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Ciara K.

Philadelphia, PA

$35/hr

Ciara -- lover of learning and teaching all things English!

Background check passed as of 1/18/14
Usually responds in about 2 days

Ciara -- lover of learning and teaching all things English!

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I have always loved learning (and school, though the two don't always go hand-in-hand). I am lucky to be the youngest of four kids, so I had not only parents who read to me as I grew up, but brothers who (sometimes) did as well. Being read to by family became a love of reading, and my desire to learn grew into an appetite for breaking down and analyzing what I read to understand it even better. As I read more, and thought more about what I read, I also began to fall in love with writing. As an undergraduate, my senior thesis in the honors program in English was one of four from across the university that Brown University selected to publish.

In my opinion, the only thing better than making a discovery is sharing that sense of discovery through teaching. I have taught an undergraduate section of Jane Austen and cinematic adaptation as well as a freshman writing seminar, both at the University of Pennsylvania. But my true joy in both of those experiences was in the one-on-one interactions I had with students -- helping them figure out how best to read (or watch film) with a questioning, critical mindset, how best to formulate their questions, and how best to articulate both questions and the answers they find in writing.

My sessions are geared towards each individual student. They are challenging but never overwhelming. I want to make sure that I am providing a valuable service, and helping students make headway towards their goals. I will happily provide assessments along the way as to how students are progressing, and hope to have each student give me feedback as well. I want to learn and improve just as my students do.

I am quite flexible, and while I do need lead time in case of cancellation, I can also reschedule as best as possible.

I hope to hear from you soon, and look forward to helping you achieve your goals!

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English,
Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Soccer
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

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English

While an undergraduate, I spent my junior year studying exclusively English at Pembroke College, Oxford University. It was there that I really sank my teeth into both writing and research. Upon returning to Brown University, I wrote my senior thesis: "The Ghost Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson, blah, and blah" and received my BA magna cum laude in the Honors Program in Literatures in English. My thesis was also one of four from across the entire population of seniors (from the social and natural sciences as well as the arts) chosen by faculty to be published by the University. After I graduated, I worked for a year for a very small literary publisher -- The Dalkey Archive Press -- named for one of the novels penned by the brilliant, darkly comic novelist Flann O'Brien. I then returned to graduate school at The University of Pennsylvania. I was accepted to and was pursuing my PhD when I was struck with very severe illness, ending that path with a Master's Degree, brilliant memories, and fine experience in the field.

Soccer

I played soccer seriously from the time I could walk (having three older brothers influenced my early start) until I was eighteen. I played for numerous "travel teams", the Eastern PA state team, and the men's high school varsity team (we had no girls' soccer). In high school, I was first-team all conference. I was recruited to play in college, but decided to focus on my studies. I have since played more recreationally and am a devoted follower of FC Barcelona and La Liga.

Writing

During my junior year abroad in college I attended Oxford University, where I wrote 2 significant essays every week for three terms. Upon returning to finish my undergraduate degree at Brown in the Honors Program in English, I wrote a senior thesis that was honored by the University by being one of only four from across the undergraduate population to be published. I then attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where I continued to write, and began to teach writing. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching writing, and the experience made me a better thinker as well as teaching me a great deal.

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I agree with all that has been written in response to your question so far. I'd add one more thing, though it may or may not be helpful for YOU. Imagine, if you can, that you are NOT writing this essay to "get into college." Imagine instead that you are writing it for no reason other...

To figure this one out, Peter, you need to create an equation that embodies the question: If 33=70%, what is 100%? *** I am not going to give you the answer, so I am going to change 33 to 63. *** Now, what is 70%? 70 per cent (per cent means roughly "for a hundred" in Latin,...

Brown University
English Literature
University of Pennsylvania
Master's

Education

Brown University (English Literature)

University of Pennsylvania (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ciara will travel within 12 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19146.


About Ciara

I have always loved learning (and school, though the two don't always go hand-in-hand). I am lucky to be the youngest of four kids, so I had not only parents who read to me as I grew up, but brothers who (sometimes) did as well. Being read to by family became a love of reading, and my desire to learn grew into an appetite for breaking down and analyzing what I read to understand it even better. As I read more, and thought more about what I read, I also began to fall in love with writing. As an undergraduate, my senior thesis in the honors program in English was one of four from across the university that Brown University selected to publish.

In my opinion, the only thing better than making a discovery is sharing that sense of discovery through teaching. I have taught an undergraduate section of Jane Austen and cinematic adaptation as well as a freshman writing seminar, both at the University of Pennsylvania. But my true joy in both of those experiences was in the one-on-one interactions I had with students -- helping them figure out how best to read (or watch film) with a questioning, critical mindset, how best to formulate their questions, and how best to articulate both questions and the answers they find in writing.

My sessions are geared towards each individual student. They are challenging but never overwhelming. I want to make sure that I am providing a valuable service, and helping students make headway towards their goals. I will happily provide assessments along the way as to how students are progressing, and hope to have each student give me feedback as well. I want to learn and improve just as my students do.

I am quite flexible, and while I do need lead time in case of cancellation, I can also reschedule as best as possible.

I hope to hear from you soon, and look forward to helping you achieve your goals!

Education

Brown University
English Literature
University of Pennsylvania
Master's

Education

Brown University (English Literature)

University of Pennsylvania (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19146

Ciara’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English,
Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Soccer
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Ciara’s Resources

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I agree with all that has been written in response to your question so far. I'd add one more thing, though it may or may not be helpful for YOU. Imagine, if you can, that you are NOT writing this essay to "get into college." Imagine instead that you are writing it for no reason other...

To figure this one out, Peter, you need to create an equation that embodies the question: If 33=70%, what is 100%? *** I am not going to give you the answer, so I am going to change 33 to 63. *** Now, what is 70%? 70 per cent (per cent means roughly "for a hundred" in Latin,...


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