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David O.

Buffalo, NY

$35/hour

The English Literature, Writing, and U.S. History Professor

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St. Bonaventue University
St. Bonaventue University
Master's
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Master's

Education

St. Bonaventue University

St. Bonaventue University (Master's)

University at Buffalo, State University of New York (Master's)

About David

I hope I can be of some help to you as you seek to learn more about the subjects you are studying.

First, I commend you for seeking extra help and wish you all the best in your schooling! Now, you would probably like to know a little about me.

Having completed a BA in English from St. Bonaventure University in 2001 and an MA from the same school in 2003, I had very successful positions as a Writing Instructor at St. Bonaventure University, Alfred University, Elmira College, and New Mexico Highlands University. In addition to those experiences, I have substitute taught English and American history classes in middle and high schools in the Horseheads Central School District, the Elmira Heights Central School District, and the Elmira City School District. I also felt very excited to be a tutor in the Horseheads Central School District's "homebound" tutoring program, and I have enjoyed tutoring many of my freshman composition students during office hours as I discussed their papers and the class readings with them.

As a tutor, I want our sessions to be beneficial to you and cater to your learning style. This means I will listen to what you would like to gain from our meeting and hope to have a one-on-one, give-and-take, collaborative conversation about your work. This means my goal is to not sit down with you and lecture your ear off, but offer cordial, professional advice, all the while wanting to hear your ideas, feelings, and opinions. I can provide sessions in more of a lecture format if you feel you like to learn better in that style. I am also willing to take the time to provide you with helpful handouts and worksheets. I like to be as creative as I can, especially with helping out your writing skills, in finding fun writing prompts based on your personal interests. I always make strong efforts to relate English literature and writing course content to your life or to current events. I also understand that writing, even an academic essay, is personal; thus, I start by looking at and stressing what I love about your writing (the fact that you used an exclamation point as opposed to a period, for instance, to express a certain idea) and then work from what I love about your writing. We are all human, of course, and thus can make mistakes (even some of the finest written newspapers, which are carefully edited, can have errors in them); however, I do my best to point out errors in a piece of writing in a warm tone and offer ways to improve those errors. I like, too, to work with you on this. For instance, if I suggest a sentence to be re-worded one way, you might work off of this and think of a word or phrasing that sounds good to your ears, and I want to hear these ideas. The papers from my freshman college students were handed back to them with copious comments in the margins in my hand writing pointing out grammar rules and offering advice such as, "while it may make sense in speech patterns to flow right into the next thought here, having no comma in between sentences makes this a run-on and causes the reader to read through these ideas just a little too fast. Putting a semicolon here would make this flow even better."

In terms of how I approach teaching literature, I feel we all have unique life experiences and belief systems that play into how we are interpreting a piece of literature. It is fun for me to help summarize a plot or explain how characters are related in a novel to hopefully have you leave with a greater understanding of the work. I love to get you engaged with the literature that you are studying, having it make sense to your life by bringing out your interpretation of the story. I do this by having you practice with interpretive questions (open- ended questions that ask why something happens in a story or why you think the author made the decision to write any element of the story the way he or she did, which can then help us to arrive at a message or theme of the literature). I also love to do this by introducing you to the stages of the hero's journey seen in so much of the literature out there and see if you want to try to gain a better understanding of the work through such a lens.

I have a passion for the written word and a passion for those stories that we (the readers) start to unravel when we fold back the cover of a book. Writing, words, and ideas are a type of power, and I think it is so neat that my major, English, allows everyone to bring his or her unique voice and lives to the plate.

Finally, I would like to welcome anyone - younger school children and their families to college students; for those of you in college, I would gladly help with your theme papers and research projects and discuss the literature you are studying. I also have a good knowledge of U.S. history as I find its periods fascinating and love the parallels between the study of it and the study of English literature. I look forward to working with each of you and your families, and I stress my deep appreciation of the time you took to listen to what I had to write here. Good luck in all your endeavors!
I hope I can be of some help to you as you seek to learn more about the subjects you are studying.

First, I commend you for seeking extra help and wish you all the best in your schooling! Now, you would probably like to know a little about me.

Having completed a BA in
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Buffalo, NY 14210
In-person lessons
Science:
Biology, Ecology
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Writing
History:
American History, European History, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Grammar

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St. Bonaventue University
St. Bonaventue University
Master's
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Master's

Education

St. Bonaventue University

St. Bonaventue University (Master's)

University at Buffalo, State University of New York (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 40 miles of Buffalo, NY 14210.