I, like many students, have struggled at times with reading and writing. It was not until a high school English teacher pushed me to read critically and write thoughtfully that I learned to love words--and the power of language. In college, while other freshmen were unprepared to write academic papers, I excelled--not because my ideas were necessarily "smarter," but because they were written out with clarity.
At this point I understood how important it is to have a working knowledge of language. By my sophomore year I was tutoring freshmen in introductory writing classes. Working with these students, I learned that good writing requires solid thinking. If you cannot speak conversationally about a topic and forward an argument verbally, then writing about such a topic or argument will be quite difficult. This is the essence of my tutoring philosophy: learning how to think clearly and then translating that into the required, academic format.
I have experience working with students from the kindergarten level through college freshmen. My writing has received numerous awards from Rutgers University and the New Jersey Historical Commission. I have been trained to teach writing by the Plangere Writing Center at Rutgers University. I recently graduated Rutgers magna cum laude and with highest honors for my major, History. I look forward to sharing my experience with those who want to be successful in reading, writing and history at a higher level.
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