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Alexander

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My favorite part of being both a teacher and a tutor is seeing the "lightbulb moment"— that moment where something clicks into place and the student finally "gets it". Sometimes it takes a while, other times it happens right away, but either way, it is a reward like no other.

I graduated from CSU Long Beach with a B.A. in Spanish, emphasis in Translation and Interpretation, and am also a CELTA-certified ESL instructor and Fulbright Grant alumnus. I have been a tutor since high school, and as an ESL instructor, I have taught people from a wide variety of backgrounds, from students at a Russian polytechnic university in Siberia to aircraft mechanics on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

While English is my forte, and I have extensive experience with Standardized Test preparation (including curriculum development), I am more than comfortable teaching other subjects, especially Spanish, as I have lived in Colombia and Argentina and am currently training to become a Spanish-language court interpreter.

As a tutor, I feel that my job is to provide the personalized attention that a teacher often cannot. The sessions can be as relaxed or as formal as is comfortable for the student, so long as the work is done efficiently and effectively. I focus on problem areas, diagnosing each issue and working to correct it through a series of skill-building steps. In regular subject teaching, I strive to adapt the subject matter in order to make it more interesting and applicable to a student's life. In dealing with Standardized Tests, though, I advocate a methodical, mechanical approach that makes finding and selecting the correct answer as painless as possible.

Outside my academic life, I am a travel enthusiast, linguistics nerd (yes, for fun), journeyman bartender, passable drummer, amateur photographer, and horrible costume designer, but I am eager to learn about nearly any subject.

If you believe my skills might be a good match for your needs, I would be delighted to help lead you toward some "lightbulb moments" of your own.

Alexander’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Long Beach - Bachelors, Spanish

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2270

SAT Math: 670

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 800

Hobbies

Travel, cooking, photography, music, cosplay, linguistic, horrible puns

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Adult ESL/ELL

College Application Essays

College English

Conversational Spanish

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Writing

Languages

Other

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Russian

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

Writing