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Texas Woman's University (English, Education)
Texas Woman's University (Master's)
I am currently a college English Composition and Technical Writing instructor, and am also well-versed in the related Language Arts, Reading, Literature, and Journalism areas as well. I became state certified to teach K-12 English, Language Arts, and Reading, and English as a Second Language, after completing my teacher education program, as a student teacher with the Denton ISD. I have a Bachelor's in English, with an Education minor, and a Master's in English, with focus on literature.
I was a high school honors graduate, and magna cum laude in my undergrad degree, so I am also very knowledgeable in all K-12 content, as well as a range of college-level introductory subjects such as math, science, govt/history, etc., and have a working understanding of Spanish. In addition, I also have a strong foundation in computers, including hardware and software, online applications, desktop publishing, web and document design.
I have been tutoring with college writing labs since 2010, and have become proficient in working with students to develop their writing skills at various levels and stages, from brainstorming to editing, from online research and MLA/APA documentation to translating from native languages into "academic" English.
In addition, something I've noticed -- in my students anyway -- is a lack of learned study habits. Over the years, I've developed and taught students various strategies they can use to keep themselves organized, manage time, and study challenging material. I often assign homework, or introduce students to digital and online resources to help them learn good study habits, and to stay engaged between sessions, both enhancing their understanding, and progress through study material.
*I offer a free interview/meet-and-greet session before beginning tutoring sessions, to ensure that the parent/student feels comfortable with the tutor, the tutoring environment, and plans for lessons :) I am currently a college English Composition and Technical Writing instructor, and am also well-versed in the related Language Arts, … Read more
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Brieanna started tutoring our 17 year old son back in September, 2014. We chose Brieanna based on her profile in WyzAnt and we have not been disappointed! She's truly been a "Godsend"! Our son has ADHD, so tutoring can be a challenge, but not for Brieanna, who's been so patient, understanding and encouraging. She really relates to my son and he likes her a lot! Brieanna can tutor just about any subject. She's been helping our son with Algebra, Social Studies, Science and English. She's awesome! Brieanna is very flexible and easy to communicate with and her rates are very reasonable. We couldn't be happier with Brieanna and appreciate all of her help with our son. Brieanna has made a huge difference in our son's academic achievements! We would highly recommend Brieanna to anyone who's looking for a tutor.
I am a junior biochemistry (pre-medical) student attending the University of North Texas. As the conclusion of my junior year draws near, the medical school application cycle has just begun. As a part of my application, I am to write a personal statement and two optional essay, each having strict length and content guidelines. Honestly, I have spent countless hours studying the sciences, not writing, and I was very intimidated by the idea of my abilities as a writer being scrutinized to a degree similar to that of my abilities in medicine. I needed help, so I contacted Brieanna. I cannot express how much guidance, help and support she provided me over the course of the past three months. As an editor, she seamlessly condensed my initial rough drafts down to the mandated 5000 and 2500 character limits while retaining all important and vital points. She helped me in expressing each idea more effectively, succinctly and with better flow and continuity. Brieanna went out of her way to meet me at the university library, multiple times, to get to know my specific needs for the project and to devise a plan moving forward. If I couldn't meet in-person, her abilities in the use of Google Docs allowed me to peer edit along with her, from my home, at a convenient time for both of us. If you're looking for your writing to be more effective, concise and professional, look no further. Each of my pre-medical advisors commented on how moved they were by my personal statement and essays and I have Brieanna to thank. Thank you Brieanna for allowing my life story to transcend my limited abilities in writing and for supporting me in my journey towards attaining my dream. All the best, Chris.
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Brieanna's tutoring was very helpful. I was completely at a loss in using Windows 8. My sessions with Brieanna have given me the knowledge and tools I needed to use Windows 8. I am now able to download photos from my digital camera and iPhone, sort them into folders by subject matter, and retrieve them to insert in word processing documents or send by email to friends and family. She helped me learn to utilize the Microsoft Word processing program, and to feel comfortable using my new computer.
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I have much experience in this area. My younger brother was diagnosed ADD/ADHD as a child, and I worked with him throughout his middle and high school years, to help teach him study skills, and focus on his work together. I participated in his ARD meetings, discussed teaching strategies with his teachers. During this time I also conducted personal research and read personal account novels to see how best to help him overcome emotional and academic challenges associated with ADD/ADHD.
In my coursework in my teacher education program at TWU, I also took classes for Special Populations students, and learned best practice strategies in our studies for addressing special education students' specific needs, accommodation processes, and learning modalities and study strategies.
Besides personally, I have also been teaching for 5 years, from the preschool aged level, in high school, up to the college level, and have worked with students in my classrooms to help them recognize, and target ADD-specific strategies for college success, such as working with them to develop their focus, and use the positive characteristics of the disorder, to help them find productive and expressive outlets, and engage in their own interests.
