I am a current PhD student in English Literature at the University of Stirling, although I am based in Glasgow. I hold an MSc in English from the University of Edinburgh and two undergraduate degrees in English and Spanish language and literature.
I also have done specific courses in teaching Spanish as a foreign language and creative writing.
In a more general level, I am an engaging, patient, hard-working person who considers tutoring a challenging, stimulating and rewarding job. As a tutor, I have an excellent capacity to summarize contents and make them perfectly understandable, design effective organisational skills to better performance, and develop critical thinking.
I have a broad experience in teaching a variety of subjects at very different levels. A few of my previous teaching positions include:
-Teaching Assistant at the University of Stirling: I have taught courses on "Literature and Genre" and on "Writing and Language." Both courses combined the study of English Literature with Creative Writing. Thus, I have experience both correcting academic essays and creative writing pieces. These experience builds on nearly a decade spent on higher education in which I've written multiple essays, papers, articles and dissertations to consistently excellent results. My MSc dissertation, for instance, was awarded a first-class qualification by the University of Edinburgh. I have also presented academic papers in conferences and published articles in a variety of newspapers and magazines.
-Spanish Conversation Assistant at Hutcheson's Grammar School: I have taught conversational Spanish to various Advanced Higher, Higher and S4 groups. I have also developed materials (activities, PP presentations) for these groups as well as for other, larger Spanish language classes, and frequently assisted in the correction of written assignments.
-Speech Therapist Assistant: I worked as a personal tutor of children and teenagers of various ages (6 to 20) with learning or developmental disorders (dyslexia, Aspergers) in collaboration with a speech therapist. Most of my tutoring was focused developing comprehension skills and study methods.
-Spanish Tutor at Yakety Yak Language Cafe: I taught Spanish to a number of reduced groups of different ages and levels through informal meetings organised in local cafeterias. Largely focused on developing speaking skills, this job helped me develop as a communicator.
-English Tutor at Kids & Us: My position involved being in charge of large groups of children (from 15 to 25 kids of various ages), and organise a wide range of engaging, dynamic activities (performances, learning games, trips…) for them to develop both speaking and writing skills in English.
My approach to tutoring has two main, interlinked focuses: first, the communication of contents in a clear, understandable way so as to ensure that the tutee incorporates them fully. I do this through a number of strategies which include using key examples, summarizing texts, develop diagrams, etc.
At the same time, I concentrate on transmitting my studying techniques to the tutee so that s/he can learn to perform by herself/himself. My tutoring always involves the development of good, effective organisational skills as well as the bettering of studying strategies (the development of the aforementioned summaries and diagrams, for example).
In my experience, this method is the most effective in granting the achievement of consistently good results, since it ensures the tutee is not only developing her/his knowledge of a particular subject but also her/his ability to be a better, more autonomous and incisive student.
|Languages||Spanish, Catalan, English (British)|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (evenings)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of Edinburgh||2015||Masters||First Class with Distinction (MSc English Literature)|
|Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona||2014||Bachelors||First Class (Hon. BA Spanish Studies)|
|Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona||2014||Bachelors||First Class (Hon. BA English Studies)|
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