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Alani H.

Oakland, CA

$85/hour

Patient and Motivating Language and Writing Expert

600+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/11/17
5.0 average from 267 ratings
Amazing Spanish tutor
— AYELET, Napa, CA on 7/2/17

$85/Hour


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Bryn Mawr College
Triple Major French Italian Spanish
Bryn Mawr (MA French); Middlebury (MA Italian); Middlebury (MA Spanish)
Master's
University of California, Berkeley (PhD); Middlebury College (DML)
PhD

Education

Bryn Mawr College (Triple Major French Italian Spanish)

Bryn Mawr (MA French); Middlebury (MA Italian); Middlebury (MA Spanish) (Master's)

University of California, Berkeley (PhD); Middlebury College (DML) (PhD)

About Alani

Hello!

I am an extremely motivated, compassionate, and very organized language instructor and tutor, with a passion for languages, literature, and learning. I have done extensive studies in the US, and I have attended schools and universities in France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal, which solidified my fluency in these languages years ago.

As an undergraduate, I triple majored in French, Spanish, and Italian, and I hold graduate degrees in multiple languages as well. I have an MA in French, an MA in Italian, and a joint PhD from UC Berkeley in Romance Languages and Literature and Medieval Studies / History. I also have a second doctorate in progress (ABD) in Italian and Spanish from Middlebury college.

More importantly, I have over ten years of experience teaching and tutoring: Foreign Languages, Literature, Writing and Composition, Editing, and English at the high school and college level, as well as a demonstrated history of successful teaching and instruction. I have received numerous teaching awards and flawless student evaluations. I frequently tutor SAT/ACT prep, as well as AP literature, AP English, and AP foreign languages, for I have a talent for rendering complex issues comprehensible to my students. I have also worked as a translator and editor for many years. I pride myself on being able to motivate others in an academic environment, garnering enthusiasm and interest.

I am reliable, meticulous, and patient, with the ability to bring levity to arduous situations and maintain a sense of humor under pressure. I am accustomed to performing under deadlines, and I never sacrifice consistency and quality. I look forward to working with you!
Hello!

I am an extremely motivated, compassionate, and very organized language instructor and tutor, with a passion for languages, literature, and learning. I have done extensive studies in the US, and I have attended schools and universities in France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal, which solidified my fluency in these languages years
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Oakland, CA 94611
Background Check: Passed

"Amazing Spanish tutor"

- AYELET, Napa, CA on 7/2/17

"Excellent Tutor!!"

- Lori, Albany, CA on 6/25/17

"Best tutor you could get"

- Yiwei, Southborough, MA on 5/26/17

"Alani is a awesome tutor"

- Xinyi, San Mateo, CA on 5/20/17

"Thorough, knowledgeable, readily available"

- Cheryl, Cuero, TX on 4/26/17

"Amazing Tutor!"

- Tenley, Diablo, CA on 4/22/17

"Good online lesson"

- Sam, Berkeley, CA on 4/22/17

"Insightful and inspirational tutor"

- Harry, Moraga, CA on 3/23/17

"Spanish Tutor"

- Richard, Oakland, CA on 2/24/17

"Observant and Caring!"

- Adelina, Berkeley, CA on 2/5/17

"Awesome tutor!"

- Benjamin, San Leandro, CA on 2/1/17

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Michael, Lafayette, CA on 1/26/17

"Knowledgeable and very patient"

- Cyrano Emde, Berkeley, CA on 1/25/17

"Helpful and caring tutor"

- Beth, Berkeley, CA on 1/24/17

"You would be hard-pressed to find a tutor more knowledgeable than Alani H."

- Katie, Granger, IN on 1/23/17

"Patient and encouraging tutor"

- Louise, Oakland, CA on 1/23/17

"Very good teacher"

- Jae Won, Walnut Creek, CA on 1/19/17

"A great introductory lesson"

- Stephen, Oakland, CA on 1/17/17

"Helpful, knowledgeable, and understanding"

- Kevin, San Leandro, CA on 1/16/17

"Patient and responsible tutor"

- Claire, Alameda, CA on 1/11/17

"Fantastic College Essay Tutor!"

- Rashmi, Palo Alto, CA on 1/4/17

"Strong Essay Reviews"

- Richard, Oakland, CA on 1/1/17

"The best tutor ever!"

- Catherine, Long Beach, CA on 12/30/16

"Fantastic tutor!"

- Letitia, Albany, CA on 12/30/16

"Knowledgeable, attentive, and thorough tutor - the best!"

- Leslie, Berkeley, CA on 12/2/16

"Wonderful and super helpful tutor!!"

- Whitney, San Francisco, CA on 11/18/16

"wonderful tutor."

- Susan, San Francisco, CA on 12/13/15

"Patient And Clear Instructor!!"

- Susan, San Francisco, CA on 3/12/14

"Very patient and helpful!"

- David, Park Forest, IL on 1/17/14
Math:
Elementary Math
Science:
Anthropology, Elementary Science, PSAT, Psychology
Music:
Music History,
Music Theory, Violin
Art:
Art History, Art Theory, Drawing, Painting, Theater
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Career Development, College Counseling,
COOP/HSPT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL, French,
German, Hebrew,
Italian,
Latin, Portuguese, Reading, Romanian, Spanish,
TOEFL, Writing
History:
American History, Anthropology, Art History, Classics,
European History, Government & Politics, Music History,
Political Science, Religion, Social Studies, World History, Writing
Special Needs:
ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Dyslexia, Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Phonics, Reading, Special Needs, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
ADHD, Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL, Public Speaking, Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball, Fitness, Track & Field, Volleyball

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Classics

With a college background in classics and liberal arts, I continue to incorporate the classics in my daily studies. Both my PhD coursework and my dissertation are centered around the classics.

