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Emerson College, Boston, MA (Writing and Lit)
I love working with young people and sharing the passion I have for learning about the English language! One of the most important subjects in school is English. Reading and writing confidently are imperative for strong communication skills in adulthood. I am energetic, patient, comfortable with kids of all ages, and so excited to help!
Details of my current availability are listed at the end.
In college, I majored in Writing/Literature/Publishing, a special program combining elements of all three subjects in one. I took workshop classes in creative fiction and poetry writing, so I know how to critique and guide creative writing. Literature classes required intense analysis and comparisons of literary works, both classical and contemporary. I gained a lot of practice writing academic essays, and I genuinely enjoy writing them! I am so excited to help guide students through academic essay-writing. Publishing courses ranged from book design to a course entirely on proofreading, where we perfected our skills of poring over articles to find the one missing letter in a misspelled word. I know the Chicago Manual of Style and MLA Handbook backwards, and I can proofread and copy edit efficiently, once essays are finished!
In addition to reading and writing, I spend most of my spare time involved in photography. I worked for Emerson College as a PR photographer, taking photos for the website, publications, and for local newspapers such as the Boston Globe. I am comfortable with all Canon and Nikon models, and I love sharing what I know about photography. There is an artist inside everyone, and I think it's important for young people to find and cultivate their creativity early. Creativity applies to all subjects--it leads to better problem-solving skills in math and science, and contributes to overall health and happiness, because we all need a way to express ourselves. It's our nature!
At Emerson College, I minored in American Sign Language, and I am comfortable helping students practice signing and carrying on conversations (but I am not qualified to teach it separately). I am also comfortable using and assisting with many common computer programs, including the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint), the iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe InDesign, and iMovie. I may not be the best candidate to exclusively teach the best use of these programs, but I would be able to assist with projects involving the software listed. I am comfortable with both Macs and PCs.
I will be moving from the Bay Area in California to Evanston, IL in June 2015 to begin a Master of Science in Education program at Northwestern. I'm so excited to start this major step on my path of education. Ever since starting my tutoring practice, I've fallen in love with teaching. Starting in late June, I'll be accepting new clients in the Evanston area! Summer is a perfect opportunity to work on lessons that didn't quite sink in during the school year, get a head start on next year, or just have someone to read with! My rates are flexible depending on the intensity of the curriculum I'll be putting together. Want your student to chat about a new book each week or so? I'll design a reading list based on his or her interests, and meet for $15/week! Does your student need to work on some spelling, reading, or writing issues? I can design a personalized, flexible curriculum for the summer, to help set goals, push limits, and improve confidence. Are you personally looking for a reading buddy? (Me too!) I would be happy to tack on a friendly "book club" meeting each week!
I look forward to meeting you! I love working with young people and sharing the passion I have for learning about the English language! One of the most important subjects in school is English. Reading and
$40/hour for more than one child or more than one hour a week!
About 1 month after my 4th grade boy started receiving tutoring by Aja we started to see some results. He was making excellent scores on his weekly spelling test and his weekly reading comprehension tests started coming home with good grades. At the start of 4th grade my kid was below grade level for English. I am happy to say he is now at grade level in English. His reading fluency, speed and comprehension has really picked up.
Aja has a very structured, calming, and complimentary tutoring approach that fits nicely with my kid who is bit distracted at times.
As a parent of a 4th grade boy, I can highly recommend Aja as an English tutor!
Aja is wonderful. She answers all questions clearly with appropriate explanation, not only about those about Lightroom, but also about my Mac and my camera as well. I'm very pleased!
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I've been an active photographer for eight years, and worked for a college as a photographer for the PR and athletics departments. I had many photos published in the Boston Globe and on the college's own website. Before I left, I organized and ran clinics for younger students to learn strategies for high-quality athletics and event photography, so they could apply to take over my job. After working at the college, I briefly attended San Francisco Art Institute to take some courses in photography, where I learned about the mechanics of digital cameras, more in-depth and specific photography skills, and how to efficiently use programs from the Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop and Lightroom.
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