My English teachers taught me more than Shakespeare; under their guidance I learned how to form and express my own ideas, to listen carefully to the ideas of my classmates and to engage in conversation. I think that every student has the right to realize the value of her contributions, within and beyond the English classroom, and I make it my goal to illuminate her worth so she can do more with her potential.
I'm into listening. I've found that when given the opportunity, students often reveal interests and strengths that don't make it into tests and papers. During my three years spent as a college writing tutor, I learned to recognize deep reservoirs of inspiration, of individuality, and ask the open-ended questions that encouraged students to tap into these sources themselves. The goal being: develop the student, not just the paper.
Creativity resonates, and some of my most memorable moments as a student were born from an English teacher’s decision to introduce modernism with a painting, or to compare Slaughterhouse Five to Harold and Maude. Just as I have an assortment of interests (film, photography, baking, running, ballet, to name a few) so do my students; I do my best to incorporate these natural attractions into our discussions to make the lessons more effective.
Above all, tutoring is about the student. I look forward to getting to know yours and learning a thing or two, myself.
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