Hi, I'm Melody. I am an English and sci-fi nerd living in Philadelphia, where I got my BA in English at Drexel University. I am passionate about the importance of literature and writing and I want to pass on that enthusiasm to everyone! Give me time and I promise I can convert you to the comedic genius of Shakespeare and the shockingly modern philosophy of William Blake. I could probably talk about Kurt Vonnegut or Simone de Beauvoir for hours, and walking into a library feels like home. In addition to my background in English, I also worked as a tutor at the Drexel Writing Center for four years, helping undergraduates and grad students improve their writing skills.
In my free time, I write poetry, read lots and lots of books and comics, go on long walks through the city, hunt for clothes at thrift stores, visit the art museum on Wednesday nights, watch sci-fi and comedy TV, drink coffee, and try to pet every dog I see.
I can't wait to get to know you and help you succeed in English, writing, history, and ACT/SAT reading and writing. Words and stories are all around us, and I want to help you tap into their incredible potential.
Bonus: I have a really cute cat named Lola who you might get to meet.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Drexel University - Bachelors, English
ACT Composite: 30
ACT English: 34
ACT Math: 24
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 26
SAT Composite: 2050
SAT Math: 510
SAT Verbal: 780
SAT Writing: 760
reading, taking walks through the city, meeting new dogs, going to concerts, thrift shopping
Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In any given session, I hope to help students meet their specific goals, but I also want to help them build skills that they can use in the future. For any skill I am teaching, I aim for the student to be able to perform it independently by the end of our time together, and I try to reinforce the use of certain skills or knowledge beyond the specific assignment we are working on.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in holistic tutoring, or tutoring for the whole student. Each student is unique in their skills, challenges, and point of view. Therefore, I try to get to know students academically and personally, both before and during the process of tutoring, to learn what works best for them. A sense of trust and communication is crucial to a student-tutor relationship, so I always make sure to include the student in the process of deciding how we will work. I want to be a mentor to my students, guiding and challenging them but also letting them into the conversation.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The student and I would have a conversation about what they want to work on in our sessions, their particular and challenges, interests, or frustrations with the subject matter, and what their previous experiences with learning the material have been like. I would then take them through some exercises to evaluate their needs, and discuss goals and a plan of action.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Connecting with a student's interests and experiences is crucial to maintaining motivation, especially when it comes to the liberal arts. Writing and literature in particular have the potential to resonate personally with students. I try to tap into personal connections to the material to keep things relevant and interesting for students.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If I felt that a student was really struggling with something, I would have a conversation with them about it. I would talk to them about what particularly they find difficult about it, and then we would develop a plan for addressing it in a way that would be most effective for their needs and preferences.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I've found that simply having a conversation with students about what they've just read helps tremendously with comprehension. Often students don't have the opportunity to discuss their reading prior to being asked to write or answer questions about it. Being able to sit down, explain, and talk about the topics, narratives, and themes in a piece of writing can help students learn to ask themselves the kinds of questions that I pose. If they are truly struggling, strategies like reading aloud, underlining key phrases, and making notes while reading can also help.