I first became interested in Japanese through manga and anime although I didn't start studying the language in earnest until I was 21 or 22. I started off with a year of self-study before enrolling in classes. In the decade or so of Japanese language study I have studied abroad in Japan for a year, passed the JLPT N2 and I plan on returning to Japan for a year to work. I love Japanese, and so I have spent much of those 10 years tutoring both privately and in a university tutoring center. I ha... [more]
As part of my duties as a graduate assistant, I would 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. 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. After graduating, I have continued my studies independently; I have passed the JLPT N2 and I have my sights on the N1. I have recently graduated with my Master's Degree in Japanese from UMass Amherst.
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.