Oberlin College (Comparative Lit.)
IU Bloomington (Master's)
My enthusiasm for tutoring stems from my own love of learning and sharing what I find to be meaningful and interesting subjects. After graduating from Oberlin College with a BA in Comparative Literature with a focus on English and Spanish I went on to complete a Masters degree in Spanish Literature at Indiana University in Bloomington. While there I taught three different levels of Spanish to the undergraduate students at IU. Throughout my time at Oberlin I tutored other students in Spanish as well as participating in a local program that brings Spanish to elementary and middle schools in the area.
Spending time abroad and expanding linguistically to include Portuguese really deepened my love of language, particularly those spoken in Latin America. Part of my time in South America was spent teaching English to Spanish speakers as well, offering me new perspectives on the process of learning the English language. I am a people person, patient and understanding. I love getting to know people of all ages and inviting them to expand their knowledge of any number of subjects, whether it's for their own benefit or toward accomplishing an academic or career goal.
I am also a singer/songwriter and guitar player and believe creativity can make learning more fun. For me tutoring is a cocreative process. I want it to be enjoyable!
I have lived in Chile for three months, Mexico for one and Brazil for two and a half. In addition I spent several years reading extensively (novels, plays, poetry, literary criticism and history) and writing length academic papers in both these languages.
My comparative literature major at Oberlin included years of English classes spanning from Chaucer through contemporary poetry and literature as well as a great deal of translated world literatures. Following the outstanding English grammar and writing program at my high school (Milton Academy in MA) the time I spent at Oberlin solidified my outstanding English skills.
I began studying voice at the age of twelve. After eight years of classical lessons and participation in all possible singing groups at Milton Academy I went on to write my own songs on guitar and for voice. I have produced two CDs.
If you are looking for a tutor who will work with you and truly listen to your needs I am the one! I am committed to putting energy into finding ways to help you according to your areas of concern and/or enthusiasm. My enthusiasm for tutoring stems from my own love of learning and sharing what I find to be meaningful and interesting subjects. After graduating from Oberlin College with a BA in Comparative Literature with a focus on English and Spanish I went on to complete a Masters degree in Spanish Literature at Indiana University in Bloomington. While
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For eight years I trained in classical voice in addition to being a member of a number of sight reading groups, from chamber singers to glee club to chapel choir. I have also been a singer/songwriter for fifteen years, occasionally tutoring voice through that time. I understand the importance of breathwork, enunciation, exercising the voice through warm ups and choosing music that excites the student to work on.