Why Tutoring?

You or your child enjoy school–or maybe you don’t. Maybe classes are going well, or maybe they’re a struggle. Either way, working with a tutor can provide the one-on-one attention you need to not only perform your best in school, but to learn according to your own style, at your own pace.

When Should You Hire a Tutor?

Sometimes it’s tough to know when to work a private educator. If you find yourself nodding along to any of the following for you or your child, a tutor might be the solution you need.

  • You’re struggling in a particular subject or in general with your studies.
  • You have a big test or paper coming up and you’re nervous about it or need to brush up on your study skills.
  • You want to become a stronger writer and/or reader.
  • You’re falling behind on assignments or you feel that they’re taking you too long.
  • You leave class/school wondering what your teacher was talking about.
  • You’re starting to think about higher education.
  • You’re in college, but find the transition from high school to be a difficult one.

If any of these situations apply to you, keep reading to find out why you should contact me about tutoring.

Why Me?

If you’ve figured out that you need a tutor, you might wonder where to turn. Let’s start out with my education:

  • BA in Art History from Southern CT University, 2007. GPA 3.08.
  • MA in English & Creative Writing from Southern NH University, 2015. GPA 4.0. Membership in Sigma Tau Delta (the International English Honors Society) and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
  • Mountainview MFA Fiction Candidate at Southern NH University, expected graduation 2019, with graduate certificate in teaching composition.

I want to tutor because I love helping students learn, and learn to love learning. I have experience tutoring students in middle school, high school, and college. I scored a 660 on the verbal section of the SAT; there was no writing section yet when I took it (in the 1990s!), but I’ve tutored students in the SAT. I’ve also administered the test to both general education and special education populations.

As part of my MA degree, I took a seminar in teaching writing that involved studying pedagogical strategies and designing a course, complete with six lesson plans, rubrics, handouts, and a syllabus. In addition to studying fiction, I also studied poetry, linguistics, and literary theory.

As part of my graduate certificate in teaching composition, I took a 4-credit course on teaching that involved additional pedagogical study and the creation of a teaching portfolio (CV, syllabi, lesson plans, assignments and rubrics). I observed a freshman composition class and am currently observing a sophomore research and public speaking seminar, working one-on-one with students and planning and teaching lessons when granted time from the professor. As a culmination to this program, I will teach a freshman composition class as an adjunct professor in fall 2018.

I also have two years’ experience working as a special education paraprofessional. I’ve also written professionally for over ten years.

I hold a third-degree black belt in Chinese Kempo. As part of my pursuit of this hobby, I taught martial arts on a daily basis for over five years, instructing students ages 3 to 65+.

I actively write, edit, and seek publication for my own fiction. I’ve had short stories published in several literary magazines.

What Can You Learn?

I tutor in a number of subjects and skills based upon my experience and education:

  • English
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Literature
  • Linguistics
  • US history
  • World history
  • Art history
  • Study skills & organization

Ready to Learn?

If you’re ready to work with a tutor to improve your education, or your child’s education,  then please drop me a line. I tutor both online and in-person (the latter only within a reasonable distance). I look forward to learning more about your educational needs and helping you meet them.