Wheaton College (English, Education)
I am a teacher because learning and thinking are fundamental parts of my personality. Whether it’s reading a great book, pursuing an interesting research question, or cranking out a first class essay, I’m having fun and I’ll make sure you do too. In addition to a teaching certificate in English and Social Sciences, I can offer you help with two of the most pressure-filled and frustrating writing assignments you are likely to face: the college application essay and the research paper. As a writing teacher, I've helped students take a cookie-cutter application question and tell their own unique story. As a research assistant, I've helped turn topics as different as building codes and postmodern philosophy into published academic papers. If we combine my experience with your work ethic, I’m confident we can reduce your stress and improve your paper at the same time.
While I do most of my tutoring in my teaching fields of English and American history, the research skills that I bring to the table can be applied to just about any subject. I pride myself on realistic, engaging lessons that build themselves around your interests and motivation level. The goal here is to provide the kind of in-depth, personalized help your teachers simply don’t have time for in class. Before and after each lesson, the student and I decide upon the kind of goals, assignments, and feedback we will need to succeed. At every step of the process, I am partnering with you to give you the chance to create an educational experience centered around your own unique interests and needs.
Because tutoring represents an extra effort by both the teacher and the students, I hold us all to high standards. To that end, I offer a “Responsibility Contract” that all parties (myself, the student, and the parents, if applicable) will sign before committing to a tutoring session. This helps make sure that everyone knows what it’s going to take to succeed. I welcome feedback as a helpful step in improving your tutoring time.
Here are a few scheduling guidelines:
Up-Front Commitment: Because many of my tutoring relationships last only for the length of a specific writing assignment, I do charge for the first session. However, I also make a point of providing the student with several brain-storming and pre-writing exercises to complete ahead of time; these are used to make our first lesson more productive.
One-Time Consult: Students wishing for a single editing/revision session can provide me with a copy of their paper and rubric, which I will review and explain to you for a discounted rate.
Cancellations: While I do ask for a 24-hour heads-up before you cancel, I will also make an effort to reschedule, if at all possible.
I typically meet students in the Plainfield or the Grand Rapids Main libraries because of their quiet atmosphere and readily available resources. I am willing to drive to a different location if requested.
I look forward to meeting you and partnering with you on your journey of learning and discovery. I am a teacher because learning and thinking are fundamental parts of my personality. Whether it’s reading a great book, pursuing an interesting research question, or cranking out a first class essay, I’m having fun and I’ll make sure you do too. In addition to a teaching certificate in English and Social Sciences, I can offer you help with two of
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I have a degree from Wheaton College, one of the best Christian liberal arts colleges in the country. As part of this degree, I took 16 credits of Bible classes. I also hold a Certificate in Early Christian Studies (24 credits), in classes covering church history and the evolution of the core creeds of the faith. In addition, I led bible study small groups for three years on campus as part of its Discipleship Small Group ministry.
My qualifications for tutoring in religion are closely linked to my qualifications for my tutoring in Bible studies - technically, my specialization in church history and historical theology is a religious one, not a Biblical one (which limits itself to studies of the text itself). My qualifications for non-Christian faith traditions are admittedly limited - I took a world religions class in high school, and I have some familiarity with Judaism insofar as it influences Christianity.