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University of Puget Sound (Japanese)
I am a Japanese major, geology minor, and artist on the side. I grew up in Colorado, and studied Japanese at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. My passion for Japanese comes from a longtime fascination with Japanese pop culture, and I love using Japanese media (anime, comics, tv drama, music) to help myself and others better our language skills. I studied abroad in Japan in the spring of 2013 and was able to improve my skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing among native speakers. I'm new to professional tutoring, but I often helped my classmates better understand homework assignments. I would like to share with students the methods that have helped me improve, such as kanji flashcards, handy mnemonics, and online resources. I will also supplement my students' learning with real-world applications, such as consuming Japanese media in its original language. Since I'm not a native speaker, I always have more to learn--but for me, Japanese is a fun language, and I would love to help others understand it better as best I can. Let's learn Japanese together!
Aside from Japanese, I can also help students with entry-level geology. I did both fieldwork and labwork at the University of Puget Sound as part of my geology minor, and covered a variety of geologic subjects. Unfortunately I still struggle with some upper-level topics such as geochemistry, but my enthusiasm for basic geology has never been dampened. I love talking about rocks! Topics such as the rock cycle, depositional environments, mass wasting, and basic mineralogy and petrology are my strong suits. I find mnemonics and analogies most helpful for understanding complex ideas, and will help students understand geology by breaking the topics into simpler terms. I will also employ flashcards for help with rote memorization of mineral names and rock types. If your student is taking geology in middle or high school and needs help, I will do my best to explain each topic in a way that is fun and easy to understand.
As a primarily self-taught digital artist for 8+ years, I have accumulated considerable knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. I learned the basics in a high school design class, and have explored and experimented from there to discover what the program can do. I have used Photoshop for my digital paintings, as well as for photo editing and design. Topics of particular interest include manipulating brush settings, blending layers, applying filters/effects, and making simple .gif animations. When it comes to Photoshop, I believe hands-on learning and exploration is best. I will explain the various functions of the program, walking through special effects and functions step by step, and then let the student play a little to see what they can create. Anyone seeking a crash course in using Photoshop to its fullest need look no further!
I hope you'll consider me for your Japanese, geology, or Photoshop tutoring needs.
Let's learn together! I am a Japanese major, geology minor, and artist on the side. I grew up in Colorado, and studied Japanese at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. My passion for Japanese comes from a longtime fascination with Japanese pop… Read more
Lauren helped me quickly execute an idea I'd been struggling with for a while (which involved layering, and using a plethora of tools such as the magic wand and lasso tool). She always has real-life examples of her own anime-inspired work on hand to answer questions I had about the technical/creative process. Looking forward to many more future sessions!
Lauren did an excellent job of helping my daughter regain her excitement towards learning Japanese this year. When we found Lauren, my daughter had become overwhelmed with learning a new language and navigating sixth grade at the same time, as well as having (at the time undiagnosed) AHDH/mild autism. Lauren was great! She came and was friendly and easy to talk with, helped my daughter realize how much she was learning and focus on what she needed to focus on to gain the skills for the week. In addition, Lauren brings in extra support items around developing my daughter's language skills and enhancing her awareness of Japanese culture, such as comics, which are fun way to learn. Lauren is always professional and prompt, very easy to communicate with and a pleasure to have work with our daughter. I strongly recommend Lauren for any young students in Japanese that need an extra boost to help them gain skills and confidence.
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I have been using Adobe Photoshop for painting, photo editing and design for 8+ years. I am mostly self taught, but took an introductory course in high school that helped explain the basics. Most of my expertise lies in painting (brushes, gradients, blending modes and layers) and photo processing (filters, exposure, color balancing). I can use photoshop for typography and design as well, but less frequently.
I studied geology for one year in high school and four years at the college level, and graduated in 2014 with a minor in the field. My strongest subjects were mass wasting, basic mineralogy/petrology, and depositional environments. I have done both fieldwork and labwork, and have helped fellow students better understand basic concepts. I also love to talk about rocks!
I studied Japanese for four years at the undergraduate college level, and graduated in 2014 as a Japanese major. I studied abroad in Japan in the spring of 2013 and conversed in Japanese every day while there. While studying Japanese I often made use of Kanji flashcards, handy mnemonics, and the online resource Jisho; I believe these all to be valuable in learning Japanese and will impart these skills on my students. I have also found that consuming Japanese media (anime, music, manga) in its original language is incredibly helpful for students learning the language, and will try to incorporate said media in my teaching when appropriate.
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