Tutor profile: Loni C.
Subject: English as a Second Language
What is the biggest inhibition in successfully mastering ESL?
As a student trying to become fluent in a second language, I strongly believe that confidence is key. If one lacks the belief that they can use the knowledge they've attained for its intended purpose, they will never successfully implement their learned skills. For example, if a student feels insecure or incompetent in speaking or writing in English, there's no amount of studying that can help them push past that obstacle. I believe that practicing increases confidence, and having someone like a personal tutor is an excellent way to build confidence while practicing English skills.
Subject: Basic Math
Why is it necessary to have tutors for basic math?
Before I decided to step into the world of liberal arts (leaving all math behind me, with the exception of one course in statistics) I really enjoyed math- namely algebra and pre-calculus. I never saw myself needing to use those in the "real world," but I know for certain that the basic math skills obtained up until around high school are absolutely imperative. I've witnessed children struggle with really simple things that I often take advantage of such as knowing how to do simple unit conversions, tell time and know the values of coins and dollar bills (and then have to learn how to add and subtract values within each category), and I am astonished to see more and more people in higher education not be fully competent in these skills. I feel that my education has adequately equipped me with a mastery of basic math, and my passion for common knowledge to actually be common enables me to fill the necessary role of a math tutor to help students master basic skills that are so necessary for every day tasks.
What sort of an impact does an understanding of the Spanish language have on our society today?
Being able to use my Spanish speaking skills conversationally has immensely broadened my perspectives on our society as a whole. If I would have never chosen to further study the language, my friend would not have been able to tell her Hispanic co-worker that I could help her children pass their elementary school classes. Because I am able to hold basic conversations with native Spanish speakers, I have met and interacted with people in my community that I never would have otherwise even known of. I have learned more about their culture and made new friends. I think that more Spanish speakers could further integrate our diverse society and create deeper connections across people of different ethnicities.
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