I graduated from Bard College, a liberal arts college located in upstate New York. Teaching and tutoring is something that I've grown to love and plan to do for the long term. I'm available to tutor a variety of subjects, including English or ESL, Arabic, Math, and Art. Please let me know if you're interested in tutoring, and I'd be happy to help in any way that I can.
ENGLISH / ESL:
During the Spring of 2013, I earned my TESOL (ESL) teaching certificate. Afterwards, I taught at one of Kaplan's ESL centers in Manhattan for seven months, independently preparing for and teaching reading, listening, speaking, and grammar lessons. Each of these skills were often integrated into each lesson. Aside from teaching the core, three hour classes at Kaplan, I also taught one and a half hour elective classes, including Reading and Writing, Pronunciation, Arts and Culture, and the TOEFL exam. I also tutored a student once a week for about a month, helping him improve his reading and pronunciation skills. At Kaplan, we had to design dynamic, student-centered, and interactive lessons, write up summaries of each lesson, provide feedback on each student's performance, and make and administer tests every week. Aside from teaching at Kaplan, I also tutored members of a Spanish community for about three months last year, tutoring both one-on-one and in groups for about an hour to two hours each week. I'm happy to help improve one's English language skills, including reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking as well as aid in any other English related assignment or task.
My tutoring approach for English and ESL strongly stems from the knowledge and skills that I obtained during the TESOL certification course that I took last year. I was trained to be able to design detailed, structured lesson plans that revolve around a student language objective(s). If a student or parent wishes, I can also integrate worksheets into the lessons and provide homework. Although I was trained to prepare and follow lessons, I'm open to responding to student's (and family's) feedback and wishes and to adapting to a student's learning style or styles and goals.
I studied beginning, intermediate, and advanced Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) at Bard College using the Al-Kitaab series. In also studied Classical Arabic (FusHa) grammar and skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) at Qasid Arabic Institute, a renowned and well-respected Arabic language center in Amman, Jordan, using their own textbooks. Having studied both MSA in the states and Classical Arabic abroad, I'm able to tutor those interested in learning the basics of either MSA or Classical Arabic as well as those at the intermediate level as well. While I've studied with MSA with Book One and Two of the al-Kitaab series and have tutored with Book One, I also recently began tutoring with the Classical Arabic textbook, Arabic Between Your Hands (al-'arabiyya bayna aydak). I aim to help students reach their particular goals, shaping each lesson to to meet them.
I approach tutoring Arabic like I do tutoring English, utilizing the knowledge and techniques that I learned while obtaining my ESL certification to prepare for and tutor each lesson. Currently, I use both the Al-Kitaab series and Arabic Between Your Hands (al-'arabiiya bayna aydak) as well as other sources, such as videos and handouts, to tutor. Nevertheless, I'm always open and eager to use new sources. Unless we're reviewing material, I try to introduce a few new points into each lesson. I also aim to make each lesson interactive, often incorporating all of the Arabic language skills into each one, such as developing one's reading and speaking ability by first reading over and then acting out a dialogue, having the student recognize grammar points in the dialogue, etc. I try to have each activity or step in the lesson build off of the previous one so that the student can gradually understand, internalize, and be able to eventually use the skill or skills being taught effectively.
I studied Math up to Calculus 3 in college. I'd be happy to help anyone with Math below Calculus 3. I recently spent three months preparing for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taking Kaplan's GRE test prep course to prepare for it. By taking Kaplan's course, I learned a variety of strategies for solving Math problems quickly and effectively. Surprisingly, GRE's Math problems and concepts are actually very similar to the Math problems and concepts that are taught in middle school, high school, and college but are just usually presented in a more complex way. For example, subjects such as arithmetic, geometry, statistics, probability, and coordinate plan problems can be found on the GRE, reworded or rephrased to mainly test one's reasoning abilities. By studying for the GRE, I had the chance to review older material as well as learn new strategies. I can integrate these strategies and draw from what I've studied to tutor or use a student's materials to do so.
Art has been a passion of mine ever since I was young. I studied Art at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for a year before transferring to Bard College to pursue a liberal arts education. While at Bard, I spent a semester mentoring a young teenager in the arts, helping her create different art projects of her choosing. In high school, I received one out out of the two senior Art awards for artistic excellence. I currently produce colored, pattern-based designs, two of which can be found underneath my profile picture. I'm able to work with a variety of different mediums, including: charcoal, colored pencil, pen, clay, glass (specifically stained glass using the Copper Foil or Tiffany method), metal, and printmaking tools for producing woodblock, intaglio, aquatint, or drypoint prints. I'm happy to help one complete a project, provide feedback, or help one acquire and refine one's skills.
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