I am a Ph.D. student specializing in Poetry, Perceptual Psychology, and Science, for which I won a highly competitive grant. I am fluent in both French and English, and I can also tutor science. I truly enjoy tutoring individual students, so that I can identify their strengths and weaknesses. I generally begin a new tutoring session by administering a diagnostic exam, to familiarize myself with the best way to design the curriculum for each student. Also, because I have worked with non-native speakers, I am attuned to the grammatical barriers each different student might encounter--for example, native Mandarin speakers do not understand the concept of tense, because there are no tenses in Mandarin. Native Spanish speakers often do not include the subject of a sentence, because doing so is not necessary in Spanish. This amount of detail in attending to the students' strengths and weaknesses can be applied to native English speakers in the same way. Often, students have one particular problem that occurs in their understanding of a subject, and in their written expression. In order for them to improve, they need to understand the concepts behind the errors they are making, and also the concepts underlying their successful work.
My experience includes teaching and tutoring ESL at the college level at the Stevens Institute of Technology. I also have over 3 years of experience teaching college classes. I've been tutoring French and English for 2 years, and nothing is a better reward for me than to see a student take a genuine interest in the subject, and improve, not because he or she is "supposed to" but because he or she wants to. I really look forward to making tutoring engaging, using multimedia if relevant, and tailoring the subject matter, as much as possible, to each student's particular interests.
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