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Hi! I am a Brown alumna 2012 with a degree in US history, settled in NYC by way of Los Angeles. As an all-around humanities nerd I've gotten extensive 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 from a variety of backgrounds, and have worked in all kinds of settings from informal discussion groups to formal academic programming. I believe very strongly that developing confidence in one's ideas is crucial to academic success, and I want to work with students to help them think critically and communicate their ideas clearly.
I know research in particular can be very intimidating to students, and I'm happy to help demystify the process. I've worked in libraries and special collections archives for three years and 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 great sense of humor about primary research - which often seems dry or daunting to students - and I want to help students find both curiosity and amusement in the detective work of historical writing. Aside from writing assistance, I feel excited and confident to help students with reading assignments of all kinds. Finally, having been terrified of the SAT myself, I would love to be of any assistance I can in tutoring students for the SAT, SAT II, or ACT. I can totally relate to the pressure of standardized test-taking in high school, and very much hope to help students feel more confident and in-command when they go in to take the exam.
Outside of tutoring I am a full-time student pursuing a post-baccelaureate certificate in painting. 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. Beyond that, I work with students to figure out the study strategies and work habits that suit them most and help them excel. In my own experience, a solid, individualized work plan is almost as important to academic success as a grasp of the material itself.
I specialize in art history research papers, as well as the AP exam. I have completed coursework in art history and studio art, and have five years of professional experience in museums and galleries.
Time management and focus are crucial tools to academic success, but they are not innate qualities -- they are skills that require hard work to develop, and yet they are not taught in school. However confident a student may feel in his or her knowledge of a subject, it can be just as discouraging to falter on an assignment because of disorganization or time management issues. By working closely with students to develop simple, personalized, step-by-step study habits, I help each tutee find a work process that is manageable and realistic, while also achieving results and improving personal confidence.
I specialize in teaching academic writing. I help students approach papers on a structural level: as we plan an outline together, they learn tools to build future essays in an approachable step-by-step format. We then work together on the paper's content, focusing on thesis, language, and supporting evidence. Finally, we proofread the paper together.
I also provide assistance, when applicable, on preparing research papers and writing bibliographies.
Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00
Cancellation: 4 hours notice required
Rebecca will travel within 5 miles of New York, NY 10023.
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