I have used Adobe InDesign for 3 years, both at Texas Woman's University's student, multimedia newspaper, The Lasso, as well as with a English professor there, who was updating the TWU history, wherein I laid out and designed the 100-page photo history book.
I worked for North Central Texas College as an academic adviser. I advised incoming freshman, and returning students regarding their course, degree, and career goals. I assisted students in navigating online and on-campus resources, acquiring information about financial aid, and putting them in touch with transfer university resources. I currently teach freshman students and often render guidance about their academic career plans.
I have played chess for many years now, since I was a child. I also participated in school chess clubs, and competed against peers.
Since then, I have taught many friends and family members how to play, the basic rules of the games, and how to develop their own strategies.
A WyzAnt agent answered my query about what exactly was meant by "Classics"; s/he wrote: "The Classics subject refers to Greek and Roman mythology, philosophy, literature, and history."
I am very well versed in the classics. I have studied the classics many times both in high school, and in college. I took World Literature, and Comp I and II, which both extensively covered concepts and themes from the classics.
I also pursued extensive personal research into Greek and Roman mythology. I am very familiar with many of the mythos stories, characters, and concepts.
I have studied the history and philosophies as well in college-level courses in World History, and Philosophy. We discussed classical philosophical theories such as stoicism, epistemology, logic, ethics, political philosophy, including Plato's The Republic. We also studied Plato's Allegory of the Cave, and Aristotle's Poetics, in a literary criticism and analysis course.
Regarding literature, since I majored in English in my BA and MA, I have studied Homer's The Odyssey and The Iliad, Oedipus, Antigone, and more.
Recently, I even visited Italy, and saw many historical museums and monuments marking classical and cultural events and traditions.
I have worked freelance with local businesses for years producing various marketing materials, such as coupons, posters, brochures, etc. using desktop publishing resources and software. I have also worked on a history book project, as well as a university newspaper, also using desktop publishing software, design, and layout.
I took classes in the use of Dreamweaver, and subsequently used it to produce a handful of my own websites. I also use it for students in my Technical Writing classroom, to help them create their own websites for digital portfolios, and marketing materials.
I have tutored many students in the university writing labs at which I have worked since 2010, where many students with dyslexic come in for help with their reading, writing, revising, and editing skills.
After conducting extensive personal research into which pedagogical methods work best for these particular needs, I have learned to revise my own teaching practices to better suit the learning modalities of these students, such as multi-sensory instruction, and repetition.
I currently tutor many students with dyslexia, through WyzAnt, with their reading, math, and writing skills. We work daily on enhancing their strengths, and improving on their areas of need, using a variety of tools and strategies.
I also work with many students and co-workers when I teach English freshman in Composition skills. I often teach a variety of methods in revising, and editing, and the use of various software applications to help support these skills.
I have much experience with elementary aged children, and the course work at this level. I worked in a preschool for a year, working with the afterschool program, reviewing their elementary level literacy and math concepts. I also completed a number of student teaching internships at various local elementary schools, working both with the whole class, as well as small group instruction, and one-on-one guidance. I currently tutor two second graders, and a third grader with their reading and writing through WyzAnt, all of whom I have been working for over almost a year now, and each has shown positive results in their spelling, reading, and writing skills.
I have both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English. I am state certified to teach 8-12, which I did while student teaching, and now I teach at the college level, in Basic Writing, Technical Writing, and Composition I and II at local universities. I have worked in college writing labs since 2010, and still do today.
I've taken college-level courses in film literature, and film analysis studies. I often teach the use of visual and digital rhetoric, for both long and short films, and often assist students both students in my classes, as well as in the university writing lab in their analysis of long and short films, documentaries, other non-fiction media.
I have practiced my graphic design skills, including using desktop publishing software, design, and layout, for many years.
I began by working freelance with local businesses for years producing various marketing materials, such as coupons, posters, brochures, etc. using desktop publishing resources and software. Later, when I began work at Texas Woman's University's student-run, multimedia newspaper, The Lasso, I used Adobe InDesign for 3 years.
My most recent project was while working as a designer for an English professor at TWU, who was updating and re-publishing the TWU history, wherein I laid out and designed the 100-page photo history book.
I received A's in linear algebra in both high school and college. Since then, I have tutored outside of WyzAnt, in linear algebra since 2010 to friends and family, in order to pass college entrance exams.
I have used Access for many years, beginning in high school where they taught the Microsoft Office basic skills in my BCIS class. I found Access to be a very useful tool, and fairly user-friendly. I even used it for personal projects, such as cataloguing my personal book and movie library.
