Business Ethics, and Business Writing. These are co-workers pursuing on-line degree programs or attending evening school. They come to me for assistance and guidance and I always help them free of cost.
I am presently serving as volunteer Writing Coach with Posse Atlanta. This is a program where volunteers are enlisted through the Firm’s community outreach program. Volunteers assist youngsters to make the academic transition to college by developing their writing and language skills.
I guess I was born to teach; my mother was also a teacher. Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. I am a great teacher with an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and Languages, a diploma in Management Analysis and a Masters degree in Business-MBA.
Why do I love teaching?
Actually, I am passionate about
My son is Junior in high school and he has never failed a class before. In September of 2014, he told me that his Spanish II class was very difficult, and was even harder for him to understand because his teacher was speaking mostly in Spanish. I spoke with his teacher, and I also bought books at Barnes and Noble to try and make it easier for him; however when I received his first progress report, his grade was 48%. I immediately knew that I had to do something else to help him pass this class and that is when I found Ms. Claudette. It was only two and a half months left in the semester and I told her I just want him to pass the class.
Ms. Claudette came into my home to tutor my son and we immediately felt like she was a part of our family because of the immediate interest that she showed in making sure that my son not only passed the class, but understand it and probably speak it fluently one day. Ms. Claudette is very patient, knowledgeable, and professional. She has a calm and personable demeanor. I was a little concerned if my son would make up his grade before the end of the semester since it was so low but Ms. Claudette was very confident that he would.
She was always on time, and would give advanced notice if she had an emergency. She gave my son homework and study guides and then she would send me a text to remind him to do his homework and to study. She made herself accessible by phone, text, or email so my son could contact her if he was having any difficulties before her next session. As the weeks went by my son's grade gradually increased, his teacher noticed the great improvement and commended him for the hard work. One evening my son came home from school and said that he told his teacher that he has a tutor, I asked him why did he tell her and he said "Daddy, my grades are so high I did not want her to think that I was cheating."
Ms. Claudette is a wonderful Spanish tutor, and I would recommend her to anyone looking to learn the language. The semester just ended and my son got a "B" in the class, with more time I believe he would have received an A. Thank you Ms. Claudette for helping my son. Thanks for everything that you did for him and we are happy that we invited you into our home.
Thank you for your very detailed commendation. I am somewhat speechless because I had no idea my every move would have been observed and documented. I was determined to work with your son and in my scheme of things "failure is not an option". It was a pleasure working with him, and he was a very cooperative student. I also enjoyed the team work I had with you. You made sure your son was on track and that he was studying. I would love to team with more parents such as yourself. I also thank you for your hospitality and for the trust and confidence you placed in me while tutoring your son. I am extremely happy that he passed; but I am also a bit sad that will no longer be working with him. Once again, thank you.
Claudette is a great tutor. I had some issues organizing my paper. She did a great job guiding me to refocus and get to where I needed to be. Without her help I would not have been able to submit the paper. I highly recommend her.
Claudette was a wonderful tutor who assisted my daughter, LeiAsia, with her writing needs. LeiAsia was running against time to in completing her research paper during a holiday weekend and Claudette came in like a "breathe of fresh air". She understood what my daughter was against and made herself available, patiently coordinated a meetup place that was conducive to both herself and my daughter, basically helped her to rewrite the paper in such a short time and gave her direction and great advice. My daughter was in good hands and felt confident about her paper when she submitted it to her school. I plan to use her services again if needed in the future.
Thank you Claudette for all that you do!
I am humbled by your excellent feedback and I also am very appreciative of such an excellent review. I love to help my students and I want them to improve their skills and competencies to the highest possible level. My greatest reward comes from the success of the student. I worked wiith your daughter to develop an understanding of the project and its requirements and then we did our research to craft the appropriate discussion of the topic.
We not only discussed the reponse to the thesis statement, but we also addressed issues with grammar and writing style.
I look forward to working with her again.
First lesson with Miss Claudette and I had so much fun! Well prepared! Excellent!!! I practiced for my TOEFL exam and she had all the material.
Second class she is amazing! Got all the material ready! Class is so much fun with her !!!
