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Sylvie N.

San Francisco, CA

$25/hour

Inspirational ESL and Literature Tutor, Meticulous Editor

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/26/14
5.0 average from 9 ratings
Amazing teacher
— Lawrence, San Francisco, CA on 1/22/14

$25/Hour


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Willamette University
English
University of Victoria
Master's

Education

Willamette University (English)

University of Victoria (Master's)

About Sylvie

My education is in English (literature), which has given me a firm grasp of the language and razor-sharp editing skills. I hold a BA (Willamette University, with honors) and an MA (University of Victoria). In addition to my formal education, my extensive travel experience in Asia, Europe, and Mexico has made me comfortable relating to students from any background and quick to understand the intended meaning of ESL speakers.

I have over three years of experience in tutoring and teaching. When I was a university student, I tutored Japanese students in a small-group format, helping them with their English homework and general English. Later, I spent two years in South Korea working as an English teacher. The first year, I taught adults one-to-one in business and general English. The second year, I taught general English to university students in a classroom setting. When I returned to San Francisco, I started tutoring one-to-one through Wyzant and from personal recommendations. I have tutored students from Russia, The Phillipines, Saudi Arabia, and San Francisco in TOEFL, general English conversation, and editing/proofreading.

My ability to teach clearly and concisely was greatly improved by my time as a classroom teacher, but it frustrated me that I could not attend to the individual needs of each student. I now realize that one-to-one tutoring is my passion and will be my path going forward. I respect the uniqueness of each student's learning style and have a natural ability to adapt my approach to students' needs and interests. I am patient, kind, and approachable, but can also be tough if students want a challenging lesson. I enjoy getting to know my students and providing inspiration and encouragement for their dreams.

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My education is in English (literature), which has given me a firm grasp of the language and razor-sharp editing skills. I hold a BA (Willamette University, with honors) and an MA (University of Victoria). In addition to my formal education, my extensive travel experience in Asia, Europe, and Mexico has made me comfortable relating to students Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of San Francisco, CA 94102
Background Check: Passed

"Amazing teacher"

- Lawrence, San Francisco, CA on 1/22/14
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Vocabulary

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English

I hold a BA (with department honors) and MA in English. I have one academic publication and one creative writing publication.

ESL/ESOL

I tutored Japanese university students for one year when I was a university student myself. After finishing my education, I went to South Korea and spent one year teaching one-to-one lessons to adults, and one year teaching in a university classroom. When I returned to San Francisco, I began teaching private ESL lessons through Wyzant and other tutoring platforms. I have taught students from China, Korea, Japan, The Philippines, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. My ESL tutoring and teaching has covered writing skills (including editing papers for university classes), conversation practice, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, TOEFL preparation, interview preparation, and confidence building.

Literature

Literature was the main focus throughout my studies. I have one academic publication and one creative writing publication. I hold a BA (with department honors) and MA in English. I received "high honors" on the Golden State Examination in Reading/Literature.

Proofreading

I am a meticulous proofreader and have earned an A+ on 5 out of 8 final papers for my MA in Literature (the other papers earned an A). I have helped several students with editing/proofreading projects, including college entrance essays and an MBA thesis.

Vocabulary

I have had an unusually high vocabulary ever since I started speaking at 9 months old! I love learning new words and have continued to do so even after completing my MA in English. Three years as an ESL teacher has taught me how to explain vocabulary in accurate and easy-to-understand ways for both native English speakers and foreign students.

Writing

I hold a BA (with department honors) and MA in English. I have one academic publication and one creative writing publication. I received "honors" on the Golden State Exam in Written Composition. I have tutored several students in writing, and have helped with projects such as college entrance essays and an MBA thesis.

Willamette University
English
University of Victoria
Master's

Education

Willamette University (English)

University of Victoria (Master's)

Amazing teacher

Sylvie is very organized. She keeps notes of my mistakes and makes sure to go through them again. I'm an advanced speaker and yet she's able to spot the little mistakes that I make whether it's pronunciation, word usage, or awkward phrasing. Other teachers have a hard time spotting those but Sylvie has a great ear.

— Lawrence, San Francisco, CA on 1/22/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sylvie will travel within 15 miles of San Francisco, CA 94102.