I have used Outlook for 3 years, as it was the emailing system used by the school district and universities I worked for. This was necessary for all work-related communications.
Recently, I have also taught a few friends and co-workers to use the software as well, to help them organize their email files, clean out old files to make space, and organize their contacts.
I have used Publisher for many years both learning through personal trial and error, as well as formal classes. I have created a litany of materials using Publisher, including marketing materials for local businesses, working freelance, such as coupons, posters, brochures, social media websites, photography, etc. I also teach the use of Publisher in my Technical Writing course at NCTC, wherein I support students in learning of using the program to create their own marketing materials.
Like most digital natives today, I have used Windows since I was a child with my first PC. I am quite proficient in the use of Windows, to use both basic operations such as installing programs, file management, backup and recovery, etc. I am also proficient in more advanced operations like reformatting and partitioning hard drive space, disk management, customizing start-run programs, and diagnostic applications such as virus detection, configsys, disk defragmentation, and checkdisk function.
I've taken college-level courses in nutrition, health and fitness, and have conducted much research personally into the subject of healthy nutrition choices, as well as healthy dieting plans. I have many online and hardcopy resources and textbooks at home also. In my experiences, I have also met with licensed nutritionists at gyms, who have helped me to design healthy weight loss goals and strategies.
I took public speaking/speech classes in both high school and college; however, my better qualification is my teaching experiences.
I've been teaching at the high school and college level since 2011, and have gained the experience of conquering my own public speaking anxieties, and so I am well able to teach others to learn their own way to do so as well.
In my own classroom, I work with my students when they are required to do a presentation for my class. I work with them both as a group, and one-on-one to hone their public speaking skills such as volume, tone, pace, to avoid stumbling, and overall confidence and conversational demeanor.
In addition to classroom teaching, however, I've also presented research papers at two academic conferences, for which, I admit, I was a little nervous, but with organization and practice I did well, and can teach others to do the same.
I am certified with State Board of Education for English, Language Arts, and Reading. I currently teach at college-level Basic Writing, Technical Writing, and Composition. I have worked at university writing lab since 2010.
I have studied Spanish off and on for many years. I first took Spanish instruction in school from 3rd to 12th grade, up to Spanish 4 in high school. In college, I also took Spanish level 3, after CLEP testing out of Spanish 1 and 2. Afterwards I tutored friends and classmates for about a year to help them review and practice their skills as well. I am currently conversational in Spanish, and proficient in pronunciation and spelling. In addition, after my initial teacher certification, I also certified in English as a Second Language, in order to learn best practices for second language acquisition theory and practice.
I have experience with the STAAR test, as not only a student, but also an instructor. During my student teaching education program, we reviewed the changes to the TAKS into the STAAR, and the attempts to re-align the test to the TEKS. We reviewed sample questions in class, and discussed ways to make the next generation of standardized testing students successful.
As an instructor, during my student teaching rotation, I participated in prepping students in elementary through high school to succeed on their TAKS tests. I am proficient in each STAAR subject area, and level. We practiced test-taking strategies, careful reading tips, etc.
I have extensive experience teaching study skills for both children and adults. I teach many strategies for both organization, note taking, using color coding, flashcards, self-quizzing strategies, as well as software applications on mobile devices, online, and programs to help aid in studying independently. I have also led group study sessions for teaching and reviewing concepts, notes, and test-taking strategies. I teach various methods for remembering names and dates for history, pronunciation for spelling, and tricks like mnemonics for processes. I teach several test-taking strategies in my own classes, such as taking breaks, skipping problematic questions and coming back later. For timed-writing tests, I teach them time management and outlining. I also teach time management in each of my classes, by having them read articles, make a weekly schedule, and using their mobile devices and agendas to help remind them of due dates, and to prioritize what needs to be done first. I also teach them to organize both their materials, and their workspaces to be more conducive. I've also written articles in the university newspaper about ways to study, to minimize distractions, stay organized, plan ahead, etc.
I have experience with the TAKS test, as not only a student, but also an instructor. I took these same tests while in school, and passed them all with recommendations in two of three subjects.
As an instructor, during my student teaching program, I participated in prepping students in elementary through high school to succeed on their TAKS tests. I am proficient in each TAKS subject area, and level. We practiced test-taking strategies, careful reading tips, etc.
I teach Web Design concepts as part of my Technical Writing course at NCTC. I first introduce students to the topics of design, and have them evaluate other websites' use of various design concepts-- color, movement, font, organization, white space, etc. Then I teach and evaluate their ability to create webspaces for their own hypothetical companies, and later for their own digital portfolios. I introduce students to various online tools for free web design websites, such as WordPress, Wix, Weebly, and Webs.com.
I have also created several web pages of my own, on various web hosts.