I love helping others learn. I've been fortunate enough to develop strong skills in writing, English as a second language, and Spanish, and I would welcome the opportunity to assist students as they seek to develop these talents.
There are few things more rewarding than helping others learn. I first experienced the joy of teaching while working as a writing tutor at the Colgate University Writing Center. We all know what it's like to get writer's block or to need a hand getting our words down on paper. As a writing tutor, I would meet with undergraduate students in personalized tutoring sessions, and together we would tackle any writing challenges the student was facing, ranging from idea development to grammar and editing. On any given day I might assist students with organizing ideas for a molecular biology paper, developing a thesis about the role of women in Homer's Odyssey, or brainstorming about Freudian psychology. The intellectual challenge was great, and my students often taught me just as much as I was teaching them.
My love of teaching and tutoring inspired me to become a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Bucaramanga, Colombia. As an English Teaching Assistant, I taught high school and university students the intricacies of the English language. I also spent significant time tutoring Colombian students and professionals in English so they could pursue opportunities in the United States. Additionally, I immersed myself in Colombia culture in order to build upon the Spanish degree I received from Colgate University in 2010.
To me, the most important thing about writing and language tutoring is helping the student develop creative confidence. Tutoring sessions must go beyond mere repetitive study of grammar; students should be given the opportunity to use the language in a more natural and organic context. We learn the language once we actually try to communicate. That is why I tend to incorporate speaking, games, and critical thinking activities into my lessons, on top of the necessary grammar study.
My past teaching and tutoring experiences have taught me that there must be excellent working relationships between students and tutors. I enjoy establishing good rapport with students so that we may collectively work towards achieving their learning goals. It is a great joy of mine to work with people in this capacity, regardless of experience level, age, or gender. Simply put, I love to learn and to help others learn.
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