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Dear Parents and Students,
I’m Amanda G, a 23 year old female with a passion for writing, reading, literature, public speaking, theatre, and the arts. As a creative non-fiction writer and actress, I understand the importance of quality criticism on my essays and performance pieces. Feedback on the aspects I succeed in is just as important as feedback in areas where improvement is required. As a tutor, I enjoy helping students realize their academic goals through individualized sessions concentrating on the student’s session objectives, focusing on sharpening skills that require improvement, and continually enhancing their current strengths.
Prior to becoming a Peer Consultant at the Babson College Writing Center, I had to successfully complete a semester long writing-intensive course focused on both improving my personal writing, and methods to help others hone their writing technique. During my two years as a Peer Consultant, I worked with dozens of native and non-native speakers at the graduate and undergraduate level regarding higher order concerns like idea generation, thesis statements, structure, flow, and idea repetition. Students were encouraged to take ownership of their work by reading their text aloud and hand writing edits on their essays. We used each session to have conversations to set goals for the paper and session. At the Writing Center, I gained many repeat clients, working with them to improve their individual essays and writing skills as a whole. Paper topics ranged from economics and quantitative methods to creative writing pieces and theatre play analysis. These varied experiences increased my flexibility as a tutor, and helped to foster an atmosphere of mutual learning during each session.
Throughout college, I worked hard to integrate theatre and the arts into all aspects of my education. In my senior year, I was able to pilot a new program called Senior Lead Seminars, where I taught a non-credit bearing course based on my passions. My course, entitled Basic Theatre Concepts Applied to Business, allowed me to create curriculum that drew on my technical skills from theater, like blocking, pacing, and inflection, in order to help improve students’ personal and group business presentation skills. My class of twelve students, encompassing all class years, gained technical skills that they could immediately put into practice. In fact, one professor at Babson noted a great improvement in our mutual student’s presentation skills, based on what he had learned from my course.
For nine years, I have worked at a summer Girl Scout camp, called Jump In. Jump In is a leadership program for teens, where teen girls, Teen Coaches, teach younger girls how to do eight types of jump rope, line dances, and icebreaker games for a week over the summer. From my experience as a Teen Coach, I gained valuable experience working with elementary age children, learning how to best communicate with children, and work with them to achieve their goals.
I look forward to working with you and your students. Please let me know if you have any questions about myself, my background, or my tutoring style.
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