Tutor in Eureka, California
Hello! My name is Dani and I am a reading a writing tutor. I have over nine years of experience tutoring English and editing. For five years, I worked at a local community college with students of all ages and levels, and I have been tutoring privately online for seven years. I specialized in English as a second language skills, and I am well-versed in MLA and APA formats. Although I mainly tutor college students, I am also happy to tutor high school students, as a lot of the foundations of writing are built at this time. I also offer editing services should you need help with a non-assigned piece of writing such as a cover letter, personal statement, and more. Whatever the case, I would love to help you become a better and more confident writer!
I completed my bachelor's degree in English rhetoric and composition at California State, Long Beach, and with a 3.8 GPA. Through both my education and job experience, I am familiar with a wide array of writing styles, assignments, and expectations, so I am very confident that I can help you with whatever you have at hand.
I am very passionate about tutoring and teaching for a very specific reason: attending and working at a community college has taught me that students (in both college and high school) are very often not given the direct and specific instruction that is necessary to understand the complex process of reading and writing, especially when it comes to analytical papers. I've found that these are the number one culprit for students feeling uneasy with their papers and for their resulting unsatisfactory grades. This was and is my inspiration to teach!
I believe that I can, in each and every unique circumstance, accurately assess a student's strengths and weaknesses in their writing, according to both my own experience and opinion and as well as the expectations of their teacher/professor as I interpret them through the syllabus and/or assignment prompt. Once I have done this, unlike a teacher or professor who may be forced to simply assign a grade and highlight errors, I formulate a personalized lesson for my student to achieve two specific goals: 1. Improve the current writing assignment 2. Improve the students' writing skills so that they are more prepared for their next paper. I do this by first going through the assignment in detail with the student, often having them read portions of it aloud to me or sending it to me before our appointment. I then go through their paper in detail, noting what I find that could use some improvement. However, instead of merely improving the paper in front of my student, I walk them through their errors and help them learn the skills they need to fix or avoid them in the future. Also, if the analysis or content of their text is lacking, I will ask my student a series of deepening questions so that they arrive at a higher level of thinking on their own.
Regardless of assignment, level, or ability/disability, I am confident that I help my students become better and more confident writers for their road ahead, whatever it may hold.