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My name is Brynn. I attended Southern Oregon University (graduated in 2006) where I received my Bachelors degree in English and Writing. While there, I worked as an English and Writing tutor, assisting my peers with any research, writing or grammar issues they had. I tutored native English speakers as well as non-native speakers.
I enjoy tutoring because I like helping others succeed academically and professionally. I'm passionate about language and feel strongly that without strong grammar, language and writing skills, otherwise intelligent people miss out on opportunities they would not have had their writing skills been stronger. Though I have never been a formal teacher, my experience with tutoring in college taught me that I enjoy and excel at teaching in one-on-one and small group situations. One-on-one tutoring sessions allow me to concentrate on each students' particular writing issues, which allows students to more quickly advance in the areas they were once lacking in.
My tutoring approach is simple: I meet with the student (and the student's parent if student is younger) and discuss what issues the student is having. I like to go over writing by the student with the student to see which issues he or she is struggling with. I do not edit students' papers, but use their work as a foundation to see where the student needs the most help. I like to help students learn to proof read their own work, so when I'm not there to tutor them, they still feel confident in their abilities.
I attended an art focused high school where painting was one of the main art focuses. I was taught color mixing, shades versus hues, brush techniques, color opposites, portrait painting (face proportions), shadow and light, and techniques for abstract expression. I also learned about many different art forms such as dadaism, expressionism, realism, surrealism, pointillism, modern art and renaissance art. I have never been a professional artist, but I continue to paint to this day as it is a hobby of mine. I have no experience with oils, but I have much experience with watercolor and acrylic.
Clearly, studying is a central part of succeeding in academia. However, different types of people have different studying styles that work best for them. Also, the studying style needs to be adjusted for different subjects. Clearly, the study approach for a math exam would be much different from the study approach for a novel essay test. That being said, it's easiest to study when the major ideas or concepts are broken down to their most basic parts, so they can be easily organized for simpler recall during a test. Personally, I find that creating flashcards or something similar makes recall quick and easy. Flashcards can be used for simple dates and times, or they can be used for more complicated matters such as organizing themes and characters in novels.
I also know that the use of mnemonic devices can be quite useful, whether they be logically attached to the subject matter or seemingly random. I say "random" because everyone makes different connections and what one person connects to an idea is completely different from what another person will connect to the same idea.
Writing is something I love to do, mostly non-fiction. I have briefly tried my hand at fiction writing, but find that my talents are much more suited for non-fiction writing. I love writing because you can continuously improve what you have written, and so much learning happens in the process of becoming a great writer. Writing well is a skill that anyone can learn. Yes, writing well comes to some more naturally than others, but even the best of writers have editors behind them marking up their manuscripts. When writing a long research paper or a novel, or even a poem, no one gets it perfect on the first try. Writing is a process. Learning which approach to writing fits you best is a huge part of writing successfully. Some people need to organize their thoughts in idea webs or brainstorms before writing, while others simply need to get an idea of what they want to say before they start writing. After the first draft of your written piece, the writing process really starts. Editing your work for grammar, organization, punctuation, word usage and syntax all comes after the first main draft. As your tutor, I will help you along in the writing process, from start to finish if you need, or at any stage in your writing. I love editing, but I also love to teach students how to edit their own writing so they can succeed when I am not present. Writing is wonderful because you don't have to get it right the first time; you have the opportunity to fine-tune your message so you say what you need to say in the best way possible.
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