Beloit College, Beloit WI (Literature)
Syracuse University (Master's)
The College of New Jersey (Graduate Coursework)
Tutoring is a structured conversation based in something I am very passionate about (the English language). I find it particularly rewarding to spark an appreciation of the complexity and rewards of the English language in students who may be feeling frustrated. In a classroom environment, it can be easy to shut down and use the group to disguise a feeling of defeat. It is well-documented that the best way to learn is teach. I am an excellent listener and expect not only to teach, but to be taught! When you develop your own agency as a learner--when you move outside the box--good things can happen quickly.
As a 21-year veteran teacher and tutor, I have worked to advance the skills of students operating across behavioral, social, and academic levels. I can teach Literature from Homer to Shakespeare to Dickens to Eliot to Faulkner to Chabon. As a middle school teacher, I am also a fan of Lois Lowry, Carl Hiaasen, and S.E. Hinton. Although I should not be viewed as a tutor for SATs or ACT content beyond the reading and writing components, I have a great deal of experience as a test prep. teacher. I have recently been teaching MCAT prep for The Princeton Review.
As a teacher of writing, I have an excellent grasp of formal, academic composition, having written lengthy pieces for grad. school for my MS and MA (in progress). I am particularly good at using structures and organizers to work towards success in timed-writing situations. I have seven unfinished novels on my desktop and recently wrote a twenty page grad school thesis on the role of alchemy in "Frankenstein".
I'd be pleased to discuss your needs beforehand to see if we'd make a good team. Tutoring is a structured conversation based in something I am very passionate about (the English language). I find it particularly rewarding to spark an appreciation of the complexity and rewards of the English language in students
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I have completed several workshops on the CCSS. I have consistently planned and delivered lessons meeting its criteria and have taught test prep. for the PARCC exam, which is designed to assess a student's mastery of the Common Core.
I am qualified to teach the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Section of the test. Through The Princeton Review, I have taught two classes, each of which consisted of seven, three-hour lectures/discussions. Although I cannot use The Princeton Review's materials, I have spent a great deal of time analyzing sample texts, working through all the thorny questions, and figuring out strategies for time-management.