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Laura is a smart, sweet person who really understands what it is like to learn other languages. She is always patient, resourceful and will also challenge you with homework and questions during the sessions. She is always punctual and very professional diving right into the lesson. I truly found a great person in Laura who I look forward to working with every week for a long, long time (or until I learn Spanish, whichever comes first :)Jan 31, 2019VerifiedValdés Language Services's reply
Muchas gracias, Greg. It's been wonderful working with you.
I am so excited to learn Spanish and have already learned a lot in just a few lessons!Apr 11, 2019VerifiedValdés Language Services's reply
Thank you, Jeremy. Your dedication to learning Spanish is paying off. :)
Laura tutored me and my wife. She set a goal each day and directed our lessons towards an upcoming trip to Cuba. Laura gave us work to practice for the next lesson and she suggested Duolingo to polish our Spanish skills. She challenged us by asking questions in Spanish to get us to respond in Spanish. Laura has great sense of humor which kept the lessons light and enjoyable. We could not have selected a better instructor and we would definitely recommend her.Dec 30, 2018Valdés Language Services's reply
Thank you so much, Glenn and Rochelle. It was fun working with the two of you!
Laura is an incredible tutor, and I'm so thankful I had the chance to work with her! She began working with me the summer before I started my AP Spanish class in school. I was concerned, to say the least, because the last time I had taken a Spanish class was two years prior, and that class had been online. I was still determined to take AP Spanish at my school, and instead of discouraging me, Laura catered to my needs/desires in every way possible. She teaches with patience and care, always stopping to confirm that the student is understanding the lesson. With her help, I was able to earn not only an A in all three trimesters of the course, but also a 5 on the AP exam!Jul 26, 2019Valdés Language Services's reply
Thank you so much, Shruti! It was a pleasure working with you this past year and I am proud of everything you have accomplished!
Working with Laura was excellent. In a fairly short amount of time, she went through all the parts of Spanish necessary for me to communicate with my Spanish-speaking teammates. Before I worked with Laura, I only knew the basic words most people know in Spanish. Now, I can look at a sentence in Spanish or hear someone say a sentence in Spanish and know exactly what is said. Laura also provided me with many outside resources and ideas for me to immerse myself in the language. I am appreciative of Laura for her work with me and I would recommend her for anyone trying to learn Spanish.Jan 31, 2019VerifiedValdés Language Services's reply
Muchas gracias, Ty. I wish you much success for this upcoming season. :)
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?IN PERSON tutoring: $55/hour for an individual lesson (payment is 1 hour minimum) OR $50/hour if you pre-pay for 10 lessons ONLINE tutoring: $45/hour for an individual lesson (payment is 1 hour minimum) OR $40/hour if you pre-pay for 10 lessons. I also offer discounts for group lessons. Contact me today for a FREE Spanish consultation. :)
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Every student has a different learning style. I tailor each lesson to best address the needs of each student. I also strive to incorporate humor in my lessons, which makes the lessons dynamic and engaging. My approach is immersion and I make each lesson relevant to the students's needs and interests. I provide students with a list of Spanish resources for Spanish immersion.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have: * earned my College Reading and Learning Association Tutor Certification in 2011. *11 years of tutoring experience with dozens of satisfied clients. *earned a 5/5 on the AP Spanish Exam. *been inducted into the Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispanica - National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society *earned the College Reading and Learning Association Tutor Certification in 2011. * completed training at the Southern California School of Interpretation in 2018. * graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a Bachelors degree in Latin American and Caribbean studies and a double minor in Spanish and German. *earned my translation and interpretation certification through CUNY Hunter College. *helped hundreds of students ace their exams and courses. *helped hundreds of students achieve fluency.