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Jorge H.

Coralville, IA

$50/hour

Hawkeye Helping in Spanish, Math and Science

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 8/28/17
5.0 average from 35 ratings
My 8th grader who has never worked with a tutor before was excited after just her first lesson with Jorge that she asked if she can do this twice a week!
— Virginia, Milton, MA on 10/15/17

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University of Iowa
Human Physiology

Education

University of Iowa (Human Physiology)

About Jorge

Hello! My name is Jorge and I am a California native that came to the University of Iowa back in the 2012 Fall. I have decided to stay in Iowa because I absolutely love it here! I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Human Physiology in the Spring of 2016. While at Iowa, I took courses in other disciplines such as Art History, Spanish, Math and Music. I currently work as a scientist for a biotechnology company in Coralville.

Although I am currently a scientist, I have returned to school in order to work on the Masters in Teaching at Iowa. I am working on endorsements in all the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics). If there is enough time, I also plan on getting endorsed in Spanish. Becoming a high school Biology teacher will mix my love of science with helping others discover how interesting and fun science can be.

I think there are three stages in which I tutor my students. At first, I like to offer a helping hand as much as possible. Even the most basic concepts may not necessarily need clarification, but reinforcement. This allows the student to immediately feel confident with their abilities. As the lesson progresses, I will allow the student to begin working independently. I hope the student finds comfort in knowing that it is okay to make a mistake since I’ll be there to help. In the final stage of the lesson, I would like the student to do all the work on their own with minimal to no assistance. I will help at the end to fix any errors.

I am also a firm believer in positive reinforcement as a key component in tutoring. Having a positive outlook can make even the most daunting material appear a little less frightening. I really enjoy when students can do work by themselves after having some help. I strive for students to have that "ah-ha" moment when things start to click. In my opinion, mistakes are a crucial part of the learning process. Making mistakes during a session will help the student identify what a mistake may potentially look like and hopefully will have some insight on how to fix it. It is better to catch mistakes during the session instead of where it matters, like quizzes and exams. I try to stray away from negative comments when a student makes a mistake. I think instead of telling them they are wrong, I try to steer them in the proper direction and try to figure out why their initial response may not be the correct one.

In terms of language courses, I am a Spanish native speaker and have taken courses at the University of Iowa to reinforce my skills. I possess no accent in either English or Spanish as I learned both languages simultaneously. I can read, write and speak in either language with full confidence. I often helped my colleagues with pronunciation as this can sometimes prove to be a difficult aspect in the Spanish language. When I was in high school, I took the Advanced Placement course in Spanish. After completion of the course, I took the AP exam and got a 4. This score allowed me to earn credit at the University of Iowa. Earning that credit allowed me to take courses in the Spanish department that were primarily meant for Spanish major and minor students. I was also fortunate enough to study abroad in Madrid Spain during the 2015 summer. While I was there, I took a course in Advanced Spanish Grammar as well as a course in European Art History. During that summer, I was immersed in the Spanish culture and language I believe this helped improve my already impeccable Spanish skills.
Hello! My name is Jorge and I am a California native that came to the University of Iowa back in the 2012 Fall. I have decided to stay in Iowa because I absolutely love it here! I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Human Physiology in the Spring of 2016. While at Iowa, I took courses in other disciplines such as Art History, Spanish, Math Read more

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Travels within 25 miles of Coralville, IA 52241
Background Check: Passed

"My 8th grader who has never worked with a tutor before was excited after just her first lesson with Jorge that she asked if she can do this twice a week!"

- Virginia, Milton, MA on 10/15/17

"Engaging and easy to work with"

- Thomas, Iowa City, IA on 7/1/17

"Patient, unique learning strategies!"

- Jo, Cedar Rapids, IA on 4/3/17

"Unsurpassed enthusiasm!"

- John, Iowa City, IA on 3/28/17
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry
Science:
Anatomy, Biology, Physiology
Art:
Art History
English:
ACT Reading, English
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Reading
Language:
Spanish
History:
Art History
Special Needs:
Elementary Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Sports/Recreation:
Volleyball

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

I am a native English speaker. I help both my parents with their English skills whenever they ask. Both of my parents only know Spanish and minimal English.

Spanish

I grew up speaking Spanish with my parents. I am able to speak, read and write in Spanish (and English) at a native level. When I was in high school, I took the AP Spanish course offered at my school and received a 4 on the AP Spanish exam. I have also taken a few upper level Spanish courses at Iowa. During the 2015 summer, I was fortunate enough to spend a month studying abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Volleyball

In 2013, I joined the Men's Volleyball team at my high school and I have fallen in love with the sport ever since then. I have participated in various tournaments as well as many recreational leagues. In 2015, my friends and I took first place in the "Nothing but Nets" tournament hosted by the Iowa City Recreation Department. My goal is to have others also fall in love with such an amazing sport.

University of Iowa
Human Physiology

Education

University of Iowa (Human Physiology)

My 8th grader who has never worked with a tutor before was excited after just her first lesson with Jorge that she asked if she can do this twice a week!

Jorge was able to quickly jump in and help my child who is in a Spanish 1B level (i.e. she has taken it for 2.5 years in middle school). In just their first skype lesson he helped her with a number of things that will help her build a better foundation for going forward. She was hesitant about working with a tutor but when she finished she asked me if they could meet more frequently as she found

— Virginia, Milton, MA on 10/15/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Travel policy

Jorge will travel within 25 miles of Coralville, IA 52241.