As a tutor, my goal is to enable kids to become stellar students by demystifying the writing process. From mastering basic study skills to writing a killer college application essay, I want students to feel confident with their ability to communicate ideas effectively. My experience as a tutor, mentor and editor has provided me with the opportunity to help a variety of students, from kindergarteners just learning to read, to high school seniors writing the essays that will gain them access to top-tier universities. In my years as a teacher's assistant for college freshmen, a workshop teacher at 826 Chicago and a literacy tutor with at-risk kids in a low-income elementary school in Ohio, I have turned students who professed to hate Reading and Writing into confident and creative writers. I have also helped students excel in History, Mathematics and particularly enjoy helping students exceed their own scoring expectations on the SAT.
As a graduate of the Oberlin College Creative Writing Program, I believe that every writing assignment, from historical essays to Japanese poetry to science term papers, has the possibility to enthrall and fascinate. I believe that all writing is creative writing, and that in every assignment can be approached with equal measures of enthusiasm and diligence. I am an excellent teacher of the building blocks of language, including Phonics and Grammar. As Joan Didion once said, "Grammar is a piano I play by ear." I have helped dozens of students view grammar not as a stifling set of rules but instead, a toolbox for self-expression.
I look forward to working with you soon!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Oberlin College - Bachelor in Arts, Creative Writing
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1470
SAT Verbal: 770
SAT Writing: 730
Writing fiction, reading everything I can get my hands on, biking around Chicago
AP US History
College Level American History
College World History
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization