Writing, both as a form of creative expression and a tool for verbalizing ideas, comes across to many students as a mystical, inborn talent held to ambiguous standards rather than a learnable skill with practical applications. While it’s true that the more intuitive elements of writing--tone, rhythm, emotional resonance--call for some degree of natural ability to be implemented at a professional level, they aren’t skills that can never be improved upon and they aren’t what teachers are looking for when determining the quality of an essay. First and foremost, writing in academia serves as the means through which a student demonstrates critical thought, and the ability to develop and defend a thesis is, fortunately, entirely teachable. My lessons emphasize the thought processes necessary for effective communication, focusing on core ideas that go beyond the specific topic or assignment in question.
As a professional writer and an experienced tutor, my academic background--I’m enrolled in a Master’s program for fiction writers at Seton Hill University, and my undergraduate degrees from the University of Miami include BAs in Creative Writing and Philosophy--has prepared me to work with a wide range of students on just about any subject that involves putting words on the page. The aspects of writing I encourage my students to prioritize, clarity and logical coherence, are essential to communication in any field, and the difficulty of verbally organizing one’s ideas can prove daunting even to students with a strong grip on the subject matter. My approach involves a large amount of questioning, of helping the student to isolate what it is that they’re trying to say, and I give attention to technical polish only after the purpose of a piece of writing has been realized conceptually. I am, of course, always willing to address any area a student feels is crucial to making the most of their session, and I make every effort to adjust my methods to each individual’s needs and interests.
I hope you find my lessons useful and informative, and I look forward to working with you!
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