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Many of my family members, friends, and students have ADD, so I have quite a bit of experience working with people who think outside the box. When working with students with ADD, I emphasize structure and repetition, while valuing their creativity. My enthusiasm for learning and tendency to have fun during lessons can also help homework seem interesting and spark student's curiosity. I am always amazed by the innovative intelligence that students with ADD can have and I love helping them optimize their talents.
Because I studied neuroscience in college, my specialty is the nervous system, including the eye, the CNS, and the PNS. However, I have an affinity for general anatomy and physiology, and I've taken courses in biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology.
I know many people with Aspergers and I'm always amazed at their specific depths of understanding. When I tutor, I try to bring those talents out and I teach my students how to generalize their world to other subjects.
My bachelors is in psychology and I have taken many classes that have helped me to be keenly aware of the needs of people with Aspergers. For example, I try to keep the learning environment calm and uncluttered so learning does not become overwhelming. I also try to relate new concepts to what is important in my student's inner world.
I started teaching ballroom dance in 2005 and haven't stopped since. I have co-taught classes at recreation centers and at my college, and I have given several private lessons to individuals and couples. My specialty is swing - east coast, west coast, and lindy hop - but I also have a broad knowledge of salsa, foxtrot, waltz, rumba, and tango.
I graduated with honors from Biola's Torrey program in high school which used the Socratic method of teaching in subjects of history, the Bible, and literature. I have read and done projects on everything from the apocrapha, to Romans, to early church fathers, to the trinity, and infant baptism. I also have taken classes on the New Testament, the Old Testament, and doctrine in college.
I originally intended to study biology when I went to college, so I took a year of college biology and chemistry, along with many other science classes like neuroscience and experimental psychology. Biology is so beautiful, symmetrical, and logical, and I get just as excited talking about the over-arching themes as the intricate details. In college, I covered all levels of biology spanning from chemicals, to cells, to simple organisms, to complex organ systems, to populations, all the way to ecosystems. This is one of my favorite topics to teach!
From personal experience, I know how daunting (and even boring) chemistry can seem at first, second, and even hundredth glance. Because I originally intended to study medicine, I took a year of chemistry, along with my courses in neuroscience, biology, and psychology. Both semesters I received an A, mostly due to my extremely creative ways of learning the material. Because chemistry is intensely interesting and logical, I try to demystify this enigma and show how it interacts our everyday lives.
I have a passion for the classics in many genres of literature, spanning from fiction and non-fiction works, to theology and philosophy, to science.
Throughout my time at Westmont, I led students in discussions and helped them with their papers on classical literature in all areas of academics (everything from Jane Eyre to Helmholtz's paper on the speed of nervous conduction). As a tutor, I help students deconstruct arguments, critically evaluate the material and themes, wrestle with the worldviews of the authors, and verbalize their position on the author's arguments and voice their own opinions.
I also studied classical literature in depth through Biola University's 3 year Torrey Academy program. Some of my favorites that we studied include works by the Inklings (C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers, etc), great American thinkers (Abraham Lincoln, Booker T. Washington, Emerson, Thoreau, etc), and ancient thinkers (Plato, Dante, Augustine, Chaucer, etc).
I have taken classes in drawing for many years. Some of my skills include sketching, cartooning, and storyboarding for film. I gravitate towards charcoal, but also use pencil, pen, chalk, and oil pastels. My favorite type of art combines creativity and realism, so I tend to emphasize expressing images through imagination and technique. Some of the things I could help you learn are form, shading, perspective, tone, color mixing, texture, and use of light.
I have grown up and worked with several brilliant people who happened to have dyslexia. When I have tutored people with dyslexia before, I have encouraged them to use auditory tools to learn and express their knowledge, like audiobooks, verbal testing, etc. I believe that every student deserves a fair chance to demonstrate their knowledge, if not in writing, then verbally.
I have a solid academic base for helping students with ear training because I have taken classes in music theory and music pedagogy in college. I also have practical experience on a personal level and also as a teacher. Although some of my voice students have claimed that they were "tone-deaf," I have taught these beginning musicians how to identify and replicate pitch. I can also help you learn to identify intervals and how to replicate voice leading and harmony (through studying chords).
