California State University, Chico (English)
California State University, Chico (Master's)
After being out of school for 15 years, I went back, completed my Bachelor's degree, and earned a Master's Degree in Composition Studies at California State University, Chico.
I think that the main reason I returned was my love of writing. As a graduate student and then as a graduate, I taught first year composition classes at the university. In addition, I was hired by the School of Social Work to design and teach writing classes ((both graduate and undergraduate) that helped students better understand and accomplish the writing required of them in their other Social Work classes. My students ranged in ages from early twenties to the late fifties, and included English as a Second Language learners as well as native English speaking students. The classes focused on writing as a process involving research, organization skills, as well as drafting, revising and proofreading/editing.
My work was to help students gain skills in any of these areas they or their teachers felt they needed help. The key to the success of these classes was in developing relationships with my students, in learning to see their struggles from their perspective. I adapted both my class planning and my individual work to try to meet them where they were. In addition to the thrill of watching many of those I worked with become much more successful students and graduate, these years also gave me a deep understanding of APA writing style guidelines. When I retired from teaching, I left the department with a 100+ page Editing Guide focused on the most common pattern errors I had experienced in my work there.
In tutoring, I try to work as closely as I can with students, to understand the problems you are facing from their perspective. Generally I like to begin by asking about previous academic writing experiences and what areas you feel you will need the most help in. Each student has a different approach to writing, based largely on previous writing 'education'. Using your descriptions and my own observations of your writing, I try to help you become more confident in both locating and correcting any areas where you or your teachers are experiencing difficulties. In my teaching as well as in my tutoring, I dedicate myself to returning any student writing that is sent to me within 24-48 hours of my receiving it. This insures that our work remains fresh in our minds. After being out of school for 15 years, I went back, completed my Bachelor's degree, and earned a Master's Degree in Composition Studies at California State University, Chico.
I think that the main reason I returned was my love of writing. As a graduate student and then as a graduate, I taught first year composition classes at the
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In addition to teaching writing courses at the University, I have volunteered in local elementary school classrooms helping students learn that writing can (and should) be fun. I have worked with creative writers as well as expository and technical writers. I have always been interested in the ways language conveys meaning, and the ways written language is adapted to reach a variety of audiences.
I have spent more than ten years proofreading student papers, from first year students to Master's level. In addition to reviewing papers, I focus on what are called pattern errors. These are particular errors that repeat themselves throughout a paper. I help students understand their own pattern errors and develop strategies to recognize and correct them.
I have taught writing courses at the University level for the past decade. These courses have included first year students as well as Master's level students. It has been my pleasure to watch many students grow in their understanding, abilities, and their confidence in their writing.