Eleven years ago, I graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a degree in English Literature. Following this experience, I worked as a writing instructor at Olive-Harvey College.
I moved on to earn a Masters degree from Boston University, where I studied print journalism. While in Boston, I wrote news articles that appeared in the following publications: the Lowell Sun, the Somerville News, the Allston-Brighton TAB and the Dig.
I left the East Coast to write and edit news content on a full-time basis for a small newspaper in Oklahoma. The publication was called the Daily Ardmoreite. While working there, I wrote news articles and feature stories. And it was my responsibility to copy-edit articles before they were published.
I returned to the Midwest to work for an organization called the National Safety Council. While working for a non-profit group, I wrote content for their monthly magazine with a circulation of nearly 100,000. And I also wrote articles for safety officials that appeared in their news blogs and newsletters.
My next professional opportunity was at Groupon, where I edited web content under a tight daily deadline and quickly fact-checked written material for clarity and accuracy.
I currently work for a different tech company, where I also review web content. And I currently have a job where I manage editorial content before it appears in print and online for a science journal that is published by the American Medical Association.
With regards to working with students, I have the ability to help them with proofreading and editing due to my background with managing, editing and writing online and print content coupled with my experience working at a community college. I am fully prepared me to help students edit material at the high school and undergraduate level. Naturally, I look forward to helping students produce well-written content in a timely fashion.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelors, English Literature
Graduate Degree: Boston University - Masters, Print Journalism
Reading, writing, swimming and running
What is your teaching philosophy?
I use multiple teaching methods to help students learn the intricacies of the English language and the proper usage of English grammar.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself and begin by asking what a student plans to gain from tutoring. I would then articulate the lesson to the needs of that student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
There are a wealth of websites, books, and grammar guides that students can review on their own. I would be happy to bring this type information to the attention of students to help them improve independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation involves teaching students in a myriad of different ways. I would use the experience that I have learned from working in different work environments to help students learn different ways.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Learning a difficult concept often involves being able to explain a concept in a different way. I would simply try to articulate the concept in a different manner.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Students struggling with reading comprehension often need help with vocabulary. Learning words and their roots will help students improve their vocabulary. A student who knows more words will be able to comprehend more of a sentence or a paragraph.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Simply asking questions and learning the needs of a student are the most helpful when working with a new person. I used this tactic when I finished undergrad and began working in the writing center.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student become engaged in a subject by reading material that the student finds interesting. My subjects involve writing and editing. There is a plethora of written texts that students find interesting.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
There are grammatical quizzes for younger students, while collegiate level and high school students will need feedback from their higher level writing. I will be able to provide that feedback.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Complimenting a student on strong writing and editing is a practice that I enjoy. This practice usually helps to inspire confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Students may be evaluated using grammatical tests, and I am able to evaluate a student by looking at their essays and other writing samples.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I use my different experiences to adapt to students: I have worked in different professional writing and editing environments. I have also worked in an academic environment, in regards to a writing workshop.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Writing and editing sessions only involve a laptop, a pen, and paper. Additionally, I bring grammar books to a tutoring session.