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University of Houston (Marketing)
Rice University (Master's)
I come to tutoring as a subject matter expert in the English language. In middle school and high school, I was active in an organization called Peer Helpers, which was devoted to peers helping peers. Through that affiliation, I volunteered my time to orienting new students, as well as counseling and tutoring fellow students. I also worked as a paid tutor during evenings and weekends, coaching students of all ages in writing, literature, and reading. In addition, I would help my stepsisters from Taiwan with their English, as well as friends of my father (who is Chinese). From eighth grade through my second semester of college, I tutored many students in writing, literature, and reading. From my second semester of college and onward, I have focused on being an expert in the English language, including holding jobs as editor, researcher, and writer for the bulk of my career. In 2010, I also completed my master's degree in liberal studies, focusing my coursework on the creative writing of a memoir.
Throughout my work now as a freelance editor and writer, and in my work as an English/reading/writing tutor, I teach my clients the fundamentals of the English language. Our language is beautiful and complex, and requires the knowledge of many grammar rules to use it to communicate. I try to focus my clients on the point they are trying to get across, and what they are trying to say. How can you say it in as few words as possible? What tactics do the world's best writers use to tell a story? How can you, as a writer, make your content come alive? What tone does your writing have? What voice? I like to employ exercises, such as looking for lower quality writing and rewriting it, or highlighting what makes high quality writing as good as it is. In addition to focusing on the task at hand (test, paper, etc.), it is important to do freewriting to keep the mind in a constant state of thought and sentence construction. I come to tutoring as a subject matter expert in the English language. In middle school and high school, I was active in an organization called Peer Helpers, which
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