My name is Keri, and I am an alumna of the University of Alabama's graduate program in English. I also received my B.A. in English from the University of Georgia and was a member of UGA's prestigious Honors Program. Over the last few years, I have served as a dedicated tutor and teacher at the University of Alabama. While a student in the Master's program, I served as a writing tutor for the University of Alabama's Writing Center, and I obtained a separate tutoring job at the Center for Athletic Student Services where I tutored athletes on a weekly basis and documented their progress in their composition and literature classes.
In addition to my experience as a tutor, I have also served as an instructor of composition for the university's first-year writing program; in this position, I created the syllabus, led all lectures, and assigned and evaluated all of the students' assignments. These multiple opportunities have enabled me to become a stronger educator, and I have no doubt in mind that I want to continue to help students learn how to become stronger writers and critical thinkers - and it is this dedication and passion for teaching that makes me an ideal candidate for any tutoring position that focuses on these important skills.
As a tutor and a teacher, I focus primarily on "higher order concerns," such as thesis statements, organization, and clarity of the writing. My reasoning behind this method is due to my experience in a college setting in which the content and organization of the student's writing hold more importance than grammar and style. I do, however, focus on grammar and style, but not by editing - I work with students so that they understand how grammar works, rather than just marking the paper with a red pen. I have seen this method work, as many of my own college freshman students have made marked improvement in these areas.
Above all, my dedication to student learning is what sets me apart from other educators - I will work with students until they understand every concept that will enable them to be stronger writers, readers, and critical thinkers. And I believe that one-on-one or small-group tutoring is the ideal place for that kind of learning to begin.
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