As a writing
tutor I allow students to express clearly what they have to say by giving specific advice on the piece itself. But just as important, by talking with students about their ideas and pushing for meaning, I aim to deepen their thinking and perhaps bring about self-knowledge. I frame criticism in a way which is helpful but not discouraging. Showing one's writing makes one vulnerable, and for that reason I respect anyone who comes to me for help.
I have four years of experience as a writing tutor. I've worked one-on-one with students on papers on various topics: politics, science
, artist statements, short stories, and historical analyses. Some students had lots of ideas and no paper, and I helped organize their thoughts into a working thesis. Others had papers which needed broad changes, i.e. they had a confusing structure, or a weak thesis. I also worked on microscopic changes such as proper citation, punctuation, and capitalization. Students ranged from freshmen to seniors in college.
In addition to my three years of tutoring experience, my training in philosophy makes me an excellent tutor. As a philosophy major, I learned how to read deliberately and systematically and uncover both assumptions and implications in a text. I think all insightful writing either engages texts on a presuppositional level, or draws out non-obvious consequences. Philosophy also required me to bring down to earth very abstract concepts by providing everyday examples. My four years of practice in making esoteric books relatable and relevant for myself means I have the skills necessary to show students what is at stake in a book, why it matters, and why they ought to care (for caring is the first step to close reading
and sharp writing.)
When I'm not tutoring, I like to run in Forest Park, pet the neighborhood cats, read, write, and experiment with fermenting foods.
24 hours notice required
Travels within 15 miles of Walla Walla, WA 99362