I have spent most of my life studying the English language
and all of its applications. This studying has included earning my BA in English from the University of New Hampshire as well as attending summer sessions at the University of Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College. Currently, I am an administrator at Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. I can help you learn to read and evaluate literature
, develop response essays, compose cover letters, and many other English-based tasks. Aside from English, I am also well-versed in cooking
(having begun to learn at the age of eight), budget management, and any number of life skills needed for successful independent living.
My tutoring experience at the college level was primarily working with other English students as part of my duties as an editor
for UNH's Sandpaper Magazine. It was my job to work with an assigned author in order to shape and edit pieces of non-fiction that were being considered for publication so that it would be ready for a wider audience. I did this work for two years. Aside from that, I was also enrolled in several writing
workshop courses where I demonstrated the ability to listen to the concerns and questions of an author in order to provide specific feedback before offering my own insights. My writing skills for fiction allowed me to win the Richard M. Ford Writing Award for the 2011 school year.
Working with younger students is something I am completely ready to do. I taught CCD for two years to seventh and eighth grade students in my hometown, and I was also a summer camp counselor for third grade
students. My other experience working with youth was as a Troop Leader for my Boy Scout troop. I rose through the ranks to become a leader for the younger members of my troop, teaching them everything from how to survive in cold weather scenarios to how to better serve their communities.
On a more personal note, I was diagnosed with ADD at a very early age, so I have a complete appreciation for students who may suffer from learning disabilities. I can recall my own strategies and methods for overcoming difficulties while utilizing newer insights that I have learned as I have gotten older.
My first lesson for any student is free and can be for up to three hours on weekends or two on weeknights. This first lesson is so that the student and I can map out fully (or as much as possible) the trajectory of the tutoring process while also getting to know each other. I am available for both on-off help as well as long-term arrangements.