Tasmeen Shiny Weerakoon
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!
International Development Major
If you didn't make mistakes, you wouldn't be learning.
I’m currently a medical student (MD - expected graduation May 2021) at Yale University. My interests in the medical field are very broad (I’ve done a lot of lab research as well as emergency medicine volunteering), but one aspect I find fascinating is the patient’s narrative and experience of disease. I graduated from Columbia University in 2016 double majoring in Biology and English/Comparative Literature. The biggest piece of advice I have for students in Japan is to do as much reading (books, journal articles, newspaper, etc…) they can in order to familiarize themselves with the language. Though difficult at times, forms of written media contain examples of the proper use of grammar, diction, idioms, etc… Even today I come across new words I’ve never seen before in more advanced texts (e.g. works of philosophy).
University:Yale University 2019
Major: Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry // East Asian Studies
Experience: I've done one-on-one tutoring for elementary and middle school students in a variety of subjects while I was in high school. More recently, I've also found enjoyment teaching English to Japanese students with the NPO Ashita-Tomorrow!
Message:The key to success in any discipline is a good system of practice. Don't be afraid of making mistakes - with each rewrite, we'll go through what you do well and what can be improved. By working in this manner, we can achieve the best for your writing and cultivate your own voice as a writer of English. Let's work hard together!
My name is Eri and I am currently a teacher at Catal. I feel incredibly passionate about this job as it allows me to share my experiences and pass them along to the next generation.
Up until secondary school, I grew up mostly in Germany and England. I majored in political science at Keio University and studied at Dartmouth College, U.S. as an exchange student.
My hobby is classical ballet, and I also enjoy spending time in the nature. One of my favourite memories from the U.S. is when I was a member of the Dartmouth's maple sugaring crew during the spring term: the highlight of it was when I spent a week in the cabin, collecting sap and boiling them in the sugar shack.
I'm delighted to know that so many of you have embarked on this journey to becoming better writers. Writing empowers you - by training you to think logically and critically, it equips you with various tools that enable you to make your voice heard.
I cannot wait to see your essays and I hope you enjoy this exciting journey with us!
My name is Holly. I recently graduated with my PhD in biomedical engineering from Yale University. Prior to that, I completed by undergraduate work at Brown. While I have always loved science, I was also drawn to education and writing to help share that passion with others. I worked at as a science writer at Yale and have also done some freelance work for other foundations. Now, I live in NYC and work as an education consultant.
I am excited to work with all of you and learn more about your interests and goals through your writing! If you are struggling, just remember, it is always easier to write about something that inspires or excites you!
Hello everyone! My name is Vincent and I'm currently a sophomore at Yale University majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. I am especially interested in bugs and hope to work at a museum one day! I also enjoying hiking, traveling, and promoting social justice. In high school I studied for a year in Kochi, so I speak Japanese and understand the difficulty of learning a new language. I encourage everyone to push themselves and use the things they learn in conversation and writing until they become natural. Learning another language opens many doors in the world, and you shouldn't forget to be proud of yourself for studying so hard!
Yale University '18
Doshisha University (Exchange) 2016-2017
Sociology (intensive), with concentration in East Asian Studies
Chinese & French & Japanese 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:
My biggest insight in writing came to me in sophomore year, when a professor told me, "a badly written paper is a paper done."
This is not to encourage sloppy writing - instead, it is to encourage you to keep writing, even if the first draft is not up to your ideal standards. Write something - anything - don't be afraid of making mistakes, and keeping working from there on.
Hello, my name is Zoey Peterson. I am a Yale University student majoring in Psychology with extensive experience in tutoring English writing, ranging from English as a Second Language to recreational creative writing. I have been tutoring fellow students since I was a high school sophomore, and love working one on one with people to improve their skills for academic, professional, and/or personal reasons. I also study Japanese, and have studied abroad in Japan several times. I love learning about different cultures and interacting with different types of thinkers. I firmly believe that anyone who wishes to improve writing can do so with dedication and the proper effort. A great way to improve your writing skills is to read in English, even simple articles or magazines! Try to read a little bit each day, and look up words you don't know! I look forward to working with you!
Hi! I have degrees from three Ivy League schools: Harvard Law, Yale's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences. I just graduated from Harvard and Yale this year and focused my studies on international humanitarian law and conflict resolution.
For those of you that are looking to improve you writing, the best way to do that is to write more! Another thing that helps me is to find some essays that I think are really well-written and figure out what I like about them. Is it that it flows really well? Does it have good examples and imagery? Find an essay for a variety of types of good writing, and then after you write an essay, go back and read one of your saved ones that is similar. Compare the two essays and see if there's anything you could change to make yours better!
Hi, I'm Tom and I'm doing a PhD in Japanese History.
Looking forward to reading your work!
My name is John Barrios and I'm a recent Yale University graduate. At Yale, I studied Latin American history and politics. I wrote my senior thesis about indigenous teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico. I currently work at one of the USA's largest nonprofit organizations serving college students. For fun, I like to read nonfiction, listen to podcasts, and go on forest walks. My best advice to English learners (and language learners generally) is to be curious and courageous! Be curious enough to practice and study (read in English, watch TV in English, find blogs to read in English), but also courageous enough to practice and ask for help!
UC Berkeley, Class of 2014
B.S. Bioengineering and Materials Science & Engineering
Validation Engineering, Material Qualification