I am a senior majoring in Japanese at Tufts University and am currently working on a children's book translation for my thesis.
In regards to my experience with tutoring, I have taught many age groups from many walks of life. In high school I tutored children whose parents spoke English as a second language and thus sometimes had difficulty assisting with homework. In college, I spent a summer tutoring English to Taiwanese high school and university students. And then, in my year abroad, I spent 6 months teaching English to small business owners in the Kanazawa area of Japan.
What these experiences have given me is a better understanding of exactly how different each student is in their learning style. And, it is specifically for this reason that there may be students who I feel would do better with a different tutor than myself. I feel confident in my way of teaching, yet understand it is not for everyone.
With each student that I tutor I like to take an introductory lesson and work out a plan with them. We read over the work they have, find the areas that they want to improve (or that I feel should improve), talk about a time frame, and then start from there. Adjustments may happen throughout the plan, but that is expected. The plan is just there to provide a sense of progress, not something to adhere to strictly.
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