I went to the University of Mary Washington and earned a Bachelor's degree in English with a Creative Writing concentration. I worked for the student newspaper as a staff writer and eventually as the Entertainment Editor, managing a staff of writers and helping to edit and refine their work. I even worked for one year as a Writing Tutor for the university.
I love English for the same reason that I know a lot of people hate it: it's not exact. There are rules, but those rules have specific exceptions, and those exceptions have exceptions, and even then, those rules can still be broken in acceptable ways. A lot of the time, it just comes down to feel. There's not always one right answer, and often, how you express yourself can be more important than what you're expressing. People get caught up in rules that teachers will lay down for them--banning this word, forbidding this phrase, etc. These rules are often contradictory between teachers and confuse students to no end. I enjoy helping to sift through these because I love how inexact English is.
However, while English is my main passion, I'm still pretty skilled at math as well. Honestly, I've never really considered myself a math person, but after helping to tutor a student at the community college where I work, I realized that that's precisely why I can help: I can relate to students who hate the subject because I used to as well, and that makes it a lot easier to connect and work through problems. I try to keep things simple, grounded, and clear. We work through one thing at a time.
I hope you'll consider requesting my services. Thanks!
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