EducationUniversity of California, Santa Cruz (2010-2014)
Graduated with a BA in Linguistics
ExperienceI want to be a tutor because I've found tutoring to be challenging but extremely rewarding, particularly in teaching concepts and thinking abilities that I thought I had a clear grasp on. I believe tutoring requires a special kind of empathy for another's thinking styles, along with much patience and drive. There is as much to be learned for a teacher as their disciple must learn. I believe knowledge is something that can be passed along with ease, but without an explanation or a route to understanding such knowledge, knowledge is largely useless, a map with no directions.
I've tutored my girlfriend, friends, and friends of friends in linguistics, which primarily consisted of help with the theories of grammar, formally known as the field of syntax. I've helped them with many homeworks (20-30) at various times interspersed throughout my time at UCSC, with sessions lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. As a linguistics major, I’ve had much experience with grammar, as I've passed various linguistics courses specializing in the study of it, most critically Syntax I and Syntax II. For these reasons, I consider myself to be moderately experienced in teaching grammar, even to those completely unfamiliar with linguistics.
I have also taken many courses in Spanish, including linguistics courses focusing on Spanish grammar along with sound and syllable structures, namely Structure of Romance Languages. I've also taken up to Spanish 5, but I don't speak it regularly, so my understanding and knowledge of it is much greater than my ability to use it. Since I have a good theoretical understanding of both English and Spanish grammar, I consider myself skilled enough to teach English and its grammar to anyone who speaks Spanish and wants to learn English.
In my personal experience and view, most find my teaching style straightforward and intuitive, which is my standard for how I wish to be if I do continue tutoring.
HobbiesI am easygoing, reserved, and respectful. I consider myself to be open-minded for many reasons, including but not limited to the philosophy and literature I've studied (Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Adorno, London) and the music I listen to (all sorts of rock, jazz, and experimental music). My passions for music, psychology, and philosophy all intersect in the realm of language, a tool for the formation of culture, human thought, creativity, expression, the social self, and so much more.
I consider myself to be a social chameleon: I adapt to the styles of others much better than trying to make them adapt to mine. I tend to use metaphors, analogies, and many other creative devices of thinking to help others wrap their heads around concepts from perceptive angles in fluid manners.
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Erik is an amazing instructor and down-to-earth individual. He goes extra steps to make sure that student understands his teachings. He is highly knowledgeable of English language. He is very helpful, reliable and dependable instructor. He travels around to meet his students with no extra charge. I highly recommend him for anyone who want to learn English and other languages.
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