UC Santa Cruz (Modern Literature)
I have a bachelor's degree in Modern Literature from UC Santa Cruz. Starting in high school, I had tutors help me in so many different subjects. In college, tutors became my peers. The one thing that separated the great tutors from the good ones was good communication. I'm a big fan of listening to a student's specific goals and then creating a plan that will fit their learning style. Because of this method, I like to ask new students a lot of questions regarding what their long-term and short-term goals are.
I've tutored kids starting at age 6 to adults. Nobody is too young or old to learn! My first experience tutoring was for children ages 6-13 at a French day care. I was the teacher's assistant and we spoke nothing but French. The class was divided into two. I took one half of the class and we would practice vocabulary, counting, and grammar, depending on skill level. Not only was it fun to teach it was a great refresher course for me! In college I started an informal French study group. We would meet once a week and go over anything anyone had a question about. Some students were taking French literature classes and needed a second option about what a passage meant, some students were studying conjugations to make it second nature, and some students would practice for oral exams. The crossover of subjects helped all of us become more rounded. When I was taking an art history class in Paris, I started another type of study group. One of the requirements was to stand in front of a painting we selected at the Louvre and explain it to anyone who stopped to look at it. That was an intimidating task! After we researched our painting we had to commit everything to memory. I decided the best way to do this was repetition and random questions. Each group would have questions ready for each painting being presented. Then, we took turns with our partner and spoke about the painting we chose, explained the color choices, type of canvas, and anything else we learned. At any time another person could ask a question and we had to answer it as smoothly as possible without repeating information. Weeks later our study group came to an end and the next thing I know we're standing in our places in the museum. It was a good thing we practiced so much because our professor showed up! We all passed with flying colors. After I returned to UCSC I continued to suggest and participate in group studying. Then I told my professors to give out my information to the underclassmen in case they needed any help. I helped tutor other students one on one for the rest of the year.
All it takes is focus, determination, and communication. I love the feeling of finally understanding WHY something is, whether it's WHY the subjunctive mood is being used in a sentence or WHY the origin of a word helps me remember what it means. As soon as I know WHY something is, I know how to apply it to what I'm learning or teaching. There's no need to struggle with a lesson when it can be broken down to make sense. Additionally, repetition is the key to knowledge retention. Once you can master these two concepts, studying will become so much easier.
I started studying French when I was in 7th grade. I continued to study it through college. I spent my junior year abroad in Paris. All of my courses were in French. I believe I have a unique perspective on the language and culture of France because of my experiences there. I remember the colloquialisms, shortcuts, and mannerisms when French people speak. I also remember how great it feels when native speakers stopped me on the street for directions-that's when you know you've made it!
I also had an emphasis in linguistics in college. Those classes turned out to be invaluable and I still use what I learned in those classes today. Lastly, I took two years of Latin in high school. Those were the two most grueling years of my academic career but worth it. It's proven to be immeasurably useful.
I've always loved English-grammar to be specific. I went to an elementary school where we were taught to conjugate verbs. That doesn't happen too often in elementary schools in America! Because of this strange thing I learned, seeing how sentences were put together was the next logical step for me. It's kept brain sharp because when I read something I deconstruct a sentence if it does;t make sense. I love proofreading because fixing the tiniest mistake can change an entire essay. I find comfort in knowing that I can help someone submit their best work possible.
I know a lot of people are passionate about what they teach-so am I. I also like to be correct. The mechanics, or basics, of any language is understanding the little things. I promise to help you understand the basics of what you're studying. From there, we can explore anything else you'd like to learn in the English and French languages.
I have a fairly open schedule. Please contact me for more information. I look forward to hearing from you! I have a bachelor's degree in Modern Literature from UC Santa Cruz. Starting in high school, I had tutors help me in so many different subjects. In college, tutors became my peers. The one thing that separated the great tutors from the good ones was good communication. I'm a big fan
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