I am a recent college graduate from Drew University. I received my Bachelor of Arts with a major in Spanish and a double minor in Italian and Linguistics with a focus on Neuroscience. I am excited to experience the world. I am a hard worker and I set multiple goals for myself to accomplish daily; both short term and long term. Languages and the human brain are my passions. I love studying and learning new languages; I speak Italian and Spanish, some Portuguese and some Korean. A goal of mine is to learn French, and to continue to study Portuguese and Korean so that I become fluent. I am very interested in neuroscience and how the body functions. These two passions of mine sparked my interest to question how languages work in the brain. I also have found that I enjoy teaching languages; especially English as a second language (ESL). When I teach I always think about ways to code switch and how my interlocutor may be thinking about the English language based on their first language. One way I teach to students is is by understanding their first language and their process of thinking. I truly enjoy teaching and mentoring to others.
Besides tutoring ESL, I tutor Spanish and Italian. I also tutor in any neuroscience topic. I have taught ESL in a non-profit organization; I am a very active teacher and I enjoy helping my students learn. I have also taught during the summer at students' houses when we couldn't use a classroom at the organization. I currently teach some of my students individually now and as much fun as we have; I also challenge them intellectually so that they learn the most from our sessions.
By studying languages myself, that helps me teach them to others. I understand the process and the confusion that can arise when learning a language. Also by understanding how languages work in the brain, I am able to teach better and make exercises more efficient for the student. I am very open minded and I can't say I have a specific method because first I see how the student learn, and from there I will know how to teach. I am passionate about culture, so besides teaching language, I teach aspects of the culture, as well. I also always tell my students they can't be afraid to speak. No matter how hard it is; if you don't use the language you will never learn. Besides giving them this advice I teach them certain phrases they can say if they are ever in a complicated situation where they can't be understood; these phrases give them comfort and the confidence to use the language they are learning quickly.
Besides teaching languages I also am very proactive about teaching others how the human body works and why we should be eating organic, non-GMO foods, and taking nutrients, etc. Understanding the science and functioning of the human body and brain allows me to teach others why a healthy lifestyle is crucial for optimal health.
If i am not reading and researching a topic; I am doing yoga or exercising. I am passionate about being physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. I also enjoy latin dancing, ballroom dancing, and belly dancing; I think that being creative is very important and dance is a great way to express yourself.
Undergraduate Degree: Drew University - Bachelor in Arts, Spanish
Dance, Yoga, Reading
High School English
What is your teaching philosophy?
To be open minded; be able to explain the concept in multiple ways.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We can spend a few minutes talking about ourselves. It's important for me to learn about the student, and for the student to learn about me. Then we begin with the first lesson!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Giving them tips on how to answer questions or figure things out based on whatever we are working on. Pointing out certain concepts, etc. When the student sees these in class, they can take them with them when they are at school or taking a test. Also, it is important to help the student gain confidence. They become an independent learner after they are done doubting themselves.