I am a firm believer in the idea that any student can be successful in attaining his or her educational goals. The key is to find a way to make the subject matter interesting by way of making it applicable or relevant to the student personally. A student is unlikely to invest much time or energy into performance improvement if not properly motivated or incentivized to do so. Many subjects, like those I teach (English/Writing, French, Portuguese, German and History) all require a great deal of repetition (i.e., practice makes perfect), and long hours of study and practical exercise - which isn't always fun, but always proves extremely validating and rewarding. I have a master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, a BA in French and a BA in International Relations, both from the University of Southern California. I also have a French language certificate (Certificat de langue française) in the highest possible level (FLE Niveau supérieur II) from the Sorbonne in Paris. I now work as a professional writer and editor. I'm very passionate about the subjects I teach, and enjoy sharing this with others.
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