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Jessalee

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If you need help with writing, English or Spanish, I'm the tutor for you! Whether you're working on a research paper, college admissions essay, or a sonnet in iambic pentameter, I know how to guide you through any stage of the writing process. I graduated in 2014 with a BA in English and a minor in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, where I worked for three years as a Writing Assistant at the Center for Writing Excellence. Nearly every day I met new college students from a variety of backgrounds and learned to adapt my strategies to meet their priorities. My conversational, nonjudgmental approach to tutoring has also proven effective with high school students.

I view tutoring as a collaboration relationship with the goal of improving the writer's habits, not just the writing itself. This means that you, as the writer, have the ultimate authority over your work. It is not my place to insert my own voice into your writing, but rather to help you voice your ideas in the most effective way. Sometimes the hardest part of a writing assignment is knowing where to start, and I can show you how to turn a brainstorm into a working outline. Once you have written a draft, my usual approach is to ask questions to get a sense of your paper as a whole. What is your main argument? How does this sentence support your thesis? How might you transition more smoothly between these two paragraphs? Once the broad strokes of content and organization are in place, we can focus on improving grammar, mechanics, formatting and so on. I won’t attack your essay with a red pen unless you ask me to. In fact, I rarely pick up a pen during a session because your paper isn’t mine to edit. Together we will identify patterns of errors, such as comma splices or sentence fragments, and discuss how to correct them.

Is your Spanish homework giving you a headache? I understand firsthand the challenges of learning a foreign language. Over ten years of studying Spanish, I spent some late nights with a textbook trying to memorize verb conjugations or understand the difference between pretérito indefinido and préterito imperfecto. But my favorite Spanish teachers taught me to love the language by exposing us to Spanish-language books, movies and songs. In 2013 I studied in San Isidro, Costa Rica, where I took courses taught in Spanish and lived with a host family. At the end of six weeks I couldn’t believe how much I’d learned from those challenging conversations. When it comes to tutoring Spanish, I like to incorporate reading, writing, speaking and listening when possible. For a year I was the designated tutor for an Advanced Spanish Composition course at UWEC. I’m very familiar with Spanish grammar, spelling, and pronunciation, and I have a variety of strategies to explain language concepts. Whether you’re struggling with accent marks or need feedback on a Spanish essay, I’m happy to help!

Jessalee’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire - Bachelors, English/Creative Writing

Test Scores

ACT English: 35

ACT Reading: 30

Hobbies

singing, cats, literature, magical realism

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Writing

ACT English

ACT Reading

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Conversational Spanish

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Writing

Languages

Literature

SAT Subject Test in Spanish

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe tutoring is most effective when there is mutual respect and communication. I like to ask a lot of questions and get to know my students' unique strengths and priorities in order to best serve their needs.

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

During a typical first session we will get to know each other and talk about your goals and priorities. If you're working on a writing assignment, I'll ask some questions about your ideas and where you'd like to improve. In general I find it most effective to focus on content and organization before moving on to sentence-level errors.