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University of York, UK (Sociology)
Brooklyn College, CUNY (Master's)
I attended Brooklyn College for grad school, earning a Master’s degree in English Literature. This followed my previous studies at Brunel University in London, which culminated in a Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Literature and Culture. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of York in the U.K. and an International Baccalaureate diploma from the Munich International School. My international education in Germany, Britain, and the United States has prepared me for the exciting challenges and rewards of sharing my bilingual English/German expertise through teaching and tutoring.
I spent two years teaching German in grades 1 – 5 at the Munich International School. I'm familiar with the philosophies and demands of the IB program, from the students’ as well as the teachers’ perspective. In addition, I’ve taught English as a Second Language at an academic summer camp for teenagers in Germany. Currently, I organize and lead a creative writing group for adults with my husband at our home in Brooklyn. Over the course of my professional and academic trajectory, tutoring has supplemented and enriched my experience. Whether helping a fourth grader with intermediate-level German homework or guiding a high school senior in writing an analytical essay on Flannery O’Connor’s short stories, I relish the chance to delve into the given subject matter and inspire enthusiasm and success. My passion is rooted in – though not exclusive to – languages, literature, and writing. I tutor all levels of English and German, with a preference for literary and creative genres. One-on-one tutoring presents my ideal teaching scenario: it allows me to provide my undivided attention, to tailor my approach to the student’s needs, and to become a supportive and compassionate mentor all around. I strive to engage my student through a dynamic and friendly approach, and to make learning effective and fun. Besides reading and writing, I love live music shows, movies, making photo projects, skiing, the ocean, the night, ice cream, dogs, good company, long conversations, and traveling. I attended Brooklyn College for grad school, earning a Master’s degree in English Literature. This followed my previous studies at Brunel University in London, which culminated in a Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary
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After starting to learn German on my own using a popular audio course, I wanted to take the experience to the next level with "live" conversation and tutoring with a native German speaker. Viktoria and I worked together twice a week for several weeks and it has increased my knowledge, understanding and confidence far better than I could have achieved studying on my own. And it was far more effective, enjoyable and surprisingly less expensive than attending a formal class would have been.
My interest in German is strictly for leisure travel, not for academics or business. I just wanted to be able to speak German reasonably well in real-life situations for an upcoming trip. So rather than formal lessons on verb conjugations, vocabulary drills, and word genders, Viktoria and I essentially had a series of conversations, almost all in German. We talked about travel by air, rail, and car. We chatted about hotels, restaurants, museums, German films and music. We discussed German and American politics and attitudes about current events like immigration. We talked about sports, and family life and other everyday topics.
Viktoria directed these teaching conversations so they flowed well. She spoke clearly and simply enough that I could follow the conversation from the start, and she helped me "connect the dots" between German and English with helpful tips on pronunciation, grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary and typical expressions that can't be translated word for word. The "lessons" were very relaxed and casual which made them more effective for me than a more rigid formal class would have been.
I am very pleased with the progress I've made thanks to Viktoria, and I look forward to confidently speaking German throughout my upcoming travels. In fact, the experience has sparked a new interest in German culture, literature, history, art and music so my lessons will be of continuing value!
Viktoria is a wonderful tutor, and I highly recommend studying with her. I spent the past two weeks working on my German with her. She was very accommodating and able to meet me whenever I needed; we met in a library nearby my school and it was very convenient.
I came to her with some holes in my German abilities, and she definitely helped me address the areas I was struggling with. As a native German speaker, she was able to help me in ways that only a native could (pronunciation, mastering the der, die, das, etc.). Even when I had the most obscure questions, she would find the answers and email them to me shortly after the lesson. Viktoria also provided me with lots of outside material to supplement the text book I was using from my school course.
Aside from her academic expertise, Viktoria was simply a great person to work with. She was very friendly, upbeat, patient, and generally wonderful. If I ever seek a German tutor again, I will definitely get in touch with Viktoria!
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I've taught reading at various levels for elementary school students in grades 1-5.