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Cai T.

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Languages (Ancient Greek, Latin, English/ESL) Exam Prep, Writing Tutor

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Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Classics, Art
University of California, Berkeley
Master's
University of California, Davis
Master's

Education

Pomona College, Claremont, CA (Classics, Art)

University of California, Berkeley (Master's)

University of California, Davis (Master's)

About Cai

I am currently a PhD student at UC Davis (Ancient Mediterranean Religions). I have an M.A. from UC Berkeley in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, and a B.A. from Pomona College (Claremont, CA) in Ancient Greek and Latin. I also have Post-Baccalaureate certificate from UC Davis in Ancient Greek and Latin, and a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate from the University of Cambridge at the British Council in Izmir.

For six years I worked as an archaeological tour guide in Turkey and Greece, where I lectured and gave tours of archaeological sites and museums. I have worked on several excavations in Turkey, including one Bronze Age underwater excavation. When I was not working in archaeology during the nine years I lived in Turkey, I made a living as a TEFL certified English tutor.

After I returned to the US, I continued my studies in ancient languages and archaeology. During the course of my graduate career, I have accrued five years of college-level teaching experience as both a lecturer and a teaching assistant in the fields of Art History, Archaeology, Classics, and Religious Studies.

In the more distant past, I worked as a graduate advisor for Turkish scholarship students in UC Davis Extension International Programs. It was my task to help students apply to graduate schools and learn to write application essays in English. For the 20 students I mentored, we had a 100 percent success rate for graduate school admissions.

I speak, read, and write fluent Turkish. I am an advanced student of ancient Greek and Latin, and I can read French and German. My experience learning various languages has also been very useful in helping both native and foreign speakers of English learn how to write essays and understand grammar.

Outside of my experience as a lecturer, my strongest areas of one-on-one tutoring experience are in Latin, Ancient Greek, Turkish, ESL, essay writing, research/presentation skills, and undergraduate/graduate application preparation. I love to teach and help others learn, and I believe age should never be considered a factor. I'd love to help you or your child learn something new.
I am currently a PhD student at UC Davis (Ancient Mediterranean Religions). I have an M.A. from UC Berkeley in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, and a B.A. from Pomona College (Claremont, CA) in Ancient Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Davis, CA 95618
Science:
Archaeology
Test Preparation:
GRE,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Greek,
Latin,
Turkish
History:
Archaeology,
Classics
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE

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Archaeology

After completing a post-graduate fellowship through the Thomas J. Watson Foundation entitled "Underwater Archaeology in the Mediterranean" in 1992-93, which involved working on the Uluburun shipwreck excavation near Kas, Turkey, I worked for two years in the conservation laboratory of the Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Bodrum and on several land excavations in southern Turkey (notably Ephesus and Pergamon). I subsequently worked as a full-time archaeological tour guide in Turkey and on the Greek Dodecanese islands from 1995-2001. In 2008, I finished a Master's degree at UC Berkeley that focused on Anatolian archaeology. During the summers of 2014 and 2015, I designed and led a UC Davis Study Abroad program to Turkey in Classical and Underwater Archaeology. My current PhD research at UC Davis is in Anatolian archaeology.

Classics

I have a B.A. in Classics (Classical Languages and Literature) from Pomona College (Claremont, CA), a 2-year post-baccalaureate certificate in Greek and Latin from UC Davis, a Master's degree in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology from UC Berkeley, and I am currently a PhD student in Ancient Mediterranean Religions with a designated emphasis (DE) in Classics at UC Davis. I have taught classes in Elementary Latin and Classical Mythology as a visiting lecturer at the University of the Pacific. I have also taught my own classes at UC Davis in Roman Art and Architecture; Greek, Roman and Near Eastern Mythology; Architecture and Urbanism in Mediterranean Antiquity; and Topics in Mediterranean Civilizations. I was a teaching assistant for Greek and Latin Elements in English Vocabulary at UC Davis last year and will be again in 2017. The summers of 2014 and 2015 I designed and led the UC Davis Study Abroad program in Classical and Underwater Archaeology in the Mediterranean (Turkey). I am prepared to tutor any topic in the field of Classics, Classical Archaeology, Ancient Greek or Latin.

English

English is my native language, and I am certified by the University of Cambridge to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL). I tutor for both the TOEFL and the IELTS exams. Additionally, I teach Latin at the university level, and I tutor both Latin and ancient Greek, so I'm also in a position to teach the Greek and Latin roots of English vocabulary. I am a great fan of grammar (please see my subject description) and I have experience teaching writing skills at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the University of the Pacific.

ESL/ESOL

English as a Second Language

I am a native speaker of English with a B.A. from Pomona College (Claremont, CA), an M.A. from UC Berkeley, and I am currently a PhD student at UC Davis. All of my degrees are in the Humanities, with strong English reading and writing requirements.

I also have a certification to teach T.E.F.L. (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) from the British Council in Izmir through the University of Cambridge. I taught English as a private tutor in Bodrum, Turkey from 1993-1995.

From 2009-2012, I helped many foreign students prepare for the TOEFL and learn how to write university and graduate application essays as both a graduate advisor and tutor for UC Davis Extension International Programs. I have also been an English language editor for foreign archaeologists submitting professional articles and grant applications for the past 15 years. Additionally, I have university-level experience teaching courses that involve extensive paper writing instruction in English at UC Berkeley, the University of the Pacific, and UC Davis.

