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I'm a Ph.D. candidate in French Studies at UCLA working on a dissertation about contemporary French literature. My main specialties are French language and literature, but I have completed a certification in critical theory, and also conduct research in cultural studies and music history. I have taught first- and second-year French classes at UCLA for four years, and before that, I taught first-year French for 3 years at the University of Kansas.

My tutoring experience goes back to 2002, when I started my undergraduate major classes in French. I started tutoring French then, and shortly after, I branched out into tutoring German and writing/composition. After I finished the requirement for my major, I started volunteering tutoring at an ESL program for adults, but also took a contract from the US Department of State to intensively tutor a high school exchange student from Tajikistan.

After working as a private, self-employed tutor, a tutor for university language department and athletics programs, and as a tutor for other private tutoring agencies, I have almost 15 years of experience tutoring foreign language, ESL, and writing. In addition to those subjects, I have also tutored literature, history, psychology, and reading comprehension.

I enjoy working with students of all ages and adapting the structure of my lessons and their content for different styles of learning, as well as for different age groups. I have taught children, teenagers, college students, and older adults, and I like adapting to the challenges of every learner's unique learning style. I take pleasure in integrating other media besides books, such as videos, blogs, and interactive online exercises into lessons, to help students engage their senses, challenge themselves, and find their own strengths in their learning. I especially enjoy helping students who struggle with their confidence about learning new material with study skills, frameworks of knowledge, and routines that will help them feel more prepared and confident. I also believe that there are few concepts and tasks that cannot be broken down into smaller, more understandable components and steps, thus making difficult tasks less intimidating. My joke to my students is that they will learn to love grammar because I love it so much, and often, they do!

I wanted to become a scholar because I love exploring and deconstructing ideas and finding new ways to look at old problems. My passion for research extends naturally into my teaching and tutoring approach, which is oriented toward helping students become confident about expressing themselves and working with new skills and ideas. If my skills sound like they would help you improve your mastery of a subject that you've struggled with, please get in touch with me. I would love to help you learn and feel confident about your ability to take on new scholarly challenges.

Dorthea’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Washburn University - Bachelor in Arts, French Studies

Graduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Doctor of Philosophy, French Studies


Reading literary fiction, going to see live music, cooking, hiking in the Hollywood hills, collecting records

Tutoring Subjects


Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP French Language and Culture

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature


Conversational French

Conversational German

Elementary School Reading


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing


French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4


German 1

German 2

German 3

German 4

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing


Public Speaking

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep