I am currently a Master’s Candidate of Linguistics at San Jose State University and have a BA in Linguistics from Michigan State University. I work with professionals in speech coaching and accent reduction utilizing a unique approach that blends practice and theory to achieve personal speech and accent goals. I specialize in vowel coaching and practical application. I also work at the San Jose State University Language Development Center and the San Jose State University Student Athletic Success Center coaching students in critical reading, writing, and development skills.
As for a tutoring style, it is best to start with the basics. Once a student can understand the basic concepts of an idea, they can use that as the structural support for the harder, more advanced concepts. With things like language and music, it is best for a student to understand how it works, not just repeat what is given to them. To understand these subjects I like to go underneath the outer layer and look at the concept from within its core and basic structure. I believe a student should never be given the answer, but rather be guided in the correct direction with tools they need to be able to find it on their own.
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