The Writing Corner
My previous experience includes 3 years as the Managing Deputy Editor at The Economist Magazine's online website, www.eiu.com. In addition, my Master's Degree is in Education. I have worked with all levels of students on academic assignments, as well as completing college application essays.
The individual attention I provide as a tutor helps to foster quality work with my help, as well as skills that will remain with the students long after our sessions.
I love helping students achieve their best. Through unique lessons I am able to harness their interests as a way to teach them. In addition to seeing them master academic information, the transformation from low self confidence to complete confidence is extremely rewarding.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
My introductory tutoring session includes introducing myself to the student and sharing a little about myself, my experience and why I love tutoring. Then, I allow the student to share about himself or herself. We talk about their academic strengths and weaknesses and then I assess the skills we are targeting.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I was a Managing Deputy Editor as well an Elementary school teacher. In addition, I have been tutoring since 2004 across all subject areas.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My rate is $50 per hour.
How did you get started teaching?
I earned a Master's in Elementary Education and then proceeded to teach Elementary School as well as tutor at various levels.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with all different types of students. My goal is always to help students improve and gain confidence in the areas they are having the most difficulty thriving in.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I take great pride in motivating students that may not necessarily like the subject area of English. Recently, I was working with a middle school aged boy who was experiencing difficulty with reading and was resistant to writing. In getting to know him and his likes, I discovered that he loved comic books and superheroes. Not only did I research to find an amazing new book series that grabbed his attention but we also used his love of art to spark his writing ideas.
Introducing him to the book series in written and audible form allowed him to gain reading and comprehension skills. To foster independence and an interest in reading I guided his parents to allow him to read to himself sometimes and out loud sometimes. In his own words he said, "This makes me feel like a real reader".
In regards to his writing, through the use of his own drawings, he began to outline a story. We worked on the outline together and slowly he began outlining new portions on his own. We have yet to compose a full book from the outline but this progress alone has me feeling proud and fond of my student!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Perhaps one of the biggest tips I can give a student is to make sure their is a connection between the tutor and student. If the student dislikes their tutor it will be less enjoyable.
I'm addition, professional experience in the are you are being tutored in is key.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
They should think about the areas they are struggling the most in. They should also consider the teachers personality.