I am currently a graduate student studying Japanese at UMass Amherst. My fields of interest are Japanese pedagogy and technology in the classroom. I have studied the language for well over 10 years, both as part of my undergraduate program and as an independent learner. I am currently working toward the JLPT N1 and ACTFL's OPI at the advanced level. I started tutoring Japanese about 8 years ago, at the campus Tutoring Center of SUNY New Paltz. I soon thereafter started tutoring ESL and writi... [more]
As part of my duties as a graduate assistant, I will often meet with students to help them improve their writing. Many of the students I have helped are freshmen or sophomores who are new to writing papers at the college level. I have also worked with students who need remedial help because of learning disabilities and, I have a background as an ESL tutor, which allows me to help students whose first language is not English as well.
I am a native speaker of the English language, and I have studied a wide array of foreign languages myself (Japanese, French), which helps me understand where their frustrations may lie. I have helped Chinese speaking students of English in the past; one student for 3 years.
I began my studies in Japanese independently in 2006. Starting in 2008 I began taking Japanese courses at SUNY New Paltz followed by 10 months studying in Kanazawa, Japan between Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. After graduating, I have continued my studies independently and strived to perfect my ability. Currently enrolled in the Japanese graduate program UMass Amherst, focusing on Japanese Pedagogy and Teaching Methods.
I am a certified CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) level 1 tutor through SUNY New Paltz. Training includes at least 25 hours of active training, and 10 hours of mandatory training. As the current Assistant to the Tutoring Center Coordinator of SUNY New Paltz, one of my duties is to create training modules which include strategies for study, organization and scheduling which can be used across a wide range of disciplines. These are meant to help students discover their strengths and bolster their weaknesses in order to achieve academic success.