I think perhaps my most important qualification for teaching English to non-native speakers, however, is that I lived abroad (for nine years in Turkey, nine months in Germany, and six months in Greece) and I have studied many languages in my lifetime (Turkish, Ancient Greek, Latin, French, German, and small amounts of Spanish, Italian, and Modern Greek). So I am very aware of the difficulties and frustrations of learning a new language. I am also aware of the difficulties of adapting to a new culture.

English is my native language, but I also believe it is one of the most difficult languages to learn. I enjoy the challenge of teaching English, especially if it helps others to achieve their goals.

Grammar

I love grammar. I addition to English grammar, I have a huge fondness for the grammar of Latin and ancient Greek. I have seriously studied Turkish, French, and German, as well. In order to learn other languages, it is critical that one understand the grammar of one's own language first. When I teach English grammar, I enjoy explaining ideas through sentence diagramming and charts, which help to simplify and illustrate concepts. Grammar is fascinating in any language and can be very fun!

GRE

I am most proficient as a tutor for the verbal and analytical writing sections for the GRE. I personally scored between the 92nd and 98th percentiles for these sections. I enjoy explaining vocabulary, especially since I teach Latin and ancient Greek. The roots of many words in English can be found in these languages. I have also taught writing at the university level, and I currently tutor writing for other exams similar to the GRE (SAT, IELTS, TOEFL).

Greek

Ancient Greek

I have been a student of Ancient Greek since 1988. I completed my B.A. in Classical Languages & Literature with an emphasis in Ancient Greek at Pomona College in 1992. I received a Post Baccalaureate certificate in Classics (Ancient Greek & Latin) from UC Davis in 2004. I continued to study Ancient Greek as part of the UC Berkeley Master's program in Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology, which I completed in 2008, and I am still studying the subject as part of my current PhD program in Ancient Mediterranean Religions at UC Davis. In addition to academic study, I lived in Athens for one semester during college, and I worked on the Greek islands of Symi, Rhodes and Meis for six years off and on as a tour guide.

Although I have studied some Modern Greek, my tutoring experience is in Ancient Greek. I am prepared to tutor up to an advanced reading level.

Latin

I have been a student of Latin since 1984. I completed my B.A. in Classical Languages & Literature at Pomona College in 1992, and I received a Post Baccalaureate certificate in Classics (Ancient Greek & Latin) from UC Davis in 2004. I subsequently studied Latin as a portion of the UC Berkeley Master's program in Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology, which I completed in 2008, and I continue to study the subject as part of my PhD program at UC Davis. During 2012, I taught first-year Latin at the University of the Pacific. I am prepared to tutor Latin up to an advanced reading level.

Proofreading

I have university-level experience teaching courses that involve intensive writing at UC Berkeley, the University of the Pacific, and UC Davis. In these courses, I teach paper writing in stages (proposal, thesis statement, outline, drafts, final). I have also helped many students learn how to write university and graduate application essays as a graduate advisor for UC Davis Extension International Programs. Additionally, I have been an English language editor for foreign archaeologists submitting professional articles and grant applications for the past 15 years.

SAT Reading

Academic reading can be a challenge for many students, even more so for those for whom English is a second language. The additional pressure of reading academic texts for a timed exam like the SAT can make the process downright miserable. I teach reading techniques that help students learn how to quickly break down and analyze what they are seeing. I help them learn how to extract important ideas and understand the logic of academic texts. I also help them develop skills such as scanning, rapid notation, and speed reading, which make the process easier.

SAT Writing

I have taught writing skills at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the University of the Pacific. I tutor writing for the IELTS, TOEFL, and GRE exams in addition to the SAT.

Study Skills

I am prepared to teach study skills for all levels, particularly for languages. Language study can be frustrating, whether it is a grammatically complicated language from antiquity or a modern language which involves speaking. Over the years, I have developed methods of studying languages which help maintain interest and promote efficient learning. I have personally studied Turkish, Ancient Greek, Latin, French, and German seriously. I have also been a tutor for Latin, Turkish, and English. On a more general level, aside from being a long-term student myself, I have five years of university level teaching experience and have helped many students hone their study skills.

Turkish

I speak, read, and write Turkish fluently, and I have worked as a Turkish tutor at UC Davis in the past. For nine years, from 1992-2001, I lived in a village on the southern coast of Turkey. During that time I became a Turkish citizen. For six of the years I lived in Turkey, I worked as a professional tour guide, guiding groups of Americans and Europeans throughout the country. As a result, I am quite familiar with the language, culture, and history of Turkey.

Vocabulary

I love words. I have studied many languages, and I am fascinated by shades of meaning. As a result, I enjoy explaining and teaching vocabulary to others. I tutor both ancient Greek and Latin, and I have taught Latin on the university level. So I'm in a position to teach the Latin and Greek roots of modern day English. I've also seriously studied French and German, from which English has borrowed many words. Learning English vocabulary can be very easy if one learns the stories behind the words.

Writing

I have university-level experience teaching courses that involve intensive writing at UC Berkeley, the University of the Pacific, and UC Davis. In these courses, I taught paper writing in stages (proposal, thesis statement, outline, drafts, final). I also helped many students learn how to write university and graduate application essays as a graduate advisor for UC Davis Extension International Programs. Additionally, I have been an English language editor for foreign archaeologists submitting professional articles and grant applications for the past 15 years.

Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Classics, Art
University of California, Berkeley
Master's
University of California, Davis
Master's

Education

Pomona College, Claremont, CA (Classics, Art)

University of California, Berkeley (Master's)

University of California, Davis (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cai will travel within 5 miles of Davis, CA 95618.