St. Lawrence University (English Lit and Govenment)
American University (Master's)
I am very energetic recent graduate from a top liberal arts college. I have a passion for learning and motivating others to achieve success in their educational goals. During my undergraduate career, I received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and in Government. I completed rigorous courses that placed an emphasis on analytical reading, writing, research, and critical thinking. My coursework included classes in literature, international relations, government, classics, philosophy, the natural sciences, and other disciplines.
I have extensive experience writing, proofreading, public speaking, conducting research and analyzing difficult literature. As a result of this experience, I have worked in a number of capacities where I have been able to hone these skills, such as: I was a senator in my university’s Thelomathesian Society (student government) where I had to propose resolutions, and discuss matters related to the student body in front of faculty and trustees. I worked in the Executive office of the President as an analyst to the World Trade Organization, where I had to analyze economies’ laws, and draft memorandum related to my findings. I also had to edit the WTO’s annual publications. In addition, I have a wide array of writing and public speaking accomplishments such as, an article in an academic journal, first place in an oratorical contest, and more.
I have experience teaching and working with students as a Girl Scout, a tutor at my University’s Munn Word Studio (Writing and Oral Communication Center), a teaching assistant in Government, and I scored the highest marks on the AP English and the AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam.
To be a successful tutor, it is important to utilize Howard Gardener’s seven distinct intelligences/learning styles within teaching methods. This allows for the adaptation of teaching methods to match the needs of each individual student. My educational philosophy is to help every individual student in ways that will allow them to be successful, and to do so with energy, patience and empathy.
The individual attention that tutoring provides can help fill gaps that aren’t addressed or identified in a classroom setting. As an energetic tutor I lighten tutoring sessions, allowing for a comfortable exchange of information, which increases the student’s engagement, and self-confidence.
My methods and experience:
Reading: I tutored elementary age students by using the choral or echo method, depending on the area that a student is struggling in.
Literature: Reading and analyzing literature can be daunting because of the difficult language the literature is written in. I have found that the best way to help a student understand literature requires a combination of reading out loud, especially when a student is reading a play, and jotting notes within the text to keep track of themes and ideas for discussion. I utilize the Socratic Method to stimulate comprehension of material and to develop critical thinking.
Writing: Instead of simply proofreading, I have found that it is more important to strengthen the student’s analytical and critical thinking skills. At the Word Studio, we were not allowed to proofread essays. Instead, we were required to assist students in their essay development by helping facilitate their thought pattern, analysis, and essay organization. I helped students with thesis development, paragraph flow and supporting their argument.
Government: As a teaching assistant, I have helped edit research papers by critiquing the thesis or research topic, and paragraph flow. I have checked citation styles, and helped distinguish between scholarly sources, primary, and secondary sources. I have also helped students present their research to an audience by upholding public speaking etiquette, drilling them on their research findings and simulating the environment they will present their research.
Public Speaking: I was a member of the debate team in High School. In College, I worked on the Judicial Board, and I was an elected member of Thelmo. In all of these places, I had to deliver speeches and presentations with success. Also as a tutor at the Word studio, I helped students read with persuasion, I taught them public speaking etiquette, and how to present research to faculty or an audience of peers.
I am very energetic recent graduate from a top liberal arts college. I have a passion for learning and motivating others to achieve success in their educational goals. During my undergraduate career, I received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and in Government. I completed rigorous courses that placed an emphasis on analytical reading,
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I have a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Political Science. In addition, I have previously tutored this subject.