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Joanna B.

Tallahassee, FL

$25/hour

Your Wordwright: facilitates original thinking

10+ Hours
5.0 average from 7 ratings
Very supportive and knowledgable
— Betty, Tallahassee, FL on 3/9/17

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Florida State University
English
Florida State University
Master's
Florida State University
PhD

Education

Florida State University (English)

Florida State University (Master's)

Florida State University (PhD)

About Joanna

As a teacher, I love sharing the pleasures of learning with others. Of course, as a 'special credit' graduate for my first degree, and 'summa cum laude for my second,' I understood that passage through graduate and PhD programs would require even more hard work. The effort always proved worthwhile though, and for 14 years I also enjoyed tutoring at university and college level, especially because such work is cross-disciplinary. The experience has deepened my appreciation and knowledge of what surrounds and informs language, even as my students have realized their potentials and achieved successful grades: whether 'he' was a Russian polishing a dissertation in Oceanography, or 'she' was an American completing a thesis on ESL Education.

That is why I specialize in English language, literature, and writing: my interest reaches to all subjects which inform those arts. It extends from classical and Biblical rhetoric and themes, through socio-historical and philosophical contexts, all the way to present-day science and “pop” culture. My background knowledge arises from this inter-disciplinary base; however, whether students focus on GRE vocabulary, college essays, theses, dissertations, or material for publication, my goal is always to enhance their ownership of the undertaking.

To this end, I may coach in skills such as word choice, sentence fluency, idea development, content, organization, argument, or voice. To deepen interest in projects, academic writing often involves reading and identifying intertextual relationships, so I also support conventional use of reference and research materials. Thus empowering students to interpret, evaluate,and interact with their worlds, my tutoring caters to individual requirements.

As my personal standards are high, I ask for feedback that will help tailor my methodology to individual learning styles. The rationale is: “When you succeed, I have succeeded.” Such is the beauty of one-on-one tutoring; when our work results in high grades, I am as happy as the student is.

My policies follow those set out by Wyzant, and I am glad to offer the free initial consultation so that we can discuss your wishes. After that, I also maintain the necessary efficiency of requiring notice of any cancelation. Please, then, don't hesitate to contact me if this level of knowledge and performance interests you.
As a teacher, I love sharing the pleasures of learning with others. Of course, as a 'special credit' graduate for my first degree, and 'summa cum laude for my second,' I understood that passage through graduate and PhD programs would require even more hard work. The effort always proved worthwhile though, and for 14 years I also enjoyed tutoring Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required

This rate applies when a session runs over one hour. If we run to multiple hours, then the rate becomes negotiable.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Tallahassee, FL 32309

"Very supportive and knowledgable"

- Betty, Tallahassee, FL on 3/9/17
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
TOEFL, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

English is my native language, and I've spent years studying all aspects of its application in creative and practical literature. As a result, I have four degrees in the subject, the highest being a PhD, awarded by FSU in 2010. During my last twelve years of graduate work, I tutored and taught both composition and literature classes. After that, I continued to teach at college level and also as a private tutor at all levels, including grade school and test scenarios.

I especially love the tutoring aspect of this occupation: face-to-face interaction is surely the most rewarding for both student and teacher.

English

English is the native language that I love; consequently, I've spent years studying all aspects of its application in creative and practical literature. As a result, I have four degrees in the subject, the highest being a PhD, awarded by FSU in 2010. During my last twelve years of graduate work, I both tutored and taught composition and literature classes. After that, I continued to teach at college level. I especially love the tutoring aspect of this occupation: face-to-face interaction is surely the most rewarding for both student and teacher.

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored foreign language students for at least eight years. My experience at college level includes working with students across all disciplines. In addition, I work privately, tutoring students at all levels, from 6th grade upward to PhD ... and it is true to say that my students regularly achieve A grades -- or successful dissertations.

Grammar

From childhood, I never actually knew or used bad grammar: it wasn't a part of my life! Later I tried to use slang or colloquial language, but it got me into terrible trouble because I didn't know the base meanings --- so I dropped out of that fairly fast! In any case, my classical education and habit of reading good literature had already inculcated my love and understanding of good English. That understanding, by the way, was only reinforced by studying Latin, and later French and some Spanish; then, when I moved on to Old English --- well, my appreciation of grammatical structure and syntax grew still further. Yes. I do know all kinds of things about grammar!

Literature

My English degrees are in Literature. That is: a BA from FSU; an MA from FSU (emphasis on English Medieval Literature, especially Chaucer); an MPhil from Glasgow (again, Early English and Medieval material, especially "The Harley Lyrics"); PhD in English Literature (again stressing Early Medieval works, from the inception of written English and throughout the Anglo-Saxon period).

