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Hello! My name is Therese. I have been tutoring and working with students for over ten years. I have a degree in International Studies and a Minor in Chinese Language from Louisiana State University. I've studied Mandarin for five years, including a year abroad in Taiwan, where I was also a full time ESL/TESL teacher and tutor. I have experience teaching students of all ages (2 and up). I have TEFL certification through International TEFL and TESOL Training (ITTT).
My approach to tutoring is simple. First, I assess where my student is in the relevant subject, then I focus our attentions on helping the student to not only grasp that subject more completely, but also to develop the study skills necessary to succeed in every subject. These skills include identification of key concepts, a variety of study/memorization techniques (i.e. wrote memorization, practice exercises, study guides, etc.), understanding what kinds of questions to ask, and more. This approach is complimented by honest, but kind feedback, celebration of progress, and recognition of achievement in order to create a positive and encouraging learning environment.
If you are committed to working hard and putting forth an honest and sincere effort, I guarantee that you will see immediate improvement in your results. I am patient, fun, and committed to helping you do the best that you can in your academic pursuits.
I have taken a number of courses relating to the history, exegesis, and interpretation of the Bible. Extensive reading of scholarly works on the Bible has supplemented my knowledge in this subject. In addition, Biblical Studies has been a required subject for twelve of sixteen years of my academic studies.
I have studied Mandarin Chinese for five years. I have a minor in Chinese. A year abroad in Taiwan studying Mandarin in an immersion environment has significantly sharpened my skills in this area. Additionally, I have ESL certification and experience, the principles of which can be readily applied in teaching foreign languages.
Through private art studies for over six years, I am well versed in the basics of free hand drawing of human figures, cartoon-style drawing, landscapes, and still life. I am proficient in multiple mediums (e.g. charcoal, pastels, graphite pencils, colored pencils, etc.). I am familiar with color theory and multiple techniques of drawing. I also have basic skills in oil and acrylic painting.
I have extensive experience using correct English grammar. I have been involved in its correct usage in the context of editing, teaching, and writing. In high school, I made a 34 on the English/Grammar portion of the test. Furthermore, I am well-read and quite fond of reading, which always serves to broaden one's understanding of the language.
I have TEFL certification through International TEFL and TESOL Training (ITTT). I have over a year's experience as an ESL teacher abroad (in Taiwan). In addition, I have experience tutoring ESL students.
I have extensive experience using correct English grammar. I have been involved in its correct usage in the context of editing, teaching, and writing. In high school, I made a 34 on the English/Grammar portion of the test.
Not only am I familiar with a number of the "classics" in English and American literature, but I am also acquainted with the different technical ideas of literature. I am able to explain and develop with use of theme, hyperbole, the grotesque, and other devices employed by authors. In addition, I am qualified to teach comparative literature, having read a number of "classics" of Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Roman, Arabic, and Indian literature.
I have participated in local theater for five years. In addition, I took a number of theater classes at university. I have had minor leading roles in two shows. In addition, I am familiar with multiple acting methods/approaches.
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