EducationUniversity of Washington - graduated summa cum laude in 2003 with degrees in Linguistics and Psychology
Rutgers University - completed some coursework towards a PhD in English Literature from 2007-2008
University of Hawaii at Manoa - Master's in Second Language Studies (specialization in Language Education); graduated 2017
I will also be starting the PhD program in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii in autumn 2017.
ExperienceI have over 12 years of tutoring experience, have been formally trained as a tutor, and have even won a National Tutor of the Year award for my work with one education company. I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington with degrees in Linguistics and Psychology, and a master's degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii. My degree is in teaching English as a Second Language, but I am equally comfortable teaching other areas.
I have worked with students ranging from 1st grade to adults, and most often tutor students in Math (from grade school up to trigonometry/Pre-Calculus) and English. I have taught English both for native and for non-native speakers. I tutor very interactively, and focus on customizing my tutoring for the student's particular needs. I can help with homework, study skills, or enrichment activities to go beyond the classroom. I particularly enjoy helping students discover that they actually CAN be good at the subject that is challenging them, provided they work hard and ask lots of questions.
I am also one of those rare individuals who love standardized tests, and I have tutoring experience in the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, ISEE, and SSAT. I have tutored all components of each of the tests, and have scored at least in the 95th percentile on all of them. No two students are the same, so I customize each test prep session according to the students needs, goals, and time available.
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**Please note that I will be accepting local students in the south Puget Sound area during the month of July and the first half of August. I will then be returning to Hawaii to begin my PhD. Continuing the lessons online is always an option if your tutoring needs extend beyond August.
Specific test scores:
SAT - 800 Verbal, 790 Math; have repeatedly scored perfect on recent practice tests
ACT - repeatedly scored perfect on recent practice tests
GRE - 170 Verbal, 169 Quantitative, 6 AWA
LSAT - 174 on practice test
HobbiesLearning languages is a hobby of mine. I am currently relearning German after a 10 year break, and can also speak a decent amount of Korean, as well as bits and pieces of other languages. I will be starting my PhD at the University of Hawaii this autumn. Living in Hawaii has given me a chance to meet people from so many different countries and cultures, and I am very happy to be able to call it home for a while!
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