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Alexander C C.

Washington, DC

$50/hour

Elite SAT Tutor + Native-level Mandarin Tutor

Background check passed as of 8/28/15

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Colby College
Chinese

Education

Colby College (Chinese)

About Alexander C

I have loved tutoring ever since the first time I helped my little sister through math in middle school. In high school, I helped both my sisters raise the caliber of their writing, coaching them through countless essays and papers. In college, I became the department's Mandarin Chinese tutor. I haven't looked back since. After working for an elite test prep company, I now focus exclusively on the SAT and on Chinese language tutoring, because first-rate results come only with focus and devotion.

My SAT Math qualifications:
800 on SAT Math; Math Team through middle and high school; advanced math classes through middle and high school; numerous academic math awards; Departmental Recognition Award in Physics (high school); 5 on AP Calculus exam; 5 on AP Physics exam; extensive math tutoring....

My SAT Reading/Writing qualifications:
800 on SAT Reading; 800 on SAT Writing; Perkins Prize for Outstanding Achievement in History and English (awarded to one student per graduating class); Cum Laude Society; National Latin Society; Maxima Cum Laude, National Latin Exam (3 years); Headmaster's List (4 years); extensive reading and writing tutoring; my last SAT Reading student went from a 670 to a 780 in two months' time....

Chinese language proficiency tests:
HSK: highest possible score
ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview: Superior
"Speakers at the Superior level are able to communicate with accuracy and fluency in order to participate fully and effectively in conversations on a variety of topics in formal and informal settings from both concrete and abstract perspectives. They discuss their interests and special fields of competence, explain complex matters in detail, and provide lengthy and coherent narrations, all with ease, fluency, and accuracy. They present their opinions on a number of issues of interest to them, such as social and political issues, and provide structured arguments to support these opinions. They are able to construct and develop hypotheses to explore alternative possibilities."

Foreign Language Classes
Straight A+ Average, Undergraduate Chinese, Japanese
Skipped a Year, Japanese
Graduated 5th Year Chinese, Junior Year
Distinction in the Major, Chinese
Outstanding Achievement Award, Chinese
Outstanding Achievement Award, Japanese
Highest Score on Proficiency Exam, Study Abroad
Straight A Average, High School (Latin)
Maxima Cum Laude, National Latin Exam (3 years)
National Latin Society

The last Chinese book I read:
2,100 pages on the rise and fall of the Ming Dynasty

Relevant work experience:
Interpreter to the President of a Large Multinational
(Ching Luh Group)
Film Set Interpreter, 52-episode Television Series
(Hoopla Doopla)
TOEFL/SAT Tutor to Chinese High School Students
(FocusEdu)
I have loved tutoring ever since the first time I helped my little sister through math in middle school. In high school, I helped both my sisters raise the caliber of their writing, coaching them through countless essays and papers. In Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Washington, DC 20001
Background Check: Passed
Math:
SAT Math
English:
ESL/ESOL, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Test Preparation:
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL

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Chinese

I majored in Chinese at Colby College, earning a straight A+ average in my Chinese classes, and graduating with Distinction in the Major, as well as an Outstanding Achievement in Chinese (awarded to one student per year). My senior year, I tutored classmates in Chinese as the department’s resident non-native Chinese tutor.

My junior year, I studied abroad at Associated Colleges in China, one of the most prestigious intensive language programs in China, and graduated from the school’s 4th and 5th year programs (that being my 3rd year studying Chinese).

In 2007, I took the HSK (China’s go-to language proficiency test for non-native speakers), placing in the highest category.

I then took the ACTFL’s (American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Interview (also in 2007). This test sets the bar far higher than does the HSK: its scale runs from beginner all the way up to educated native speaker. I scored “Superior,” which the ACTFL defines thusly: "Speakers at the Superior level are able to communicate with accuracy and fluency in order to participate fully and effectively in conversations on a variety of topics in formal and informal settings from both concrete and abstract perspectives. They discuss their interests and special fields of competence, explain complex matters in detail, and provide lengthy and coherent narrations, all with ease, fluency, and accuracy. They present their opinions on a number of issues of interest to them, such as social and political issues, and provide structured arguments to support these opinions. They are able to construct and develop hypotheses to explore alternative possibilities."

In 2008, I performed stand-up comedy alongside a native actor, for a live audience, in front of a TV camera.

I am regularly mistaken for a native speaker - on the phone and in person (Caucasian heritage notwithstanding).

The last Chinese book I read was “Mingchao Naxieshi’er” - 2,100 pages on the rise and fall of the Ming Dynasty.

For the last 7 years, I have consumed Chinese TV shows, podcasts, novels, etc. at a volume equal to or greater than most native speakers.

In 2009, I worked for Ching Luh Group (one of the world’s largest multinational footwear manufacturers), as the president’s personal interpreter.

In 2013, I worked 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, as an interpreter on the set of Hoopla Doopla, a 52-episode television series, co-filmed by a half-Australian, half-Chinese team, bidirectionally translating conversations for actors, directors, producers, etc.

In 2014, I worked at FocusEdu, an elite test prep company, tutoring Chinese high school students in preparation for the SAT and TOEFL exams.

For two years now, I have tutored students in Mandarin Chinese. The following is a quick rundown of my approach.

We will work with real, native Chinese materials, selected for entertainment value. You will learn at your level, maximizing enjoyment, comprehension, and absorption. We’ll play games, act out dialogue from native media, and practice conversation. Being an American who passes for Chinese on the phone, and having devoted a great deal of time to figuring out HOW those results are achieved, I will help you acquire perfect pronunciation. We will do class via video chat, eliminating wasted travel time and logistical stress. Yours will be a learning process tailored - and materials curated - just for you. I will assign you no busy work, and subject you to no painful rote memorization or ineffectual grammar exercises. You will progress in leaps and bounds simply by comprehending content (see Stephen Krashen's Input Hypothesis).

I GUARANTEE that I can give you results far superior to those you would get virtually anywhere else.

I teach all ages, from middle school students to professionals.

If desired, I can provide contact information for recommendations from former students.

Colby College
Chinese

Education

Colby College (Chinese)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alexander C will travel within 40 miles of Washington, DC 20001.