As a poet, I'd worked in a variety of art-related fields before attending graduate school. I try to incorporate that sort of creative work and thinking into my lessons with students. Recently, I've worked as an academic coach, a writing center coordinator, and as a lecturer in Academic Writing and Creative Writing at a top public university. When I meet with students I try to assess their strengths and weaknesses on a macro and micro level. What this means is that I try to help teach methods of organization, balanced against formal techniques like grammar, diction, and syntax. I find that my techniques help students to approach their writing and reading from a vastly different (and more engaging) perspective than they've likely been asked (particularly prior to college). My students develop confidence in their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, which often affects their academic and social skills beyond merely writing. These are skills I teach in all types of tutoring whether for social studies/politics & government, test preparation, or English. I also love to tutor/instruct students on the creative arts--fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.
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