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My name is Hannah T. and I earned a B.A. in American studies with a concentration in law, government, and political policy in American society, June 2011 from Stanford University. I am a happy alum of Castilleja School, having attended from 6th through 12th grade.
In the past two years, I have had experience with one-on-one tutoring for K-12 and college students in the following subjects: English and writing; SAT 1, ACT, SSAT, AP English language and composition; ESL English; mathematics (pre-algebra, algebra 1, geometry), science, AP U.S. and AP European History, and Mandarin Chinese. I have also provided admissions consulting and essay writing advice for middle and high school application essays to prestigious private schools, as well as during the college application process. As a pre-law American Studies major, I love obsessing over semantics, outlining papers, proofreading meticulously, and every aspect of the writing process. My objective is to help students find their unique voice and articulate their ideas. I am also bilingual in Mandarin Chinese having grown up in a first generation family, taught ESL students from China, Taiwan, and Japan, and assisted on Mandarin interpretation at Stanford Law School's Immigrants' Rights Clinic.
I was a National Merit Scholar and received perfect scores (5) on the AP English, AP European history, AP Calculus, and AP U.S. history exams. My SAT Verbal was an 800. Testimonials from my previous clients are available upon request. Parents rave about my role in their child's achievement of 1-2 letter grade improvements on average, and growth in intellectual excitement and confidence. In the past, most students make significant improvement in the first month or two of tutoring, and they also enjoy their sessions. I love to make learning fun and adore children. I enjoy tutoring study skills, time management, to-do lists, deadlines, procrastination, and executing a strategy for essays and projects.
For the past few years, I have tutored students from elite Bay Area private and public schools. I substitute teach for an AP U.S. History course. I maintain solid friendships and frequently meet with professors, faculty, and staff at Stanford and Castilleja.
During Stanford, I have had experience tutoring classmates across different subjects, coordinating study groups and review sessions, and organizing final exam outlines for eclectic subjects. Studying for finals can be fun!
In high school, I enjoyed assisting in humanities, history, math, science subjects. I love helping classmates and friends achieve a solid grasp of a particular subject and gaining confidence in their intellect and their abilities.
My goal is to inspire the student to love learning and to empower them with confidence. I was fortunate to have passionate instructors who inspired and transformed me by causing me to fall in love with their subjects, and I hope to do the same for your child! I would be more than happy to chat for a complimentary initial call about my pedagogical approach and goals for tutoring.
I work as a technical recruiter for startups, including Slice Technologies, founded by Stanford Graduate School of Business professors. As such, I deal with a volume of resumes and am well equipped to translate my skills into helping counsel people doing their job search. I also am extremely well connected in the tech world, due to my Stanford engineering connections, as well as my friendship with the Stanford Career Services office. As such, I feel I would be an excellent career development tutor.
I grew up in a First generation Chinese-speaking household and have taught Mandarin Chinese to high school juniors through my previous tutoring agency. Recently, I have been assisting my friend translate her film into Mandarin Chinese with subtitles for improved public access.
I still speak Chinese with my parents and relatives and have retained fluency of the language and love its melodic tones. I find great joy in teaching Chinese.
I took 5 Stanford undergraduate courses in law including the Death Penalty and the law, as well as Policy and the Law. I wrote my final papers on wrongful convictions and DNA exonerations, and am extremely passionate about criminal justice.
I also performed legal research for Professor Lawrence Marshall at Stanford Mills' Clinic. He was one of the earliest wrongful conviction/innocence project founders and proponents. I would be excited to tutor this based on experience, research, and passion for the subject!
I attended a rigorous elementary school, Challenger School before Castilleja School in Palo Alto. During Challenger, we underwent daily morning drills in math, spelling, grammar, language arts, social studies, and science. Challenger successfully imparted foundational skills that led to my success in junior high.
At my previous agency, I have had two years of experience working with K-6th graders in the Palo Alto, Woodside, Los Altos, and Portola Valley districts. I have expertise in diverse subjects including math, English, science, and social studies, and my goal is to inspire the child to embrace learning, achieve a solid foundation in subjects including spelling and math, and solidify their organizational and study skills.
I love children and cultivate the most fun, supportive learning environment as possible. I use visual, audio, and kinesthetic teaching techniques, and employ flash cards, such as Quizlet, and mnemonics to help the students learn basic vocabulary and mathematics, as well as grammar.
It would be a pleasure to teach K-6th and impart to them all the knowledge and study habits I acquired from my K-6th experience.
As an American Studies major, I frequently use Microsoft Windows applications - Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. I also worked for two startups in 2012 and 2013 so am very fluent with technology. I also worked for Stanford Law school Office of Career Services, and so used Excel and Word extensively when collating all the admissions packet information for aspiring clerkships applicants.
I feel I could tutor this subject very confidently due to experience from college and startup /Law School work.
I played the piano competitively for 14 years at one of the top Bay Area studios and performed at the Junior Bach Festival, US Open Piano Competition, San Francisco Young Pianist Competition, among other venues. I also took piano classes at Stanford as an undergrad.
I took political science as a freshman and sophomore at Stanford, as part of the university requirements for my American Studies program. My individually designed concentration was "Government, policy, and the law," which included many higher-division political science courses. I was a political science major for one and a half years before changing to American Studies.
I enjoy tutoring kids in study skills, including time management, prioritization, todo lists, deadlines, procrastination, and planning a strategy for completing essays and long-term projects.
As a pre-law student at Stanford university, I have had experience tutoring classmates across different subjects, lead study groups and review sessions, and coordinated study materials and exam outlines for a diverse array of subjects.
In high school, I enjoyed assisting friends in humanities and math/science subjects. I love helping my classmates and friends achieve a solid grasp of a particular subject and gaining greater confidence in their study, test-taking, and general academic abilities.
I am skilled at note-taking, brainstorming, proofreading, and writing papers. I love advising students with online resources, stressing the importance of starting work early, and breaking long papers into chunks. My favorite motto is "divide and conquer."
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