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I'm a Chinese Language Tutor with over a year of experience tutoring Mandarin at the University Level. Due to my upbringing in Asia, I have been speaking Mandarin since I was 6 months old. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University with a major in International Relations and minor in Chinese Language and Culture. I have also studied at Peking University and Beijing Language and Culture University for two separate semesters and worked in Shanghai in a dual-language job.

I have experience with both University Level students, as well as younger kids. Along with my time as a Chinese tutor at Colgate University, I have also served as an Au Pair twice: once for a single mother and her three year old in Beijing and once for an eight year old (with siblings aged twelve and sixteen) in Spain.

I am a big believer in teaching to different learning styles. I believe in getting to know my students, learning their passions and strengths, and shaping my teaching style to work with their strengths and carry that passion over to the Chinese Language. I focus on teaching in an approachable way that makes a language as challenging as Mandarin easy (and, dare I say, FUN) to learn! I believe that in order to speak the language, you also have to understand the culture and the history, and I like to bring in pop songs, children stories, TV shows, and other media forms to help my students speak Mandarin like a Chinese person rather than speaking English-translated-to-Chinese.

In my free time, I like tennis, hiking, running and generally anything that gets me outdoors. I am also a proud bookworm and science-fiction fan. When I am not tutoring, I am a student myself. I study computer programming.

I love teaching. I'm patient and passionate about my subject. If you've been thinking of learning, or want to further improve your Mandarin, contact me and let's see if it's a good match!

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Carissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Colgate University - Bachelor in Arts, International Relations


Grew up abroad, multicultural family, learning languages, loves traveling and connecting with people of other cultures. Hobbies: sports, running, tennis, watching soccer, book worm (sci-fi, fantasy).

Tutoring Subjects

Conversational Mandarin


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