Metropolitan State University (professional writing)
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Graduate Coursework)
I have been tutoring at a state university writing center since fall semester of 2006 for three semesters a year, except for three. That translates into tutoring writing at the college level for 24 of 27 semesters-- nearly nine years! I have a strong liberal arts education, starting at a private high school and continuing through three universities. At Miami University of Ohio, I studied diplomacy and foreign affairs and then transferred to the University of MN in Minneapolis where I majored in political science. I studied French for a total of eight years of foreign language study. Currently, I hold a BA with a major in professional writing. I have tutored writing for over eight years at a state university writing center. My tutoring expertise is in writing; however, I have knowledge in many disciplines and enjoy many activities from bicycling to chess.
I will have my Master's in Strategic Communication this summer (2015) from the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism (Twin Cities campus). I spent a semester as a teaching assistant for two Journalism undergraduate courses.
Learning is not always easy, but it should be fun. In fact, neuroscience, of which I am an amateur academic, clearly shows that a person learns during the struggle. Rather than avoid difficulty, I suggest to go through it, but do not be anxious. To me, good teaching guides a pupil on the journey-- but does not carry the pupil.
I believe teaching styles vary from tutor to tutor, but it is always important to respect the student and build confidence. No matter what level a student may be at, he or she always has something that can be praised. If a student is having difficulty it is important to sometimes back up and find the root of the difficulty. Learning is a step by step process, and one of my strengths is discerning when a student does not understand, as well as where that student is "missing it". Thus, good communication, respect between tutor and student, and clear goals are elements for a successful foundation. I have been tutoring at a state university writing center since fall semester of 2006 for three semesters a year, except for three. That translates into tutoring writing at the college level for 24 of 27 semesters-- nearly nine years! I have a strong liberal arts education, starting at a private high school and continuing through three
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I have been playing chess since I was around 6 years old, and played adults for many years, often losing, but constantly learning strategy. It is a complex game that requires a balance of memory and critical thinking to anticipate multiple scenarios from each possible move. Chess is best learned through playing, but the first lessons need to focus on the basics such as how each piece moves and how pieces are captured. Also the basic strategy(objective) can be taught and that is to capture the opposing player's king, or actually to eliminate any movement for the king, which results in checkmate.
Knowing the object of the game and how the pieces move is enough to play, but only learning strategy and how the pieces connect to one another will result in a win. Every move affects the board and affects your future choices, so chess is a good metaphor for life. In fact, near the end of the game, the choices become more and more limited, so they must be done wisely, or the player becomes trapped by his/her own choices. Besides learning the board, the pieces, strategy, and thinking skills, students will learn a "chess" vocabulary for certain moves such as en passant and castling. I hope these two short paragraphs demonstrate a glimpse of the knowledge I have concerning chess.
I know the educational system both from an educator's perspective and as a student. I have worked as a tutor at a university writing center, for all majors across undergraduate and graduate degrees for the past 10 years (part time). In this role, I have helped thousands of students, many returning as "repeat customers." I have also worked as a teaching assistant in graduate school, grading papers and assignments as well as leading discussions and having office hours to work one-on-one with students. Personally, I have about 8 years of university education at three universities and thus, know how to study- my undergrad GPA was 3.79 and my grad GPA was similar.
I hold a BA in Professional Writing and an MA in Strategic Communication (Summer, 2014).