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There is something magical about the learning process. I see it in myself and in my students – the thrill of an "ah-ha!" moment and the satisfaction when a challenging concept clicks. That miraculous process is my favorite part about teaching and tutoring. I live for those revelations!

My tutoring/teaching experience has taken many forms over my educational and professional careers. I tutored my peers as a lab assistant at St. John's College in Annapolis and then spent a year as a classroom teacher for 6th-10th grades primarily in the arts and poetry. I believe learning should be exciting, and I work hard to help my students make connections with the subjects they are studying and their own experiences.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts focusing on philosophy, comparative literature, and history of math and science. Currently, I am studying classical realism at a fine art atelier in the city. I am available to tutor students in art, writing (all subjects, including college essays), literary analysis, and SAT prep, as well as study skills and organizational strategies.

When I am not tutoring or studying art, I love to go on adventures outside – hiking, backpacking, and scuba diving are some of my favorite activities in nature! I also love to travel and have visited seven countries and four continents. I read a great deal, mostly fiction and scientific papers. I love biology and the life sciences and spend a lot of time independently studying these subjects.

Melinda’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: St. John's College - Bachelor in Arts, Liberal Arts

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 800

GRE Verbal: 168


Art, Drawing, Painting, Photography, hiking, camping, scuba diving, videogames

Tutoring Subjects

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

AP Studio Art: Drawing


College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing


High School English



SAT Reading

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep