I have twenty years of mentoring students, both as instructor of record and as a writing and research tutor.
My teaching and mentoring experience has given me broad knowledge of subject matter and available resources and I believe this will make me an asset to Varsity Tutors. My PhD is in Media Studies, which uses disciplines from the humanities and social sciences. My multidisciplinary experience teaching and consulting has given me the ability to help students in a variety of subjects, whether as instructor of record at St. Edward's University, or mentor at UT's Intercollegiate Athletics Pride Academic Center and UT's Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC). In all of these positions, I helped students craft writing assignments from a broad range of majors, which gave me insight into a variety of subject matter and shaped my mentoring skills.
In addition to this multidisciplinary experience, my time St. Edward's and UT Austin honed my tutoring skills. I have excellent and patient communication skills and have the ability to deliver honest and constructive written and oral feedback in a calm and compassionate way. I deepened my understanding and application of rhetoric, local issues (grammar, spelling, punctuation) and global issues (argumentation, organization). At all of these writing centers, I improved at assessment through filing reports after every session, and collated and created handouts or edited older ones. Over the years I have developed my ability to mentor ELL students since many, especially at St. Edward's and the UWC, were international students and this has furthered my ability to work in an ELL context. The pedagogical roles I have filled have convinced me of the effectiveness of individual consultations in developing students' writing abilities because they offer both in-depth analysis of form and content and active learning.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Loyola Marymount University - Bachelor in Arts, Mass Communications
Graduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Doctor of Philosophy, Mass Communications
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College Level American History
College Political Science
High School English
High School Writing
IB Social and Cultural Anthropology
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