Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am a friendly, patient, and experienced tutor of several disciplines. After living in Austria, I graduated magna cum laude with degrees in History and German from Connecticut College, and have just completed my master's degree in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory.
As you can tell, I have a wide range of interests and abilities, which make me a versatile and creative tutor. While at Connecticut College, I worked as a writing tutor at the school's Roth Writing Center. There, I assisted students of all majors, including Anthropology, Economics, and International Relations with grammar, brainstorming, style, thesis preparation and content. I especially enjoyed working with ESL students, who hailed from Tunisia, India, China, and Turkey. As I student of foreign language myself, I appreciated the challenges presented to the ESL students as they sought to express their opinions in a language not their own. I learned a lot from these students, and continue to enjoy working with foreign-language speakers of all ages and experience.
Whether I am helping a student draft a thesis for a History paper, understand a grammatical concept, or verbalize an abstract idea, it is of chief importance to me that my tutees develop their own literary voices. When I am met with a student who seems shy or unsure of how to express their own ideas, I prefer to give them brainstorming exercises, such as "in the next 30 seconds, write down everything that comes to mind when you think of freedom, without stopping", than to supply them with my own ideas or vocabulary.
At the Writing Center, I could often tell when a student expected me to write their papers for them. Sometimes for a tutor, the hardest thing is to see a student struggle without jumping in to "help" by offering our own thoughts or personal methods. I am perfectly comfortable with sitting in silence while my student brainstorms ideas or gets focused, without overwhelming them with too much personal advice. It is important that the tutee understands from the start that I am not there to enforce my own ideas on them, but to help them discover their own work habits and style, and to appreciate the breadth of their own minds.
As both an academic and a musician, I am used to performing and public speaking, and am happy to help my students with their reading and presentation skills. As someone who has dealt with all the nerves and self-doubt that public presentations can bring, I want to help others learn practical steps towards calm, confidence, and "staying in the moment". The biggest component in successful public speaking and performance is a clear understanding and belief in what you are speaking about. Whether they are reading a short story or presenting a debate piece, I want my tutees to know the meaning of what is on the paper inside-out and backwards. Presentation is not recitation, and for anyone to enjoy public speaking, they must be able to interact with what they wrote, even under the scrutiny of others. I want my students to know that what they have to say deserves to be heard.
If you or your child is in need of a tutor, please contact me! I am happy to help, and eager to learn. Thank you!
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