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My name is Katie G., and I recently graduated in June 2012 from the University of Washington with my Master's of Arts in Cultural Studies. During my two years in graduate school, I worked as a digital media and writing tutor. I have experience in assisting students with all stages of the writing process -- brainstorming, creating reverse outlines, conducting research with primary and secondary sources, making a thesis statement, and generating citations in MLA, Chicago Style, APA, or any other academic format. I also have experience in tutoring students with script writing, storyboarding, web design, and video editing. I'm skilled in Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Dreamweaver, Audacity, and Photoshop CS4 as well as Google Sites’ E-Portfolios, Catalyst, and Blackboard.
I was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant while at UW, so I have experience in leading seminars, workshops, and assessing undergraduate students’ papers. I am a professional writer and researcher with interests in studying popular culture, print and digital media, film-making, and global social trends.
As a TA and tutor, I facilitated learning by encouraging students to keep writing and revising (even when it gets rough), to develop their ideas further, and by showing them resources. Knowing where to find accessible resources (for grammar, writing, citations, etc.) is important for teaching, because one does not always know the answer immediately.
I think that students learn best when they are able to incorporate their own interests into the assignments of the class – as a result, they become more engaged in the course material. The more enthused they are about their projects, the more likely they are to apply what they’re learning in the course of their everyday life practices. This is why teaching is such a meaningful investment in the future.
It is important to create activities for students that allow them to work together on a daily basis, as this not only requires them to become active participants in their learning, but it also establishes a more productive dialogue in the classroom. For instance, each class that I’ve taught generally begins with a paired off discussion or another activity that asks students to engage with the reading material, to consider things they haven’t previously thought of, to acknowledge what they find confusing or, more important, to ask what they want to personally understand. This is how “good” research questions and thesis statements are formed. Engaging the students is crucial and initial set-up of activities in class is always key.
Because of my experience in creating lesson plans, finding user-friendly resources, and working with students through all stages of the research and writing process, I think that I would be an ideal tutor for you. I can also assist you with reading, presentation, and study skills.
In college, I had to design webpages using Dreamweaver for my senior capstone and thesis project. I still have digital copies of these webpages that I created for my project. I also was required by the University of Washington (as a digital media tutor) to understand how to use a variety of editing software. Dreamweaver is a program that I feel confident in using and also proficient in teaching others how to use.
My undergraduate and graduate education consisted of studying film as a text (in addition to literature and theory). One of my scholarly publications explores Batman's code of ethics in the films "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" -- this article was published in the 2010 Proceedings of the Florida Conference of Historians. My master's thesis was focused on examining representations of the femme fatale in contemporary global cinematic movements. I analyzed films from not only Hollywood but also Latin American Cinema, Bollywood, and Nollywood.
As a scholar, I've attended several academic conferences to present and share my research with others. Most of these presentations have lasted 20 minutes, sometimes longer. I'm constantly seeking to better develop my own public speaking skills by experimenting with using a variety of technologies and/or looking to others (i.e. TED talks and authors who participate in public debate) for inspiration and incorporating their personal methods into my work. I was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant during my time at UW, so I have experience in teaching seminars and leading class discussion with undergraduate students.
I have at least two years' experience in working as a writing and digital media tutor for undergraduate and upper-level high school English students. I can help students, particularly those who are new to college or the conventions of academic writing, become stronger, more confident writers.
Great Writing Tutor — Writing is an area I have struggled in, I felt compelled to hire a tutor to help me learn how to write better and clearly communicate my ideas. Katie helped me with everything I needed making me feel confident in my writing and much more able than before working with her. She was flexible in her schedule and was extremely helpful in all stages of the writing process. I highly recommend her as a wr ...
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