I am a published fiction author and English professor with years of experience in writing and editing. I've perfected my teaching and tutoring techniques to achieve maximum success with my students. More than anything, I love working with students until they rise to a level of confidence and competency in their reading and writing that will serve them well not only throughout their academic careers, but on through their chosen career paths after graduation as well. I am a patient and thorough tutor, and enjoy working with students from all backgrounds and levels. There is nothing more satisfying than that moment when a student finally makes a breakthrough in his or her writing, and then no four page argumentative essay can stand in his or her way of success. I'm excited to guide new students to better ways of exploring their potential through writing. I've worked with it all, from the student who was told he or she was a bad writer in high school and truly believes that, to the student who has always excelled at writing but has found college writing to be more challenging than he or she anticipated. I'm ready to help you succeed in school!
University of Texas at Dallas - BS, Business Administration
University of Texas at Dallas - MA, Arts & Humanities
What is your teaching philosophy?
No student is incapable of learning and improving. Reading and writing may not be every student's best or favorite subjects, but with the right techniques and a lot of practice, every student can succeed.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Right off the bat, we need to discuss work habits. Though students do not realize it, their environment can heavily affect their concentration and ability to focus. I need to ensure that they are working in a way that enables them to be the most effective and put in quality work, versus having to waste time producing a large quantity of writing, or reading the same passage over and over without actually comprehending the information. The next step is to identify the student's specific weaknesses in reading or writing. There is no such thing as a perfect writer! We all have certain grammatical weaknesses that are unique to ourselves. Knowing our weaknesses enables us to target them during the editing process and polish our writing. Finally, I want to get to know my student during a first session. It is important that we feel comfortable with each other and establish a rapport, so that he or she actually looks forward to working with me rather than dreading it.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I give students tools and techniques to use on their own. So much of writing involves the generation of thoughts and ability to put them down on paper. That part of the equation has to come from the students themselves. My job is to make them feel comfortable applying rules and structure to the ideas that already exist inside their own minds. I'm very focused on teaching them how to apply these rules, and providing guidance to them as they learn, rather than simply telling them exactly what to do. I also foster my students' growth into their own unique voices in their writing. I never want to sanitize their writing into something that could sound like my voice or a generic voice. I teach students to develop their own thoughts on subjects and critically think through topics about which they are writing or reading.