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Tonia P.

English professor with knowledge and heart

English professor with knowledge and heart

$60/hour

  • 7 hours tutoring

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I have both a master's and a doctorate in English Literature, and I've been a professor for more than 20 years, both in the classroom and as a tutor. In that time, I've learned that students need someone to understand their needs as individuals. Not everyone learns the same way, at the same pace, or with the same level of struggle. My delight has been searching for the right approach for each individual, finding a way to help the student develop and understand her or his own challenges--and...

I have both a master's and a doctorate in English Literature, and I've been a professor for more than 20 years, both in the classroom and as a tutor. In that time, I've learned that students need someone to understand their needs as individuals. Not everyone learns the same way, at the same pace, or with the same level of struggle. My delight has been searching for the right approach for each individual, finding a way to help the student develop and understand her or his own challenges--and the strengths that can be used to overcome those challenges. I also love language: the ways words work, how they can be used in unique and interesting ways to convey our precise meaning. I insist on clarity: it's often difficult to be clear, but only when we are clear in our words can we truly own our own thinking. I also insist on careful, critical reading, with attention to detail, as details are what make the deeper meaning in anything we read.

I love the moments when students suddenly understand something, or suddenly realize they can make something better without my help. My main goal is to give each student the skills to make myself unnecessary: I want my students to have their own verbal wings. I have taught everything from basic freshman composition to advanced literature electives, including honors courses. In the process, I've had to help students not only with how well they write but also how well they read. I also worked as an editor for a major art museum for years before I began my teaching career, which required not only cleaning up and clarifying the prose written by scholars but also proofreading: it's a skill I use professionally, so I know what it takes. My graduate degrees are in English Literature, and I've taught courses from American Literature surveys, to genre courses (poetry, short story, SF, mystery and detective fiction), to theme-focused literature courses. But given my own interests as a scholar, I am even more of a generalist than that: I've studied Shakespeare, nineteenth-century British nove


Education

University of Colorado
theater
Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York
Masters
Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York
PhD

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English

English,

English

I received my Ph.D. in 1999 from the City University of New York. I began teaching and tutoring while still in graduate school and then got a full-time, tenured position teaching on Long Island. In addition to my classes, I worked as a tutor in my campus's Writing Center, working one-on-one with students.
Literature,

Literature

My work in graduate school was broad in focus; the areas for my orals exam were American nature writing, nature in Victorian fiction, and nature in Shakespeare's plays. As a professor, I taught American Lit surveys, American short story, modern American poetry, Native American literature, mystery and detective fiction, science fiction, and nature in literature.
Writing

Writing

I taught two levels of freshman level composition for more than 20 years prior to my retirement, in addition to working with students one-on-one as a tutor. Students in my classes always had to have conferences with me to discuss their writing; we worked on everything from finding preliminary ideas to final polish. I have strategies for selecting and organizing ideas, for building depth (so your essay is long enough to meet the requirements) and cutting fluff or wandering off topic (so your essay isn't too long or unfocused), for expressing yourself clearly in language that is both your own voice and suitable for your audience.

Homeschool

English,

English

I received my Ph.D. in 1999 from the City University of New York. I began teaching and tutoring while still in graduate school and then got a full-time, tenured position teaching on Long Island. In addition to my classes, I worked as a tutor in my campus's Writing Center, working one-on-one with students.
Writing

Writing

I taught two levels of freshman level composition for more than 20 years prior to my retirement, in addition to working with students one-on-one as a tutor. Students in my classes always had to have conferences with me to discuss their writing; we worked on everything from finding preliminary ideas to final polish. I have strategies for selecting and organizing ideas, for building depth (so your essay is long enough to meet the requirements) and cutting fluff or wandering off topic (so your essay isn't too long or unfocused), for expressing yourself clearly in language that is both your own voice and suitable for your audience.

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English,

English

I received my Ph.D. in 1999 from the City University of New York. I began teaching and tutoring while still in graduate school and then got a full-time, tenured position teaching on Long Island. In addition to my classes, I worked as a tutor in my campus's Writing Center, working one-on-one with students.
Writing

Writing

I taught two levels of freshman level composition for more than 20 years prior to my retirement, in addition to working with students one-on-one as a tutor. Students in my classes always had to have conferences with me to discuss their writing; we worked on everything from finding preliminary ideas to final polish. I have strategies for selecting and organizing ideas, for building depth (so your essay is long enough to meet the requirements) and cutting fluff or wandering off topic (so your essay isn't too long or unfocused), for expressing yourself clearly in language that is both your own voice and suitable for your audience.

Summer

Writing

Writing

I taught two levels of freshman level composition for more than 20 years prior to my retirement, in addition to working with students one-on-one as a tutor. Students in my classes always had to have conferences with me to discuss their writing; we worked on everything from finding preliminary ideas to final polish. I have strategies for selecting and organizing ideas, for building depth (so your essay is long enough to meet the requirements) and cutting fluff or wandering off topic (so your essay isn't too long or unfocused), for expressing yourself clearly in language that is both your own voice and suitable for your audience.

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Fellow creative with a fresh imagination and a love for people, especially those who live in the creative process.

Five minutes after speaking with Tonia, I knew I wanted to work with her again. She is a great midwife for writers. She is the nursemaid for storytellers who have novels in their bones. You give her an honest desire to write and she will give you an honest elevation of who you are.

John, 2 lessons with Tonia

$60/hour

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Tonia P.

$60/hour

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