Hello! I am a bibliophile, an interdisciplinarian, an autodidact, an explorer. My interests have always ranged wide, and I am always looking for something new to learn. This persistent interdisciplinary dabbling, coupled with my liberal arts background and practical life experiences, allows me to grasp different ideas quickly, and my linguistic strengths and teaching experience allow me to break down difficult concepts efficiently. My tutoring strengths are in writing
(both creative and academic), editing
, and the verbal reasoning/reading comprehension sections of the ACT
How I'm qualified, and a few thoughts on the learning process:
I hold a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in applied linguistics. I have several years of experience tutoring university students in academic writing across disciplines. In the past six years, I have instructed elementary and middle school students in conversational English, multi-genre writing, and English through academic content – subjects including science
, social studies
, critical thinking, and language arts
– and I have taught professional and conversational English at the university level.
I love learning, and I love collaboration in learning. In broad strokes, I am a constructivist with strong social leanings, meaning I see learning as a process that takes place within the mind of the individual, but the social environment is crucial to this process. Put another way, only the learner can learn, but what is learned and how learning happens depends to a large degree on the people and environment surrounding the learner. As a result, I attempt to make tutoring sessions learner-centric spaces of collaboration with a focus on interaction and negotiation. The tutor’s role is as facilitator and guide, rather than dispenser of information. My goal is to empower learners to see their roles as active, to assist autonomous learners who realize that they are in control of their own growth. I have experience and am comfortable working with students of all ages.
Sundry personal bric-a-brac:
I grew up in rural Ohio, where I completed the first leg of my schooling. I have spent the last six years living and teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. During that time, I completed a master’s degree, and I traveled extensively. I’ve spent time in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, England, France, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, dabbling in foreign languages, attempting to teach myself to code, ingesting all types of fiction, and reading non-fiction on topics like language acquisition, cognitive science, philosophy
of mind and language, and cognitive psychology