I recently graduated from Georgia State University magna cum laude with a B.A. in English and a concentration in fiction writing and a minor in philosophy, although I was only one elective short of the second B.A., so I am qualified to teach both.
I am well traveled and speak French at a high, conversational level and read Descartes and Camus in the original French in philosophy classes; I spent 6 weeks traveling by train through Europe after graduation.
I am confident that I can help with reading literature and philosophy texts (anything from Plato and Homer to mid-twentieth century English and American writers), study skills like marginal notes and studying for tests, writing term papers in both subjects as well as short fiction.
As a fiction writer I have had experience editing and proofreading other students' fiction in workshops and have written a 30 page honor's thesis so I am experienced with undergraduate and graduate work. I am also TEFL certified and qualified to teach English as a second language. I have tutored Poe and Emerson previously. My teaching philosophy is to help my students understand literature and philosophy through a proactive approach; what parts of a text to look at while writing a paper on that text, what to look at regarding specific authors or philosophers (for example in Poe the character is often insane or unreliable, or the background of Platonic dialogues based around Socrates) and how to make marginal notes. In short, I have a vast knowledge of philosophy and literature. Even with writers and poets with whom I am unfamiliar by reading the opening paragraph and the passages in question I can explain the text to my client.
I am looking forward to the opportunity of helping high school and college students get better grades and come to a more comprehensive understanding of literature and philosophy in general.
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