Hey, my name is Max, and I love working with people of all ages, helping them learn and grow. It brings me joy!
I'm currently studying to finish my double major in Chinese Language and Literature and Asian Studies. I'm married to a beautiful Chinese girl, who helps me daily to make sure my tones are correct and my Chinese grammar is proper! I spent two years in China, where I worked about 60 hours every week teaching children aged 3 - 12 English. I had my own class of brilliant 5 year olds, whom I taught how to read phonetically. After two months, they were able to read Doctor Seuss books. I also worked with middle school students who would teach me the funny jokes that they knew in Mandarin or their local dialect.
Shortly since I returned to the U.S. in August 2011, I have been working at a company which creates and distributes online language learning software, similar to Rosetta Stone.
I have experience teaching reading, writing, and phonics. If your willing to put in the time, I can get you up to a basic level in Mandarin within a few months. If your child is struggling with reading, I have experience targeting the causes of it, helping shore up the basic reading skills, and finding content that is interesting to young readers.
While it isn't what it used to be (thank you China and Mandarin), my Spanish is enough that I can teach English to Spanish speakers as well.
Finally, due to my parents "letting" (forcing) me take piano since second grade, I can teach piano as well as beginner violin, intermediate recorder, and up to advanced clarinet.
I'm friendly and flexible, but I will hold you to a standard.
I would be honored to be your tutor.
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