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University of New Orleans
University of New Orleans - Master of Arts (Graduate Coursework)
Hello and welcome,
Having a tough time nailing those pesky grammar nuances? Do you lose focus when you read or analyze a work of fiction? Would you like to gain a more versatile vocabulary? How about forming that spot-on thesis statement?
We've all been hampered by barriers and obstacles as English students, myself not excepted, but barriers can be broken, obstacles can be overcome. English is not only rewarding and enriching--it is absolutely crucial to grasp and use properly.
My name is Michael, and if you're needing improvement in your reading comprehension, writing and vocabulary proficiency, and creative writing skills, I am gladly available and at your service. I have been an ardent student of English since my junior year of high school. In fact, it was my high school English teacher who helped me realize my love for words, language, and literary analysis and texture. Ever since those high school days I have made it my commitment to invest myself in the rich world of English Literature, and even the technical aspects such as mechanics, grammar and syntax.
My experiences in graduate studies have solidified my comprehensive, variegated education in English Literature and Creative Writing. Academic research, essay writing, reading comprehension and oral presentations have been the pillars of my collegiate career as an English student, but it has been my Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program that has truly given me the skills to pass on and teach what I have learned. As a graduate student in English/Creative Writing, my main classroom curriculum has been based on the workshop system, in which a relatively small number of students presents written works to the workshop group: the works are analyzed and critiqued, and the student who has submitted his or her work gains indispensably valuable insights on how to improve his or her poems, fiction and nonfiction. The peer review aspect of the MFA workshop, in addition to the substantial amount of proofreading and editing I've done and continue to do, academically and professionally, have inspired me to continue growing in my education--as a teacher and student.
I'll gauge my student's initial standing by asking him or her to write an expository essay in which he or she introduces his or herself. The essay will indicate the areas we'll need to work on, but I'll also learn about the student's relative strengths. A tailored lesson plan will be formed according to the student's unique needs. We'll set goals, target dates, work from exercises on mechanics, read short stories, etc.
So, if you think you could benefit from a no-fear, step-by-step approach to English, please look no further. Hello and welcome,
Having a tough time nailing those pesky grammar nuances? Do you lose focus when you read or analyze a work of fiction? Would you like to gain a more versatile vocabulary? How about forming that
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I am qualified to tutor students in classical literature and how it relates to its historical context(s), as I am a college-level Humanities professor. Foundational texts, such as Gilgamesh and the Iliad (and the Odyssey), reflect ancient man's sensibilities towards spirituality, war, and many other aspects of interpersonal, human interactions. What's most important is, this literature continues to inform humankind on what it means to be human, even to our present day.
English is not just our language--it's our art, our poetry, too. Besides the practical necessities of learning English, an intimate connection with the language will also help to enhance your communication and enrich your introspection. Let me help you cultivate your own voice and, more specifically, understand the nuances and mechanics our rich language contains.
Here, we will work on strengthening your grammar skills. Grammar seems to be taken for granted and neglected by some of today's common students. However, if you want to write and communicate clearly and effectively, a firm handle is needed on everything from correctly using semicolons (as opposed to a colon, comma, or dash) to where to place the punctuation mark when using quotes.
The world of English Literature is vast and multifarious--but it is also beautiful and enriching. We can become uplifted and inspired by reading great works of prose and poetry. However, some of our most celebrated writers seem to loom too large, casting an intimidating shadow over the reader. Not to worry! From Shakespeare to Sinclair, Keats to Kerouac, we will have no need to consult "no fear" cheat notes for the purposes of understanding plot, character and theme; everything you need to know is right there, revealed in the text itself.
After poring over that detailed essay, that big paper, you feel accomplished and relieved--but, is there anything left to do? Let's face it, reviewing our own writing can seem grueling and humiliating, but you can't take your first or second draft for granted; your English teacher certainly won't. Misspellings, fragments, subject-verb agreement, margin alignment, paragraph transitions, unaccounted for mistakes (mistypes, especially) are just some of the flaws you might have overlooked during those first couple of revisions.
Although it might seem painful to go back and fix the flaws--big or small-- what you've struggled with and labored over, you won't be able to be an honest, accountable writer if you don't utilize the necessary proofreading procedures. My tools for success will include helping and supporting you in the following ways: reading over your work out loud, making sure that your argument(s) unfolds cogently and fluidly, checking over the technical(proper citation,etc.)aspects of your paper, and, most importantly, being confident in what you've written!