Ryan is a great resource for students who want help with Spanish or linguistics classes. His work as a Spanish/linguistics tutor includes proofreading papers, helping students practice oral presentations, explaining concepts introduced in class, and more. As one of the Language Learning Center (LLC) tutors, he’s also responsible for checking out the various language-related resources (i.e., movies, music, dictionaries, games) to students and faculty.
As a first-year student, I had to be nominated by one of the Spanish professors to be eligible for the position. I was then contacted by the LLC director when there was a Spanish tutor opening and was offered a job for my sophomore year. I’ve been working there ever since.
I’ve learned that I am very passionate about teaching. I love helping students and it's satisfying being able to explain things in a way that makes sense to them.
Tutoring has helped me refine my own skills. When I explain Spanish grammar to a student or discuss the difference between phonemes and allophones to someone in a linguistics class, I’m reinforcing what I’ve learned in the past. I think this has given me an even deeper understanding of both of these fields.
My dream is to one day become a professor of Spanish linguistics. Being a Spanish and linguistics tutor in the LLC is giving me valuable experience that will directly apply to my future career. Proofreading and grading assignments has given me a taste of what I’ll eventually be doing.
What type of person do you feel is suited best for your type of work study position? Language tutors should obviously have a lot of experience with the language they are tutoring, but I also think that an LLC tutor should be adaptable and willing to try to meet the needs of whoever walks through the door.
The Language Learning Center is usually a pretty calm place, but I’ve learned that you can score some of the leftover department meeting treats if you schedule your shifts right.