I am a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I'm living in Philadelphia while I work on my dissertation. I have three years of tutoring experience at the college level, having worked with student-athletes at UNC. As a graduate student, I have also independently taught college level courses in the Department of Communication Studies. In addition, I spent two years as a coach and as a referee for youth basketball leagues in Raleigh, NC. In the summer of 2009, I worked as a counselor at Camp Laurel in Maine, teaching kids and teenagers how to build model rockets.
None of the above attests to my expertise in a particular content area; however, I enjoy working with people in all kinds of "tutorial settings," as it were. I love working with people in general. I love hearing their stories, and trading some stories of my own. A big reason I became an English major as an undergraduate--and why I continue to study communication as a graduate student--is that I am curious about the kinds of stories we tell ourselves and each other, how we tell these stories, and why we tell them. These stories shape who we are and the world in which we live. This is why I really enjoy tutoring in subject areas deemed the "liberal arts" (and the "humanities"): literature and language arts, history, and even math.
I don't know that I have a particular tutoring "style," but I tend to want to create an informal and relaxed--but always professional--atmosphere. I do not transmit information to people I work with; instead, I like to get a sense of who you are, what you like, what you relate to, what moves you, and I like to open up a bit about myself, so you have a sense of who I am. Based on this dialogical relationship, I try to mold how we talk about the subject matter and the content at hand so that it applies to you, and so that it makes sense to you. For me, learning is not simply about memorization and repetition (although this is sometimes necessary), it is about making connections that matter.
Please feel free to contact me about any of the following subjects. This list is not exhaustive, in part because the lines that divide these subjects are fluid, and changing, and bleed together. Sometimes, when discussing the mechanics of grammar, we might need to talk about history. Sometimes, when discussing history, we might need to talk about semantics and syntax.
-English literature and language arts
-English as a Second Language (ESL)
-History, specifically American
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