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I went to Marquette University for undergraduate degree in Writing Intensive English. I love reading, and books are one of my favorite things in the world. I have taught in the past as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa teaching grades 5,6, and 7 English. I am perfectly happy to meet up, or we could tutor online. I am warm, friendly, and truly want to help people. If you are struggling with matters related to English, literature, or even GRE studying, I am more than happy to help you.

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Claire’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Marquette University - Bachelors, Writing Intensive English

Test Scores

GRE Verbal: 153


Reading books, writing my novel that I am working on, watching tv, taking long bike rides around the city, as well as classical Italian fencing

Tutoring Subjects


American Literature

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School Writing


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in taking a multidimensional approach. I try to make sure information is given in many different ways. One way could be written; one way spoken to them; also, try to make the information relevant to them.

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

I would introduce myself and get to know the student first. I would try to play a learning game with them to break the ice.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

You can help a student become an independent learner by encouraging them to think for themselves. I would try to make sure the student could find the information needed in the study materials in front of them, and then have them find the answer instead of me telling them what the answer is. If they were still struggling, then I would give them a hint.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would try to keep them motivated by having short-term goals that we are able to meet each study session, as well as long-term goals for all our sessions. I would also try to make the materials as interesting to them as possible.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would try to figure out what part of the skill or concept is challenging for them, and then try to break down the skill or concept to the point where the student understands it.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I would first try to see where their reading level is, then access what part of the reading process they struggle at. I would be patient and kind while we tried to figure this out together.

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