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Amber A.

English/Literature/Writing Tutor

Long Beach, CA (90814)

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Ballet

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.

Grammar

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

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

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.

Vocabulary

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.

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.

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