Tougaloo College (English and Writing)
Long Island University in Brooklyn/ MFA (Master's)
It is often said that "Those who cannot do, teach." Well, I find that to be absolutely false! Teachers are doers in every sense of the word, providing our students with outlets to develop their critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills, passion for creativity and imagination, and the will and drive to pursue and achieve their personal and professional goals. As a tutor and teacher of your child/student, I am determined to be just as supportive, encouraging, and patient about their development and growth as you are!
Even before graduating with my degree in English and Creative Writing (Cum Laude, Tougaloo College, Jackson, MS, May 2012), I was a voracious reader, writer, and loved finding ways in which I could motivate others to become the same. Whether serving as a camp counselor for the Boys and Girls Club in Jackson, Mississippi or volunteering as a Children's Librarian in my hometown of Southfield, Michigan, I was always determined to show my kids that they already possessed the innate abilities that would allow them to succeed.
Having recently obtained my Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Long Island University in Brooklyn (December 2014, 3.79 GPA) , I have worked with students of all ages in the subjects of Reading and English/Language Arts, and have worked with high schoolers on developing the literary and pre-professional skills they will require as they pursue their own college educations. I am also now a proud certified teacher of Elementary Education for the state of Louisiana! Allow me the opportunity to display to both you and your child that tutoring is not just about "teaching" about success, but about "doing" the things that make us successful.
Professionally, I have been tutoring both publicly and privately for over 10 years. Most recently, I have served as a Writing Specialist for the educational non-profit The Harlem Children's Zone, a Writing Center Tutor and Teaching Assistant at Long Island University, an Honors Reading and English tutor for Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, NY , and a Teaching Assistant for the Detroit Area Pre College Engineering Program (DAPCEP). It is often said that "Those who cannot do, teach." Well, I find that to be absolutely false! Teachers are doers in every sense of the word, providing our students with outlets to develop their critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills, passion for creativity and imagination, and the will and drive to pursue and achieve their personal and
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As a certified teacher in Louisiana and a tutor for over ten years, I have helped dozens of high school students prepare to exams such as the ACT and SAT. I myself scored a 33 out of 36 on the English section, going on to pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the English field. I want my students to have the same achievements I did, if not better!
Though it has been several years I've taken the ACT myself, I believe that my scores are reflective of my pursuits for your child's success when taking the test. They include:
33/36 in English
25/36 in Reading
10/12 in the Optional Writing Test
Additionally, while obtaining my own degrees, I have tutored for over ten years in both the K-12 and Collegiate arenas, and have prepared students of various grades, specifically high schoolers for the expectations of the exam. Please feel free to check out my Free Response on my profile for more information.
Alongside my Bachelor's degree in English and my Master's degree in Creative Writing, I have occupied many positions that have allowed me to individually and collectively tutor students in the subject. From August 2012 to December 2014, I worked as a tutor at the Writing Center at Long Island University in Brooklyn, and also serve as an Honors English tutor for the Early Scholars Academy at Boys and Girls High School. Both of these experiences have allowed me to enhance my skills in reaching students at both the K-12 and collegiate level.
As an English and Writing tutor, many students ask me to "check their grammar". However, I find that by encouraging students to read their work individually and out loud to me, that they are able to highlight and analyze their own mistakes. Focusing on areas such as vocabulary usage, punctuation, capitalization, and active/passive voice, my students will be able to not only analyze the works of others, but proofread their own work as well. Having been a writing tutor for over 10 years, I have watched students become not only better at communicating but also more aware of the world around them.
Having earned both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English and Creative Writing, respectively, as well as being a tutor for several years in both the K-12 and collegiate arena, I understand how pertinent it is that students perform well on standardized testing. My goals are to help your student expand on his/her strengths, become comfortable and confident with his/her "weaknesses", as well as to become comfortable when under the pressure of timed testing. Exploring areas of reading comprehension, composition, and analytical reasoning, it is my priority to make your student more than ready for test day!
Having obtained my degree in English and Creative Writing, the majority of my degree curriculum was in British, American, African-American, and Shakespearean literature. I have also obtained my Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, in which I was required to take a number of Literature courses, including but not limited to Twentieth Century American Literature, African-American literature, and literary focuses on authors such as Virginia Wolfe and Edgar Allan Poe.
Throughout my undergraduate and graduate tenures, I have served as a Writing Tutor to students in both the K-12 and collegiate arenas. One of the primary areas of focus that many students request that I assist them on is their proofreading, both for contextual and grammatical mistakes. My ultimate goal is for my students to be able to proofread their writing successfully on their own.
Throughout my high school and collegiate tenure, I have tutored many students on their reading comprehension for both personal and professional purposes. I was also a volunteer for the Children's Department of the Southfield Public Library, as well as the Walt Whitman Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. My goals are to have your student reading on or above grade level, to comprehend and communicate with others about their reading material, and to be able to respond independently to academic prompts about their reading. Reading should not just be something that a student does to be a requirement, but an activity one should learn to enjoy in their personal lives as well.
Writing, both in academic and personal arenas, has always been a passion for me. Teaching my students to express themselves through expository, persuasive, and analytical writing not only gives them the skills to communicate, but also gives them opportunities to further engage in subjects and activities outside of their academic journeys. Having been a writing tutor for over 5 years, I have watched students become not only better at communicating but also more aware of the world around them.