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As your child's private tutor, I believe that my role is to provide both support and challenge in a positive learning environment. One-on-one tuition allows a student room to breathe and test their skills and understanding not without fear of failure, but without fear of the negative consequences that failure in a classroom setting often entail.
My tutoring philosophy is Socratic—I believe in asking students questions to let them find their way to the correct and logical answer, and in them asking ME questions to further their own understanding of a concept. I am studied in patience, and will not fill out your child's homework or feed them material they are struggling with just because it takes a long time for them to grasp. My goal is for a student to learn not just the material on any given school day, but also the confidence in their own ability to comprehend new subjects when working without a tutor's support.
My tutoring experience is broad, both in subject and student age.
- volunteered as a reading and math tutor in kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms;
- worked with older elementary and middle school kids on math, English, science, and foreign languages;
- worked with high schoolers on French and English, as well as on SAT, ACT, and IB skills;
- taught violin to students ages 6-60;
- tutored adult foreign Humphrey Fellowship professionals in English through the American English Institute at the University of Oregon;
- been an undergrad writing assistant for literature courses, as well as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in literature, Sociology, history, Humanities, and Russian language courses;
- worked with kids ages 7-18 in French, Russian, and English language immersion programs through the Concordia Language Villages organization.
As far as my language instruction training goes, I not only love languages, but thoroughly understand how to go about learning them most efficiently. Language is an ultimately social endeavor, and I believe in conversation and immersion as the foremost tools in acquiring proficiency in a new language. I am a native English speaker, and am fluent in both Russian and French, with years of experience teaching all three languages through both the Concordia Language Villages program as well as privately. I hold a master's degree in Russian Studies and an undergraduate degree in both Russian and French, and also have a background with Japanese and Portuguese; I am more than comfortable tutoring in Russian, French and English, but Japanese and Portuguese would have to be at a very introductory level.
I am comfortable working with individuals or groups, providing support for classroom curriculum or teaching from scratch.
I was a math, writing, and reading tutor for all elementary age groups throughout all four years of undergrad, with support training from my campus' volunteer center. In addition, I have worked with ages 5-13 in foreign language acquisition in several formats, including summer camp immersion, one-on-one lessons, and freelance beginner courses. I am also a certified substitute teacher for all grade levels in the state of Wyoming.
I have over ten years of experience speaking Russian, and several years' experience teaching it, at both a college and a primary/secondary level (with Concordia Language Villages). My MA and BA are both in Russian Studies, and I began learning the language in high school through the International Baccalaureate program, for which I also had to pass an AP-equivalent language exam to graduate. I have been a freelance tutor and translator, and continue, even out of school, to read, write, and communicate in Russian.
In addition to maintaining a 4.0 average throughout k-12 and making valedictorian—all of which depended on a mastery of study skills and test taking strategies—I was a writing assistant as an undergraduate, a Graduate Teaching Fellow as a graduate, and have tutored students ages 7 to undergraduate level in languages, math, reading, and history, focusing particularly on the mechanics behind how to learn a concept, not just individual tasks.
I have two decades of experience playing violin, both as a student, as well as professionally in pit orchestras and chamber groups. I began playing with the Suzuki method when I was five years old, and continued with private lessons through high school. I was principal second violin in our high school's touring honors orchestra for two years, as well as in my college's symphony orchestra for three, where I also participated in Collegium Musicum. I have had private students of my own since late high school.
Absolutely Great Tutor — Alexis is an absolutely great tutor. She has been working with my ninth grader for several months now. Alexis tutors my child mostly in French and math (for homework, quizzes, and exams), but she will switch gears and tutor my child in any subject I request (even at the last minute). I appreciate how Alexis has shown my child ways (useful tools) to get organized so my child is able to study pro ...
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