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Dear Prospective Student,
I have a Master's Degree, as well as over a decade of tutoring and teaching experience, working with people of all ages and from all over the world. I have worked with high school students, community college students, as well as Harvard graduates.
I have worked and taught at the pre-school, primary (elementary), secondary (junior high and high school), and post-secondary (college) level.
I am a linguist and a scholar who highly values education. I specialize in Second Language Acquisition, and I've worked largely with students learning Spanish and ESL.
I have also worked with English composition & literature students at the post-secondary (college) level. I have tutored students in Geometry, Algebra, Reading Comprehension, Standardized Test Preparation, and Study Skills.
I have taught or tutored at Cal-Poly, Mt. SAC, and Chaffey College. I was a high school teacher to Spanish sophomores in Inglewood. I have also worked with students in grades 1 through 6, as I was the director of an after school non-profit program.
I value academics and feel that they can be, not only rewarding, but even fun when approached with the right attitude!
Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have regarding other subjects or skills that I am willing to tutor.
I have taken the CBEST and passed. I have also taught at a public high school for a full year. I have worked at an elementary school as well.
I was the director of an after-school program at an elementary school and as such, I was responsible for increasing the student's knowledge in the various core subjects: math, reading, writing, and extra curriculars, as time permitted. I have also worked extensively 1-on-1 with young children, tutoring them and helping them with various cores subjects. I also worked at an international tutoring center working largely with students of this age, teaching them to read, write, and understand mathematics.
I speak Dari Farsi as a heritage language. I would be able to instruct a student in much of the colloquial usage of the language that is largely relevant in a familial context.
This would be helpful to someone who anticipates going abroad or someone who enjoys learning about new languages and cultures.
I began my foray into public speaking as a young adult. I was involved in Mock Trial, a program that encourages young adults to explore their speaking and analytical abilities in the courtroom. In Mock Trial, students study a case book and argue the case in a real courtroom in front of a real judge.
Furthermore, I have presented original research and literary-based research at two academic conferences, as well as having given many formal presentations throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies.
I have also taught to groups of people here and abroad. I have taught to adults and young children. I have been a teacher for many years, so I am comfortable with public speaking. Additionally, I recently did public speaking for a large company, assisting them with their Human Resources trainings. I also attended a conference that encourages High Performance and leadership and touched upon some of the strategies that public speakers use to stay engaged with their audience.
I have also worked with many career counselors as to interview strategies and have been involved with many successful interviews myself. I would be pleased to help someone in their public speaking journey.
I have a Master's Degree in Spanish Literature, Linguistics, and Civilization. I have mastered Spanish as an academic discipline and have a thorough understanding of the grammar and how it should be taught. I can anticipate student questions and understand that each student has a unique learning style.
I wrote my undergraduate thesis on how to teach Spanish as a second language. During my undergraduate years, I helped many of my classmates with their understanding of Spanish as well as revised their Spanish essays. I later became a Spanish teacher at an Inglewood High School, teaching Spanish to Natives and Non-Natives of Spanish. I also worked at a local college in the Success Center, providing supplemental instruction in Spanish, as well as one-on-one tutoring.
During my very early years, I earned a "5" on the AP Exam, thus I am familiar with the exam. I also earned the Bank of America Award for Excellence in Spanish and am very familiar with the strategies that are used to create an effective Spanish program.
Books I recommend:
1. Adelante 1 and 2 are well organized (The workbook section, however, needs work)
2. A 501 Spanish verbs type book
3. Webster's New World Spanish Dictionary
4. Easy Spanish Reader
CSU San Bernardino (Master's)
Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00
Cancellation: 36 hours notice required
Please ask for a discount (if you need it) & we can discuss the possibilities. I also will tutor multiple students at the same time for no additional charge.
Madina will travel within 40 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90017.
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