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Why should you choose me over any of the other tutors?
Well the answer to that question is a short and simple one. I am the most unique tutor that you will find here.
Most tutors have been teachers or students but few have ever been both at the same time. Currently I teach 1 out of 4 sessions a week to a level 200 Italian class. I am still a sophomore in college, a full-time student. Since the 8th grade I have been tutoring part-time in Italian, and Spanish. I am going on my 8th year tutoring and teaching. I have done individual lessons, small group lessons, class sized study sessions, and I even have experience in a formal classroom setting.
I have an extensive background in all of my subject areas.
I was raised in a strictly italian home, and have been speaking italian since I was 3 years old. I have three years of formal study at the high school level and four semesters of college level experience. I have declared an italian minor in college.
I have been speaking spanish since I was 10 years old. It started with people I knew, and in middle school, age 12, I began formally studying it and have been doing so ever since. I have declared a Spanish minor in college.
In grade school I was always a very advanced math student. In by the time I graduated high school I had taken as much as three years of calculus.
I am a first generation American. My father and his family, as well as the older generations of my mother's family-grandparents, great-aunts and uncles etc- are all Italian immigrants. I have been around people who are ESL my entire life and beyond having the utmost respect and empathy for people who find themselves trying to learn english, I have a very solid understanding of the struggles and obstacles involved; having watched so much of my family struggle with the same obstacles.
Reading and Writing:
When I was younger I used to hate reading and writing. But the truth behind that was simply that I was never any good at it and nobody seemed to care enough to take the time to sit down and teach me to do it. I became a reading and writing tutor because I remember how it felt to struggle so much and have nowhere to turn, I set out to do this portion to, hopefully, help other people who find themselves in this situation. I will take the time to explain it to you, and to help you, and I will not get up until you understand it.
Tutoring and Teaching methods
This, I'm sure, is a big decision-making point for a lot of you. Many tutors and teachers subscribe to different teaching styles, methods, and or philosophies. I, however, do not. I individualize my lessons for each and every student I teach. No two students are the same and therefore cannot be taught the same. In school I was always the kid who was confused because the teacher was explaining the topic in a way that didn't make sense to me, or using examples I couldn't relate to. I was constantly struggling and constantly trying not to fall behind. In my experience as both a student, a teacher, and a tutor I see that this is inevitable in a classroom setting. You can't possibly explain every topic in a way that everyone will understand; you'd get nothing done. This is the job of the tutor. I see tutoring as personal teaching, the job of the tutor parallels the job of the teacher. The only difference being the level of attention the student gets. If you are learning a language and you are a strong math student but not so strong in english, you will not understand so easily the literary references and the explanations. That is why in a case like this I would explain it to you in a way that might parallel your instruction in mathematics. I don't believe that any one person is smarter than another, the only difference is how well and or how effectively something is explained to different individuals. So I guess to answer the question, my teaching method consists of individualized lessons.
The majority of people in my family are ESL. I am a first generation Italian-American, my father and his siblings as well as my grandparents on both sides are immigrants from italy. I have grown up helping all of them in English and now I wish to expand my services to people I am not related to as well. Being in such a strong position of understanding for ESL individuals I feel obliged to helping others who have the same struggles as my loved ones.
There is no harder task than learning another language fluently. I speak three myself, so if there is anyone who can truly understand both the difficulties and rewards that are associated with taking on such a strenuous task, it's me.
As I mentioned, I am around immigrants and people who are ESL everyday, I see how they struggle to preform arguably the most difficult and respectable of tasks; function in a language, a culture, and an environment that is not their own. One that is completely foreign to them. I'd like to think that I make there lives a little bit easier by helping them whenever possible with their english, and I'd like to extend, to you, the same opportunity.
I was raised in a strictly Italian home and have been speaking Italian since I was 3 years old. The only time English has ever been spoken in my home was when there was non-Italian speaking company over. I have been traveling to Italy since I was 1 year old. Most of my family is still located in Italy. On top of my personal connections to the Italian language and culture, I have been studying Italian formally for six years. At the high school level I studied for three years and in my Senior year I began studying at college level. Between then and now, my Sophomore year in college, I have taken 4 semesters of college level instruction. I have extensive background in tutoring Italian, I have been tutoring students at all levels in Italian since I was in the 8th grade; going on 8 years now.
The difference between me and a lot of other tutors on this site, is that I have the experience to bring THREE different perspectives to the table that others cannot.
A lot of the other tutors on this site have been teaching for so long that they can't possibly remember what it was like to be a student, or more specifically they can't remember a time that they didn't understand the Passato Prossimo or the Trapassato. I, however, am still a student. Therefore I see confused students everyday and even remember the feeling of confusion when new points of grammar were being introduced to me. I know what students enjoy doing in class and how they enjoy learning because I am still a student, likewise I know what students hate that professors do and avoid at all costs doing these things. I can make the lessons interesting and relatable.
The second perspective that I can bring is as an instructor. As I mentioned before, I am going on my 8th year tutoring kids in Italian, but I also teach a class at college. Each Italian class meets four times a week and I am responsible for the instruction of one of these sessions; alone.
The third, and final, perspective that I bring to the table is that of a native speaker, someone who grew up in the culture and speaking the language. I can exposure which people who simply learned in school aren't even aware exist.
When I was younger I used to hate reading. But the truth behind that was simply that I was never any good at it and nobody seemed to care enough to take the time to sit down and teach me to do it. I became a reading and writing tutor because I remember how it felt to struggle so much and have nowhere to turn, I set out to do this portion to, hopefully, help other people who find themselves in this situation. I WILL take the time to explain it to you, and to help you, and I will not get up until you understand it.
I have been speaking spanish since I was 10 years old. It started with friends of the family, and in middle school, age 12, I began formally studying it and have been doing so ever since. I have declared a Spanish minor in college.
When I was younger I used to hate writing. But the truth behind that was simply that I was never any good at it and nobody seemed to care enough to take the time to sit down and teach me to do it. I became a reading and writing tutor because I remember how it felt to struggle so much and have nowhere to turn, I set out to do this portion to, hopefully, help other people who find themselves in this situation. I WILL take the time to explain it to you, and to help you, and I will not get up until you understand it.
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