**Please note: since making this account, I've moved to the West Coast and am no longer able to meet in person. However, I've kept my account as students have continued to contact me to work remotely on writing
and research assignments. This has been a great way of working and allows nice scheduling flexibility for both my students and myself.***
Hi! I am a Brown alumna 2012 with a degree in US history
. As an all-around humanities nerd I have great writing experience across a broad swath of subjects, with departmental prizes in literary criticism and critical theory, as well as strong background in primary-source research. I've worked as a tutor, mentor, and peer educator in the past with students ranging in ages and backgrounds, and have worked in all kinds of settings from informal discussion groups to formal academic programming
In general, my students tend to be middle and high schoolers, though I've also worked with elementary school and college students. I also have experience working with dyslexic students and have learned great tactics to break down sources of frustration with them.
I'm at my best when I'm teaching writing. Being a naturally gifted writer is great, but it's not actually really related to successful academic writing, where being clear and specific is more important than anything else. I work with my students to develop a toolbox of essay
-writing skills: crafting clear outlines, structuring convincing arguments, and fine-tuning language
to be specific and direct.
I also have great research experience and love helping students work through research papers, which I know can be especially daunting. Beyond my academic background, I have four years of experience working in libraries, special collections, and museum archives; I also chaired a series of educational workshops on historical research methods for Brown and RISD students at the John Carter Brown Library. I try to have a sense of humor about primary research - which often seems dry or daunting to students - and I want to help find both curiosity and amusement in the detective work of historical writing.
Beyond writing assistance, I love helping students find study habits and organizational skills
that work for them. Those components are two of the biggest factors in school success, and I've seen a similar pattern with many students who haven't honed those skills: they don't get their work done or don't focus on the most important material, their grades come out mediocre because the work is scattershot, and in turn their confidence suffers -- they think they're getting bad grades because they're not smart, when in fact the issue is that they're just not managing their assignments well. I am happy to talk through students' assignments with them and strategize incredibly simple plans of attack for getting stuff done, whether it's just breaking down one assignment into manageable parts, or creating schedules for the week that help determine what's urgent to complete and what can be saved for after that. I like my students to set personal, self-determined goals; where I come in is just to offer them new structures by which they can achieve those goals.
Outside of tutoring I am a full-time painting
student. Integrating different fields of study has been essential to my own learning process, and I try to help students connect the subject at hand to other fields that interest them. In my own experience, a solid, individualized work plan is almost as important to academic success as a grasp of the material itself. I want to help students find ways that they can engage with their work and be excited about learning.