Yoko M. - Japanese Tutor (Native Speaker)

Cal Tech Yoko M. Tutors California Institute of Technology Students in Pasadena, CA
$60 / hr
Thousand Oaks, CA
(181)
20 miles Travel Radius
In-person + Online
Hi. I'm so thrilled that you want to learn Japanese.

My name is Yoko which means "sun's child" in Kanji (Chinese characters). My parents chose this name for me so that I could have a cheerful and happy life.

Learning a language should be a fun experience. Isn't it fantastic that you will be able to communicate with people that you never imagined you'd be able to speak with? You will have the opportunity to experience a new and different culture! That's exciting!

I have my bachelor's ...
Reviews
We were looking for a Japanese tutor at the last minute to do a review session for my child before the high school Japanese 1 final exam. Thankfully we found Wyzant that has so many tutors online to offer their help! Yoko M. was prompt in taking our request so we hired her. And she is great! She is so experienced with tutoring. At first we had technical difficulty using the Wyzant platform but she helped us solve it. She was so kind to offer extra time of tutoring to make up the time spent in solving the technical issue. Then she quickly assessed what my child's need is to prepare for the final exam, and organized an effective review session. She also gave me feedback right the way so that I knew what was covered in the tutoring session and what additional review my child needed to do that night. Thanks to Yoko's tutoring, my child secured an A for the semester! I highly recommend her!
- Shinyi W. from Santa Monica, CA
I started getting Japanese lessons from Yoko to prepare for the SAT Japanese Subject Test. From our first lesson, she was very engaged in helping me. She is always prepared, organized, and I enjoyed my lessons with her. Yoko will make sure you know what you are doing, and she is very knowledgeable! Not only that, but she is also kind and understanding. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a Japanese tutor.
- Jessica K. from Agoura Hills, CA
I am very fortunate to have met Yoko-san. Her depth of experience was clear to me during our first meeting. She was able to quickly gauge my skill level and help me focus on areas giving me the most trouble. She is always well prepared, and is able to customize our lessons based on my feedback. For example, she has provided handouts with vocabulary and dialogues specific to my industry, and others which help clarify grammar points that are sometimes only glossed over in my main textbook. I have had a wonderful experience working with Yoko-san. Her patience, mastery of the material, and individualized approach to our lessons has been a tremendous help to me in learning Japanese.
- Jason S. from Santa Monica, CA
I was very skeptical my daughter would maintain her desire to learn Japanese, since the language is so different from her native English. However, she has not only stayed focused on her desire to learn more about the language and the culture,...she is genuinely excited and can't wait to show me what she has learned after each lesson. Yoko is the source of my daughter's excitement about learning Japanese, and I am SO happy we found her. Because she is a native speaker AND she worked in the local school disctrict, she brings a unique balance of patience and understanding to new students of Japanese. My daughter can be easily disappointed when she is not progressing fast enough, or is struggling with learning something new,...but Yoko has managed to keep my daughter calm and still push her at a steady pace - I am SO impressed with her progress in such a short time. If you are considering a Japanese tutor, then I would strongly receommend you consider Yoko as your language guide - she's FANTASTIC !!
- Mark D. from Oak Park, CA
Great teacher during the lesson and gives so much extra material that helps you so much in learning the language.
- Kyle M. from Melbourne, FL
Yoko is a dynamic, personable teacher and my son is thrilled to be working with her. She has been responsive and flexible with scheduling, and we are grateful to have found her!
- Wendy T. from Camarillo, CA
Yoko-sensei is always on time and thoroughly prepared for every lesson. I felt she really listened to what I wanted from my tutoring sessions and has developed my lessons in accordance with that. She is friendly and knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and very helpful in pursuing language learning at the pace that is right for me.
- Carly C. from Simi Valley, CA
We went over introductions and basic conversations. She is helpful and takes the time to explain everything. I am lucky to have found her.
- Denver C. from Camarillo, CA
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