I've been passionate about the English language for my entire life. The seeds were planted, with the help of Thomas the Tank Engine, while I sat in my mom's lap. My dad's languorous voice reciting his poetry provided constant nutrition while my parents' help in editing my essays was the trellis. I came into my own throughout college, blooming from the start until the final period on my honors thesis.
My capacity for reading and writing make me an excellent tutor for all things English. I've won essay contests and published the previously alluded to honors thesis. I graduated with distinction in my major and a GPA above 3.8 from a rigorous school: Whitman College. I took courses in tutoring writing and have taught numerous students in the past. I am an exceptional editor; talented at complimenting and fostering strengths while maintaining a sharp eye for mistakes and opportunities for improvement. I can help take a poor piece of writing and make it good. But where I truly excel is in my ability to take decent writing and make it powerful. I know how to wield syntax and descriptive language such that a piece becomes succinct and clear. This enables the author to get their point across exactly as they intend, and to do it succinctly enough to hold the reader's undivided attention. This sort of writing does the work for the reader, bringing them exactly where the author wants them to go. The reader would likely not be able to put their finger on it, but it is this level of behind the scenes writing mechanics that makes a piece truly great.
This knowledge was hard earned. In the arduous process of learning I discovered and was taught many techniques that helped me along the way, and that I am now able to pass along to students of my own. And writing ability cannot be attained without the accompaniment of reading. My writing first developed out of my strength at reading comprehension and ability to critically pick apart a text. This too is a skill I know how to foster in students. And for the cherry on top, in the reading and writing sections of both the SAT and ACT I received a perfect score.
I am experienced and talented at meeting students where they are at, and communicating with them in the way they need in order to develop into skilled users of language. My assistance as your tutor will be invaluable.
Undergraduate Degree: Whitman College - Bachelor in Arts, United States Government and Politics
I am passionate about fly fishing and my friends and family. I also spend a lot of time involved in activism, charity, and mutual aid where I live in Portland.
High School English
High School Writing
Introduction to Poetry