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David R.

Holyoke, MA

$35/hour

Professional Tutor with 8 Years Experience

In-person lessons
100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/16/14
5.0 average from 57 ratings
Down to earth. Easy to relate to.
— Sanae, Atlanta, GA on 6/26/17

$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

I am currently a graduate student studying Japanese at UMass Amherst. My fields of interest are Japanese pedagogy and technology in the classroom. I have studied the language for well over 10 years, both as part of my undergraduate program and as an independent learner. I am currently working toward the JLPT N1 and ACTFL's OPI at the advanced level.

I started tutoring Japanese about 8 years ago, at the campus Tutoring Center of SUNY New Paltz. I soon thereafter started tutoring ESL and writing. I discovered that I like to help students find their own inner strength and guide them toward a path of academic success. I hope to one day become a Japanese teacher at the high school level.

After graduation I continued to work at the Tutoring Center in a professional capacity. I lead the weekly tutor training program and helped tutors devise tutoring strategies to help students improve their study skills.

***Cancelation Policy***
24 Hours + = no charge
Within 24 Hours = 1/4 session rate
No Show = 1/2 session rate
I am currently a graduate student studying Japanese at UMass Amherst. My fields of interest are Japanese pedagogy and technology in the classroom. I have studied the language for well over 10 years, both as part of my undergraduate program and as an independent learner. I am currently working toward the JLPT N1 and ACTFL's OPI at the advanced 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
In-person lessons

"Down to earth. Easy to relate to."

- Sanae, Atlanta, GA on 6/26/17

"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,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Japanese,
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Study Skills,
Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

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.

Writing

As part of my duties as a graduate assistant, I will often meet with students to help them improve their writing. Many of the students I have helped are freshmen or sophomores who are new to writing papers at the college level. I have also worked with students who need remedial help because of learning disabilities and, I have a background as an ESL tutor, which allows me to help students whose first language is not English as well.

SUNY New Paltz
Asian Studies
Amherst University of Massachusetts
Enrolled

Education

SUNY New Paltz (Asian Studies)

Amherst University of Massachusetts (Enrolled)

Down to earth. Easy to relate to.

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

— Sanae, Atlanta, GA on 6/26/17

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.