I completed my Master's degree in English and worked as a Graduate Tutor for the writing center. I wrote my Master's thesis on Rachel Carson, one of the founders of modern environmentalism, and I'm personally interested in environmental science writing and nature writing of all kinds.
In my free time I enjoy hiking, gardening (I'm getting to know the quirks of growing food in the desert), video games, listening to comedy podcasts, and working out. I also worked as a summer camp counselor and program director for six years.
I love working with all kinds of students, particularly EFL learners and new writers who want to improve on their ability to communicate and express their ideas.
I also worked on a minor in Spanish during my undergrad. When I was 17, I graduated early from high school and spent two months in Guatemala at a Spanish language school. In college, I participated in a Spanish language drama club, and I directed a play in Spanish, produced at a local theater. Last spring, I traveled to South America and spent four months in Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina, backpacking, camping, and eating lots of food.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: Indiana University - Masters, English
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1560
SAT Math: 740
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 770
GRE Quantitative: 164
GRE Verbal: 168
GRE Analytical Writing: 5
Hiking, permaculture, reading, and listening to podcasts
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Writing
College Application Essays
College Level American Literature
GRE Subject Test in Literature in English
GRE Subject Tests
High School Business
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
OAT Reading Comprehension
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
What is your teaching philosophy?
When I teach, I like to ask lots of questions. Reading and writing requires lots of discussion and thinking out loud, so getting the student to participate in the conversation is very important to me. I also like to use humor, and I joke around a lot. I think most material can be interesting and fun if it's approached with the right attitude.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, I would introduce myself and ask about the student's life, what their town is like (if we are online), what their goals in life are, and why they've asked for tutoring. I would then move on to the subject and try to get a feel for the student's background in that particular area. If possible, I would try to look at the student's previous work to ascertain their general skill level. Then, I would work with the student to make a list of short and long term goals for our sessions together.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I strongly believe that the goal of tutoring is to give students the confidence and skills to independently pursue their academic goals. I try to involve the students by having them create their own schedules and timelines. I also strive to make the material personally engaging and interesting by connecting it to their own experiences.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe that motivating a student depends upon their own investment in the subject. If they don't want to learn the material, they won't. Part of building this investment is developing a personal relationship with the student so that they want to work with you and feel open to trying new things and getting out of their comfort zone (especially when tutoring writing). Positive feedback and concrete goals also help to keep a student motivated.