I used to hate reading and writing. Forcibly emptied my room of books, told everyone I'd be a mathematician when I grew up, flipped through magazines for the pictures. That was in the second grade. Since then, I've devoured hundreds of novels, written two -unpublished so far- graduated college with a degree in English Literature, and happily spent hundreds of hours with my nose wedged between pages. So why the change? Honestly, I'm not sure. Somewhere in the summer between second and third grade a switch tripped in my skull, a circuit completed and I started thinking in typeface. Over the years I've come to realize that not everyone has a similar experience. Some people go through life struggling with reading and writing, even when they don't have to. See, I believe everyone has the capacity to love words as I do, and all they need is a spark to get the fire burning. That's what I want to give you. So let's talk, and see if I can help.
Now, I probably don't fit the typical profile of someone you'd find tutoring on this site. I'm not a certified teacher, and have no real desire to become one. I'm not a professional student. I have a day job, in an office and wearing a tie, and I can honestly say I look forward to going there every day. Maybe that's the point of all this. I've always enjoyed helping students, even in the (quite recent) days when I was one myself. Fall semester of my senior year, a time when most college students are worried about jobs, the real world, and surviving the last set of difficult exams, I became a TA and spent fours hours out of each week helping freshmen re-write papers. All through college, I made thirty-minute commutes to coach high school sports, for money that barely covered the cost of my gas. Why? Because watching someone experience that moment of sparking joy I found years ago makes everything worthwhile. Because I like helping people feel better about things they've struggled with to the point of tears.
So, what would my students say about me? That I'm patient, even when they're frustrated. That I never take anything too seriously (let's face it, school ain't the end of the world)). Most of all, that I bring empathy and intelligence to my work. I've never tried anything remotely resembling this site as a way to find students, but here's hoping it works. The real world is calling, but helping people learn is important enough that I'm willing to give it a shot.
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