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I am a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I received my Master of Arts in Japanese Literature with a focus on literary translation. During my time as a graduate student, I also worked as a teaching assistant. That entailed helping professors of Japanese Studies with grading papers and quizzes and holding office hours for the undergraduate students in case they had any questions or wanted help with their papers. I always had a lot of fun helping international students with their English.

I was born in Russia, so my native language is Russian; however, after attending a high school, college, and a graduate school in the UK and the US, I reached a native-level proficiency in English as well. Lastly, I am also an upper-intermediate speaker of Japanese. With three languages under my belt, I know first-hand what kind of work and time commitment goes into language learning. The key to mastering a language is not your IQ, not how good your memory is, and not how you compare to the students in your class. The key is to not give up: to keep practicing regularly, however little at a time. Most people quit! If you find a way to motivate yourself, have a goal to work towards, and make a schedule that works for you, you WILL get there.

While I tutor a broad range of subjects in English and Russian, I am most passionate about literature. If you are looking for someone to go over a literary text with you in English or Russian, I am your tutor.

In my spare time, I enjoy getting lost in a book, rock-climbing, hiking, and drinking copious amounts of earl grey tea.

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Elena’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Colby College - Bachelor in Arts, East Asian Studies

Graduate Degree: University of Massachusetts Amherst - Master of Arts, Japanese Studies

Hobbies

- daily tea drinker - rock climber - emerging literary translator

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

Languages

Russian

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