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Brendan C.

West Roxbury, MA

$30/hour

English/Writing Tutor and Academic Ally

In-person lessons

$30/Hour


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Amherst University of Massachusetts Lowell
English

Education

Amherst University of Massachusetts Lowell (English)

About Brendan

As a graduate with a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from UMass Lowell, I’ve obtained a strong command of the written word and editorial processes. For the past five years I have worked side-by-side with writing peers and published writers (faculty) in many courses and writing workshops, in which the writing process as well as editorial processes were the main focus and the necessary skills involved within these processes were consistently required and refined. In my education and extracurricular writing/editing experience I gained strong skills in Microsoft Word, and frequently utilized track-changes as a means of editing back and forth with peers and the contributors of the publications I worked on. Because a great deal of my coursework was collaborative, I was able to strengthen my communication and interpersonal skills immensely throughout my college career. Through many of my writing courses, I have also acquired many great strategies and writing exercises that help to stimulate ideas and help develop writing techniques.

I also worked in UMass Lowell’s Writing Center, where I was an English tutor. As a tutor, I worked one-on-one with students of all majors who struggled with academic writing of any sort, including ESL students (i.e. English as a Second Language Learners). In this position, I coached students through essays of all kinds and in many different stages of development, whether it be pre-writing and drafting, researching and citation, and editing and revising. I guided students through their struggles with grammar and syntax as well as organization, theme, audience, and clarity. As a tutor, I gained an understanding of the ways in which students learn differently than others, struggle in similar places as their peers as well as in areas specific to the individual, and with that awareness I was able to better shape my strategies for helping each student in the best way I could.

I'm currently a part-time professional tutor at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts. At Lasell, in addition to providing all the writing and English related assistance discussed in the above paragraph, I work with students on a number of different courses and associated assignments, time management, test taking strategies, organization, presentations and public speaking. As a professional tutor at Lasell, I also facilitate writing workshops in a number of English101 courses. These workshops are held in the English classrooms, where the professor and tutors break the classes into workshop groups and facilitate and moderate group discussions and exercises that highlight key concepts as well as promote students to engage in and think more reflexively about the writing process and its various stages. These workshops also provide students with more opportunity to get the type of individual and collaborative attention that is highly beneficial in building stronger writing skills and strategies.

I was the Nonfiction Editor of the 2016 issue of The Offering, UMass Lowell’s annually published literary magazine—in which my work was also published two years in a row. During my editorial work for The Offering, I applied my editorial skills, worked closely with the contributors, and helped the Managing Editor with marketing and readership outreach. I was also one of the founders of an off-campus creative writing club called UML Wordsmiths, in which I held a leadership position, and where I organized, hosted, and directed creative writing/editing workshops with peers.

More of my published work can also be found in the Summer “Childhood” Issue #60 of Creative Nonfiction Magazine out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. CNF is one of the top nonfiction magazines in the country, is widely read and respected, and features work of established writers as well as emerging writers of nonfiction.

In addition to the experience outlined in my bio, I believe that my love for writing and my enthusiasm for helping others grow as writers (and, subsequently, as learners) is largely what makes a qualified candidate and a effective English tutor. I also derive a great deal of inspiration from the many students I've worked with in the past and those I currently work with. Tutoring is a highly reciprocal process; teaching is learning and, as much as I may be a "writing coach," I'm also a team player, not so much directing/guiding my students from the sidelines, but rather, working and growing side-by-side with them on the field. I believe that every student has as much to offer as the next, it's more so a matter of helping each individual student see their own potential and to help them harness that potential in a positive and productive way.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I'm more than happy to negotiate as it relates to rates and locations. I look forward to hearing from you.
As a graduate with a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from UMass Lowell, I’ve obtained a strong command of the written word and editorial processes. For the past five years I have worked side-by-side with writing peers and published Read more

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Cancellation
3 hours notice required

Open to negotiation.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of West Roxbury, MA 02132
In-person lessons
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar

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Amherst University of Massachusetts Lowell
English

Education

Amherst University of Massachusetts Lowell (English)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Open to negotiation.

Travel policy

Brendan will travel within 20 miles of West Roxbury, MA 02132.