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Catherine M.

San Mateo, CA

$65/hour

Ph.D. Tutor in Languages, Literature and Testing

300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/11/13
4.9 average from 100 ratings
Wonderful Support!
— Christina, Burlingame, CA on 8/22/16

$65/Hour


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University of San Francisco
French
Stanford University
Master's
UC Davis
PhD

Education

University of San Francisco (French)

Stanford University (Master's)

UC Davis (PhD)

About Catherine

**Please Note: I am currently accepting only short-term students, such as those requiring help in preparation for a final exam or major project.**

Bonjour! Konnnichiwa. Buenos Dias. My name is Catherine M.; I am an adjunct professor of French and Japanese. Language teaching is my specialty; I have a Ph.D. in French from UC Davis, with an emphasis in second language acquisition, and a Masters in Japanese from San Francisco State. I currently teach at Napa Valley College and Sacramento State, and have taught at both UC Davis and Santa Clara University. I lived in France for a period of 2 years, on and off, and spent my junior year in college at the Sorbonne (Paris IV). I have family in Japan, and have been traveling to Japan since I was an infant. I have published several articles in journals and am currently working on my second book manuscript.

I have been tutoring privately since 1997 and have worked with all ages and levels. Prior to entering graduate school, I worked for Ivy West Educational Services, where I taught English/Language Arts (SAT/ACT Reading and Writing), Spanish and, of course, French. In 2012, I completed the Pacific AP Institute's seminar on teaching AP Japanese.

I primarily work with high school, college and adult learners. I remember how and why I used to struggle with a subject when I was in high school, and have used that knowledge to craft an understanding and patient approach to help the students not only learn the material, but to comprehend it and ultimately, enjoy it. My approaches vary based on the student's needs and progress, and I do not hesitate to adapt to an individual student's learning style. I can help you ace your next test in school, prepare for the AP/SAT Subject Test, or even for an upcoming trip.
**Please Note: I am currently accepting only short-term students, such as those requiring help in preparation for a final exam or major project.**

Bonjour! Konnnichiwa. Buenos Dias. My name is Catherine M.; I am an adjunct professor of French and Japanese. Language teaching is my specialty; I have a Ph.D. in French from UC Davis, with
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Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of San Mateo, CA 94404
Background Check: Passed

"Wonderful Support!"

- Christina, Burlingame, CA on 8/22/16

"Dedicated and Professional"

- Shelley, San Carlos, CA on 12/4/12
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature
Language:
ESL/ESOL, French,
Japanese
Elementary Education:
Grammar
Business:
ESL/ESOL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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French

I have a Ph.D. in French and second language learning, and can teach grammar, writing, conversation and literature. I have 8 years of teaching experience at the college level and can prepare students to take the AP exam in either French literature or French language.

Japanese

I have a masters degree in Japanese and can tutor language, literature and culture. My innovative ways of explaining the nuances of the language can help to simplify complex concepts. I can also prepare you for the AP exam in Japanese or provide conversation practice for upcoming trips.

University of San Francisco
French
Stanford University
Master's
UC Davis
PhD

Education

University of San Francisco (French)

Stanford University (Master's)

UC Davis (PhD)

Wonderful Support!

We hired Catherine to help prepare our Senior for his second year of high school Japanese. He had struggled with Japanese 1 had skipped a year between, so was in need of some refresher lessons. Catherine was well versed in the 2 textbooks that my son needed to be familiar with, was patient, encouraging, thoughtful and very conscientious of his specific situation and challenges. She was always on

— Christina, Burlingame, CA on 8/22/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Catherine will travel within 10 miles of San Mateo, CA 94404.