I was a bookworm as a child. My favorite outing was to the library, where I’d check out a stack of hardbacks so tall my arm would ache by the time I got to the circulation desk. One of my greatest pleasures as an English tutor is sharing with students books I enjoyed as a child. I love watching students chuckle when describing the mischief that Tom Sawyer and Anne Shirley get into. I also love sharing books I’ve studied, such as Jane Eyre and Great Expectations, with my older students. At IYE, we assign literary classics to our students, using our online texts with highlighted vocabulary words. We guide students through close reading of these classics, giving our students not only a deeper understanding of writing craft but also an opportunity to get inside the minds of people living in different countries and eras. I hope that studying these books gives students a love of reading and an empathy for others.
I also enjoy teaching writing. As a professional writer, I know that being able to express ideas clearly in writing not only gives students an edge as they work towards college, it pays dividends in the workplace after college. I’ve spent my life writing and studying writing, and it’s a joy to pass on some of the techniques I’ve learned, such as using concrete details, cutting excess words, and varying sentence structure. IYE has specific curriculum to help writers in all of these areas–handouts, worksheets, and exercises all tailored to student needs. Many of these teaching tools are tutor-created. My fellow tutors are the most accomplished in the tutoring profession, and together we have a vast pool of knowledge that we can draw upon to make our lessons more productive. I like working at IYE because I can teach subjects I love with a team of talented and dedicated colleagues.