Patrice F.

La Mesa, CA


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About Patrice

Until recently, I was always the one being tutored. But I have decided to try being a tutor! While I don't have much experience, I am highly motivated. As a lifelong student, I have pursued language study in Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Kreyol. With so much experience studying on my own, I am confident that I can help others as a tutor.

I have seen both extremes of the spectrum. I have had wonderful teachers that inspired me to push myself, and I have had others that only made me feel like I could not do anything right. I bring a student mentality that prevents me from overlooking your needs. It is not about how I want to teach, but what you need to learn effectively.

Ultimately, I would like to help others develop methods to retain information, stay motivated, and continue seeking knowledge. Language learning can be tough but, if you do it right, it's fun! I'm a flexible person, and I am able to understand how to adjust my methods to suit someone's needs. I'm not stubborn or set on one particular way of doing things, and I am open to learning with you. I am a native English speaker.

I began studying Japanese when I was in high school. My interest in Japanese began when I read my first Japanese comic, Inuyasha. From there, I started learning hiragana and katakana on my own. After that, I realized that I had reached a point where it was necessary to have a tutor. My experience with my first Japanese tutor helped me to learn quickly, and not only maintain my interest in Japanese, but allow it to flourish. I graduated from high school with a solid foundation in Japanese language and culture, and aspirations of studying abroad.

I achieved those goals when I became a sophomore and studied abroad in Osaka, Japan on a full scholarship. During that time I learned how to adjust to the cultural differences, and how important it is to be open minded when it comes to language learning. The most important thing that I can do to help another person learn Japanese is convey this. You will not learn everything you need to learn in one day, and some things are going to seem really strange. That is why you must be able to accept those differences and go forward with your studies.

I lived in Japan for a year, and I am a dedicated student as a result of my time abroad and interest in Japanese culture. I have been through the initial stages of language learning, so I know how to stay motivated and figure out what works. I have also passed N2 of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) and I know how to study for that as well. I'm not perfect, but I am a tangible resource, and I would like the opportunity to see how I can help you learn!

Please contact me so we can see where you are now and how I can help you reach your goals.
Until recently, I was always the one being tutored. But I have decided to try being a tutor! While I don't have much experience, I am highly motivated. As a lifelong student, I have pursued language study in Japanese, Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of La Mesa, CA 91942
In-person lessons
ESL/ESOL, Japanese

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Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Patrice will travel within 10 miles of La Mesa, CA 91942.