UC Berkeley, Class of 2014
B.S. Bioengineering and Materials Science & Engineering
Validation Engineering, Material Qualification
Yale University '17
Sociology (intensive), with concentration in East Asian Studies
Chinese & French Tutor at Yale University.
Two years of working with New Oriental Inc., the world's largest education/test prep company.
A summer with Philanthropy in Motion, a Hong Kong-based educational nonprofit.
Two years with Yale-China Association, a nonprofit focusing on facilitating better understanding between China and the United States.
Trip leader and president of Building Bridges, a student group providing rural Chinese students with English instruction.
Tips for learning English:
I also learned English as a foreign language (my natives languages are Mandarin and Wu Chinese). I was lucky, because although I hated English throughout most of primary school, I HAD to learn English once my family moved to London. Suffice to say, school for the first three months was miserable.
If there's any tip, I'd say that's to use English as much as possible and not be afraid of making mistakes. Before systematic language instruction was developed, people learned new languages by plunging themselves into a completely foreign environment; it's a survive-or-die situation and it is miraculously useful. Use it, and repeat it, and ask native speakers to correct you.
I am a junior at Yale University (Class of 2018). I am triple majoring in Economics, History, and East Asian Studies.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes! English is, unquestionably, a difficult language to learn, which is why you will make the most progress when you take risks with your writing. Learning through trial and error what does and does not work is the best way to get better.
Welcome to Rewrites! You are taking the first big step to becoming better at English and I are excited to help you out! While I was studying Japanese in Hokkaido, I had a lot of great help from my Japanese teachers and friends and I can't wait to pass the favor back along to you!
School: Yale University
Majors: East Asian Studies and Economics
Teaching Experience: Volunteer at Ashita-Tomorow teaching English Skype lessons to Japanese students affected by the Fukushima disaster
Message to Students: Improving your English writing skills is important and can be so much fun! You can definitely do it if you keep practicing, think of interesting ideas of what to write about and revise your vocabulary regularly. Just don't give up, work hard, be patient and enjoy!
Yale University '15
Practice makes perfect! Writing in a new language can be intimidating, but exciting at the same time. As you try to improve your vocabulary and grammar, the easier your ideas will flow onto the page and into the reader's mind. A positive attitude towards your own writing is very important. In math or science, you either understand the concept or do not. In writing, that is not the case. For me, I was easily discouraged when my teachers would write various corrections on my paper, and I never had the "right" answer. However, in writing, there is no one right answer, and that's the best part about it. Getting constructive criticism and revising an assignment many times taught me how to enjoy the process of writing. With practice, someday you will enjoy writing too!
Yale University ‘19.
I am considering Mathematics and Psychology as possible majors. I have a bit of experience tutoring for the ACT writing, and I assisted with Spanish tutoring in high school.
My advice to English learning students would be: "Keep in mind that practice makes perfect. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. They are critical to growth."