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I have been tutoring students from elementary to college levels in a wide variety of subjects for nearly ten years. Although my main interest lies in English language and literature, reading comprehension, writing composition, and English as a Second Language (ESL), I often find myself tutoring pre-algebra and algebra. On occasion I have also tutored basic high school subjects such as biology, history, and Spanish I and II. Most of my tutoring experience has been one-on-one sessions, but I also taught a classroom full of students when I was an Instructor's Assistant for a college freshman writing course at UCSC.
I completed one semester at Teachers College, Columbia University with straight A's in my TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Langauges) K-12 certification & Masters program, but due to some personal issues I had to move back to Santa Cruz. While I wait to begin my next graduate program in UCSC's Education department, I am seeking tutoring jobs to gain even more teaching/tutoring experience. As a future high school English teacher, I am passionate about teaching and plan on dedicating my life to helping students succeed both inside and out of school.
I completed a semester at Teachers College, Columbia University where I focused my studies on K-6 education, with an emphasis on TESOL. I completed all five of my classes with straight A's. I observed in a NYC bilingual kindergarten class and assisted the teacher for 50+ hours. I helped the students with their reading, writing, and math. This wonderful experience, plus many years of babysitting, and even more years of tutoring, makes me qualified to tutor in Elementary (K-6th).
I have tutored many students in ESL/ESOL. Some of these students were native Spanish speakers, others were native Japanese and Chinese speakers. Their levels of English proficiency have varied, and some have been very shy about practicing. With some students we studied specifically for the TOEFL, and with others we worked on English homework for class or else merely practiced conversing, reading, and pronouncing words informally. I have been admitted to a Master's in Teaching program with an emphasis on TESOL at Teachers College Columbia University, so I am qualified to tutor ESL/ESOL.
Having received primarily A's and an occasional B throughout junior high, high school, and college, I am a great example of a student with more than proficient study skills. I believe that in order to do well in school, even more than merely knowing the material, one must have excellent organization and know the best ways to study for quizzes, tests, and exams. In addition to tutoring students in specific content courses and subjects, I have also helped students learn how to prepare for tests by helping them build their study skills. The parents of these students told me that not only their child's grades increase after our sessions, but they learned valuable skills and applied them beyond our tutoring sessions to continue to improve upon their test grades and overall class grades.
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