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I am a graduate student of Literature at California State University, Long Beach. I suppose this is a good time to brag about my grades: 3.9 GPA, Magna Cum Laude, and member of the Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi honors societies. But before that, I was a struggling high school kid just like anyone else. The journey I went through to raise my academic performance has given me the insight and experience to teach others to do the same.
I am especially proficient in teaching elements of literature (such as close reading and rhetorical devices), as well as paper writing (grammar, syntax, flow, etc). Furthermore, I believe that reading and understanding literature benefit one in a way that transcends academia; it cultivates the ability to see situations from multiple perspectives, instills a sense of empathy, forces one to be attentive to all the details, and expands the mind and opens the eyes. The ability to draw conclusions about the literature and articulate them in writing directly correlates to the development of an effective and eloquent communicator.
I am also a classically trained ballet dancer. I grew up dancing at Ballet San Jose, then finished my training at Anaheim Ballet. I currently teach and dance with local companies such as Anaheim Ballet, Pasadena Dance Theatre, and Kenneth Walker Dance Project.
I began my training at Ballet San Jose at the age of 8 and continued to train and perform with both the school and the company until I moved to Southern California for school. After moving here, I continued my training at Anaheim Ballet under the direction of Larry and Sarma Rosenberg. I continue to perform and teach with the Anaheim Ballet, as well as other local companies such as Kenneth Walker Dance Project and Pasadena Dance Theatre.
As an English major, the use of proper grammar was absolutely vital in writing papers. It its nearly second nature to many of us. Interestingly, though many people have no problem speaking in proper sentences, some experience struggle with grammar when writing. Often, it is the attempt to sound professional or sophisticated in writing that hinders one's use of proper grammar. In order to correct this, I return to the simple fundamentals of grammar and build outward from there.
Literature can be intimidating. I think students often get too wrapped up searching for a correct answer within texts and forget that literature is not black and white. It is situational and interpretable and arguable. There are multiple perspectives from which one can approach literature. My background in literature has taught me not only to close read and pay attention to the small details and rhetorical devices, but to look at the work in context. Once the point or purpose of the work is clear, the study of literature seems much more worthwhile.
Proofreading is the story of my life! You spend hours and days putting together a paper, and once you read it over you find it dotted with awkward sentences and grammatical errors. Many of these glitches are quick fixes, but sometimes they need more attention. Proofreading is completely vital to a smooth, readable finished piece. To help with proofreading, I like to put the students in the audience or teacher's shoes, and help them take a red pen to their own work before their teacher does.
Like all the subjects I tutor, having a versatile and expansive vocabulary has been key to my coursework as an English major. I notice many students may know a lot of words, but not completely understand the connotations of these words and this leads to misuse. Understanding the connotations versus the denotations, and having awareness of Latin roots in words helps to clear up these mistakes. Also, many students tend to overuse vocabulary, complicating what should be simple. Along with vocabulary I like to encourage students to make a habit of using the dictionary and the thesaurus when writing.
As a literature major, in college, most of my grades were heavily based on my essay writing abilities. Through my college career, I have learned the art of balance in writing––to be clear and specific and yet concise; to use clean grammar; to "cut the fat" and edit out all unnecessary details; to make sure that the paper flows effortlessly. Writing is a form of communication. In the end, students need to understand that their goal should be to effectively communicate their ideas with the reader, not to hit a certain page number or to use superfluous vocabulary.
Great Tutor!! — Amber is very punctual to our first tutoring session (arrived 15 minutes early). She introduced herself to the student and found a way to develop a good working relationship with the student. She was very genuine when engaging the student throughout the session. She continuously asked the student questions to ensure the student's understanding of the material. Amber was very patient. She has the ...
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