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David R.

Holyoke, MA

$35/hour

Japanese Tutor with 8 Years Experience

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/16/14
5.0 average from 38 ratings
Exceeded expectations
— Kim, West Springfield, MA on 1/24/17

$35/Hour


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SUNY New Paltz
Asian Studies
Amherst University of Massachusetts
Enrolled

Education

SUNY New Paltz (Asian Studies)

Amherst University of Massachusetts (Enrolled)

About David

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.

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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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Weekly Recurring Rates: $70/2 hours a week $75/3 hours a week $100/4 hours a week $20/hour each additional hour

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Holyoke, MA 01040
Background Check: Passed

"Exceeded expectations"

- Kim, West Springfield, MA on 1/24/17

"The best tutor I've ever had"

- Eli, Poughkeepsie, NY on 12/27/15
English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Japanese
Elementary Education:
Study Skills

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ESL/ESOL

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.

Japanese

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.

Study Skills

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.

SUNY New Paltz
Asian Studies
Amherst University of Massachusetts
Enrolled

Education

SUNY New Paltz (Asian Studies)

Amherst University of Massachusetts (Enrolled)

Exceeded expectations

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.

— Kim, West Springfield, MA on 1/24/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Weekly Recurring Rates: $70/2 hours a week $75/3 hours a week $100/4 hours a week $20/hour each additional hour

Travel policy

David will travel within 40 miles of Holyoke, MA 01040.