Spanish Tutoring By Experienced UCBerkeley And Stanford Grad.

Spanish Tutoring By Experienced UCBerkeley And Stanford Grad.

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About this pro

I am an experienced Spanish tutor and have worked with all levels of learners in many settings such as college, high school, and private companies. I have graduate degrees in Spanish & Latin-American Studies from UC Berkeley, Stanford and UCLA, taught college Spanish for over 5 years (UCLA, CSULB, Oxy), and have tutored for over a decade. I was raised bilingual and am also academically trained in Spanish. This Summer I Passed the CSET- California Subject Examination for Teachers- required for a teaching credential. I keep language skills current by using Spanish with clients in my full-time career. I enjoy seeing students learn and progress and become passionate about the language and culture of Latin America.  Thank you.  

I enjoy and appreciate watching students learn and progress and become more confident in their Spanish-language skills. 

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South Pasadena, CA 91030
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  • Angela Lin

    Olivia is a very nice Spanish tutor and my daughter likes her. Olivia taught her not only the language but also the Hispanic culture. She can come to your house and you can also meet her at library to have the tutoring. Highly recommend Olivia as a Spanish tutor.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

When newly starting, we discuss individual goals and motivations: are they academic, personal, what exactly do you need help with? Writing, fluency, reading, speaking, all of the above? We meet in person, discuss goals and review course syllabus (if any), and come up with a plan for achieving your goals. How can I help you? 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

BA in Spanish and Portuguese from UCBerkeley

MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University

C.Phil. degree-completed all PhD coursework and exams- in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, from UCLA. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Typically a set 35$ hourly-rate for tutoring (if student travels to me) or 40$ if I travel to student (due to time/mileage); once per week or more (depends on student needs). “PayPal me” invoicing available, for convenience.  

How did you get started teaching?

I first started teaching at UCBerkeley- as a Spanish tutor- for the first time. At Stanford I was an English-in-Action language partner. At UCLA all of us doctoral students taught undergraduate Spanish classes, and I began to teach at other colleges also. I have a full-time career in social services now, but continue tutoring. 

What types of students have you worked with?

High school, Middle School, College students from campuses ranging from Occidental College to Mount Saint Mary's, and currently with high school students from the SGV area. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A recent event that moved me was when a student shared that she really enjoys learning about Latin American culture, and we agreed that she would watch the film Roma and then we discussed it and how it addresses universal themes; she seems so inspired to learn the language so she can access different genres, poetry, film, music, and that is wonderful. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would advise a student to meet with a tutor for a one-on-one, and if it's not a good fit, continue looking. Be honest and open with your tutor, let them know what's going on with your class/learning, and what areas you are struggling with. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What do you expect from a tutoring session? 

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