Georgetown University (Spanish)
Regent College (Vancouver, BC) (Master's)
Hello! I am a former language teacher and multi-discipline tutor who loves to work one-on-one with students to help them reach their learning goals and build confidence. I taught Spanish at the middle and high school level at a private school for two years and have tutored in languages, history, science, and English. Currently I am focusing on tutoring college preparatory students and college students in Spanish.
I am a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University (Spanish, Linguistics) and hold a Master of Arts from Regent College (Theology). My greatest teaching strengths lie in language, reading, and literary comprehension; writing and editing skills; and explaining the larger concepts before delving into the smaller details.
As a language teacher, I emphasize mastery over all four components of linguistic proficiency - reading, writing, listening, and speaking - as well as cross-cultural sensitivity. I have travelled extensively throughout Europe and Latin America to learn nuances of language and culture, and studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador.
I was a Spanish major and linguistics minor in college, where I received the Spanish faculty's award for Outstanding Performance, and was inducted into a national Spanish honor society. As a Spanish major, I was required to be proficient in a second language (mine was French).
I am passionate about clear communication. Learning English, literature, and writing are simply a means to becoming a good communicator. In terms of qualifications, I obtained a GRE score of 6/6 for Analytical Writing and scored in the 96% percentile for the verbal section. I was a columnist for my graduate school's newspaper and have contributed to a blog with a national reach.
I am comfortable working with students of a variety of ages and levels. As a student, math was challenging for me and I didn't always have the most patient teachers to help me. So, patience in the learning process is a big value to me as I tutor. I hope to connect with you soon! Hello! I am a former language teacher and multi-discipline tutor who loves to work one-on-one with students to help them reach their learning goals and build confidence. I taught Spanish at the middle and high school level at a private school for two years and have tutored in languages, history, science, and English. Currently I am focusing on
Hannah is a superb tutor. I highly recommend her and her services. She has customized our lessons to suit my needs and is a great pleasure to work with. She has recommend some materials/books/programs that are really helpful as I learn Spanish.
I could not be more pleased with the Spanish tutoring provided by Hannah! My daughter needed help with the grammar in Spanish 2, and boy did Hannah deliver! She was always pleasant, on time, and great at communicating to set up our next appointment. 5 stars!
Hannah is assisting me in preparing for the GRE. Because of Hannah's understanding of the GRE and what the test measures, she is able to provide me with different strategies and other resources to support my learning.
Working with Hannah was a great help. She really took the time to understand my needs and went above and beyond, bringing materials that were specific to what I was learning about in my class. She was really patient, but also fun to work with. I would highly recommend her to everyone!
Excelling in English requires an excellent command of the written word, including grammar, spelling, and composition. It also requires an appreciation for nuance in word choice and diction in literature and poetry. I am a life-long lover of the word, especially as expressed in reading, and writing. I love to nurture this same love in my students as they learn how to analyze well and express themselves clearly. My interest in this area led me to obtain a degree in languages and linguistics, which I achieved with Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude honors.
With an undergraduate degree in languages and linguistics, and a Master's degree in theology, I have enjoyed reading a vast array of literature, including in French and Spanish. Literature has the power to expand our horizons and change our world views through active engagement with characters, which is why I love it so much. I enjoy helping students push past potential barriers such as being set in a time period or setting different from their own to identify the enduring quality of the human spirit that resides in each piece of good literature. From that point of connection, I believe students are then able to analyze, critique, and write well in response to the themes that literature presents.
My journey with Spanish began with having native Spanish-speaking friends, accompanied by travel to Latin America and Spain. For me, learning Spanish is all about knowing how to communicate with real people. I graduated from Georgetown University with a major in Spanish and a minor in linguistics, with Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude honors. I was also inducted into a national Spanish honor society and chosen by the Spanish faculty to receive their prize for Outstanding Achievement. Having taught Spanish for two years in a prep school, I have lots of teaching resources at my disposal. My hope for my students is to encourage mastery in the four key linguistic areas of reading, speaking, listening, and writing.
I have experience as a private tutor for a year and a half for a student with some chronic health issues that prevented him from attending school on a regular basis. I tutored him in social studies, Spanish, English, and science. I was able to help prioritize what was most important to focus on and work with teachers to get assignments completed in a timely fashion.
I also taught middle and high school for two years, where I taught students with ADHD and various cognitive processing challenges. I worked with students' individual education plans as suggested by a local psychologist to help chunk and sort information, capture attention, allow for enough time for successful test-taking, use color/sorting/hands-on activities to increase memory retention, and capitalize on student strengths. In addition, for the past two summers I was a counselor for Camp Happy Days, a camp for children with cancer. I enjoy working with students one-on-one to help them reach their goals despite challenges. I consider patience and a breadth of knowledge two of my best assets in offering tutoring to students who may have special needs or challenges in their learning.
My knowledge in study skills began as a student in a rigorous prep school, where I had to learn how to organize well and manage my time. My study skills were further enhanced in high school, as I juggled part-time jobs and many extra-curricular activities. These skills helped me be successful in note-taking, test preparation, learning how to write good essays and research papers, and time management at a demanding undergraduate school (Georgetown) and graduate school. I like to help students learn how to identify topic sentences, read directions carefully, outline essays, organize notebooks, plan assignments, predict test questions, and follow-through on completion of goals.
Doing lots of reading of various source material has shaped my life-long passion for writing. I appreciate the well-turned phrase not only for its power to communicate a message, but to do so with panache and purpose. I also hold a degree in languages and linguistics, where my abilities for learning how to express myself in writing and other modes of communication was further honed. I currently write for a blog with a national reach, I was a columnist for my graduate school newspaper, and I achieved a 6/6 on the GRE's Analytical Writing section. I enjoy helping students identify what it is that they most care about in their writing assignment - and to write from that place of natural interest and passion.