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My name is Julie, and I am a recent magna cum laude graduate of the University of Washington. I have a B.A. with Distinction in English/Creative Writing, as well as a minor in Classical Studies. I've been tutoring, both professionally and through nonprofits, for many years now. I've worked with K-12 students in the Seattle Public Schools, as well as Seattle-area independent schools. I've also worked with college students using holistic tutoring strategies.
These are my areas of expertise:
-Any English subject, particularly: writing development, literature, English as Second Language/English as a Foreign Language (I have an official TESOL/TEFL Certification), poetry, narrative structure, grammar, essays, research papers, personal narratives, rhetoric, composition.
-History. Particularly Classical History/Classics, but I am also well versed in American, European, and World Histories.
-Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, or Latin (all up to level 4).
-Test prep: SAT Verbal, SAT Writing, ACT English, ACT Reading, SSAT, ISEE, TOEFL, A.P. exams, Gifted Program exams.
-Applications for college, prep schools, scholarships, etc. I can coach a student through the entire process.
-Study skills, executive functioning skills, organizational skills, notetaking skills.
I have tutored students with ADD/ADHD, in combination with other Learning Differences, through a private tutoring company that is officially licensed to work with children with LDs. I've worked one-on-one with them to give them extra academic and test prep support, as well as provide their families with ongoing consultations. My strategies for these students revolve around practiced focus of energy, strategic timing, and turning lessons into fun events to maintain attention (i.e. games.).
Through working for various organizations such as the UW Women's Center's Making Connections Program and the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity's Higher Education Tutoring and Mentorship Program, I have guided students through career development plans. I've worked on the concrete details of supporting a career, such as helping students craft resumes, CVs, and cover letters--but I've also talked many students through their future plans holistically, in a way that takes into account their education, interests, experience, skills, and understanding.
I am a native, fluent, and bilingual speaker of Mandarin Chinese. I attended Seattle Chinese School for ten years, from elementary school to high school, in order to learn how to read and write Chinese as well as speak it. I have tutored a couple of students in beginner-level Chinese, as well as taught it informally to various acquaintances.
I have a minor in Classical Studies, which required 25 credits of classics courses at the University of Washington. I am well-read and well-practiced in classical mythology, classical novels, epics, plays (comedic, tragic, and satyr), poetry (particularly lyric poetry), and history. I won the Meg Greenfield Essay Award for my poetic project on female agency in the classical novel. I also can tutor Latin.
I've counseled many high school students on their college plans, as well as guided them through college applications. With the UW Women's Center's Making Connections Program and the Pipeline Project, I focused on under-resourced but college-bound students. I'm extremely familiar with the higher education system, so coaching students through this process is always great.
I have tutored students with dyslexia through a private tutoring company that is officially licensed to work with children with LDs. Specifically, I've worked with dyslexic students on their writing development and reading comprehension issues. I use a strategic method of combining a multisensory structured language approach with self-awareness and self-confidence. With my dyslexic students, I am also more rigorous about organizational skills.
I've tutored elementary school students for many years through the UW Pipeline Project. I've been a classroom helper, homework help center tutor, and an official teacher's assistant at various schools including Bryant Elementary, Sacajawea Elementary, Ridgewood Elementary, and Leschi Elementary. I also tutor a few elementary students through a private tutoring company. I mainly work with them on curriculum enrichment, but also SSAT/ISEE test prep and foreign languages.
I have been an ESL/ESOL tutor for about five years now. Recently, I received an Official Certification in TEFL/TESOL through Language Link courses and exams. I've worked with organizations such as the University of Washington Women's Center, the Higher Education and Mentorship Program, the Seattle Tyee Chinese School, the International Rescue Committee, the Refugee Women's Alliance, and in various other non-official capacities. Furthermore, I am a Nominated Peace Corps Volunteer, and I am preparing to teach English in Africa starting next year.
I have tutored students taking the ISEE (along with the SSAT) to get into Seattle private/independent schools such as Lakeside, the Bush School, UPrep, and Holy Names. I target the prep based on the students' greatest strengths and weaknesses after giving them a diagnostic test. When it comes to test prep, I believe that there are two vital components: learning key strategies that will show up on the exam, and then practicing them over and over again.
I've often used linguistic theory to tutor my students in English, especially the very young ones and the ELLs. I believe that phonemic awareness is an important part of learning the English language. It highlights both repeating patterns and the strange diversity of the language. I combine both the Blended and the Analytical methods of phonics. Although phonics are only a small fraction of how someone can learn a language, I think that it is a good building block of knowledge.
As an independent contractor for a private tutoring company, as well as a seasoned volunteer tutor, I have years of experience guiding students through study skills. No matter what subject I teach, I think that study skills (which include executive functioning skills and organizational skills) are vital. Content knowledge means very little without the foundational basis necessary for success.
Always Ready — Julie has been a great tutor for our son. She is very good at providing feedback after every lesson along with communication as to what she wants him to work on before the next session. She has been very helpful and comes prepared with her own lessons. ...
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