I have studied global cultures as a part of my larger study of International Relations. My studies of indigenous peoples are complemented by my study of modern societies around the world, and my exposure to many different cultures has allowed me to study the differences in customs, traditions, languages, and all the myriad dimensions that make up a culture. I have taken college courses in Cultural Anthropology and written many papers on different facets of culture around the world, including gender roles, cultural narratives (oral and written), cultural responses to oppression, colonialism, and other topics. I have a profound interest in culture and believe that we can gain a great deal of knowledge about ourselves by studying own culture the same way that we study others.
I have had 3 years of training in Chinese language and 2 years of experience studying Chinese literature. I also worked as an independent consultant at Brighton High School for one year to kick-start their Chinese program. My class at Brighton consisted of about 20 students.
I also traveled to China for three weeks several years ago with Nazareth College.
I have many years of experience in essay writing and resume/application design. In addition to crafting essays, cover letters and resumes for myself, friends and family, I have also assisted tutoring students with the college application process as well as their search for jobs after graduation. I have helped to create successful essays and applications for private, SUNY, and community college applications. I have also helped to guide applicants in degree program selection, communication with college admissions staff and international admissions/immigration. I have worked with SEVIS and have experience with J-1 and F-1 visa students and their program requirements. I also have experience in recruiting international students for SUNY Brockport through presentations, tours, and published materials that I created. I also have extensive experience in persuasive writing and editing, so the college essay is my strongest subject.
I have experience in composing music in Sibelius, as well as by hand on paper. I have over a decade of musical experience and have taken college-level courses in music theory. I can sight-read, edit and evaluate compositions in order to help your student improve them.
I have worked as a private tutor and nanny with many elementary-aged children for the last 10 years. I have experience with the Brighton and Pittsford school disctricts, private Catholic schools, and home-school children. My focus has usually been on reading, writing and math, although I also assist my students with subjects like history and life skills. Most of my elementary work has involved homework help, literacy, test preparation, and developing study skills.
I have worked with gifted students, learning disabled students, students with Asperger's Syndrome, students with Autism, and students with other environmental factors that impeded their learning progress.
My main goal with each student is to maximize the individual student's potential. I use creativity and humor to help break down students' barriers to learning, and I try to challenge students to become independently motivated.
I believe that positive reinforcement, rewards, praise, and empathy are the most powerful tools to promote a love of learning.
I used to work at the ELS Language Center at SUNY Brockport, where I met and worked with students from all over the world. I assisted students with both academic programs and life skills, as well as organizing many events to help them experience American culture. I worked with teachers, host families, college administrators, and local organizations to create a comprehensive experience for students.
I currently tutor students ranging from elementary to PhD candidates, some of whom are international exchange students. I have extensive training in international affiars, history, religion, and culture, and I am familiar with the unique challenges that students from different countries face. My main focus is promoting language acquisition through reading, writing, and interacting with others, as well as using media such as film and television to increase vocabulary and fluency. I am also very creative and friendly, and I try to be a resource for students in all the many areas that study abroad can be challenging.
-11 years of language training
-Lived in La Maison Française at Nazareth College, a language-immersive student housing option and cultural center
-Presented numerous papers on French and Francophone topics, including women's issues, post-colonial literature, and the French Revolution
-Worked in the Language Lab at Nazareth, using many different kinds of instructional technology to facilitate students' acquitision of French and other languages
I have over a decade of experience working with Windows, since the days of MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 through Windows 95, 98, 200, XP and Vista. Throughout the years I have learned how to assemble a PC, configure hardware and software, perform maintenance, troubleshoot a host of errors and problems, and configure Internet settings for both LAN and Wifi connections. I have worked with desktops, laptops, servers, personal devices such as PDAs and now tablets, and web-based programs designed to link such devices. I understand the inner workings of a computer as well as a vast array of different software programs, but I am able to explain and share my knowledge with even the most technology-averse of students. Whether it is Microsoft Office, email, Cloud computing, web design, or any other facet of computer use, I can help you master the technology you need to succeed.
I have been an avid reader my entire life, and I have amassed a large collection of reading material as well as an intimate knowledge of the Monroe County Library system. I have experience in all different age ranges and genres of literature, and I am a smooth and efficient communicator for students who are struggling to read fluidly. My impeccable understanding of spelling and grammar are complemented by my creativity, patience, and ability to make learning fun. I have promoted reading for pleasure among all my students and believe that reading skills are the single most important tool in a child or adult's education.
I have spent nearly a decade studying world religions. I was raised in a Baptist/Methodist church, and I have a profound understanding of the Bible both as scripture and as a historical text. My studies have covered Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Taoism, Shintoism, Chinese indigenous religion, Wicca, Paganism, ancient religions of Greece, Rome, Persia and Egypt, Native American religion and the ways in which these religions affect our society today. I have attended religious services for nearly all of these faiths and have taken several college classes about world religions (particularly Eastern) as well as writing papers both criticizing the disadvantages and advocating the positive aspects of religious faith. I can submit samples of my written work in religious studies if needed.
I am well-versed in the development of study skills, from my own personal experiences as well as my tutoring students and my 3 stepchildren. I am able to find creative and engaging ways to tailor a study plan to each individual's needs. I can help your student find what works best to study effectively, including finding a suitable work space, eliminating distractions, rewarding yourself, time management and organization. I can also find and create personalized organizers and planners that fit your student's exact situation, and make studying as enjoyable and possible!
I have over 12 years of experience as a vocal musician in both an academic and entertainment context. I have 9 years of choral experience, including several audition-only groups. I have done many performances, including travel to DisneyWorld with a school group during my senior year of high school. I also enjoyed performing in the Jazz Choir for several years. I can read and write music, have a good ear and sense of pitch, I understand proper phrasing and breathing techniques, and can sing in many foreign languages, including French, Spanish, Latin, Italian, and others. I also have a collection of songbooks and instructional materials for your student's use.
I have been an avid reader and writer since early elementary school. I have a very comprehensive knowledge of literature of many genres and for all ages, which has strengthened my writing skills considerably. I consistently earned high marks on writing assignments through the completion of my degree, and took many extra English literature and writing courses as electives in college. I write and read as a hobby as well as tutoring both native English-speaking and ESOL students to help improve their writing skills. I have experience in business, technical, journalistic, fiction, creative, and academic writing.