Hi, there! My name is Lucy S. and I am a recent graduate of Seattle University with a degree in French
(with departmental honors) and English literature
. I am currently back in my home town of Houston, Texas. I tutored in French and English through WyzAnt during the summers of 2012 and 2013, and the experience was extremely rewarding.
I am fluent in French, having lived in Normandy as a child and having subsequently insisted on taking all my classes in French until the age of 12. I have definitely kept up with the language
since then by earning a B.A. in French with departmental honors as well as spending a semester studying abroad in Grenoble, where I achieved my C1 DALF certification diploma (Diploma of Advanced French Studies; C1 and C2 are the top two levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). In high school I consistently ranked 1st place in various French language competitions, and I believe I have never lost my intense love for the French language and culture. As for English language and literature, I love those too! As I mentioned earlier, I graduated from Seattle University in June 2014 having majored in English literature as well as French. I have a real passion for everything taught in an English classroom: grammar
, literature, creative writing
, etc. I have received honorable mentions in several national essay
-writing and poetry contests over the years, and in March of 2012 I presented original research on some historical literature at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. I have also had original poetry featured in Seattle University's literary magazine, "Fragments".
As for my tutoring methods, I like to personalize the material as much as I can based on the needs of the student. I have mostly helped students with work they received either in class during the school year or through a summer program. However, I also recognize the importance of solidifying the basics. This means that I am more than willing to help my students form healthy habits with language including pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary
, proofreading, etc. When I am tutoring in French, I try to use as little translation as possible, as this puts a barrier between the student and total understanding of the French language. Instead, I prefer to directly connect French words with their meaning. When I tutor English literature, I strongly encourage close textual reading
and when it comes to writing, I like to apply this same emphasis in order to improve fluidity and successful proofreading.
With all that said, I am pretty flexible when it comes to the student's needs, and I have experience working with students of all ages. Ultimately, I want the student to succeed and feel accomplished, no matter how large or small the improvement. Above all, I hope to persuade anyone who does not enjoy French or English to change his or her mind. A student who gains a love and passion for a language will, after all, be more motivated to succeed in the future!