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Valerie S.

Hiawatha, IA

$40/hour

Experienced tutor of Arabic Language (Standard and Dialects)

In-person lessons

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University of California - Berkeley
Anthropology
University of Cologrado
Enrolled
University of Utah
Master's

Education

University of California - Berkeley (Anthropology)

University of Cologrado (Enrolled)

University of Utah (Master's)

About Valerie

My primary teaching and tutoring experience is in teaching/coaching students in the Arabic Language. I also have experience teaching swimming lessons at all levels, and helping a neighbor with her math homework. Making educational presentations and training new staff have also been part of many of my previous professional positions.

I love learning, and sharing not only my knowledge, but also my learning techniques and strategies with others. It's so rewarding to be able to help someone who was struggling make a breakthrough to understanding, or someone simply lacking in confidence to feel more comfortable and fluent with their skills - and especially to help them develop the capacity for easier future learning on their own -- whether that's in swimming, math, or language!

I breezed through geometry as a High School students, have recently been patiently helping a middle-aged neighbor through an online course she needs as part of a career-change degree program.

My undergraduate major was in Anthropology, and I did most of a masters degree in archaeology, including a summer field school in SW Colorado. I haven't previously tutored these subjects, but still love them, try to keep current as a hobby and would be glad to help others with their studies of them.

Are you enrolled in an Arabic Language course? Or just trying to learn on your own before travel? I've tutored young adults through college professors preparing for travel, college students who needed extra help and a graduate student who needed to pass a proficiency exam to earn his degree (he had previously failed, but passed after our tutoring program) I also served as an in-class teaching assistant for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year courses, and as the lead instructor for a summer intensive 1st year university course.

I'm not a native speaker, which can actually help, since like my students, I learned Arabic formally rather than just picking it up as a child. I first learned Palestinian spoken dialect through night classes at San Fransisco State, then Modern Standard (written / media) Arabic starting with a correspondence course and progressing through 3 summer intensive studies abroad (2 summers in Jordan, one in Yemen -- where he local dialects were also part of the curriculum). In addition, I've had native-speaker friends from Kuwait, Syria and Iraq and professors from Libya, Egypt and the Sudan so I'm familiar with many dialects. During my graduate program also included courses in reading historical and religious texts, so I am familiar with Classical as well as Modern Standard written Arabic. My favorite aspects of the language are the grammar and word formation processes. Whatever your need / desire to learn Arabic, I'm here to help!

Once again, I'm currently a certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. I taught all levels of swimming lessons (parent/child, pre-school, youth beginner through advanced, and Adult learn to swim) for the Cedar Rapids YMCA back when I was in High School and summers during college years. I also taught synchronized swimming clinics and coached the B-team of my college synchronized swimming club.

My favorite part of helping others improve their swimming is teaching them to feel the resistance of the water and refine their strokes to make them more efficient.

I'd love to hear what your goals are, and discuss how we can set up a tutoring plan to best help you meet them!
My primary teaching and tutoring experience is in teaching/coaching students in the Arabic Language. I also have experience teaching swimming lessons at all levels, and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Hiawatha, IA 52233
In-person lessons
Math:
Geometry
Language:
Arabic
Sports/Recreation:
Swimming

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Anthropology

I earned my Bachelor's degree from U.C. Berkeley with a double major - one of those majors was Anthropology. I have maintained an interest in the subject and now read about it as a hobby. While I have not previously tutored in Anthropology, my other teaching experience combined with my subject matter knowledge would make me a good tutor for anyone needing help with Anthropology studies.

Arabic

My Master's degree is in Middle East Studies with a focus on Arabic Language and Arabic Linguistics, and through travel and friendships I have become familiar with a variety of dialects. I served as an in-class teaching assistant for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year university level Modern Standard Arabic courses and was the instructor of record for a summer intensive 1st year course. I have experience tutoring in a variety of situations, from a professor preparing for travel by learning basic speaking in Yemeni dialect for social situations to a graduate student who needed to pass a proficiency exam in Modern Standard Arabic.

Archaeology

As an undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley I was double major in Anthropology and Egyptology, and had archaeology courses as part of both majors. I did graduate work (but decided not to finish the degree) in SW U.S. Archaeology, and as part of that program gained field experience at a field project in SW Colorado. I have not previously taught archaeology, but my other teaching experience combined with my subject mater knowledge and field experience would enable me to help anyone needing tutoring in archaeology.

Swimming

I was first certified as a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) at age 16, and taught swimming lessons at all levels (parent/child, pre-school, youth beginner through advanced and adult learn to swim) for the YMCA during my high school years and during summers home from college. I also taught Synchronized Swimming clinics and coached the B-Team of my college synchronized swimming club. I recently became re-certified as a WSI (course taught by Cedar Rapids Parks & Rec May 1 - 3, 2015).

University of California - Berkeley
Anthropology
University of Cologrado
Enrolled
University of Utah
Master's

Education

University of California - Berkeley (Anthropology)

University of Cologrado (Enrolled)

University of Utah (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Valerie will travel within 20 miles of Hiawatha, IA 52233.