My name is Chris, and I am currently studying to be a clinical social worker at Boston University. Before entering graduate school in 2010, I worked as a juvenile court clerk, a teacher, a coach, and a tutor. From 2007 to 2009 I worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer EFL Teacher at a state university in Kazakhstan, and in 2010 I worked as an EFL teacher, English grammar/vocab/writing tutor, and middle school baseball coach. Since August 2010, I have been in graduate school and working part-time, and have been anxious to get back into teaching and tutoring. Though the bulk of my experience has come with adolescents and young adults for whom English is a non-native language, I love teaching students of all ages and backgrounds.
When teaching, I strive to employ a blend of patience, creativity, and spontaneity into my lessons. To the extent that I am successful in doing this, my students tend to respond positively, retain information well, and reproduce concepts they have learned in a way that makes sense to them. In teaching English vocabulary, I would regularly test students' knowledge of words we have reviewed together. For instance, on weekly quizzes, I would repeatedly reference and test past vocabulary so that the student gradually learned and retained these words and concepts over time, rather than simply testing a set of words once and never (or rarely) referencing them again. I would employ a form of this principle in teaching other subjects as well.
In addition to working as a teacher and tutor, I have extensive experience with both Russian and Kazakh from my time abroad, and speak both at an upper-intermediate level. I also have just shy of a year's experience working with special-needs populations in a group home setting (this, along with teaching, has been the most gratifying and enjoyable work experience I've had). And finally, depending on the level, I am qualified to tutor in certain math subjects.
I hope this brief introduction has been helpful, and I look forward to working with you.
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