Of course, I have also studied other literature, especially as my BA minor was in French. However, even as my earlier education progressed through British GCE "O Level" study of Virgil's Aeneid II - I had always read good writing, including translation of, for example, works in Russian (Tolstoy) and Spanish (Cervantes).

Having thus spent a lifetime engrossed in literature that ranged through the canon--from poetry, legend, English classics ("Beowulf," Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, etc.), and even to detective fiction, I have strong skills in analysis and interpretation. My interests incline especially to Structuralism, which I honed while writing my doctoral dissertation on the use of 'interlace.' However, my overall education provided many tools to enhance hermeneutics, familiarizing me with critical techniques that extend from translation of Old English, and through Modernism and Post-modernism. Furthermore, this expertise works well in interpreting other media, such as drama and film.

Knowledge of literature and criticism helps, too, in understanding the work of other students at all levels, and in encouraging them to develop their own creative and lexical talents. I especially enjoyed these experiences when teaching upper level courses in "The Short Story" at FSU.

Proofreading

English is my native language, and I've spent years studying all aspects of its application in creative and practical literature. As a result, I have four degrees in the subject, the highest being a PhD, awarded by FSU in 2010. During my last twelve years of graduate work, I tutored and taught both composition and literature classes. After that, I continued to teach at college level and also as a private tutor at all levels, including grade school.

I especially love the tutoring aspect of this occupation: face-to-face interaction is surely the most rewarding, and provides the greatest success for both student and teacher.

Reading

English is my native language, and I've spent years studying all aspects of its application in creative and practical literature. As a result, I have four degrees in the subject, the highest being a PhD, awarded by FSU in 2010. During my last twelve years of graduate work, I tutored and taught both composition and literature classes. After that, I continued to teach at college level and also as a private tutor at all levels, including grade school.
I especially love the tutoring aspect of this occupation: face-to-face interaction is surely the most rewarding for both student and teacher.

Vocabulary

Work for those four degrees in Literature exposed me to nigh on fifteen years of English vocabulary: at all levels and in many idioms. Engagement in college Writing Centers ensured use of that vocabulary across multiple disciplines, including History of the English Language. It didn't all start there, though; my love of words has been life-long.

The home environment set me on course. There the air rang constantly with quotations from English poetry, especially Shakespeare. At school, though, early introduction to Latin ensured deep appreciation of word formations and instilled enduring interest in etymology. School holidays spent at an island retreat (near a library) provided the opportunity to read at least ten books a week, and so to exercise that vocabulary while reveling in as many Dickens novels as possible.

While my classic and academic lexicon grew continuously, exposure to external dialects in England and the West Indies heightened sensitivity to variations in the language, and to the realities of its use. Reality established itself even more firmly during my later absorption of medical terminology for the study of Physical Therapy.

Of course, all this study and practice inculcated deep appreciation of good dictionaries, and I have been known to peruse those tomes for entertainment. Truly though, I can't live without them! They are also indispensable for verifying lexical facts during sessions with students and tutees. My philosophy says that, however extensive one's wordhoard, it's always better to check than to make a mistake, or to miss a new linguistic development.

Writing

As shown in the subjects approved above, I hold four degrees in Literature--and it is axiomatic that the coursework involved large quantities of academic writing. I am, then, a well-educated writer.

During my MPhil work at Glasgow, I received outstanding support from scholars who had earned their doctorates at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Those teachers held me to very high standards in writing; however, I returned to FSU for reasons which included a non-authoritarian teaching philosophy. In that context, my studies in rhetoric and the history of English combined with eight years of Writing Center work. Consequently, I developed teaching skills which facilitate student access to a full range of scholarship, encourage their creativity, and promote intellectual freedom.

I find that this approach maximizes the potential for students to produce writing which will include them in the preservation, development, and transmission of knowledge and skills: for their society. My philosophy thus anticipates the mutual benefit of all, particularly when it is applied in the face-to-face tutorial setting.

Florida State University
English
Florida State University
Master's
Florida State University
PhD

Education

Florida State University (English)

Florida State University (Master's)

Florida State University (PhD)

Very supportive and knowledgable

Joanna is a great tutor! She is very prepared and knowledgeable. She explained the origin of vocabularies to help me better understanding and remembering new words. I look forward to having more lessons with her.

— Betty, Tallahassee, FL on 3/9/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

This rate applies when a session runs over one hour. If we run to multiple hours, then the rate becomes negotiable.

Travel policy

Joanna will travel within 15 miles of Tallahassee, FL 32309.