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Alexa

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I completed a BA in Women's Studies/Literature at Brown University and an MFA in English/Creative Writing at Mills College. At Mills, I tutored extensively through the Writing Center. While working with both undergraduate and graduate students on their writing, I also taught English composition and coordinated the activities of the Center. I received excellent student evaluations for both tutoring and teaching.

After leaving Mills, I decided to focus on working as an editor and pursuing my own writing. Working one-on-one with a wide variety of academic, business, and creative writing clients has given me the opportunity to continue developing the skills involved in tutoring. I have provided substantial editing for research grant applications, teaching materials, academic articles published in national journals, and books published by academic presses. I have also written and edited exhibit panels for museums, scripted text for computer interactives, developed brand identity materials, and completed a middle-reader novel to engage kids in environmental conservation.

After years of focusing on editing, I am returning to a focus on teaching and tutoring, because I miss working with students! I am comfortable tutoring all aspects of reading and writing: comprehension of difficult texts, analytical and creative writing, grammar and style. I also love to tutor Spanish, which I learned while living in Bilbao, Spain.

I have a knack for putting students at ease, locating the area of difficulty, and fostering confidence. I have a fun and relaxed style. In my free time I like to write songs and essays, play drums and guitar, ride my bike around town, swim laps, and play with my seven-year-old daughter.

Alexa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Brown University - Bachelors, Women's Studies/Literature

Graduate Degree: Mills College - Masters, English/Creative Writing

Hobbies

songwriting, drums, guitar, biking, swimming

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Conversational Spanish

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

Languages

Literature

Public Speaking

Reading

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that every person learns differently and that it is always possible to find a style that works well for an individual learner. I start from the knowledge that a student already has, and I build outward from there.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I begin by listening as a student tells me what is going well, what is feeling difficult, and what their biggest concerns are. We work together to get a sense of what would be most helpful, and we find concrete first steps that are satisfying and motivating.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Independent learning happens when a student has a concrete game plan that relies on his or her strengths as a learner. I can help a student formulate a realistic plan that builds confidence.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

We are all motivated by reward. I work with students to establish a series of steps that lead to their goals, and we strategize together to come up with the kinds of rewards that will actually help along the way.