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I have been tutoring a friend, for whom English is a second language, for the past two years, and she has had great success, passing English courses she had taken multiple times prior to working with me. I am also a published and prize-winning writer, an honor student, who earned the highest possible score on the Advanced Placement English exam coming out of high school. I would like to pass what I'm best at - reading comprehension and writing, on to others. Please reach out!

Aslum’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: Syracuse University - Masters, Media Management


I am a film geek, and a published and prize winning writer. I also grew up collecting comic books, actually writing one back in the '90s while I was in college. Television / radio / film are what I love most.

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

American Literature

College English

College Level American Literature


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Public Speaking

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I prefer the more Socratic method where I ask students questions and make corrections as needed to make sure they understand what I've taught. Teaching by doing; in other words, not lecturing.

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

In a first session, I would chit chat with the student to get to know him/her a little better and get a sense of where they might feel weak and how I might be able to help. Then, I would work with the student and their parent, if available, to determine our mutual goals for his/her success before diving into the books!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

If the student particularly likes an aspect of his/her assignment, I like to recommend places where s/he can find similar works, experiences, or what have you.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I like to joke, encourage, and, most importantly, remind him/her of his/her goals and why s/he's taking the class. I find that these things together keep students on track.

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

Ask questions and make corrections until I figure out where s/he's weak and/or s/he gets it.

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

I have them take what they're struggling with a piece at a time and discuss what they may not be understanding.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I find that it helps to get to know them and let them get to know me.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would ask him/her questions about that subject to find an aspect s/he may like and then show how that connects to what s/he's struggling with.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I always ask my students questions about what we just went over to make sure they got it.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I praise what my students do well and point out how that puts them on a path to achieving their goals.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I like talking to students and/or parents as appropriate, to figure out where the student struggles most. During sessions, I pay close attention to places where I find myself repeating myself and note when they ask me to repeat things or they seem confused. Every student is different, and I learn by doing, adjusting, and adapting to each particular student's needs.