I adored science as a kid and I was fascinated with astronomy, geology, biology, and zoology growing up. Once I went to college, I had the opportunity to study neuroscience, which covers biology, chemistry, psychology, among other sciences. I really enjoy sharing my love of science with kids and encouraging them to explore the world around them!
I have taken several courses in grammar, writing, and style on both a high school honors and a college level. English has always been a passion of mine and I really enjoy helping others gain a love and proficiency for writing well. I am a very experienced proof-reader and I was sought-after in college to edit and help re-work papers in both MLA and APA formatting. Topics I cover typically are syntax and grammar, generating and following a thesis, style and structure, and readability. I can help with research projects in a variety of disciplines as well.
From my childhood until I went to college, my family always had foreign students living wth us. The students came from all over the world and had completely different ways of communicating. Some had only taken a few months of English and we had to be very inventive to understand simple concepts. Others students had taken English their whole lives and wanted to learn slang and polish their American accents.
From personal experience, I know how difficult it is to learn a new language and I am very patient and understanding. It is always my privilege to help others learn my native language and walk with them through their journey of learning a new language. I try to understand where my students are coming from - culturally and personally - so that I can help them learn in meaningful ways.
I have taken college classes on fitness, I have assisted teaching PE classes in everything from Tae Kwon Do to ballroom dance, and I am CPR, AED, and First Aid certified. I also have taken many supplemental classes like anatomy and physiology, biology, and psychology, which help me to be a better fitness instructor.
I was an athlete and junior lifeguard before college, and currently I am an avid dancer and outdoor enthusiast. I know how to train, to eat right, and to use weights. When coaching people, I am very enthusiastic and supportive, yet I am firm and help guide them to their physical goals.
I minored in music at Westmont and have taken several classes on teaching music, like music for children and vocal pedagogy. I have been teaching music since 2010, including theory, history, piano, voice, and education through music. I teach fundamentals of rhythm, tone, pitch, and sightreading, along with familiarizing my students with instruments, and teaching them what to look for when listening to music.
Throughout high school and college, I have taken several courses and workshops in grammar, writing, and style. I am an experienced proof-reader and I edit everything from book reports to college research papers. Some common questions that students ask include "Why does paragraph have to be at a certain length? What is a split infinitive and why does it matter? Why should passive tense be avoided?" I can explain the concepts in a practical, relatable way, and I enjoy sparking a student's interest in the logic behind grammar.
I have been a music teacher since 2010. After minoring in music at Westmont college, I have worked in both private and professional settings as a musician and music teacher. Although I am a pianist and vocalist by trade, I was trained to teach beginning guitar at the academy where I teach. While I do not teach beyond beginning guitar currently, my education has given me an extensive background in music theory, ear-training, sight-reading, expression, and improvisation, so I can help you form a solid foundation for you to excel in music.
I minored in music and have taken college classes in theory and teaching music. Currently, I have tutored up to college level 3 (secondary functions, augmented 6ths, Neapolitan chords, modulations, etc.) and I am working on level 4. As a tutor, I genuinely enjoy theory and I can easily figure out how to approach the topics from many different angles.
Throughout high school and college, I have taken several courses in philosophy, including honors classes through Biola's Torrey Academy. I am well acquainted with ancient and modern philosophers, logic, ethics, teleology, metaphysics, pragmatism, phenomenology, existentialism, structuralism, and more. I have also taken a philosophy course from the standpoint of psychology, which provides another interesting twist and additional insight into the history and implications of philosophy.
Ever since 2010, I have been a piano teacher in both home and professional settings. I teach beginning to late-intermediate piano to any age that is willing to learn. While helping students improve artistic expression and technical skills, I cover everything from tone to theory. I minored in music in college and took classes in theory, history, and teaching music. I have studied classical piano for 6 years, and I also know how to improvise with chords.
Proof-reading papers can be fun! Seriously.
Editing and re-writing are essential to producing quality papers, and I've been doing it for years! Working alongside you on your project, I can target and help you to rescue areas in technical, stylistic, or ideological distress.
In addition, I have plenty of experience writing and editing papers in different disciplines, so MLA and APA formats are very familiar.
