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Lessons offered by Jenna
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Literature
  • Essay writing
  • Resume / Cover letter writing prep
  • Dissertation and thesis writing preparation
  • Rhetoric
Levels
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • College
  • Adult Education
  • MBA

College writing instructor with 5 years of teaching and tutoring experience offering english and writing lessons in Wilmington, DE

Methodology

Central to my teaching philosophy is my belief in the value of meeting students where they are, that is, in the value of making content relevant to students so that they are excited about learning, and in adjusting instruction to best serve the needs and strengths of individual students. I strongly believe in the value of helping a student through a problem, rather than simply telling them the answer. In order to do so, I always demonstrate a concept, then also coach the student through applying that concept themselves to their own writing. Breaking down a task into multiple steps in which the student takes on increasing responsibility and independence throughout the process, also known as scaffolding, is a recurring feature throughout my teaching for which students repeatedly express appreciation. To scaffold an essay assignment, for example, I would first teach the student brainstorming strategies, then have them practice those strategies to develop ideas for their own essay, then continue to coach the student through drafting their essay and then revising that draft over multiple weeks. This scaffolding approach helps students to practice and refine using writing strategies and also models for students how they can break down a project into manageable chunks, a valuable time management skill. My ultimate goal when teaching writing is to show my students how writing is already integral to their lives through social media posts, emails, texts, etc., and to teach them tools and strategies that can clarify and strengthen the message that they aim to deliver in their writing in order to improve their communication skills, not just their grammar!

Background

I have a Master’s degree in English with a specialty in writing studies, and I have taught writing classes and tutored writers at both the high school and college levels. As a writing instructor, I have spent the past four years teaching first-year college students the genre of college essay writing, as well as how to conduct research, to write longer essays, and to improve the clarity of their writing. Before teaching college writing classes, I tutored college students in a University Writing Center, providing one-on-one support to undergraduate and graduate student writers at any stage in their writing process, from brainstorming a topic, to refining a final draft. Though I specialized in writing during graduate school, my love for english began with literature. Given that I also hold a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Humanities, I am able to provide lessons in english language and literature as well as writing. While I have most recently worked with college students, I also have experience teaching and tutoring high school students online and in-person, individually and in groups. Given my experience, I am able (and excited) to offer english and writing lessons to high school and college-aged learners in either an online or in-person format. I am able to assist students with their current projects and/or create lesson plans for students who want to develop specific skills.

Rates

Transportation Fee : $7
Rate for online lessons : $15/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $85
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $175
Lessons offered by Jenna
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Literature
  • Essay writing
  • Resume / Cover letter writing prep
  • Dissertation and thesis writing preparation
  • Rhetoric
Levels
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • College
  • Adult Education
  • MBA

Jenna 's resume

Education
University of Delaware Newark, DE
Master of Arts in English, specialty in writing studies Jun 2019
Specialty exam topic: Silent students’ engagement in learning in first-year writing classrooms
Relevant courses: Composition Theory & Teaching Writing; Inequity in K-12 Education in Wilmington, DE
Awards: Writing Center Conference Funding, Summer Research Fellowship, Summer Research Assistantship

University of Louisville Louisville, KY
Bachelor of Arts in English and Humanities, double majors May 2014
Honors: Cum Laude, University Honors Scholars Distinction, English Honors, Golden Key Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Teaching and Tutoring Experience
University of Delaware Department of English Newark, DE
Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Aug 2015-Dec 2018
• Instructor of record for 6 sections of UD’s required First-Year Writing course; taught up to 44 students per semester the genre of college writing, to conduct research with university resources, and to communicate more clearly in writing
• Held individual conferences with each student to offer strategies to improve their essay and to discuss ideas
• Created course syllabi, assigned materials, designed assignments, graded student work, posted grades to UDSIS, etc.
• Selected to teach honors section of First-Year Writing
• Recommended several students in writing for study abroad programs and scholarships

University of Delaware Writing Center Newark, DE
Graduate Writing Tutor Aug 2015-Jun 2016
• Provided one-on-one consultation to all students within the University of Delaware academic community, with special emphasis on graduate student writing
• Presented on Writing Center services to undergraduate classes at teachers’ requests
• Trained in best practices in peer tutoring writing during a one-week graduate tutor training retreat
• Engaged in professional development and teambuilding activities at twice-monthly all-staff meetings

