English composition isn't an easy task for everyone. But I believe it is possible to lighten the load in regards to the difficulty of structuring papers in a persuasive manner. To many college students, the writing of essays is a very small part of their academic career. It's understandable why they might be out of practice with the persuasive writing process. It is always helpful to have a second set of eyes to assess the quality of a paper, specifically because the writer is bound to be biased towards the argument they are making. I believe that 4 years of experience in the composition of essays and my success in the English program of the University of Arizona have made me a valuable tool for anyone hoping to improve the quality of their writing.
English and literature have been an important part of my life since elementary school. I grew up in East Hampton, New York with an overactive imagination that required constant stimulation. To pass the time (whenever my parents believed my video game addiction to be getting out of hand), I would create magical fantasy worlds full of sorcerers, dragons and chosen heroes. My love of the creation of something magical out of nothing led me to the world of theater. My sophomore year of high school, with several plays already under my belt, I discovered an appreciation for a writer that changed my life: William Shakespeare. After reading Hamlet for the first time, my English classes suddenly became more interesting, the stories that we read more meaningful. English was the only class I actively looked forward to. I was always excited to see how my reading of the text would match up with my teacher's opinion. This new enthusiasm helped me realize that I wanted to pursue English as a career.
I enrolled in the University of Arizona on full academic scholarship in Fall 2013. I am currently majoring in English with a concentration in Shakespeare and British Literature, and minoring in Africana Studies. I am currently a second semester Junior in the Honors program, and I just closed out my hectic 18-unit Fall semester with a 4.0 GPA. This semester, I am only taking 15 units (and 2 of my 5 classes are online), so my schedule is very flexible. My tutoring abilities are not only limited to English. My experience in college essay composition extends to pretty much all General Education classes. My goals in working for this company are not just to provide an outside perspective in the arguments made in student's papers, but to help develop critical writing skills that have allowed me to succeed on a grading scale that is heavily weighted by the composition of essays. I actually have fun constructing (pretty much) any argument, so you can be assured that I will put forth a strong dedication in helping you improve your grades!
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arizona - Current Undergrad, English
ACT English: 31
ACT Reading: 31
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1340
Reading, Wiring, Writing/Performing Music, Reading, Shakespeare, Video Games, Spoken Word Poetry/Rap Music, Video Games
What is your teaching philosophy?
In teaching a student, it is important to understand that each person has a unique cognitive process. I may learn things one way, but my students may find that method inaccessible. The most crucial thing for me is to identify intersections in the learning processes of both teacher and student. If a teacher cannot speak to the student in a language they can understand, nothing is accomplished.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Depending on the circumstance, I might ask the student to send me a writing sample before first session. This (plus any work a student may have done on the paper they are in the process of writing) will help me get a better scope of the student's writing abilities and tendencies. I would then list the general writing techniques I have identified and have the student separate them into what they believe to be the pros and cons of their writing. This will aid the process of strengthening their writing in the subsequent sessions. After we have identified the aspects of their writing that are positive and those that are limiting their writing, we would begin to apply the changes to the paper itself.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
It is important not to rush into fixing the problem without assessing the skill level that the student already has. If you assume the student to be at a lower or higher level in their comprehension than they actually are, the tutoring techniques utilized will be less effective and could possibly turn the student off of the subject entirely. It is important to find a level that works, and practice until the student is ready to move on.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
As simple as it sounds, something as small as underlining and notating does wonders in improving reading comprehension. It is easy to get lost in a wall of text and lose track of the argument being made or the story being told. But if the student has simple, paraphrased notes that outline the progression of the text, it is easier to look back and consider the content as a whole.