Claudette S. has been tutoring my son in Spanish III for the past several months. Her excellent language skills are only surpassed by her enthusiasm. She oozes with it. She works diligently with him on his technical skill and pronunciation often giving him a preview of what his teacher will cover in the coming week. His confidence with the second language is rapidly growing. We are thankful to have found Claudette.
I really liked working with Claudette because she is very professional - always prepares for classes, flexible in terms of schedule and has a very broad vocabulary. I would recommend Claudette as a tutor to any students of beginning and intermediate levels.
Thank you. I appreciate your comments. I take my tutoring sessions very seriously and I put my best efforts into teaching my students.
Claudette was understand of what strategies to take to make him comfortable and very patient. He said he will like to work with her again.
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I focus on grammar, syntax, vocabulary, spelling, sentence structure, exposition and description.
There are some students who have a good grasp of writing but are weak in punctuation so I focus on the length of sentences, the placement of paragraphs, the use of apostrophes, parentheses and capitalization. I also look out for the misuse of homophones.
I currently volunteer as a writing coach with Posse Atlanta in an effort to assist students to develop their writing skills to make the transition from High School to College.
Principles of Business or Commerce
I focus on reading and writing fluency which are the building blocks of good English. I focus on spelling,vocabulary,punctuation,grammar,sentence structure, choice of words, the use of verbs, homophones, antonyms, synonyms and figures of speech.
Comprehension is also very important and we will be working through several comprehension, exposition and description and vocabulary building exercises
There is no aspect of the English Language that I will not cover.
I will not assume that native English speakers have a command of the language.
I focus on language proficiency through vocabulary building and the use/conjugation of verbs. I use the home language to make the students comfortable thus facilitating instruction and learning. I conduct frequent review and repetition in each step of language and content learning. I encourage reading, writing, listening and speaking in the language being learned.
I focus on grammar and language usage, agreement of subject and verb, word choice, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, pronouns, parts of speech, direct and indirect speech and all the fundamentals of good speech and writing.
The basic rules of the grammar are constantly reviewed and re-inforced.
I focus on phonological awareness and letter sounds. The sound of each letter is stressed repeatedly. I use word games, spelling and alphabetizing. Students are asked to listen to the letter sounds and write the word. After words are recognized, some letters are substituted for others and the exercise is repeated. Besides letter sound identification, rhyming is also practiced. I am very patient and I use various techniques to develop the students interest and awareness.
I am highly skilled in the fundamentals of good writing. I check for grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, exposition and description and even writing style. I have done proofreading for graduate students from Nova Southeastern, Columbia and Harvard Universities. I have also done editing and proofreading for professional business journals.
I am skilled in public speaking and presentation, with or without audiovisual aids. I love to emphasize diction, enunciation, speaking clearly and distinctly, making eye contact and pausing for effect. Public speaking should not suggest that the presenter is reading. I emphasize, eye contact, posture and body language. I coach on the duration of the presentation and the modulation and tone of one's speaking voice. I focus on the number of pauses and ahs in the presentation and I make students aware of these. I also focus on the content and relevance of the presentation and the need to leave time at the end for questions and answers. I am an in house trainer at the firm where I work and I participate in new hire orientation and administrative assistant training. I was also a trainer at Cable and Wireless where I conducted courses in Time Management, Records management, and Public Speaking.
I also teach the use of presentation aids such as Power point.
I am skilled at developing reading, spelling and comprehension skills through various techniques such as Flash cards, tutor read back and tutor expression and intonation; and fun exercises are used to help students develop an interest and to conquer any fears they might have. I am willing to start with phonics if necessary as I am aware that phonological awareness is one of the main building blocks to reading.
My aim is to develop reading fluency and increase speed, smoothness and reading comprehension. I do repeated practice and monitor oral reading with assigned passages and texts. I check for accuracy, reading rate and expressions during reading. I use comprehension exercises to test students' ability to read, comprehend and answer questions from the comprehension passages fluently and articulately. I also encourage vocabulary building and the use of similes and alternative expressions to express the same thought.
I love to read and I love to teach. In High School I was the President of the Reading Club. We had to voraciously read books and the editorial pages of the local newspapers and come to class as well as Reading club meetings and be prepared to discuss what we read and to share the meaning of words which were previously unfamiliar to us. English was also one of my College courses.
