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Jera

I am a 2008 joint degree graduate of Kent State University. I earned bachelor's and master's degrees in the fields of Economics, Political Science and Public Administration, as well as a Certificate in Leadership from the College of Business. I was awarded several honors: summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; and University Honors with Distinction in Political Science. I went on to earn a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis (#18, US News & World Report) where I focused my studies on private law matters and public service. My life motto is best summarized by the words of Nelson Mandela. He once proclaimed that "[t]here is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." I am determined to maximize my own potential and I am driven to heighten my level of cultural competency through global travel. As you can glean from my academic background I am deeply committed to the acquisition and refinement of knowledge. I enjoy helping others gain access to meaningful educational opportunities and excel in them, which is why I have developed a career in higher education administration. I currently work with international students and scholars in a law school, but my experience with academic services dates back to my time as an undergraduate writing tutor at Kent State. This is were I cultivated the ability to modify my teaching style in accordance with individual learning differences. In other words, I do not enter a tutoring or advising session with a one-size-fits-all mentality. I put my full energy toward helping students develop a personal writing style that is shaped by best practices and can be applied to a number of works, including personal statements, cover letters and analysis papers.

Undergraduate Degree:

Kent State University - Bachelors, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy

Graduate Degree:

Washington University in St Louis - Juris Doctor, Law

Traveling, reading, trying new things around the city

College English

High School English

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

My job as a tutor/teacher is to help each student unearth, refine and apply the skills needed to think critically and express resulting thoughts in a clear manner. I focus on leveraging the abilities that each student finds to be their organic, natural strengths in order to build a foundation for relaxed and cooperative learning. Best practices, of course, guide specific tasks, but I am always open to modifying them based on the student’s goals and interests while accomplishing any defined objectives.