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University of Pittsburgh (Engish - Writing)
Bloomsburg University (MEd)
I have experience in both college and high school level English tutoring and teaching. In undergraduate, I tutored English and worked with college students on revision and editing of college papers for the Pitt. In graduate school I worked with faculty to develop training programs for PRAXIS level examination preparation. The focus of my Master's thesis was "Writing in Education and the Role of the Teacher."
Post-college, I served 2 years teaching English and creative writing for local high schools. One year was specifically for creative writing and British literature, and the other was for 9th grade literature and American literature. Both years I worked with PSSA remediation students to improve their English scores on the state tests.
I also have quite a bit of experience (16 years) teaching outdoor skills with the Boy Scouts at a local summer camp. The skills I learned there have enhanced my instruction abilities in ways that I believe many teachers lack. Education has to be interesting and fun in order to be completely effective.
As a tutor I'm very laid-back and patient. I understand that not every student works at the same level or speed, and different methods of delivery must be explored to find the heart of a problem. I also take an "organic" approach to grammar- I believe grammar is constantly changing and is best learned when put into action- evaluated by the brain and ear. I do this through constant writing and out-loud reading as opposed to diagramming sentences or memorization of terms. Though I can help with memorization of terms, I am probably not your best choice if that is your trouble area and that is what the teacher expects. I have experience in both college and high school level English tutoring and teaching. In undergraduate, I tutored English and worked with college students on revision and editing of college papers for the Pitt. In graduate school I
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As a general subject, we cover topics generally covered in the 6th-8th grades, including, but not limited to: basic grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary, conversational language including short speeches and presentations, writing assignments, and short comprehension.
By meeting at least twice a week, we cover conversational English first and textual English second. Each lesson is punctuated by a short assignment to be completed by the next lesson so we can review, then move on to exercises-- including pronunciation and word choice.