I am an English Literature PhD candidate who specializes in teaching students of all ages and levels the value and practice of clear and persuasive writing. If you or your students work with me, we will focus on both small-scale issues like grammar, mechanics, and sentence structure, and on larger issues like crafting a strong thesis statement, developing paragraphs, and focusing your argument throughout your paper. More importantly, we will learn how those smaller details and larger concepts are actually connected and equally essential to strong writing.
I also focus on reading comprehension skills - how to read a text closely, how to locate the author's central claim, and how to identify the significant points in any given passage. Students working with me will understand that learning how other writers articulate ideas can actually help students to refine their own writing.
On one level, these skills are essential for schoolwork and test-taking, and we will work to make sure that you or your student are completely comfortable and confident with any standardized test or school assignment that comes their way. But reading and writing skills are also critical to our everyday life outside of school. No matter where life takes us, we are going to be better off if we understand how to communicate, and we learn that skill through reading and writing. If you work with me, I will help you to develop and nurture those abilities. I have had the pleasure of working with some great students through WyzAnt and look forward to meeting new tutees who are interested in improving their skills in written communication and reading comprehension. I am also available for short-term editing assignments.
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