Past Tutoring Experience
Throughout high school, I tutored students in math (calculus) and physics (both regular and AP level). In college, I tutored a student in algebra in preparation for a placement test, designing a customized curriculum to help him review everything he had forgotten since high school, and going further into topics he had never studied before. He ended up placing into a higher class than he was hoping for.
I was also a teaching assistant for the Pre-Calculus class in the University of Washington Robinson Center Summer Stretch program for two years (with classes of 15-20 high students, most in 10th grade).
While in college, I was a Youth Program Tutor at the Refugee Women’s Alliance, teaching students ages K-12 with refugee backgrounds in a variety of subjects (primarily math and English/ESL), while helping mitigate culture shock, and communicating across cultural and language barriers. I also have some individual ELL/ESL teaching experience, most notably teaching a multilingual 16-year-old in English conversation skills using a customized curriculum.
While earning my BA in anthropology, I have focused on environmental and linguistic anthropology, as well as gender studies. I have research experience with a university group in environmental science (urban wildlife research) as well as on my own under an adviser (in ethnobotany and folk tales, and transgender identities and health).
I have much more experience in math and science than my degree would suggest. While in high school, I took math classes up to college-level differential equations, advanced calculus, and linear algebra, as well as AP classes in physics, chemistry, and biology.
In college, I continued taking science classes (including a minor in Environmental Science and Resource Management), focusing on restoration ecology, soils science and geology.
As a tutor, I bring a unique set of skills to the table. I have successfully worked with students ages 5 to 30, from a wide variety cultural of backgrounds. I have extensive experience tutoring math and science, combined with the communication and cultural awareness skills I acquired through my anthropology degree.
Over the course of my high school and college career, I have taken courses in most sciences that are ever even touched upon in a middle school science class (starting with the ubiquitous trio of biology, chemistry, and physics, on to ecology, environmental science, soil science, geology, wetland ecology, oceanography, entomology, and more). As someone who is confident in her math and science skills, I am also able to be a role model for girls who want to do well in math and science (unfortunately, in my experience most science and math teachers are men, and most female tutors choose to focus on the humanities).
In tutoring English, I have the advantage of having the perspective of someone who herself went through the process of learning English as a second language while in elementary school. This helps me find techniques that I know from personal experience are helpful without being frustrating. This is backed up by theoretical knowledge, as I have taken courses in linguistics, second language learning theory, linguistic anthropology, and sociolinguistics. Finally, I am trilingual, and would be able to provide extra support for someone whose native language is Russian or French.
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