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Michael L.

Arlington, VA

$35/hour

English, Chinese, Government, History, and Music

In-person lessons
10+ Hours
5.0 average from 9 ratings
Very thoughtful and creative with introduction of Mandarin to our son.
— Maggie, Arlington, VA on 11/10/16

$35/Hour


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Bob Jones University
Political Science
University of Duisburg Essen
Master's

Education

Bob Jones University (Political Science)

University of Duisburg Essen (Master's)

About Michael

Helping students succeed in their educational goals in my passion! When I was teaching ESL in China, I helped students prepare to enter American high schools. We focused mainly on conversational English and history as these tend to be the greatest struggles when the student first arrives in the US. Contacting my students after they move to the US and asking how their transition to American culture went has always been an exciting success.

I hope that my own journey of learning would inspire my students to work hard and do their best in school. After graduating from college with honors, I earned a full-ride scholarship to study Chinese in China for one year. During this year, I worked hard to become fluent in Chinese, eventually earning the "Most Outstanding International Student" award from the school and participating in a televised national Chinese Proficiency contest. With a proficiency in Chinese, I moved to Germany to attend graduate school at the University of Duisburg-Essen where I earned a Masters in Modern East Asian Studies. That year abroad in Germany afforded me the ability to gain a more global perspective on world politics and foreign affairs. I am now in DC interning with a Congressman on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

I am generally available in the evenings and weekends to tutor. My rate is $35/hour and can travel anywhere within the beltway near a Metro stop.

I look forward to hearing from you!

After studying Chinese for two years in college, I was able to pass the HSK III (Chinese proficiency test) and won a scholarship to study Chinese in China for one year. I spent one year at Guizhou University where I earned a certificate in Chinese proficiency and passed the HSK V. I continued my studies in Chinese in grad school and have used my Chinese language skills in multiple internships.

While I lived in China, I tutored students one on one in order to prepare them for high school in the US. We focused on studying history which is a traditionally difficult subject for non-native speakers. My students are currently in prep schools in the US and excelling in their classes.

I have been fascinated with government and political science ever since high school. This interest motivated me to graduate with a bachelors in political science and move on to receive a masters in Modern East Asian studies from a German university. Having interned with a Member of the British Parliament, the US State Department, and a lobbying firm in DC, I have first-hand knowledge of how government works. I am currently interning with a member of Congress.

I look forward to hearing from you! Please feel free to reach out anytime.
Helping students succeed in their educational goals in my passion! When I was teaching ESL in China, I helped students prepare to enter American high schools. We focused mainly on conversational English and history as these tend to be the greatest struggles when the student first arrives in the US. Contacting my students after they move to the US Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Arlington, VA 22201
In-person lessons

"Very thoughtful and creative with introduction of Mandarin to our son."

- Maggie, Arlington, VA on 11/10/16
Music:
Violin
English:
English
Language:
Chinese
History:
American History, Government & Politics, Political Science

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Chinese

While in college, I started learning Mandarin Chinese. After completing two years, I took the HSK Chinese Proficiency test and scored high enough to win a full-ride scholarship from the Confucius Institute to study Chinese in China for one year. I lived in Guiyang, China and attended Guizhou University and studied Chinese full-time for one academic year. When I went to grad school I took a semester of Chinese. Since my classroom days, I have consistently kept up my Chinese with my numerous Chinese friends who meet regularly and help me practice Chinese.

Political Science

Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed learning about political science through reading political biographies, newspapers, and academic articles. This nascent interest motivated me to major in political science in college and eventually receive a master's in Modern East Asian Studies which focused on the politics of East Asia. Throughout my academic career, I have done many various internships with organizations such as the U.S. State Department, a member of the British Parliament, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a premier lobbying firm in DC, and a strategic advisory firm.

Violin

I began learning to play violin at the age of 5. Growing up, I took private lessons and played in numerous orchestras and string ensembles. During college, I played with the University Symphony which included a concert tour in the Midwest.

Bob Jones University
Political Science
University of Duisburg Essen
Master's

Education

Bob Jones University (Political Science)

University of Duisburg Essen (Master's)

Very thoughtful and creative with introduction of Mandarin to our son.

Our son Aidan has really enjoyed his first two sessions with Michael. He finds Michael extremely understanding of the challenges a new student is to Mandarin and is creative in ways to assist in creating a solid foundation for our son.

— Maggie, Arlington, VA on 11/10/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Arlington, VA 22201.