Joanna B.


Joanna B.

Tutor

Tallahassee, FL 32309

Will travel 15 miles

$25 per hour.

5.0 18 ratings

Your Wordwright: facilitates original thinking

As a teacher, I love sharing the pleasures of learning with others. Of course, as a 'special credit' graduate for my first degree, and 'summa cum laude for my second,' I understood that passage through graduate and PhD programs would require even more hard work. The effort always proved worthwhile though, and for 14 years I also enjoyed tutoring at university and college level, especially because such work is cross-disciplinary. The experience has deepened my appreciation and knowledge of wh... [more]


Vocabulary

Work for four degrees in Literature exposed me to nigh on fifteen years of English vocabulary: at all levels and in many idioms. Engagement in college Writing Centers ensured use of that vocabulary across multiple disciplines, including History of the English Language. It didn't all start there, though; my love of words has been life-long. From nursery rhymes to Dickens, we can learn to play with them. From science we learn to appreciate accuracy and brevity. From art and great writers like Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton we learn how words can help create beauty.


Grammar

From childhood, I never actually knew or used bad grammar: it wasn't a part of my life! Later I tried to use slang or colloquial language, but it got me into terrible trouble because I didn't know the base meanings--so I dropped out of that fairly fast! In any case, my classical education and habit of reading good literature had already inculcated my love and understanding of good English. That understanding, by the way, was only reinforced by studying Latin, and later French and some Spanish; then, when I moved on to Old English--well, my appreciation of grammatical structure and syntax grew still further. Yes. I do know all kinds of things about grammar and how it helps to clarify a writer's thoughts.


Reading

English is my native language, and I've spent years studying all aspects of its application in creative and practical literature. As a result, I have four degrees in the subject, the highest being a PhD, awarded by FSU in 2010. During my last twelve years of graduate work, I tutored and taught both composition and literature classes. After that, I continued to teach at college level and also as a private tutor at all levels, including grade school. I especially love the tutoring aspect of this occupation: face-to-face interaction is surely the most rewarding for both student and teacher.


Writing

As shown in the subjects approved above, I hold four degrees in Literature--and it is axiomatic that the coursework involved large quantities of academic writing. I am, then, a well-educated writer. During my MPhil work at Glasgow, I received outstanding support from scholars who had earned their doctorates at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Those teachers held me to very high standards in writing; however, I returned to FSU for reasons which included a non-authoritarian teaching philosophy. In that context, my studies in rhetoric and the history of English combined with eight years of Writing Center work. Consequently, I developed teaching skills which facilitate student access to a full range of scholarship, encourage their creativity, and promote intellectual freedom. I find that this approach maximizes the potential for students to produce writing which will include them in the preservation, development, and transmission of knowledge and skills: for their society. My philosophy thus anticipates the mutual benefit of all, particularly when it is applied in the face-to-face tutorial setting.


English

English is the native language that I love; consequently, I've spent years studying all aspects of its application in creative and practical literature. As a result, I have four degrees in the subject, the highest being a PhD, awarded by FSU in 2010. During my last twelve years of graduate work, I both tutored and taught composition and literature classes. After that, I continued to teach at college level. I especially love the tutoring aspect of this occupation: face-to-face interaction is surely the most rewarding for both student and teacher.


ESL/ESOL

I have tutored foreign language students for at least eight years. My experience at college level includes working with students across all disciplines. In addition, I work privately, tutoring students at all levels, from 6th grade upward to PhD ... and it is true to say that my students regularly achieve A grades -- or successful dissertations.


Literature

My English degrees are in Literature. That is: a BA from FSU; an MA from FSU (emphasis on English Medieval Literature, especially Chaucer); an MPhil from Glasgow (again, Early English and Medieval material, especially "The Harley Lyrics"); PhD in English Literature (again stressing Early Medieval works, from the inception of written English and throughout the Anglo-Saxon period). Of course, I have also studied other literature, especially as my BA minor was in French. However, even as my earlier education progressed through British GCE "O Level" study of Virgil's Aeneid II - I had always read good writing, including translation of, for example, works in Russian (Tolstoy) and Spanish (Cervantes). Having thus spent a lifetime engrossed in literature that ranged through the canon--from poetry, legend, English classics ("Beowulf," Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, etc.), and even to detective fiction, I have strong skills in analysis and interpretation. My interests incline especially to Structuralism, which I honed while writing my doctoral dissertation on the use of 'interlace.' However, my overall education provided many tools to enhance hermeneutics, familiarizing me with critical techniques that extend from translation of Old English, and through Modernism and Post-modernism. Furthermore, this expertise works well in interpreting other media, such as drama and film. Knowledge of literature and criticism helps, too, in understanding the work of other students at all levels, and in encouraging them to develop their own creative and lexical talents. I especially enjoyed these experiences when teaching upper level courses in "The Short Story" at FSU.


Proofreading

English is my native language, and I've spent years studying all aspects of its application in creative and practical literature. As a result, I have four degrees in the subject, the highest being a PhD, awarded by FSU in 2010. During my last twelve years of graduate work, I tutored and taught both composition and literature classes. After that, I continued to teach at college level and also as a private tutor at all levels, including grade school. I especially love the tutoring aspect of this occupation: face-to-face interaction is surely the most rewarding, and provides the greatest success for both student and teacher.


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TOEFL

I have tutored foreign-language students for at least twelve years. My experience at college level includes working with such students across all disciplines and at all levels. In addition, I now work privately: tutoring foreign-language students - again at all levels, from 6th grade upward to PhD. These learners regularly achieve A grades, high test scores, and/or successful dissertations.


ACT English

English is my native language, and I've spent years studying all aspects of its application in creative and practical literature. As a result, I have four degrees in the subject, the highest being a PhD, awarded by FSU in 2010. During my last twelve years of graduate work, I tutored and taught both composition and literature classes. After that, I continued to teach at college level and also as a private tutor at all levels, including grade school and test scenarios. I especially love the tutoring aspect of this occupation: face-to-face interaction is surely the most rewarding for both student and teacher.