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Hello everyone, my name is Robert; I began studying Italian when I was in eighth grade, 2001, and continued taking the language up until my freshman year at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY. During my sophomore year, I was hired by the then director of St. Thomas Aquinas College's Academic Skills Center (now Center for Academic Excellence) to be the college's Italian tutor with the recommendation of my Italian professor. After two years of tutoring, I became a College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certified level 2 - Advanced Italian tutor. Something of which I am still very proud. Recently, I was hired by a large major School of Learning/Language.
When I tutor, I have a very simple method of doing so. To me, a tutor's job is to reinforce something that a student has already learned in the classroom and perhaps doesn't quite understand. Once the student tells me what they are having difficulty with, I can jump right in. For example, during one particular session I had a student who had difficulty with conjugating verbs in the "passato prossimo," which is a tense in Italian that deals with past actions that still hold bearing on the present. To be more precise, this student was having trouble knowing when to use either of the two helping verbs for this tense (avere - to have, essere - to be). I was able to explain that essere is used only for certain action verbs in so that it made sense to the student. I am also very big on reviewing the Italian alphabet because it is essential for proper pronunciation.
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Italian has always been one of my favorite subjects since I was in middle school. The language always came naturally to me because I grew up hearing it. During my senior year of high school, I was one of five students in my Italian V class. During my third year of college, I became St. Thomas Aquinas' Italian tutor; before I was hired, there were no Italian tutors at all. Because I had done so well with Italian during my freshman year, I was personally recommended by my professor.
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