I'm a recent graduate student out of UCLA who studied East Asian Studies. What that means to you is that I have an excellent command of Japanese (JLPT N1 certified), English, and general topics covered both on the SAT and the GRE. I'm the daughter of a computer analyst, from whom I learned all of my computer skills, so I'm also confident in my general computer skills. And finally, I've been playing the violin for about 21 years, so I can help you learn a bit more about that, if that's what you're interested in.
JAPANESE: I studied Japanese all throughout my four years of undergrad, and my senior year, I was a department-endorsed tutor for the language, tutoring a first-year student as she struggled to keep up with the rapid pace at which the first-year intensive course was taught. I helped her by answering questions she had about the grammar and vocab points, and I helped her practice in-depth with drills and conversations until she had a comfortable grasp of the points covered.
ENGLISH: A bit more casually, I spent some years editing fan-made subtitles for Japanese videos, employing both my English language skills and my Japanese training to make Japanese-to-English translations available and understandable to a wide range of audiences. I do some Japanese-to-English translating for fun, and I have also been asked by friends over the years to proofread their essays and theses not only for English grammar and readability, but also for content and flow. My confidence in being able to make English natural and understandable to people of all levels of English fluency is second to none.
COMPUTERS: I've been around computers all my life, playing with HTML and CSS on my own website since grade school, and working as an intern and assistant for several companies to build websites while in college. I spent some years working for the computing center at my undergraduate school. I helped students, faculty, and staff with their hardware and software problems, teaching them how to use specific programs, including many programs from the Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite. Even with programs that I am not familiar with, I am able to learn new things quickly and efficiently, and I can teach those skills to those who need to know them, now.
VIOLIN: While in high school, I taught two five-year-old girls how to play the violin. We started from the very beginning, with the basics of posture and taking care of the violin, and by the time I had to leave for college, both girls had a strong repertoire of pieces they could perform with confidence and skill. One of the most rewarding parts of that experience is that I know they're still playing violin now; with the beginning training they received from me, they were inspired enough to keep learning for the sake of the music they'd grown to love, even after I left.
MY TUTORING STYLE: I am a big proponent of self-learning and of helping others help themselves. I will not spoon-feed answers to students, since I don't think that's the most effective way for students to learn and truly understand material. I will help students come to understand the answers on their own, and I will make sure that they are able to explain why an answer is what it is, effectively teaching students to become their own teachers and training them to be able to be confident in their answers by checking against their own knowledge. That being said, I am very flexible when it comes to a student's needs, and I can work with each student's individual learning techniques to serve him in a way that's most comfortable and helpful for him.
I hope that at least some of that sounds like something that could be useful to you. Mostly I tutor because I love giving others confidence, and I'll do whatever it takes to help you progress with whatever it is I can help you with. Hope to hear from you soon!
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