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Aja N.

Evanston, IL

$40/hour

I specialize in words!

In-person lessons
4.9 average from 18 ratings
Organized and patient
— Jennifer, Wilmette, IL on 11/9/15

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Emerson College, Boston, MA
Writing and Lit

Education

Emerson College, Boston, MA (Writing and Lit)

About Aja

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.

My history:
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. I may not be the best candidate to exclusively teach the best use of any computer programs, but I would be able to assist with projects. I am comfortable with both Macs and PCs.

Current availability:
I began a Master of Science in Education program at Northwestern this fall. I'm so excited to start this major step on my path of education. I am available any time Wednesday-Sunday, as well as Monday and Tuesday mornings.

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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required

$35/hour if meeting more than one hour a week!

Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Evanston, IL 60201
In-person lessons

"Organized and patient"

- Jennifer, Wilmette, IL on 11/9/15

"Great first session."

- Michael, Chicago, IL on 11/5/15

"Extremely Effective"

- Kert, San Rafael, CA on 12/9/14

"So Easy to Work With!"

- Diane, Millbrae, CA on 4/2/14
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Photography
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Photography

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.

Emerson College, Boston, MA
Writing and Lit

Education

Emerson College, Boston, MA (Writing and Lit)

Organized and patient — Aja is organized, caring and patient. She has a great personality that both my son and I like a lot! ...

— Jennifer, Wilmette, IL on 11/9/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

$35/hour if meeting more than one hour a week!

Travel policy

Aja will travel within 8 miles of Evanston, IL 60201.