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Hello fellow students and academics!

I obtained a Bachelors of Art from UCLA in Comparative Literature and French, with a concentration in French Culture and Civilization in 2017. During my one year gap-year, I lived in Dijon, France where I worked in a local high school as a language assistant. One year later, I began my journey as a Masters Candidate at New York University in Publishing: Print & Digital Media. At the moment, I am pursuing a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh.

My lessons vary between lectures and discussions, to cover several concepts across literature from political backgrounds to relations between art and literature. My lessons are very structured, as I complement each session with culture, history, and arts. Most importantly however, I adjust and continue to restructure lessons in order to meet the needs of every one of my students.

I have always loved learning, and I enjoy seeing the moment on students' faces when they begin to understand a concept, be it literary themes, or historical contexts.

In terms of availability, I tailor my schedule to suit your own. No matter if you are in Turkey, China, or Brazil, we will work together to find a time that works the best for your day! Simply send me a message and we can coordinate a slot that will work best and take it from there.

I look forward to meeting and assisting you with your academic goals soon!

I have a very structured process, so each and every one of my lessons is tailored to my students' preferences and learning pace.
Lessons are well-organized, as I follow a pace and pattern that allows equal time for lecture and discussion of a variety of topics related to the subject of each lesson, including socio-political context, transformative historical events, and important figures. The lessons are easy to follow, with plenty of opportunity for questions.

At the moment, I am a PhD candidate in Comparative Liteterature, with a concentration in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies. My dissertation title is The Significance of the Insignificant of the Everyday in Elif Shafak and Orhan Pamuk's Istanul: A Study of Turkishness from an Aesthetic, Cultural, and Psychoanalytic Perspective.

During my career as an undergraduate student and a masters student, I moved to the Dijon area of France and worked as an English-language assistant for one year. At the moment, I teach undergraduate students at the University of Edinburgh in French Literature & Civilization.

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Fidan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelor in Arts, French Studies

Graduate Degree: New York University - Master of Arts, Digital Communications and Multimedia

Graduate Degree: University of Edinburgh - Doctor of Philosophy, General Literature


- Reading world literature (i.e. Elif Shafak, Orhan Pamuk, Ahmet Altan, Emile Zola, Marcel Proust, etc) - Learning new languages - Debates on politics, including Nationalism, Human Rights, and Political Islam

Tutoring Subjects


AP English Literature and Composition

AP French Language and Culture

College Application Essays

College English

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Creative Writing

Digital Media


Essay Editing


French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

High School English

High School Writing




Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



World Literature


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