Kaplan Test Prep Louisville, KY
ACT/SAT Test-Prep Teacher and Premier Tutor Jul 2014-Aug 2015
• Proctored several Kaplan-sponsored practice tests, supervising up to 40 test takers in one exam
• Instructed a private 10-week ACT prep course of 7 students and a state funded two-week course of 24 students
• Taught high school students to recognize common types of test questions, to solve common questions, to answer more strategically, and other tools to improve multiple choice and essay writing scores
• Provided long term, one-on-one tutoring to multiple students; interpreted practice test results, created individualized tutoring plans, tailored instruction to students’ needs, corresponded with parents, and proctored practice tests

Professional Presentations
Conference on College Composition and Communication Kansas City, MO
Panel Presentation Mar 2018
“Representing Student Silences in Teacher Training Texts”

International Writing Centers Association Annual Conference Atlanta, GA
Panel Presentation Oct 2018
“Making the Student Do All the Work”: Tutors’ Perceptions of Student Silence in Writing Center Tutorials”


Program Directing Experience
University of Delaware Writing Center Newark, DE
Assistant Director of the University Writing Center Aug 2018-Jun 2019
• Co-facilitated twice-monthly meetings of over 60 staff members with professional development activities
• Designed and created 4 in-center engagement craft activities with bulletin board-style displays
• Planned and decorated for multiple writing center sponsored events and parties, and for holidays
• Managed special project, overseeing two staff members to produce poster and pdf resources of top writing tips
• Managed Dissertate Write Now!, a weekly writing group focused on making time for individual dissertation writing
• Developed writing center Instagram account, creating content to promote services, events, and news
• Supervised daily operations of center and work of student staff members during office hours
• Mentored graduate and undergraduate student tutors, answering questions about tutoring strategies, specific client issues, applying to graduate school, and choosing which classes to take

University of Delaware Newark, DE
Assistant Director of Composition Aug 2017-Jun 2018
• Co-planned and coordinated twice-annual composition faculty meetings, attended by over 60 instructors
• Performed a program assessment comparing student essays to a rubric of the writing program’s goals and objectives
• Reviewed transfer credit matrix and researched courses listed from other universities to eliminate irrelevant courses
• Researched dual/concurrent enrollment policies at peer institutions to support proposed changes to UD’s policy
• Maintained program website and blog with up-to-date links, contacts, materials from meetings, and program news
• Supervised 1/3 of all new instructors, conducting classroom observations of 12 instructors, meeting with each before and after the observation to provide feedback and to norm learning experiences of over 2,000 students in 125 sections
• Supervised and mentored a group of 5 new graduate student E110 instructors during their first semester teaching
• Mentored new instructors-in-training during pedagogy seminar, answering questions, providing a graduate student perspective on teaching writing in discussions, and offering ideas for lesson plans and assignments
• Assistant Editor of 2018 edition of The Arak Journal, the annual publication of 6 student research essays from UD

Leadership Experience
University of Delaware Department of English Newark, DE
Graduate Student Representative May 2016-Apr 2017
• Mentored incoming first-year graduate students, reaching out via email before they arrive at UD
• Supervised mentor program; assigned graduate student volunteers as mentors to new students and ensured contact
• Represented graduate students’ interests as a member of the English Department Graduate Committee
• Planned, scheduled, and coordinated events to increase community among graduate students

University of Delaware Newark, DE
International Film Series Leadership Board Feb 2016-May 2018
• Represented graduate students as a member of the executive board
• Chose and scheduled films to screen each semester, with other members of executive board
• Oversaw weekly film screenings and introduced films to audience

Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, Kentucky Alpha Chapter Louisville, KY
Vice President of Administration Nov 2011-Oct 2012
• Revised chapter constitution, revising language of rules, and adding new policies approved by the Executive Council
• Recorded minutes at chapter and executive council meetings, maintained calendar, and maintained chapter archives
• Implemented points system to increase member participation

Certifications & Skills
• Software & Programs: Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Canvas, UDSIS, Handshake, Qualtrics, Canva, Sakai, Blackboard, SurveyMonkey, DoodlePoll, WhenIsGood, Wordpress, Blogspot, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
• Citation styles: Deep knowledge of MLA style; familiar with APA and Chicago
• Delivering Learning Experiences Online Certificate, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Delaware, 2018
• CITI training for Human Subjects Research, University of Delaware Internal Research Board, 2017

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