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University of Virginia (French Lang and Lit)
I've been passionate about French since I started learning it at the age of 13. Since then, I majored in the language at the University of Virginia (2015) and lived in the University's French house for two years for a unique immersion experience.
In my third year, the French Department selected me from among fifty other majors as a recipient of the Woody Award, recognizing my academic achievement and activity within UVA's French-speaking community. That same year, I received a $1500 prize for a research paper I entered in the Maas Essay Contest.
However, learning Russian during my last year of college reminded me of how challenging and sometimes discouraging it can be to learn a totally new language--and how important it is to get the best resources you can. I want to be one of those resources for French language students, whether they are struggling or just want an extra challenge.
I also feel strongly about helping students to understand what they read and to express themselves in their own writing. I've been an avid reader since I was young, but I know that it can be a chore or even torture without the confidence strong reading or writing skills bring. With just a little help identifying key ideas and the ways authors communicate them, a student can begin to appreciate the written word as a tool and an art form--and to develop his or her own ideas and voice through writing too.
In high school, I volunteered about once a week at a local middle school to help tutor the students who stayed for the "homework club." I found that most students just needed a different approach to their problem to connect the dots, and I enjoyed the challenge of finding a way to lead them to finding the answers on their own.
I also had to become a tutoring jack-of-all-trades, ready to wrestle with their homework in reading comprehension, 6th-9th grade math, and writing assignments.
My tutoring experience in college was less formal and less frequent, helping my friends perfect their term papers or graduate school application essays, or explaining phenomena or techniques in the social sciences as we studied together. However, my desire to give back and be a resource for students of any age remains.
Let's learn together! I've been passionate about French since I started learning it at the age of 13. Since then, I majored in the language at the University of Virginia (2015) and lived in the University's French house for two years for a unique
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I've studied French for 10 years, earning a BA in French at the University of Virginia and even receiving an award in my junior year for my academic achievement in the department. I attained full professional proficiency at an on-campus immersion housing program and continue to push my fluency today. My French tutoring experience has been largely informal but varied--grammar, writing, speaking, even art museum tours in French--and mainly with high school and college students.
I'm new to non-volunteer tutoring but I've been sharing what I know--especially where reading comprehension, composition writing, and French grammar are concerned--since I was in school myself. I started in high school, volunteering at my church and local elementary schools, and continued through college where I assisted classmates and friends with French homework, papers in a wide range of humanities subjects, and graduate school application essays.