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I completed my B.A. in Spanish and Ancient Greek and my M.A. in Latin American Studies from Ohio University in Athens, OH. From my study in Ancient Greek and Latin, I gained insight into the possibilities of language structure and expression; from my study of Spanish and Latin American Studies, I gained a wide understanding of the world, especially the history of colonialism, the history and philosophies of indigenous and women's movements around the world, subaltern and cultural studies, as well as literature, music, art, and dance. I lived in Ecuador for two years, worked/traveled in Colombia and Peru, and am fluent in Spanish. Spanish is my favorite subject to tutor. I have worked as a tutor or teacher for about eight years: at Ohio University, I spent five years as a writing tutor and worked with all types of students - from freshmen to doctoral candidates, in every discipline, and about 50% of our students were ESL/international students. Sometimes I just saw a student once for a small assignment for English 101; sometimes I worked long term with an Engineering PhD student on his/her dissertation. At OU, I also had the opportunity to teach beginning and intermediate Spanish to undergrads. While I enjoyed the classroom, tutoring is my favorite setting because through one-on-one interaction I can address a student's individual needs, see growth faster, and develop solid mentorship relationships. I also always learn from my students since they are doing research I have not seen or they have a different perspective, so it is a mutual give and take.

My particular perspective takes into account both the forest and the trees: some people are very good at seeing only details and some at seeing only the big picture. I care equally about both and I see them at the same time. In tutoring Spanish, I care as much that a student learns correct pronunciation and what a reflexive verb is as well as culture, history, and geography. Latin America has an incredible folk and singer/songwriter tradition and I love using music and poetry to learn a language. For editing, I care as much that a semicolon is used appropriately as that each paragraph supports the thesis, and I love discussing the research process and organization. What makes me skilled is that I use discretion, since learning both details and big picture at once can be overwhelming. But in all language work - tutoring, editing, translation, the goal is communication, and for me, both details and the big picture contribute to successful communication.

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Leah’s Qualifications

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Undergraduate Degree: Ohio University - Bachelor in Arts, Spanish; Ancient Greek

Graduate Degree: Ohio University - Master of Arts, Latin American Studies


Dance, music, languages, cooking, reading, writing

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