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I am a graduate and current Master of Arts student at UMBC. I received my Bachelor of Arts in English Communications with an Art History Minor. Thereafter, I was accepted into the University's accelerated BA/ MA Texts, Technologies, and Literature program, which explores the way various texts interact including digital, academic, and functional everyday use and challenges students to bridge the gap between literature and communications studies. My thesis research focuses on students' learning and study habits, especial of English writing and composition, and the implementation of tools that encourage "basic" students towards higher education.

In my own experience, I have struggled with motivation, but have been fortunate enough to encounter caring and dedicated educators that have worked with me to discover the habits that enable me to feel more capable and self-sufficient. Previously, I was curious and creative but undisciplined, and since, I've learned to take control of my education to be the most efficient scholar I can be. I'm a proponent of figuring out one's strengths to work through their weaknesses. I'm good at reflective praise and constructive criticism. I'm very easy going and friendly, and want knowledge to be a shared experience. I want to provide productive expertise and encouragement to use a student's learning style to complete tasks and develop self-confidence.

My strongest study areas are English grammar and composition, writing and editing for college essays, vocabulary and reading literature comprehension, and Art History. The area I am most knowledgeable about is Modernism, but my favorite is non-Western art, especially public and resistance art. I am patient in explanation, and feel confident communicating an idea a variety of ways, or employing a range of materials to make the subject clearer. My strength is finding practical ways of applying knowledge, and breaking down large tasks. I am very encouraging for students that feel overwhelmed or anxious about managing school. My goal is to approach education as a collaboration of learners that can improve one's quality of life and enable change and progress, and help students become more independent learners through questioning and improving study skills.

My personal professional interests include writing short fiction and memoire, editing, copyediting, curatorial work and art criticism. In my spare time, I particularly enjoy visiting art and history museums, drawing, painting, jewelry making, watching documentaries and foreign films, pizza, and dogs, but especially my Chihuahua Skeeter.

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Mercedes’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland-Baltimore County - Bachelor in Arts, English - Communications with Art History Minor

Graduate Degree: University of Maryland-Baltimore County - Master of Arts, Texts, Technologies, and Literature

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1390

SAT Writing: 710


I enjoy fine art and historical museums, drawing, painting, jewelry-making, graphic novels, foreign films, documentaries, and baking.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP Art History

AP Studio Art

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

AP Studio Art: Drawing


Art History

British Literature

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing


Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing


Introduction to Fiction


Medieval Literature

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Public Speaking


SAT Writing and Language


Short Novel

Social Studies

Test Prep


World Literature

World Religions


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