Brigham Young University (English, NE Studies, Russian)
Brigham Young University (Graduate Coursework)
Hello...and welcome to my profile! Let me share some information about myself and my background so you can get to know me a little better.
I have such a love of learning, I could never decide on just one major in college...so I had three! But I don't just love learning for myself...I love sharing what I've learned with others! During college, I tutored in the university's reading and writing centers, and I enjoyed it because I love helping people gain confidence and improve their skills and find their passion. I also enjoyed helping students of all ages (from freshmen to seniors and even grad students) and with all types of subjects and topics, which was always interesting and exciting for me because of my many interests.
As a grad student, I continued tutoring but I also taught Freshman English classes as well. Those classes covered reading, writing, grammar, literature, logic, and creativity. And during the summer months, I privately tutored students of elementary school, jr. high, and high school ages in a variety of subjects, such as math, English, Spanish, and music. After college, I worked for some time teaching English as a second/foreign language to students of all ages (8 yrs old to adults), both to those in their home countries via live Internet sessions and also to those who now live in America. It was exciting to help them be able to communicate better with other English speakers, or do better in their English classes in school, or increase their job prospects or career success. More recently, I occasionally teach upper-level writing classes at a local university as an adjunct instructor as my schedule lets me.
I started out in college as a math major, intending to teach jr. high or high school geometry and logic. Of all my high school math classes, I loved geometry the most...especially logical proofs (my classmates thought I was crazy, and my honors geometry teacher was pleasantly surprised that someone was so excited about his favorite subject!). After a while, I decided to change my major...but I never lost my passion for geometry/logic, and I've occasionally tutored students in it. And I continued to work through logic proofs "for fun"! Math, and especially geometry, will always be a fun and fascinating subject for me that also keeps me grounded in the tangible, logical, analytical aspects of the world...and keeps my brain on its toes with fun and challenging problems to solve!
I also have a passion and aptitude for language, both my native English and others as well! The first "foreign" language I studied was Spanish, beginning in 6th grade and continuing through most of my college years. In college, one of my majors was Russian (language and literature). I also studied French and Hebrew in college. Since then, I've studied Turkish, Italian, and Ukrainian on my own. I've helped fellow students in all my language classes, at all levels. After college I certified in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and have worked for a company that teaches English to international students from age 8 through college and even business people...in their school classes during the day or in their homes in the evening, via online video sessions. And I've helped people who have moved to America improve their English speaking, comprehension, and writing skills. Having studied so many languages myself, I understand and can related to the needs and challenges that others have as they learn a new language, whether it's English or any other language...and that makes me a more empathetic and effective tutor/teacher.
Whether it's helping native English speakers improve their writing skills and their understanding of spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc., or helping an immigrant needing help learning English, my personal background in learning languages as well as my years of tutoring and teaching English and my profession as a writer and editor not only make me extremely qualified in this area but also fuel my passion for helping others gain skills and confidence in their written and spoken English. And my many years of study and use of Spanish and Russian enable me to help others who desire to learn those languages, whether it's tackling grammar basics, vocabulary, or conversation skills.
Thanks so much for visiting my profile! If you are needing some help in any of the subjects that I've listed, contact me and let's chat! I'd love to get to know you, learn about what you'd like to achieve, and see how I might be able to help you. Hello...and welcome to my profile! Let me share some information about myself and my background so you can get to know me a little better.
I have such a love of learning, I could never decide on just one major in college...so I had three! But I don't just love learning for myself...I love sharing what I've learned with others! During
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I have a BA in Russian and have visited Russia. I have extensive tutoring and teaching experience, in general, at the university level and am also certified to teach English as a foreign language (and have done so in the past). These things combined make me a great teacher/tutor of any foreign language, as I understand the process, challenges, and rewards of studying another language (I've studied others besides Russian as well), from both the student's and the teacher's point of view.