My bachelors is in psychology - with an emphasis in neuroscience - and I am a member of the psychological honors society Psi Chi. I have taken classes and tutored classmates in general psychology, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and history and systems of psychology. I've also done several research projects and dabbled in Matlab and SPSS, so I could help with brainstorming and carrying out research.
Public speaking and performance has always been a large part of my life. Ever since I was a kid, I was involved in Toastmasters for young adults, TAing classes, being a captain for sports teams, and performing on stage. In my adult life, I have taught many classes, performed with musical groups, made formal presentations, and facilitated many discussions. Through my studies in psychology and practical experiences at internships, I have insight into the connection between body language and how people receive your message. I approach public speaking from the point of understanding your audience before you speak and then knowing how to present yourself confidently while gauging and adjusting to their reaction.
I started salsa dancing in 2005, under the tutelage of a competitive dancer. Ever since I took private lessons, I have co-taught classes and done several public demonstrations in Latin, smooth style dancing, and swing.
When I teach dance (Salsa or otherwise), my main focus is on building the lead-follow relationship and being sensitive to your partner. You can learn fancy steps and patterns from the internet, but being a strong, confident dancer comes from experience dancing and being in-tune with your partner.
I have taken sewing classes for many years and I am comfortable using a sewing machine and sewing by hand. Some of my projects have included making jackets, dresses, pants, purses, quilts, padded cellphone covers, and even small tents. My favorite part of sewing, and my specialty, is tailoring and modifying clothes. I work on everything from hemming, replacing zippers, and repairing knitted items, to completely changing the look of clothes. I love the challenging art of modifying clothes and the satisfaction of creating exactly what you want!
Do-Re-Mi is not just a clever song from the Sound of Music, it's teaching you solfege!
Because I took many courses in music theory, college choir, and woman's chorale, I had a lot of exposure to and practice with sight-singing. On a basic level, I can teach solfege and recognizing basic intervals, rhythms, and dynamics. On a deeper level, I can help musicians quickly recognize and perform musical patterns necessary for rehearsals and impromptu performances.
¡Hola! ¿Qué pasa? I have been tutoring Spanish for several people since early 2012. I've taken 5 years of Spanish (up to level II in college). While I am not a native speaker, I excelled in my classes and can help you to become proficient in pronunciation, grammar, sentence construction, as well as connecting vocabulary with English terms and concepts.
I studied psychology at Westmont and have had a lot of personal interactions with people who are considered special needs ever since I was a child. Over the years, I have worked with people who have learning disabilities, mental disorders, and physical limitations.
I consider it a privilege to work with people who have special needs and I admire their tenacity and ability to persist when faced with challenges. It takes a lot of courage to fight back and I will be one of the first ones to encourage you and to cheer you on! I love coming up with creative ways of learning that will help people succeed and maintaining a sense of humor while learning.
Along with practical experience in organization and active reading, I have taken several workshops and read many books on study skills. Regardless of the subject I am teaching, I always incorporate effective study strategies into the curriculum. I cover topics like organizational techniques, scheduling, designing a study space, note-taking and effective reading, alternative study strategies based on learning style, starting study groups, and getting the most out of independent learning (in a homeschool setting).
Do you have hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia? Maybe for good reason, these words, while superficially impressive, do not convey your command of the English language. I can help you become friends with your thesaurus, avoid ostentatious fluff, and even identify the meanings behind curious words. I strongly suggest studying Latin, Greek, and/or the romantic languages concurrently, but no previous experience is required!
Since 2010, I have been teaching voice in both private and professional settings. I minored in music in college and took classes in theory, history, and teaching music. When I was in college, I sang with the choir for 4 years, along with being involved in a capella and other performance groups. I have studied classical voice since 2006, I sing semi-professionally, and I have led a small choir. I can teach anything from to basics to theory, while helping improve artistic expression and technical skills.
I have taken several courses in grammar, writing, and style on both a high school honors and a college level. English has always been a passion of mine and I really enjoy helping others gain a love of and proficiency for writing well. I am a very experienced proof-reader and I was sought-after in college to edit and help re-work papers in both MLA and APA formatting. Topics I typically cover include syntax and grammar, generating and following a thesis, style and structure, and readability. I can help with research projects in a variety of disciplines as well.