Spanish Tutoring By Experienced UCBerkeley And Stanford Grad.

Spanish Tutoring By Experienced UCBerkeley And Stanford Grad.

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22 years in business

About this pro

I am an experienced Spanish tutor and have worked with all levels of learners in diverse settings including college, high school, and private industry. I hold 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- mostly high school students now- in the SGV. I was raised bilingual and am also formally/academically trained in Spanish. Recently I rec'd Passing scores on the Spanish CSET- California Subject Examination for Teachers- a requirement for a teaching credential. I keep my language skills current by using Spanish with clients in my full-time weekday career. I really 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 I first start working with a new student we discuss their individual goals and motivations: are they academic, personal, and what exactly do they need help with? Writing, fluency, reading, speaking, all of the above? We meet in person, discuss student goals and review the course syllabus (if any), and then address possible strategies for achieving student goals. How can I help the student achieve their personal Spanish-learning goals? 

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.

Generally there is a standard 35$ hourly rate for individual tutoring; usually students prefer to meet once per week (depending on needs), “PayPal me” is an option for student/parent convenience.  

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching when I was at UCBerkeley- I became a Spanish tutor there for the first time. At Stanford I was an English-in-Action language partner. Then at UCLA we doctoral students taught undergraduate Spanish classes on campus, and I began to teach at other colleges also. I have a full time career in social services now, but have continued 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. Most 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 that I tutor shared that she really enjoys learning about Latin American culture and history, and so we agreed that she would watch the film Roma and then we talked about it and how it addresses universal themes like poverty and love; she seems so inspired to learn the language so that 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 for someone that you can effectively work with. Be honest and open with your tutor, and let them know exactly what's going on with your class/learning, and what areas you are struggling with, to keep an open line of communication. 

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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