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I am currently a graduate student at Columbia University in East Asian Regional Studies. I obtained my undergraduate in accounting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a minor in East Asian Language and Culture. I am fluent in Mandarin.
I've been tutoring for nearly two years now, with a focus on English. I first started with SAT test prep for high school students, but in recent months my concentration has been more on English essay-writing and general English reading and writing for students aged middle school all the way to adult. I do have experience tutoring English to students who are learning it as a second language, with especially success to Mandarin-speaking students. In addition, I do also have experience teaching Mandarin to adults.
I am passionate about history, literature, social economics, and broad topics in social sciences, and I incorporate discussions about such factors whenever applicable when tutoring students (for instance, if I'm tutoring English reading and literature, I try to give background knowledge to my students for more perspective). My focus is always to individualize my method to each student and to teach them skills to self-teach and to think critically for the future.

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Roo’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelor of Science, Accounting

Graduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Master of Arts, East Asian Studies

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1500

SAT Verbal: 730

SAT Writing: 760

GRE Verbal: 166

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 790

GRE Analytical Writing: 5.5

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 800


My main hobbies revolve around the humanities and the arts, as I have a strong background in traditional painting as well as a voracious appetite for any type of reading. I always stay interested in a variety of topics for my readings, from period novels to philosophical texts. My other main hobby is exercise, as I actively do HIIT Tabata, Pilates, and dance. To let off steam in my off time, I enjoy watching movies and British television shows. As for general topics of interest, I'm happy to learn about a broad number of topics, including politics, economics, literature, art, music, nutrition, biology, classical Chinese, Chinese linguistics, philosophy, and animal science.

Tutoring Subjects


American Literature

Conversational Mandarin



Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing


Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4

Middle School Reading


SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Test Prep

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