I am skilled in developing a student's ability to read and understand written English at the College level. I aim at developing a solid vocabulary which comes from reading good books and well written articles. Students will be given reading assignments. If a student does not have a good vocabulary and does not display fluency, it is my goal to fix that through reading assignments and comprehension exercises. Students will also be asked to read passages and research the meaning of words not understood. Even general conversations held with students will be used to measure their levels of fluency and articulateness with the language. I will focus on vocabulary, reading fluency, speed, smoothness and comprehension.
I love the written word and I find it very alarming that in this era of text and instant messaging, writing is rapidly becoming a lost art. I would love to help students with punctuation, spelling, sentence and paragraph structure,and grammar.This is what I consider basic.
My next step would be to help students to develop their writing style and fluency through exposition and description, narration, sentence structure and rythm.I want to help students create a story line and take this to a logical conclusion. Reading and vocabulary building are very essential to being a good writer.
I am skilled at developing proficiency in the language. I speak Castillian Spanish and that is the diction and pronunciation which I teach my students. I build vocabulary and also focus on conjugation of verbs, grammar idioms, phrases and special words and conversation. I focus on the different verb tenses including the conditional tense, the subjunctive and the imperative moods. I teach Spanish to all levels including college level.
I engage in fun exercises with younger students. In order to get them interested and eager to learn, I name parts of the body, items in the home such as table, chair, bed, fan, light, grocery items in the kitchen, the car, the trees, the cat, the dog. Generally speaking, I build vocabulary from everyday things with which they can easily identify.
My aim is to make my students fluent and articulate in the language.
Studying is an art. So many persons need to develop study skills. When I work with students and I advise them on study skills; the following narrative describes what I tell them:
Quiet time must be set aside for studying. Consider your most productive time of day and set aside that time for studying There should be no distractions from friends, family members or social networks. If you are working on the Computer, close all (other) windows except for Google, just in case you need to clarify a concept or look up the meaning of a new word.
It is necessary to develop a study outline and a time frame within which to cover each topic. This will be like your road map so you know exactly where you are headed. Organize your notes and assignments both in a notebook and on the computer. After each class review and organize notes. It is usually helpful to highlight certain points and go back later for reinforcement. Mark what you do not understand and review these over and over. It is important to review notes and assignments and evaluate your progress. I tell my students that a first reading is not enough, it takes more than one reading and then a review of selected sections for reinforcement. The use of note cards (5X3) or electronic notes are very helpful. Mnemonics are also excellent study aids. Background music helps some persons to concentrate better.
If there are too many distractions at home, please go to a Library.
I encourage a variety of approaches to studying such as reading, writing practice, doing test questions and participating in group discussions.
If you are part of a study group and you are not gaining any benefits from the group study, please do not bow to peer pressure but politely withdraw from the group and study on your own. I urge students to take responsibility for themselves and recognize that in order to succeed, they need to make decisions about their priorities, their time and their resources.
On the night prior to an exam, do not study, but instead relax and go to bed early so you rise refreshed and relaxed for the test.
I focus on developing proficiency through vocabulary building, the conjugation of verbs, the use of different parts of speech and the use of pronouns. Grammar, syntax and sentence structure are also focal points. I am very skilled at non native speakers of English for the TOEFL test and I conduct several practice exercises with my students. I also conduct frequent reviews and repetition in each stage of language and content learning.
I love to build vocabulary. I work with students to make them both fluent and articulate. I focus on reading, identifyig unfamiiar words, checking the meaning of those words and studying them. I focus on homophones, homonyms, antonyms and synonyms.I review words we take for granted that have beeen derived from other languages such as Latin.
I cannot overemphasize reading and the ownership of a Thesaurus that is the only way we can build a solid vacabulary.
I love to see English well spoken and written. I focus on spelling, vocabulary building, grammar, syntax, punctuation and writing fluency. I have a keen eye for punctuation and am always looking out for entire paragraphs being written as one sentence. I also see homophones being used incorrectly and I explain the differences between these similar sounding words. With this era of text messaging, instant messaging and abbreviating, writing is becoming a lost art. I emphasize expostion and description, writing fluency, developing a theme and working through to the conclusion.
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