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I have experience working with all kinds of students. My students have been small school children as well as doctoral candidates and corporate supervisors. This familiarity with different learning contexts, paired with my solid educational background, provides me with the expertise and confidence necessary to personalize my approach to meet the needs of the students, even when creative and "non-conventional" methods are necessary.
I have had the privilege of attending some great schools and understand the skills and characteristics necessary to excel in them. Therefore, I am able to comfortably assist gifted students with their studies, as well as suggest areas for improvement in their education and college preparation.
I have also worked with students struggling with their studies, and can help them with basic study skills, STAR test preparation, self-discipline and motivation.
As a doctorate student, I had the opportunity to co-teach a graduate course and I supervised three undergraduates in their research seminar. I have tutored many university students and have been thrilled to see them excell in their courses as a result.
One of my areas of specialty is aiding students from overseas (mostly from China, Korea, Saudi Arabia and Italy) and I am an expert ESL educator. I am fluent, or nearly fluent, in Mandarin, French and Italian.
Another area of specialty is standardized test preparation, especially the SAT and ACT (the reading and writing sections only). I am proud to say that I can earn perfect scores in those English sections, and I know the most effective tricks and strategies taught by the best prep-centers, such as Elite. My students usually see a 15-30% improvement in their scores (after completing my intensive program, which usually lasts two months).
I ensure that each lesson is geared toward clear goals and update students and parents regularly with the progress toward those goals. All of my students therefore see improvement.
I am familiar with state and national standards and the curricula in the Irvine district, Fairmont and Crean. I am also familiar with the tests used by the district for GATE placement, such as the OLSAT.
After my studies of various business law issues in law school and my participation in graduate business plan competitions at the business school, I assisted businesses with their legal and strategic issues as both an attorney and a consultant.
After studying basic Mandarin Chinese in Mainland China for a year, I completed advanced language study at Cornell University and at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies, a program administered by UC Berkeley at Tsinghua University and considered the best advanced Chinese language program in the world.
I have taught English to speakers of various Romance and Asian languages for four years, both in classroom and individual settings, and to students ranging from ages five to forty. I have lived in many different countries, including China, and am therefore familiar with a variety of learning styles and expectations. Having studied six languages myself, three to near-native fluency, I know all kinds of language learning skills, and I know how frustrating language study can be.
I have received great training as an SAT preparation teacher from a number of programs. I have a number of skills and strategies which allow me to obtain perfect scores on the reading and writing sections. Not only am I able to identify for the student the correct answer, but I am able to explain all of the answer options. All of my students have seen substantial improvement in their test scores.
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