Hello! My name is James Sun, and I'm a Yale graduate who double-majored in Statistics and Global Affairs. I've been tutoring 1000+ hours in various subjects including--but not limited to--SAT/ACT/ISEE/SSAT test prep, public speaking, ESOL, calculus, reading comprehension, English, U.S. history, and physics. I also mentor students on college applications, working with them through building an application, writing activities descriptions, and crafting essays. I'm open to teaching and tutoring in any of the above subjects and more! Please reach out, and I'd be happy to discuss what will work best. My rates are flexible as well. In terms of more personal facts about me: - I'm a huge foodie--I love eating, cooking, and researching new foods. - I'm currently learning a new language--Korean--since I'll be teaching English in South Korea with a Fulbright soon. - I love listening to and playing music :) Looking forward to meeting you soon! James Sun
-- Mentoring ~15 students per year on the college application process -- Wrote two 25-page guidelines on how to write activities sections--one for the Common Application and one for the University of California application -- Have developmentally edited ~200 essays
Tutored 1000+ hours in various subjects including English, public speaking, mathematics (ranging from 2nd grade math to Calculus II), statistics, college applications, writing, biology, chemistry, physics, U.S. history, economics, and international security.
-- Organized and advertised 8 programs—hosting between 300-1200 students—that allowed undergraduate and graduate students to teach their passions while giving local middle and high school students the opportunity to explore their interests -- Designed and taught two courses at each program—a three-week course on China’s history since 1949 and a one-day introductory course on Mandarin Chinese -- Served as a liaison between parents, students, volunteers, and other club members
-- Co-authoring a ~25-page critical essay with Professor Greg Robinson for a forthcoming anthology regarding the Federal Writers' Project (FWP), a New Deal program that helped transform American culture. This anthology will be the first-ever volume of essays (scholarly or otherwise) dedicated to the FWP. -- Conducted historical and archival research using both primary and secondary source documents about Japanese-American court cases for a published article
-- Collected and analyzed data on 500+ Yale faculty and 20 Yale academic departments’ sustainability initiatives to determine and strengthen the interdisciplinary intersection between education and sustainability across departments -- Drafted action plans for each of the 14 Yale University residential colleges and IT department and helped create the student sustainability liaison system between the residential colleges and the Office of Sustainability -- Led 14 groups of 4-8 students while serving as a liaison between student groups, student aides, and administrative staff to promote sustainability initiatives—such as community gardens and Pay as You Throw incentives—in residential colleges
-- Cooking and eating--especially new foods -- Drawing geometric designs -- Taekwondo and other martial arts -- meditation
James is friendly, upbeat, and patient. He does an exceptional job of tailoring and pacing lessons to suit the student, and is simultaneously excellent about checking in with parents about progress and barriers.
James is adept with English, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
James is a perfect balance of professional and personable. He is exceptional at supporting students from middle school through college. In addition to being very well-versed in a range of topics, James is adept at helping students to set goals and pace their work. He also takes the time to get to know his students, which goes a long way toward motivating them to have a positive attitude and get the work done.
I've really enjoyed working with James! He's been really flexible about what we work on each week, and he's helped me with a lot of subjects from writing essays, analyzing psychology papers, and calculus. He's got such a positive mindset that makes it a lot of fun meeting him each week :)
Although I started teaching to help my friends, it has become, of all my activities, the one that inspires me most. In high school, I tutored 1000+ hours in various academic disciplines—history, biology, and English, to name a few. After joining Splash at Yale, a student organization that facilitates Yale students to teach their passions to local middle and high school students, I organized and advertised eight programs, each hosting ~600 students. I recognized how efficient hierarchy and routine could be, as we delegated tasks and used templates, timelines, and schedules to smoothly coordinate programs. I designed two courses with presentation slides, discussion questions, educational videos, and in-class activities that I taught at each program—a 3-week course on China’s history since 1949 and a 1-week introductory course on Mandarin Chinese. From both teaching and administration, I learned organizational, time-management, and public speaking skills which I can use in service to the school administration’s goals. Over time, I realized repetition and uniformity had eroded the personal touch of my teaching style. As I volunteered with Bridges ESL, a student organization that pairs ESL tutors with tutees, I taught diverse individuals, such as a Chinese couple who hoped to connect with their son and an Algerian woman who hoped to find a job so she could send money back to her parents. I realized that, for many, learning English changes their lives. Empathizing with my students’ experiences enriched an activity that requires personalized teaching materials and methods. As I learned about their culture and language through conversation as well as independent research, I created more memorable metaphors and examples. With the Chinese couple, I practiced using adjectives and adverbs to convey emotion by describing the local Lunar New Year celebration—the way the larger-than-life dragon planted each step while vigorously shaking its scintillating scales demonstrated determination and strength; I encouraged them to share a similar story. During one conversation, the Algerian woman joked about how if she ever got a lawyer (un avocat), she would hope that they were not as dull as an avocado (also, un avocat). A few lessons later, I started parsing common English homophone mistakes and described how being able to distinguish homophones like to and too is as important as being able to distinguish a good lawyer from a good avocado. Since then, I continue to tutor weekly while working other jobs that will help me connect to students with diverse backgrounds and interests. If a student is applying to a U.S. college, I can draw on my experience working with my mentees to polish the narrative and structure of their college essays. If a student is pondering career opportunities, I can share my experience editing resumes, writing grant applications, and preparing project reports. If a student is interested in academia, I can describe how I co-authored scientific papers and published research articles. If a student is interested in studying or working abroad, I can share stories from when I studied abroad in Beijing and reflected on the pros and cons of China and America’s economic and political systems while remaining sensitive to cultural and historic differences or when I conducted research in Singapore and built resilience within its competitive culture while adapting to its efficient bureaucracy. With my breadth of experiences and personalized style of teaching, I hope to develop meaningful relationships like the ones I have with my ESL tutees. The Chinese couple and I bond over meals that we have cooked together, and the Algerian woman and I continue to trade stories about our families and lives, especially now that she has found a new job. These are the kinds of connections I look forward to building as I continue to teach.