Im Leah! I graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors degree in English Writing and a certificate in a cross-cultural applied anthropology program. As a college student, I deeply appreciated the professors who fostered lively discussion of literature, used questions to make me think and write more clearly, and made heady concepts accessible through well-chosen metaphors and stories.
These are practices I seek to emulate as a tutor. My English major has trained me to read and write well. I love to tell stories and introduce others to the captivating or thought-provoking books I find. My experience as a peer mentor in college trained me to use questions to help students clarify their understanding of difficult theoretical or philosophical concepts. I value helping students work out the answer for themselves. Im animated in my study tactics, employing charades, word games and silly stories alongside careful summary and review to help concepts stick.
As a writer, I read other peoples creative work with an eye both for grammar and story. I look for the driving questions of a piece, highlight the areas of greatest curiosity, and call attention to what is already working well. On the academic side, I help undergrad and grad students edit their papers for grammatical clarity, intellectual focus, and style.
Ive worked with children from 3rd-10th grade in a camp setting, and have tutored high school students, college peers and English Language Learners. Ive also spent more than eight years of my life outside the States and am very comfortable in cross-cultural settings.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wheaton College (Illinois) - Bachelor in Arts, English
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College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension