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Sophia J.

Effective English Tutor for International Students

Baltimore, MD (21274)

Travel radius
15 miles
Hourly fee
$40.00
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I earned my undergraduate degree from Columbia University in American history and my master’s degree in international communications from American University.

I taught English as a Second Language for four years in Japan, designing classes with a focus on conversation and writing skills for a variety of skill levels. I also tutored students in English when I lived in Colombia, South America for six months. In the U.S., I have tutored international students at Goucher College and American University. I reviewed substantive material of lectures and assessed comprehension level with students, worked on time management, listening & comprehension skills, test/exam preparation and strategies, and interpretations of texts. I assisted students at all stages of the writing process, conducting brainstorming session, explaining paper organization and construction, and working through several drafts to create a final product. I am also skilled at helping international students create effective cover letters and resumes for the U.S. job market.

Most recently I worked as the Assistant Director of the International Student and Scholar office of a Baltimore area university. As such, I counseled undergraduate, graduate and ESOL students not only on immigration related issues, but also on adjusting to all aspects of the American classroom. My time as Assistant Director exposed me to students from all over the world and strengthened my understanding of the best ways to help them succeed academically.

All of my professional positions to date have required strong writing skills. I not only enjoy the process of writing, but enjoy working with students to elicit ideas, organize them and express them in clear manner. Most of my experience in teaching is with international students, but I am just as skilled at coaching non-international students in their writing.

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I taught English as a Second Language for four years in Japan. I also tutored students in English when I lived in Colombia, South America for six months. In the U.S., I have tutored international students at Goucher College and American University. I reviewed substantive material of lectures and assessed comprehension level with students, worked on time management, listening & comprehension skills, test/exam preparation and strategies, and interpretations of texts. I assisted students at all stages of the writing process, conducting brainstorming session, explaining paper organization and construction, and working through several drafts to create a final product. I am also skilled at helping international students create effective cover letters and resumes for the U.S. job market.

Proofreading

My experience in working in the field of communications has sharpened my editing and proofreading skills. My experience includes:

•I wrote, edited and managed production and translation of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) newsletters, brochures and other marketing material.

•I managed development and redesign of American Red Cross National Headquarters internal websites. Drafted press releases, talking points, FAQs, and web content.

•I drafted and edited USAID’s Africa Bureau Annual Report to Congress, requiring the collection of data, synthesis of information and coordination with USAID teams and management.

• I wrote and edited American Red Cross Official Statements for marketing $90 million tax-exempt bond issues in collaboration with underwriters and attorneys. I earned recognition of senior Red Cross management for leadership and support of project.

All of my professional positions to date have required strong writing skills. I not only enjoy the process of writing, but enjoy working with students to elicit ideas, organize them and express them in clear manner.

Writing

I have my master’s degree in international communications from American University, and my undergraduate degree in American history from Columbia University.

I taught English as a Second Language in Japan and South America and have years of experience working with international students in the U.S., both at the graduate and undergraduate level. I have assisted students at all stages of the writing process, conducting brainstorming sessions, explaining paper organization and construction, grammar, and working through several drafts to create a final product. I am also skilled at helping international students create effective cover letters and resumes for the U.S. job market.

Currently, I work as a communications consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development, primarily doing writing and editing for their Africa Bureau. In my spare time, I love the process of working with non-native speakers of English to improve and polish their writing.

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Education

Barnard College, Columbia University (American History)

American University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sophia will travel within 15 miles of Baltimore, MD 21218.

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