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Liberal Arts,The University of Texas at Austin (Master's)
- The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (Master's)
I love learning. That's why I love working with students, because I can continue to learn alongside them. As classicist Edith Hamilton (1867-1963) once said, "It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life."
My inquiring mind has taken me to many places--and to many schools. As an undergraduate at Harvard, I majored in folklore and mythology. My first master's degree was in American studies (University of Texas), my second in creative writing (University of Virginia), and my third in Arab studies (Georgetown).
I'm a widely published freelance writer for children and adults who cycles in and out of academia. I coordinated a college writing center and recently worked as a college writing specialist, training and supervising peer writing tutors and consulting with faculty teaching writing across the curriculum. Newly arrived in Sarasota, I will be teaching composition and creative writing as an adjunct in the fall. I have also worked as a newspaper copy editor, a public relations coordinator, and an academic journal editor.
Writing center practice has shaped my tutoring philosophy for all subjects. If I work with you, the pen stays in your hand. I question, I notice, I explain--but you do the work, so that whatever we accomplish belongs to you and remains with you. I love learning. That's why I love working with students, because I can continue to learn alongside them. As classicist Edith Hamilton (1867-1963) once said, "It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to
She has a very kind and patient disposition. She's working with my high schooler, who struggles with writing. She also implements study skills and time management.
Sylvia did an excellent job helping me write my personal statement for graduate school. She is very patient, and easy to work with. I highly recommend her.
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I have studied Modern Standard Arabic at American universities, reaching a basic proficiency through my master's program in Arab studies. I feel comfortable tutoring first year Arabic, but I do not have native fluency, especially in speaking.
I have taught and tutored college freshmen with Aspergers. Although they had excellent content knowledge, they needed practice communicating their ideas fully in speaking and in writing. They excelled at answering factual questions but needed encouragement with critical thinking and "exploring."
During the school year, I teach part-time as an instructor in the evening ESOL program at Suncoast Technical College, part of the Sarasota school system. I teach low-high intermediate, but I am comfortable teaching at other levels as well. I have a TEFL certificate from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
I include public speaking as part of a freshman seminar I teach. I give students practice with "minute presentations"--from notes, with PowerPoints, and with Prezis.
The strongest students know what they know and know what they don't know. Weaker students need help identifying strengths (to build on) and weaknesses (to overcome or work around). I have tutored students on organization and time management strategies.