Rebecca L.

New York, NY

$55/hr

NYC Ivy Grad Tutoring Writing, Literature, History, Social Studies

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Brown University

Education

Brown University

About Rebecca

**Please note: since making this account, I've moved to the West Coast and am no longer able to meet in person. However, I've kept my account as students have continued to contact me to work remotely on writing and research assignments. This has been a great way of working and allows nice scheduling flexibility for both my students and myself.***

Hi! I am a Brown alumna 2012 with a degree in US history. As an all-around humanities nerd I have great writing experience across a broad swath of subjects, with departmental prizes in literary criticism and critical theory, as well as strong background in primary-source research. I've worked as a tutor, mentor, and peer educator in the past with students ranging in ages and backgrounds, and have worked in all kinds of settings from informal discussion groups to formal academic programming.

In general, my students tend to be middle and high schoolers, though I've also worked with elementary school and college students. I also have experience working with dyslexic students and have learned great tactics to break down sources of frustration with them.

I'm at my best when I'm teaching writing. Being a naturally gifted writer is great, but it's not actually really related to successful academic writing, where being clear and specific is more important than anything else. I work with my students to develop a toolbox of essay-writing skills: crafting clear outlines, structuring convincing arguments, and fine-tuning language to be specific and direct.

I also have great research experience and love helping students work through research papers, which I know can be especially daunting. Beyond my academic background, I have four years of experience working in libraries, special collections, and museum archives; I also chaired a series of educational workshops on historical research methods for Brown and RISD students at the John Carter Brown Library. I try to have a sense of humor about primary research - which often seems dry or daunting to students - and I want to help find both curiosity and amusement in the detective work of historical writing.

Beyond writing assistance, I love helping students find study habits and organizational skills that work for them. Those components are two of the biggest factors in school success, and I've seen a similar pattern with many students who haven't honed those skills: they don't get their work done or don't focus on the most important material, their grades come out mediocre because the work is scattershot, and in turn their confidence suffers -- they think they're getting bad grades because they're not smart, when in fact the issue is that they're just not managing their assignments well. I am happy to talk through students' assignments with them and strategize incredibly simple plans of attack for getting stuff done, whether it's just breaking down one assignment into manageable parts, or creating schedules for the week that help determine what's urgent to complete and what can be saved for after that. I like my students to set personal, self-determined goals; where I come in is just to offer them new structures by which they can achieve those goals.

Outside of tutoring I am a full-time painting student. Integrating different fields of study has been essential to my own learning process, and I try to help students connect the subject at hand to other fields that interest them. In my own experience, a solid, individualized work plan is almost as important to academic success as a grasp of the material itself. I want to help students find ways that they can engage with their work and be excited about learning.
**Please note: since making this account, I've moved to the West Coast and am no longer able to meet in person. However, I've kept my account as students have continued to contact me to work remotely on writing and research assignments. This has been a great way of working and allows nice Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of New York, NY 10023
In-person lessons
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Art:
Art History,
Art Theory , Drawing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English,
Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
College Counseling
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, Grammar, Proofreading

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American History

With U.S. history as my undergraduate major, I specialize in research paper assistance, as well as tutoring for the AP, the SAT II, and general coursework in US History.

Art History

I specialize in art history research papers, as well as the AP exam. I have completed coursework in art history and studio art, and have five years of professional experience in museums and galleries.

English

I specialize in writing assistance, as well as reading and SAT/ACT verbal.

Social Studies

Social studies can be one of the most intimidating subjects to students because it engages both abstract thinking and practical reasoning; it also is very writing-intensive, often demanding large amounts of reading and research. I work with students across the board in writing assistance, study skills, and general week-by-week homework help. I specialize in writing assistance, working with students on a structural level to build a paper's outline, and then on a content level, offering tools by which students may learn to express ideas more clearly and effectively. I am also always happy to offer assistance with research strategies and fine-tuning ideas.

For students who need help with social studies readings, I go slowly with each student through his or her assignments, and discuss the text with questions that build the student's analytical reading skills. I also aim to help the student articulate his or her ideas clearly -- often students with brilliant ideas find that their thoughts get lost in translation because they can't always present complex thoughts in a clear or simple way. This is incredibly discouraging and often leads very smart kids to needlessly doubt their abilities. I help students as both a tutor and mentor in this respect, combining practical work tactics and personal discussion to advance students' reading abilities and their confidence.

Finally, I help students prepare for exams by building outlines and reviewing together. I also work with students more generally to develop test preparation skills in this subject.

Study Skills

Time management and focus are crucial tools to academic success, but they are not innate qualities -- they are skills that require hard work to develop, and yet they are not taught in school. However confident a student may feel in his or her knowledge of a subject, it can be just as discouraging to falter on an assignment because of disorganization or time management issues. By working closely with students to develop simple, personalized, step-by-step study habits, I help each tutee find a work process that is manageable and realistic, while also achieving results and improving personal confidence.

Writing

I specialize in teaching academic writing. I help students approach papers on a structural level: as we plan an outline together, they learn tools to build future essays in an approachable step-by-step format. We then work together on the paper's content, focusing on thesis, language, and supporting evidence. Finally, we proofread the paper together.

I also provide assistance, when applicable, on preparing research papers and writing bibliographies.

Brown University

Education

Brown University

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rebecca will travel within 5 miles of New York, NY 10023.

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