I'm an English and creative writing major at Kenyon college, passionate about all things teaching and tutoring. During my formative years, I had excellent teachers and mentors. They were patient, kind, and knowledgeableand even when things got hard, they believed in my ability to learn and succeed. My tutoring philosophy is very much informed by these early experiences.
First and foremost, I believe that everyone has the ability to write well. Writing an essay or understanding a Shakespeare play might seem daunting (or impossible) right now, but it is absolutely possible to feel calm and capable when you approach an assignment for your English class. I have a toolbox of strategies to help middle school, high school, and college writers. Together, we'll find what works best for you, and I'll never stop believing in you as we navigate the writing process.
I also believe in the power of ideas and conversation. Talking your ideas through with someone can be a wonderful first step in any writing assignment. I love to be a sounding board and to help you clarify the main points of your argument. If you have no idea where to start, we can start at square one. Think of our tutoring sessions like productive and supportive conversations. No matter where you are in the writing process, I will be there to help you.
I primarily work with students in their English and literature classes. We can work on skills like reading comprehension, analytical writing, and critical thinking. Middle school students, high schoolers, and college students are the age groups that I typically work with, and I particularly love to support these students with the essay writing process, whether it's a literary analysis or a research paper. I also love to write creatively and students and I always have fun when we're tackling poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing.
I have had extensive experience tutoring students of all ages. I am a Writing Center Consultant and Student Manager at my college's Writing Center. There, I work one-on-one with college students who are writing across the disciplines. In this role, I participated in a comprehensive training program where I studied both the theory and practice of composition. I have also served as a mentor, helping students with skills like time management, procrastination, and perfectionism. We don't write in a vacuum and I am experienced in working with the issues that intertwine with essay writing, as well.
I was a Grader for the Graide Network, where I provided prioritized, student-focused feedback for student assignments in grades four through twelve. I received training in rubric calibration and in scoring for AP English and History exams. Additionally, I've taught creative writing workshops to local teenagers at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and worked one-on-one with students in creative writing clinics.
Additionally, I am a 200 Hour Trained and Certified Yoga Teacher from the Kripalu School of Yoga and Health. I've taught over one hundred hours of private and group lessons in a variety of yoga styles including gentle, restorative, and vinyasa.
Undergraduate Degree: Kenyon College - Bachelor in Arts, English
Reading, writing, doing yoga, making jewelry, listening to podcasts, watching sitcoms, and spending time with family and friends
6th Grade AP Language Composition
CLEP American Literature
College Application Essays
College Level American Literature
Elementary School English
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
Late Elementary Reading Comprehension
Middle School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization