SUNY New Paltz (Asian Studies)
Amherst University of Massachusetts (Enrolled)
My studies in Japanese began independently in 2007 and I started Japanese courses in 2008 at SUNY New Paltz. After 2 years of straight A's in Japanese, I was accepted into Kanazawa University's exclusive KUSEP program. From October 2010 until August 2011, I lived and studied in Japan’s Hokuriku region. After graduating, I have continued my studies and strive to perfect my ability. I am currently preparing for the Japan Foundation's Japanese Language Proficiency Test at its highest level (N1) and an ACTFL's Oral Proficiency Interview, with my sights set at the Advanced-High rank.
During my undergraduate studies at SUNY New Paltz, I also earned a Level 1 certificate from the internationally recognized College Reading and Learning Association. Through the program's 10 hour training course I learned strategies to help untraditional students, cross-cultural barriers and other aspects of tutoring which I hadn’t before considered. Tutoring at SUNY New Paltz has given me the unique opportunity to work with a wide variety of students, from those with learning disabilities to gifted students.
Today I work as the Tutoring Center Coordinator's Assistant, where help tutors optimize their performance every day. In my personal commitment to excellence I am constantly improving upon our already formidable tutor training course, maintaining a database of study skills and academic resources as well as cultivating an atmosphere of community between our peer tutors and students. I pride myself on adaptability, an indefatigably cheerful nature and hard-held belief that human potential is limitless.
I have testimonials on another site, for which I can provide a link. My studies in Japanese began independently in 2007 and I started Japanese courses in 2008 at SUNY New Paltz. After 2 years of straight A's in Japanese, I was accepted into Kanazawa University's exclusive KUSEP program. From October 2010 until August 2011, I lived and studied in Japan’s Hokuriku region. After graduating, I have continued my studies
Weekly Recurring Rates: $70/2 hours a week $75/3 hours a week $100/4 hours a week $20/hour each additional hour
David is very nice and extremely easy to speak with, he is great for beginners, and I enjoy his style of teaching. He made it very easy for me to follow along and is very patient. He gave me realistic expectations and timelines that I am really comfortable with
My daughter felt at ease and she definitely related well to David. His lesson was designed to meet her specific learning needs. She can't wait for the next session.
David is very patient and kind and we have developed a great student/teacher relationship. I have learned SO much about the Japanese language from him and just today we took a break from the usual and did a calligraphy lesson. He is very knowledgeable about the Japanese culture and knows what he's talking about. He hardly ever uses the teacher's textbook and rather teaches from his own head. I recommend him completely if you're interested in learning the Japanese language. He's not simply a tutor; he's a friend.
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I am a native speaker of the English language, and I have studied a wide array of foreign languages myself (Japanese, French), which helps me understand where their frustrations may lie. I have helped Chinese speaking students of English in the past; one student for 3 years.
I began my studies in Japanese independently in 2006. Starting in 2008 I began taking Japanese courses at SUNY New Paltz followed by 10 months studying in Kanazawa, Japan between Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. After graduating, I have continued my studies independently and strived to perfect my ability. Currently enrolled in the Japanese graduate program UMass Amherst, focusing on Japanese Pedagogy and Teaching Methods.
I am a certified CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) level 1 tutor through SUNY New Paltz. Training includes at least 25 hours of active training, and 10 hours of mandatory training.
As the current Assistant to the Tutoring Center Coordinator of SUNY New Paltz, one of my duties is to create training modules which include strategies for study, organization and scheduling which can be used across a wide range of disciplines.
These are meant to help students discover their strengths and bolster their weaknesses in order to achieve academic success.