Greetings and a warm Hello!
I love to teach, share, and cultivate understanding in all forms, so I'm happy to get to know you! I am very patient and very thorough in my teaching. Let me introduce some of my experience and credentials in the fields I would like to tutor.
While, as you will see below, I believe I am competent in tutoring a variety of subjects including the SAT, I want to first stress that MUSIC and PHYSICS are my two greatest academic loves. I have tutored for both more than any other subject. But Japanese is another passion of mine I'd really like to share with other eager learners.
I double-majored in both Music and Physics in college, although I dropped the physics major in my Junior year and decided to concentrate on music. All of us music majors received the same rigorous training and education for music history, theory, ear training, instrumentation & orchestration, tonal analysis, harmony and counterpoint, etc. However, because I specialized in conducting, I had to undergo further training in all of these areas, as well as learn more about each instrument in the ensemble and develop competency at score reading. I had to demonstrate my mastery of these things in a final senior comprehensive examination where I conducted an ensemble, and I also was music director of a student-run musical that same year...which meant that I single-handedly conducted the whole show, from beginning to end, leading both the singers and dancers on stage as well as the pit orchestra.
During the course of auditioning and rehearsing for that musical, I had to teach the performers how to sing the parts, many of whom had never had any vocal training before. It was quite a challenge, but it was also one of my favorite experiences in college. In addition to that, I also sang in an a cappella group with some members who had no musical training whatsoever, and who needed me to conduct and teach them, not only to memorize the parts, but also how to sing properly in the first place.
Moreover, as a talented student of musicianship, one of my professors personally asked me (as a paid position) to tutor a struggling student of hers--specifically in dictation, ear training, sight singing, interval recognition, and other needed skills. It was a good experience as a tutor, because I had to learn to teach musical skills to someone with a very different learning style and aptitudes than me.
As for physics, I took 2 complete years of Physic’s major curriculum in college and have helped others understand it since Jr. High. I took two years of physics in high school, including AP Physics where I scored a 5 on the AP test. I also scored 780/800 on the SAT II Physics test. While I was never paid to tutor in physics before, I did spend many hours in study groups and individually giving help to others struggling to understand the problems. In all humility, physics has been my biggest academic talent...unlike many other things, haha!
I also did well in MATH (having completed two years of college-level math courses, including Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra) and am confident that I can tutor a variety of intermediate school & high school math subjects.
In terms of standardized testing, I never took the ACT, but I did take the SAT I and II, and scored very well (over 99th percentile). I attended a Princeton Review SAT seminar and can help other students succeed in that regard. I have a strong command of grammar and vocabulary, as well as solid writing skills, so I can help with general writing and verbal tests.
SAT I: 1560/1600 (Math=770, Verbal=790)
SAT II: Physics=780, Math (IC & IIC)=770, US History=660.
Last, but not least, JAPANESE:
I studied 3 & 1/2 years worth of Japanese in college and studied abroad in Japan. Through keeping in touch with friends in Japan, finding language exchange partners, and continuing study on my own, I have gradually deepened my knowledge of Japanese ever since. One particular advantage I have as a non-native speaker is my insight into how the language is learned and assimilated by the non-Japanese brain, so to speak. This lends me unique perspective in being able to help others by sharing the learning-tools I've picked up along the way. I am passionate about Japanese, and would love tutoring 1st & 2nd year students.
Thank you for your interest, and I’m excited to meet you and get started!
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