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Jasmine L.

Oakland, CA

$30/hour

An enthusiastic writing tutor dedicated to individual achievement

5.0 average from 9 ratings

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University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
Literature

Education

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) (Literature)

About Jasmine

I'm a tutor who wants to work with you or your child to hone your writing and critical thinking skills. Part of writing is putting yourself on the page - meaning it's always a daunting, overwhelming, and sometimes confusing process. Think of me as a dynamic space for your child's ideas, or as a sounding board for teasing out the arguments you want to make in your writing.

I approach being a writing tutor with the experience I have from working as an editor for my undergraduate film criticism journal at UCSC. The journal publishes high-caliber film and pop culture criticism, bringing scholarship and research together with argumentative and approachable writing styles. As Editor in Chief, I worked closely with every writer to perfect their ideas and their writing before publication. I held frequent one-on-one meetings with each writer, worked with multiple drafts, and gave them my undivided attention. I have also worked on multiple literary magazines throughout high school and college, and would be happy to provide not only help with analytical writing and assignments but any and all kinds of writing. While being an editor and being a tutor are very different things, I believe that the desire to help each individual writer to develop and strengthen their voice and arguments is a constant in both of these positions. This is what I will bring to each and every tutoring session with you or your child.

I have always been inclined to express myself verbally, using the written word to understand myself and the world around me. I chose World Literature & Cultural Studies as my concentration in the Literature major at UC Santa Cruz, where I took many literature and theory classes, and did very well in all of them. I also had a double major in Film & Digital Media, where I chose a concentration in Critical Film Studies - I like to joke that all I did in my four years at UC Santa Cruz was read film theory and works of literature, and write 10 page papers! I also wrote a senior thesis in Film on Chinese American actress Anna May Wong and social media, which I won an award on from the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz.

My tutoring style includes asking questions of the student, and talking through the arguments that they are trying to construct. I also give comprehensive written and verbal feedback on their writing in order to help strengthen their arguments. I will not write your essays for you, but I will guide and push you and try multiple ways of learning with you to develop the best writer's voice and critical writing skills possible. In terms of reading comprehension, my style is quite similar - think of the Socratic method, but in a one-on-one situation.

Though I do not believe that standardized testing is an adequate measure of one's writing and critical thinking skills, I am happy to share my scores with you.

I encourage all students of all learning types to reach out and speak to me. Every student has their own style of learning and their own needs, and I am happy to work with you as an individual to find your own time, method, and learning style.
I'm a tutor who wants to work with you or your child to hone your writing and critical thinking skills. Part of writing is putting yourself on the page - meaning it's always a daunting, overwhelming, and sometimes confusing process. Think of me as a dynamic space for your child's ideas, or Read more

Policies
Cancellation
16 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Oakland, CA 94606
Art:
Film,
Video Production
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Video Production
History:
Criminal Justice, Political Science, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Film

As a high schooler, I was a youth filmmaker who worked with the Bay Area Video Coalition, a San Francisco non-profit, and their youth program, The Factory, to make documentaries on different social justice non-profits in the Bay Area. While there, I worked on 6 separate documentary films and one fictional short film, all of which showed at various local film festivals. I also graduated with Honors in Critical Film Studies at UC Santa Cruz, and took many classes that focused on American and Chinese film history, theory, and philosophy.

Reading

I am qualified to tutor in reading and reading comprehension, as I graduated with a 3.8 cumulative GPA from UC Santa Cruz in World Literature & Cultural Studies and Critical Film Studies (both of which comprised mainly of reading dense historical, theoretical, and cultural texts). In addition, I scored a 5 on the AP English Language and Composition test in high school. My additional qualifications include working on editing and writing for student journals at UCSC for three consecutive years.

Study Skills

I was fortunate enough to go to an elementary and middle school that taught us study skills for different learning styles. Working with a student involves trying out many different study skills that "click" with that individual's learning style - methods I have used myself and with other students in the past include making diagrams and outlines, color-coding, flashcards, as well as mnemonic devices and rhymes. I also believe in the method of having the student "teach back" the material to me as a method of studying for retention, as opposed to rote memorization.

Writing

In addition to graduating with a 3.8 cumulative GPA from UC Santa Cruz in Literature and Film, I received a Dean’s Award from the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz on my senior thesis, “The Death and Rebirth of Anna May Wong: Selective Re-narrativization and Dereification Through Social Media,” which consisted of 48 pages of my own writing, theorizing, and research. I am also a published writer, with an article at The Establishment, as well as a forthcoming article in an academic journal entitled Blind Field Journal. I approach my work as a writing tutor in the same way that I do my work as an editor, which includes working one-on-one with the student to articulate their arguments and develop their writer's voice.

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
Literature

Education

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) (Literature)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 16 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jasmine will travel within 10 miles of Oakland, CA 94606.