My name is Andrew K. I am 21 years old and from Duarte, California. I am a college student learning to become a teacher. Although I am not a credentialed teacher, I offer a great deal of experience in tutoring for my age. One of the things that makes me different, is that I have always focused on HOW a student learns, instead of a "scripted" linear approach. I am flexible in both hours and teaching methods, prompt and professional, and fun and passionate about learning and teaching.
I am proficient in mathematics up to about intermediate algebra. Generally, I try using real-world applications of math problems when teaching this subject. I think the biggest problem students have when learning math, is that they cannot see the benefits or the reasons in learning math (I know I didn't when I learned it). My approach, I feel, helps the learner better appreciate and learn mathematics. As any good tutor should, I first assess the learner's foundation in Math, filling the proverbial cracks along the way. Only with a good foundation, can we continue to build.
I have an excellent grasp of Elementary Japanese to offer potential learners. Although I am not a native Japanese speaker, I can speak conversationally and can be a great first step into this fascinating language. I have taken Japanese 101 and 102 in a formal setting and received an A+ in both courses. I have about a dozen hours tutoring my peers Japanese during these courses. I constantly study this language as a hobby, to keep it fresh in my mind. I have already-established mnemonics for Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji that makes learning this fascinating language all that more appealing. Being a native English speaker, I am able to connect not only the grammar and vocabulary to English, but also the mood and feel of the sentence. I offer nothing less than a good first step into a fascinating language, an excellent approach to learning Elementary Japanese, and proven mnemonic devices for memorization.
However, my passion and specialty is English, in both literature and ESL teaching. I have taken many classes in English literature and racked up many hours tutoring ESL students at my college. The best way to learn a language is through immersion. ESL students I tutor (depending on their level of understanding) will start at the peak of their knowledge of English and work their way up from there. Complete beginners will learn the same way children learn their mother tongue, through immersion in the target language. We start with nouns, then adjectives and nouns combined; soon students can string together sentences without the need to memorize our pesky grammar rules (and their are a lot!). In literature, I have a great passion for writing and reading. What many people don't realize is that English literature isn't there to give teachers employment, analyzing literature gives us an in-depth look into history, psychology of the human mind, helps us develop empathy, and improves our critical thinking skills (oh, and is of course FUN). My specialty is short-story literary analysis and with the right mindset, literature is can be fun and exciting.
Anyways, I am a soon-to-be educator with a passion for language and mathematics and I am willing to help in anyway I can. I hope to hear from potential students. Good luck and always keep learning!
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