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I have been cooking since the age of 5 when I began to help my parents prepare meals. They taught me the basics: knife skills, herbs and spices, cooking times, etc. By the time I was a teenager, I was preparing meals for the whole family. During the summers, I took cooking classes in ethnic cuisines: Thai, Indian, French. I have continued taking classes, at Hipcooks in Los Angeles, and I continue to play and experiment in my own kitchen. I now have an innate understanding of which ingredients go well together and the basic foundations of world cuisine. I also practiced vegetarianism for 7 years, so I have a good handle on building complete proteins without meat.
Majoring in English, I got a lot of practice with many aspects of the subject. I learned how to write solid papers supported with research and quotes, which always earned high marks. Since graduating, I have tutored students in English and English as a second language for several years.
I have 5+ years of experience tutoring students in English, writing, and grammar. Many students who I have tutored spoke English as a second language. I work from the bottom up, teaching the foundations of the language and building upon those to create confidence. I tutor through a combination of reading, writing, and conversation.
Grammar is a tough thing to master. Knowing the difference between "its" and "it's" and figuring out where to put your semicolons can be hard. I have specially designed worksheets to help you learn common grammar mistakes and tricks to help you remember. If there's a specific grammatical rule or subject you have questions about, we can work on that. I want to help make figuring out grammar easier. Oh, and I love commas!
From poetry to prose, Milton to Larsson...there is so much written Literature that sorting through it can be daunting. Writing about it may seem challenging. Figuring out what the writer meant can feel impossible. But I can help. I have earned top marks in Literature since high school, and wrote a thesis on Shakespeare which scored A+ Honors during the final year of my BA. Together, we can read through your books, plays, or short stories, and work out how to effectively talk about and write about them to high academic standards.
I have helped students in high school, community colleges, private universities, and postgraduate work proof essays, presentations, stories, and other pieces of writing. I can help with grammar, spelling, formatting, flow, style, and structure. I know MLA, APA, Chicago, and Harvard formats.
I can help tutor you from start to finish, first creating an effective presentation, then conquering your nerves before presenting, and finally delivering a successful talk. Or, if you only need tutoring on public speaking, we can jump right in to leaning powerful ways to address a group, captivate, and maintain their attention.
With 11 years of acting training and experience, I've done a lot of public speaking. But my public speaking background is not limited to the stage. I've taken several leadership classes in which we practiced public speaking and learned effective tools for writing and presenting speeches and orating well. I've founded clubs and societies which required constant public interaction, and I've worked in public relations. So let me help you become a better public speaker!
I have experience teaching students tips to help them manage their time and stay organized, such as list making, ways to monitor their progress, and how to set achievable goals. I can also help students with note taking, both in class and from reading, and equip students with the tools to complete research both on- and off-line. I myself have learned these skills in my college-preparatory high school, and applied them during both my BA and MA. I teach these techniques both through hands-on demonstrations, like what websites to use for research, and how to take effective notes from readings, and also through talking with the student about their current techniques so I can find out what works and what does not work for them.
I have been studying theatre since age 12, when I began taking classes at the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco. After exhausting their range of classes, I also trained at Judy Berlin's Kids on Camera before moving to Los Angeles in 2003 to attend USC, where I studied at the School of Theatre and received my B.A.
During my time at USC, I spent a year abroad studying theatre at Queen Mary University of London. I also participated in many student productions, acting, directing, and working with sets, lights, and sound. Not only do I have the American perspective on performance, but I have the British aesthetic as well, and I am experienced in most aspects of technical theatre production too!
Now, as a working actor with a background in many theatre styles as well as on camera and voice over training, I am well equipped to tutor in almost every aspect of theatre, from performance to theory to history.