I have taught classical literature, history, and philosophy for many years at both the high school and college level.

I am proficient in reading and writing classical and Medieval Latin, and I have a background in Ancient Greek.

I believe that an appreciation for the classics is an absolutely integral part of a sound education!

College Counseling

I have served as a volunteer college admissions representative for my alma mater for many years, and I have a clear idea of what colleges are looking for. I have also served on numerous boards geared towards facilitating students' academic achievement, and I have worked as a mentor for students applying for college and college students applying for graduate school for many years.

I have assisted students with finding the college(s) that best suit(s) them; I have helped them apply to college; and I have worked with many students on their application essays and personal statements. All of the students with whom I have worked have had great success getting into the colleges of their choice.

French

I began tutoring French in high school and have continued to teach and study French at the college and graduate levels.

I completed a BA in French (Language and Literature) from Bryn Mawr College. I wrote an honor's thesis on Voltaire, Rousseau, and Diderot and received highest honors in the major. I also taught two years of Intensive Elementary French (levels I and II)at Bryn Mawr.

As part of my MA in French, I studied at various universities in Paris, where I worked primarily in Philosophy and Gender and Women's studies. My Master's thesis discussed the metaphor of cannibalism and violence in Montaigne, Laclos, Duras, and C├ęsaire.

I recently completed a PhD in Romance Languages, and a chapter of my dissertation discusses Medieval and Early Modern French literature (primarily through medieval authors, and Rabelais, Montaigne, and Descartes).

Hebrew

***YIDDISH*** I am qualified to tutor beginning and intermediate levels of Yiddish (not Hebrew).

I have taken Yiddish university courses and am adept at reading and translating Yiddish texts. I have also continued to pursue Yiddish through self-study. I have completed Ariel Weinreich's College Yiddish program; Rebecca Margolis's Basic Yiddish; Sheva Zucker's course program (all levels); Assimil's French-Yiddish study course, and many others.

Italian

I began tutoring Italian in college and I have continued to teach all levels of Italian. I have continued to study Italian at the graduate level as well.

After completing a BA in Italian (Language and Literature) at Bryn Mawr College, where I wrote an honor's thesis on Dante and Medieval Religious and Political Thought, I went on to complete an MA in Italian at Middlebury College. I wrote an award-winning master's thesis on Medieval and Renaissance Italian and French poetry, an I began pursuing doctoral work on Italian theater.

I recently completed a PhD in Romance Languages, and the Italian chapter of my dissertation discusses the famous epic poets Ariosto and Tasso, as well as three important figures in Italian political and humanistic inquiry: Petrarch, Dante, and Machiavelli.

Music History

As a violinist, and violist for more than twenty years, I have extensive experience with Music and Music History. I have taken numerous courses in the subject, and am comfortable with all periods of Music History. In particular, in my research and coursework, I have focused on opera, from the earliest compositions to our day, with an emphasis on the Italian, French, German, English, American, and Spanish traditions.

Spanish

I began tutoring Spanish in college, and I have continued to tutor and teach Spanish at the doctoral level.

I completed a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from Bryn Mawr College. I wrote an honor's thesis on Golden Age theater, and received highest honors in the major. I also began teaching undergraduate Spanish classes during my time at Bryn Mawr.

I recently received an MA in Spanish Literature from Middlebury College, where my concentration was on 19th and 20th century Latin American and Caribbean literature.

I also hold a PhD in Romance Languages from UC Berkeley. The Spanish chapter of my dissertation deals with Cervantes' Don Quijote, as well as the seminal works of other Spanish Medieval and Renaissance authors. I am currently writing a manuscript on Cervantes and Pedro Calderon de la Barca, as well as literary translations from Spanish to English and other Romance languages.

Study Skills

I have a pedagogical concentration in study skills, ranging from acquiring vocabulary to outlining and structuring written work and improving organizational methods. I have lectured nationally and internationally on study skills and I also have 10+ years of experience teaching and private tutoring that have also been geared towards study skills and study habits.

Volleyball

I played varsity volleyball in high school and in college, and coached students who were on a team composed of 7th-9th graders. I am experienced with indoor and beach volleyball.

Bryn Mawr College
Triple Major French Italian Spanish
Bryn Mawr (MA French); Middlebury (MA Italian); Middlebury (MA Spanish)
Master's
University of California, Berkeley (PhD); Middlebury College (DML)
PhD

Education

Bryn Mawr College (Triple Major French Italian Spanish)

Bryn Mawr (MA French); Middlebury (MA Italian); Middlebury (MA Spanish) (Master's)

University of California, Berkeley (PhD); Middlebury College (DML) (PhD)

Amazing Spanish tutor

She's the best! What more do you need to know? My daughter adores her. She conscientious and caring, thorough and intelligent.

— AYELET, Napa, CA on 7/2/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $85.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alani will travel within 30 miles of Oakland, CA 94611.