University of Missouri - Columbia (Linguistics)
In my time as a linguistics student at the University of Missouri - Columbia, I worked for two years with the Student Success Center tutoring students in both Japanese language and Classical Mythology. I enjoy working with students to create supportive learning environments in which each student may realize their potential. As a tutor, I am most comfortable providing supplementary support and information to what the student is learning in a more academic environment, such as their classes in high school or university. However, I am also open to working with students to create a curriculum that suits their needs.
For in-person tutoring, I require that the student be available to meet in Merced city, either at their home, at mine, or at a public place. I am more than happy to try online tutoring with any students for whom my location requirements can not be met.
Please bear in mind that schedules and appointments are important, and I require at the very least 8 hours notice in case of cancellations, though I would prefer a full day's notice.
As a linguistics graduate, I am intimately acquainted with the structure of language in general, and English in particular, as it is my native language. I have studied phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and I have an interest in sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and dialectology. Therefore, I am well-equipped to explain how English works, rather than just working through drills. In addition, I have mentored people for whom English was not their native language in both Columbia, MO, as well as in Japan and South Korea. Further, I worked as a volunteer in South Korea over Summer 2015 teaching elementary and middle school students English at intensive summer camps.
In addition to having taken four years of Japanese language at the University of Missouri, I also tutored students in elementary Japanese for two years. I have also studied abroad in Japan, during which I lived with a host family for seven weeks and got a lot of practical experience with the language. Furthermore, I try my best to maintain my Japanese proficiency by regularly reading books in Japanese (currently reading the Harry Potter translations), watching movies and anime, and listening to Japanese music.
I have a strong grasp of the elementary grammar a student will face in their first year or two of studying Japanese, and I have developed numerous effective strategies to teach and reinforce this grammar during my time as a tutor.
My knowledge of geography comes from two courses I took in University, as well as a deep seated personal interest in the field. This is the field in which I am least qualified, but I believe I can still be very effective in tutoring basic physical and cultural geography.
I have played the piano now for 16 years, with 6 of those years spent taking formal lessons in classical repertoire. My knowledge of theory is more instinctual than formal, but I believe I can still explain the concepts satisfactorily. Apart from taking lessons, I have spent a large portion of my musical time practicing improvisation and I would be thrilled to work with students who are eager to learn more about and practice improvisation.
Please, do not hesitate to ask me any questions you may have. I am open to tutoring requests outside of my listed subjects where I believe I can still be effective. Let's see what we can work out! I look forward to meeting you!
In my time as a linguistics student at the University of Missouri - Columbia, I worked for two years with the Student Success Center tutoring students in both Japanese language and Classical Mythology. I enjoy working with students to create supportive learning environments in which each student may realize their potential. As a tutor, I am most
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