Hi! My name is Erin, and there's nothing I love more than reading, writing, research, (c)ritical analysis, and alliteration.
HOW I TEACH
I believe the most important--and hardest--thing about learning is finding something to intrigue you in everything you study. If you're frustrated about a subject, whether it's math or French or poetry, odds are your frustration is tied to disinterest or boredom. As a tutor, my goal is to help you look at material in a new way and find something that makes you curious instead of cranky. Once something catches your eye, it becomes that much easier to think about it, take it apart, and figure out what's puzzling you.
WHAT I TEACH
I'm interested in reading and analyzing literature, specializing in poetry and plays (including Shakespeare and Greek tragedies). I'm particularly interested in theatre, and have worn many hats, from actor to director to dramaturg (the reading/researching theatre person); this interest has given me experience such as research and public speaking, which I can apply and teach others to apply to many other fields. I'm also a little bit of a grammar nut; I love helping people figure out all the ways you can bend an English sentence, and helping them learn when to use a semi-colon and why.
I'm a recent graduate Bryn Mawr College, where I was one of ten students to graduate summa cum laude. I majored in English, with a double minor in theatre and classical studies; my undergraduate thesis, which explored the thematic and historical parallels between Euripides' tragedy "The Trojan Women" and Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," was one of two in the graduating class to receive the M. Carey Thomas Essay Prize. When I took the SAT, I scored 800 in reading and 730 in writing on the first try. Currently, I work at a theatre in Philadelphia. When I'm not working, I'm reading a book, or chatting with friends about a play they've read or written.
I've been told I'm fun, funny, and approachable; I've also been told I have a knack for breaking problems down and explaining them in such a way that others can work through them too. Bottom line: I love what I've learned, and I want to inspire others to love what they're learning.
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