Steve K. - Korean & ESL tutor

Cal Tech Steve K. Tutors California Institute of Technology Students in Pasadena, CA
$50 / hr
Los Angeles, CA
40 miles Travel Radius
In-person + Online
As a second - generation Korean American, I grew up speaking both English and Korean simultaneously.
I have lived here in the States and also in South Korea. I am an experienced tutor who has taught Korean and English as second/foreign languages for many years. I am patient when tutoring and place focus on various learning methodologies; everyone has different learning habits and behaviors, so lessons are adapted to fit the needs of each individual student. Whether students are interested in...
Truly has patience and is gifted on understanding how to connect and teach with the student! Mr. Kim makes it very easy to understand! So excited to learn more!
- Juli F. from Aurora, CO
Steve worked with my 9 y/o on reading, language and writing. He was engaging, patient, and knew exactly what to do to keep my son on task. I highly recommend him.
- Rashea M. from Long Beach, CA
Great with kids and adults Steve was patient and knowledgeable We highly recommend. He made the lesson interactive and engaging This is our first experience with Wyzant. Very pleased
- Jane L. from Glendale, CA
I just had my first lesson with Steve and found him to be very prepared, with supplemental material to support learning and engaging topics for discussion. He is very encouraging and patient, and genuinely wants to support your learning goals. I look forward to future lessons!
- Angela B. from Seattle, WA
My first lesson was amazing. He really gets to know you before starting on the background of Korea. Then into the lesson. It?s really great that you actually have a teacher to get to know. Makes the lesson more comfortable. His slides are easy to follow and he is patient with you.
- Stephanie D. from San Francisco, CA
Steve is very patient and encouraging with my kids. They are enjoying their lessons. He is personable and easy to work with. He is punctual and was willing to work with our busy schedule.
- Ellyn L. from Seattle, WA
Steve is a brilliant tutor. In our first three lessons he?s helped me comprehend more than I thought I?d understand in such little time. He?s quite patient and gives me time to laugh at myself when I make mistakes. He explains things in a way that is easy to understand and the added history of the why and how really helps. I look forward to every lesson!
- Caitlin G. from Grand Junction, CO
I liked his teaching style. We could talk in a comfortable atmosphere because of his optimistic and positive way of responding. Sometimes I was not sure about my answer to his question, but I didn't need to be in a rush to give my answer.
- Hye jin C. from Torrance, CA
I must say that my experience thus far with Steve has been nothing shy of great. I had been trying to teach myself Korean for two years, getting nowhere in that direction I decided to get a tutor. I was really nervous because I never really tried a tutor service like this but Steve is an excellent Korean tutor and a great person, he makes you feel totally comfortable with learning a new language, which is obviously hard but with Steve I can see myself making steady progress. Every lesson is a new aspect of Korean grammar, vocabulary, topic. Makes for a very interesting hour. His explanations are thorough and complete. When I get something wrong or mispronounce something (which I think is everyone?s fear when learning a new language) he is very patient with me. He?s super kind and understanding, and makes the lessons fun and engaging, I always look forward to my lessons and learning with Steve. Highly recommend!
- Maria C. from Denver, CO
In just the first lesson, I?m much more confident in my ability to travel through S. Korea, and I?m much more excited about my trip. I?ll be able to read signs! And to have short conversations in Korean!
- Karen P. from Anchorage, AK
I studied with Steve for about a week, during which I received a deliberate and constructive learning environment from which I was able to develop a higher understanding of the Korean language (most specifically centering linguistics, usage, and range of formalities). Steve very empathically agreed to a week long "boot-camp" style program due to the urgency of my upcoming Korean Placement Exam at UCLA. I began instruction under Steve with low confidence but willingness to grow, and I ardently believe that he allowed me to open up my flow of ability through his kindness and quick adaptation to my linguistic ability. I sense the he is incredibly intelligent, diagnosing the pitfalls and recognizing my strengths in the language very quickly. I was able to locate where I need to work independently, and I can say I feel prepared for my exam, as well as ready to move onto long-dreamed fluency in the future.
- Erin M. from Los Angeles, CA
This was my first lesson with Steve and will not be the last! I was very impressed by his presentation of the lesson - he provided a power point syllabus of what we would accomplish during the lesson. He discussed historical points of South Korea that I wasn't aware. We practice trying to read sentences and pronunciation and reviewed hangul. Steve demonstrated that he is an experienced tutor and knowledgeable in linguistics. He was patient and made me feel comfortable to continue taking lessons. I now look forward to our weekly virtual lessons.
- Tina Q. from Minneapolis, MN
Steve taught me the history of Korean Language, some new Korean vocabulary words and also the structure of the Korean Language. We also went over a little bit of the pronunciation and Steve taught me the reasons why there are different sounds to the same letter in Korean. It was very helpful.
- Hitoe H. from Alhambra, CA
Steve is very patient and goes at a pace tailored to the student. In just a few weeks I was able to read Korean and speak basic sentences. The lessons are clear, concise and easy to follow. I highly recommend Steve as a tutor.
- Apoorva R. from Bridgewater, NJ
Steve is amazing at teaching. Ive always had a struggle learning Korean in the past. But with Steve I had a blast. He is extremely patient and experienced when it comes to teaching. I highly recommend anyone wanting to learn korean to book a lesson with him.
- Chris K. from Northridge, CA
He is so good as a tutor, friend, everything. I really learn a lot of things from him either if it was about Korean or something else. I highly recommend taking him as a tutor.
- Ola A. from Glendale, CA
Steve is a great teacher! He's great at making sure I learn the fundamentals of linguistics while also helping streamline my immediate and particular needs. Thanks, Steve!
- MARGARET G. from Los Angeles, CA
He can speak English and Korean very well, so he knows how to teach English to Korean students. He knows what is most of the Korean people's habits of English, so he corrects my English pronunciation and grammar problems. He also taught me how to communicate to co-workers in a business context. He is experienced to teach ESL and he has his own professional teaching tools to develop student's English language skills. He is patient and happy to answer student's questions.
- Youngmi H. from Redwood City, CA
First lesson so far, I was able to understand the culture and history of Korea. Additionally basic understanding/concept of Hangul. I am looking forward to my upcoming lessons
- Samantha W. from Palmyra, NJ
Had my first lesson with Steve to feel it out and can't say anything negative about it. Learning Korean has always been a goal for me and I now feel confident that I'll be able to hold conversations in the future. He's super patient, thorough, and encouraging! If anyone is looking for a Korean tutor, give this guy a shot!
- Kevin Y. from Costa Mesa, CA
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