My name is Jeffrey S. I recently graduated in University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) earlier this year in June 2013, majoring in both History and Sociology. Before attending UCSC, I graduated high school in Oceana High School in Pacifica. During my four years as a university student, I focused on refining my skills as a writer and a literary scholar. At first, I told myself I can hone these skills independently. However, I disproved myself rather quickly in my first two years as a university student. For the longest time, I refused to ask for help from my professors in college as I felt inadequate doing so. Therefore, this academic journey was as emotional as it was intellectually challenging. English was a second-language for me, becoming my primary in my high school younger years. So I understand reading, writing, and practicing the English language is an immense challenge, especially when the grammar is the complete opposite for other languages.
As a tutor, I want to help those who seek my help as much as possible, especially since I was always told that I would never succeed as a university student by several of my peers. By now, you can tell I experienced a lot of anxiety as an undergraduate writer. The "too-long, didn't read" version (or TL;DR for internet acronyms my peers were previously obsessed with saying), is that writing develops slowly and beautifully and more so through peer mediation.
My tutoring methods for writing involve a more ebb-and-flow style. I encourage those I tutor to identify their strengths and weaknesses by showing examples of their writing or ask for -short-responses to questions related to their current school-work, as that would be good review to what they are already assigned. Most of the time if not always, I will request those I tutor to provide me with the reading material they used to write their papers (if possible) to maximize my ability to aid them. I then go over essays/papers with them and consult as many details within that writing piece. Writing is one of my various passions and it is the hardest skill to develop as an academic because it is the most multi-dimensional.
I also tutor in history and sociology as they were my majors at UCSC. For these subjects, these are more free-form depending on the person's needs. Therefore, my tutoring methods for these two are harder to convey as opposed to writing. Of course, this may change when I find more ways to provide one-on-one assistance.
In order to guarantee those I tutor are utmost satisfied with the quality of assistance I provide, I always give the first tutoring session free of charge as an introductory phase for people to gauge whether they would like to continue working with me.
Thank you for you time,
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