Monterey Institute of International Studies (Master's)
I am an accomplished tutor with more than five years of volunteer and professional tutoring experience in a variety of subjects. My strongest suit is language acquisition, having studied Spanish, Latin, German, Italian, Japanese, Scottish and Irish. I hold a BA in Japanese, continued at the graduate level, and am currently studying for the JLPT N1. I lived in Japan for a year on study abroad, with a host family and on my own, so I've got a pretty good grasp of the culture too.
A third-generation Mexican-American I grew up speaking both Spanish and English. I have tutored Spanish, Italian and Japanese at many different levels, for many different people, particularly students with developmental disabilities. If you think you can't learn a new language, try me!
Alongside the languages I have studied the culture, history and society of Japan, Mexico, and much of Europe. I recently graduated with a Master's in International Policy Studies and consider myself fairly knowledgeable in the fields of politics, economics, and statistics to boot. My graduate program was a professional one, and I have worked on nearly a hundred research projects, policy memos, and presentations in English and Japanese. I'm a decent editor and proof reader, and my understanding of the English language has flourished on account of the ridiculous amount of writing I've done.
Finally, I have been trained in the use of both PCs and Macs and have in turn trained others in their use, professionally. I am an advanced level user of Microsoft Office, and am comfortable around most forms of language learning software and communication tools. Furthermore, an amateur artist all my life I have been using PhotoShop since it first came out and can sometimes pretend to be good at video editing software such as iMovie. Sometimes. I am an accomplished tutor with more than five years of volunteer and professional tutoring experience in a variety of subjects. My strongest suit is language acquisition, having studied Spanish, Latin, German, Italian, Japanese, Scottish and Irish. I hold a BA in Japanese, continued at the graduate level, and am currently studying for the JLPT
Rates negotiable based on frequency and duration of lessons and the number of students.
Greg tutors my 8 year old son in Math and Language Arts. He is very patient, kind and knowledgeable. Since my son began his lessons, his grade in both subjects has increased. I am very pleased with the work we received from Greg. He is very easy to communicate with and my son will be meeting with him throughout the remainder of the school year.
Greg goes out of his way to put us on his schedule, despite conflicting schedules on some weeks. He is easy to reach by Email and cell phone and always responds within a timely manner. Very reliable.
My son really enjoys his lessons. Not only is he learning the grammar and vocabulary of Japanese, but the cultural norms of Japan as well. From parent and student, we highly recommend Greg as a tutor.
Greg is an awesome tutor. He is tutoring my high schooler in Japanese. My son enjoys the lessons, does the homework, and looks forward to learning. A great teacher will inspire minds to learn, and Greg does that with his students.
Mr. M did an excellent job teaching me the basics of Japanese. He clearly has a mastery of the language and can adapt to all skill levels (as I have had almost no experience with learning Japanese and just wanted to learn on a whim). He constructed an excellent learning plan based on what I wanted to take away from our time together and was very patient with me. I look forward to further lessons and highly recommend him.
Greg very patiently walked me through beginning Photoshop in CS2. We worked for several hours with him directing me while I worked on my first project, which turned out very well!
He didn't just show me what to do. He showed me, then worked with me so that I could do it myself and retain the knowledge better.
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An amateur artist most of my life, I have been using Adobe PhotoShop for as long as it has existed. I am currently using CS5 and have used most of the previous versions to date. While I have mostly used it for photo editing and manipulation in recent years, I have experience in digital painting, fractal art, coloring methods and layer work.
Apart from getting a degree in history, I have devoted a great deal of my academic studies on the subject. My specialization is in modern American history with a focus on politics and economics, with a good general knowledge of all the rest. I am particularly interested and well versed in American's place in world history and how the United States has interacted with other countries over the years.
A lifelong student of anthropology, I have studied both physical and cultural anthropology at the undergraduate level. I keep up with modern anthropological news and have an extensive knowledge of many cultures from my research in other areas. Professionally I tutored Anthropology at College Living Experience in Monterey, California.
I worked for several years as a substitute teacher and para-professional in K-12 and post-secondary Special Education classrooms. I have interacted with autistic students of all levels, and am familiar with the symptoms and treatments for autism. As a tutor I have worked with developmentally disabled college students, primarily those with autism. I am confident in my abilities tutoring autistic students as well as those studying autism.
My master's degree in international policy included an extensive study of economics. I have studied macro, micro, international, and a great deal of development economics. I've never been that great with math, and studying economics was difficult in the beginning. However, I learned many tips and techniques that helped me succeed and may help me tutor others not so mathematically inclined.
I have several years experience at this grade level as a substitute teacher and para-professional in Special Education classes. The subject matter and teaching methods used were largely the same as those used in non-Special Ed classes, and most of the classes I worked in were at the K-6th level. I have a very strong background in general education and enjoy working with children.
I am highly proficient in the English language and have tutored English many times. My studies of English continued through graduate school and I have a professional level competency without a degree in English. In studying the root languages of English I also obtained a deep understanding of grammar, spelling and vocabulary.
I have a BA in Japanese language and social studies, and continued studying the language at the master's level. I lived in Japan for 1 year as part of a study abroad program and speak Japanese at the advanced level. During my studies I volunteered frequently to tutor students of beginning Japanese, and tutored professionally for College Living Experience in Monterey, California. For one semester I was also a TA in two Japanese high school classes, one of which was AP level, and taught several lessons myself.
As an operating system I have used most every version of Windows to date, and am currently using versions 7 and 8 on my own computers. As a technician at the CSU Monterey Bay Language Lab I was trained to operate and troubleshoot Windows machines, and trained others in turn. Professionally, I tutored basic Windows skills at College Living Experience in Monterey, California.
Not only did I study public speaking at the undergraduate level, but as a foreign language major I was trained to present in English, Spanish and Japanese by skilled public speakers. At graduate school I was giving speeches, presentations, and running classes several times a week. As someone who struggled with anxiety and stress over public speaking, I have learned many techniques for overcoming stage fright as well.
A third generation Mexican American, I started learning Spanish early on from my grandfather. I received an Associate's Degree in Spanish and continued studying at the BA level. I am an Intermediate-Advanced speaker of Spanish and have experience tutoring Spanish at the college level.
Professionally, I tutored several students in a class all about study skills at College Living Experience in Monterey, California. I helped developmentally disabled students learn how to organize, create specific and reasonable goals, and improve their grades by focusing on learning methods tailored to their strengths. I am very familiar with learning style inventories, study methods that revolve around the various styles, and how to utilize them to your advantage.