Ouachita Baptist University (English)
I discovered my love of tutoring in the Speer Writing Center at Ouachita Baptist University. There I helped undergraduate students of all majors comprehend the labyrinth of English grammar, brainstorm about paper topics and content, and structure good arguments. I was committed to the idea of making better writers--not just better papers. As an English major in college, I analyzed literature, studied poetic forms, and wrote many creative and academic pieces myself. My working knowledge of the fields of English literature, writing, and grammar comes not only from formal training at the Speer Writing Center and in college classes but from engaging with professors and other students as well. Learning does not happen in a vacuum: engaging with the surrounding academic community will promote a better learning experience. That's why I believe the tutor-student relationship is extremely important, and I'm excited about the prospect of becoming a part of YOUR academic community.
Yes, I graduated very recently with a degree in English. That does not mean that I always enjoyed the field, however. I can easily recall the frustrations I experienced as a high school student: I never wanted to write papers or do grammar homework. Reading was often left undone. Because of this, I can empathize with the unmotivated or uninterested student. But with a little exposure to good, interesting, and positive people in college, I claimed English as my course of study. These experiences have set me up quite nicely to work closely with students from middle school through college.
Other interests of mine include psychology, music, and spending time in the outdoors. I have worked as a camp counselor/wilderness guide to high school students at HoneyRock Camp in Three Lakes, WI. I actively play instruments at my church, and my ultimate career goals include either mental health counseling or working as an ESL instructor.
Please feel free to contact me to learn more about my varied background and wide range of interests. I'd love to chat in order to determine whether my tutoring services are right for your needs. I discovered my love of tutoring in the Speer Writing Center at Ouachita Baptist University. There I helped undergraduate students of all majors comprehend the labyrinth of English grammar, brainstorm about paper topics and content, and structure good arguments. I was committed to the idea of making better writers--not just better papers. As an
Really enjoyed meeting with Aaron for the first time. He is very patient and knowledgeable. Without knowing ahead of time what my son was studying Aaron was a great help in completing the first assignment. I would definitely recommend him and look forward to him helping my son.
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English has always been an interesting subject for me, but I never committed to it before I studied for a B.A. in English. This degree, in tandem with the work I did in high school not to mention my position and training as a Writing Consultant at my university's writing center, has given me a broad yet thorough understanding of the discipline--enough to tutor middle school through college. I read and write often, and analyzing rhetoric and style is now second nature. I believe that a positive tutor-student relationship is the doorway to a successful learning experience, but this is only the first step: preparedness and knowledge on the tutor's part must follow.
As a high school student, I was educated under the conviction that good language skills make good students. Therefore, grammar was stressed, and I diagrammed sentences and learned sentence patterns early on. This put me at a great advantage in college. As an English major, I studied both conventional English grammar and Chomsky's transformational grammar. As a consultant working in the Writing Center, I taught grammar to first-year college students--a part of all freshman composition courses at my university.
Literary analysis comprised a large portion of my undergraduate education. I read widely, wrote papers, engaged in conversations with professors and students, and posed theories. While by my own admission I see some holes in my literary knowledge, I have a working familiarity with many works in both prose and poetry. More importantly, I possess the skills to read and understand works from many genres--a skill which is far too rare in our world today.
Reading has many levels. From understanding single words, to understanding words as sentences, to understanding entire works, tutoring reading requires a a working knowledge that transcends these levels. I sincerely hope that my knowledge of English and my skill with understanding the needs of others will be great assets as I help students who are struggling with reading.
I have written all my life. Since the age of thirteen, I have kept a journal, and I consider this the start of my education in writing. From prose to poetry, blog posts to academic papers, in-class essays to extended projects, my hands-on experience with writing is always growing. But perhaps the greatest qualifier was my training and experience in the university Writing Center. I read essays by students of all skill levels, and I relished the challenge of starting where they were and helping them improve their writing. Writing tutors make better writers, not just better writing.