Tutor profiles

Ashley Asencios

I also teach: 
SSAT, Spanish, Critical Reading, AP Literature
Education: 
Ash is a recent graduate of Harvard University, where he concentrated in East Asian Studies, focusing on Japan, with a minor in Anthropology.
University: 
Harvard University
Experience: 

Ash has always had a love for teaching and has helped tutor his peers and younger students since high school! More recently, he has spent a lot of his time tutoring kids in Japan, preparing native Japanese high school students for the SAT in the summer following his freshman year of college. This past year, he spent a year in Tokyo teaching international middle and high school students reading and writing skills, algebra, and SAT/ACT prep amongst other subjects.

Biography: 

Ash was born in Lima, Peru and then moved to Boston in the United States when he was four years old. As a kid he loved learning and eventually his hard work paid off, and he was accepted to Harvard University.

Ash was born in Lima, Peru and then moved to Boston in the United States when he was four years old. As a kid he loved learning and eventually his hard work paid off, and he was accepted to Harvard University. While he was there, Ash was involved in student organizations such as the first-generation student union & women’s rights groups and spent a lot of time doing workshops, educating administrators and students about minority issues on campus. Academically,  Ash spent his four years trying out different languages, like Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean. He ended up loving Japan the most and has spent a lot of time there. After an amazing summer teaching Japanese students in Japan, he decided to concentrate in East Asian Studies, studying gender, sociology, anthropology, and media in Japan. Following graduation, he received a grant to study in Tokyo for a year, where he continued to explore his passion for teaching while expanding his mastery of Japanese.

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Personal Approach: 

While teaching students, I notice they respond to tutors who listen to their interests, who teach them new things and broaden their perspectives while meeting their pace.

While teaching students, I notice they respond to tutors who listen to their interests, who teach them new things and broaden their perspectives while meeting their pace. When I teach, I make sure that each student feels like each lesson is their own, and that they feel not just motivated but truly interested in learning new concepts and practicing new skills. Nonetheless, I understand how important it is to be patient and let students grow at their own pace, getting them comfortable with one topic before moving on to another.

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What I do when not tutoring: 

When Ash is not tutoring, he’s spending even more time practicing and studying Japanese. He’s even thinking of taking some business courses in Japanese online! Other than that, he enjoys exercising, watching a good movie or series, and travelling to different countries and trying new foods.

When Ash is not tutoring, he’s spending even more time practicing and studying Japanese. He’s even thinking of taking some business courses in Japanese online! Other than that, he enjoys exercising, watching a good movie or series, and travelling to different countries and trying new foods. Hopefully he’ll learn how to cook one day!

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