I first came to tutoring as an undergraduate student at SUNY Purchase College. As part of a very selective course in Literature called "Teaching Good Prose," I served as a Teacher's Assistant in a section of College Writing comprised of freshmen in Purchase's Educational Opportunity Program. I was responsible for assisting the instructor in moderating in-class workshops, teaching mini-lessons, holding private student conferences, and tutoring online.
My experience as a TA brought me to the Purchase College Learning Center, where I worked for three consecutive semesters as a Writing Tutor. Though my specialization is in tutoring essays in English and the Humanities (critical lenses; research essays; book, film, theatre reviews; personal essays) I saw a lot of work at Purchase in general proofreading and revising for a variety of academic assignments, in such fields as History, Psychology, Philosophy, and Sociology. My own academic background at Purchase was in Creative Writing. I also hold a minor in Screenwriting.
In the Syracuse area, I have tutoring experience as an employee of both Onondaga Community College and Syracuse University. I currently work for OCC's Educational Opportunity Program as an Academic Tutor II in writing across the curriculum, though I deal mostly with lower-level English coursework. I have worked as a tutor in English 099 for OCC's EOP Summer Bridge Program, designed to transition high school students and future EOPers into college. For this program, I tutored in-class and in group sessions.
At Syracuse University, I am approved to tutor student-athletes in several English and Textual Studies courses. I also have experience as a private English Tutor for middle and high school students. To date, I have tutored students in the Marcellus and Jamesville-Dewitt school districts, dealing mostly with personal reflections, book reports, poetry explications, scholarship applications, and general time management.
I am passionate about the duality of writing: it is equal parts creative and technical. I have worked with many students who struggle with the creative aspects of writing, but pride myself in my ability to teach the writing process as a wholly formulaic thing. I have had success with student writers who find they are stronger in mathematics and science. I can show you the nuts and bolts of English!
Overall, I find tutoring to be extremely rewarding, in that both parties typically walk away having learned something. If a student finds a particular academic task challenging, the tutor is forced to try and conceptualize it, too—and thus in my efforts to help other student writers, I find that I am becoming a better writer myself. I am encouraging without being demanding. I am patient without being dull. Let's work together.