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Essay Writing / Study Skills
I am a recent graduate with a First-class Honours B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin. Originally from Massachusetts, I have been living in Dublin since I began my undergraduate study and intend to live in Ireland for the foreseeable future. At Trinity, I specialised in modernist and contemporary poetry and undertook modules on a range of topics: from John Milton's poetics to critical theoretical readings of Shakespeare to contemporary Irish writing and publishing. I also edited the campus literary magazine, Icarus, and was chair of the Trinity philosophy society, the Metaphysical society. Outside of Trinity, I have participated in several initiatives with Dublin art galleries, was an intern at PEN America (an arts/writing and human rights organisation), and run a Dublin open-mic, Cave Writings. I am passionate about creative and critical writing alike and am eager to teach students approaches to literature, creative writing, and the essay form.
With the DU Metaphysical society, I organised and led essay writing workshops for undergraduate students in English and Philosophy, helping a number of students brainstorm, arrange, and polish their essays. With Icarus, I led creative writing workshops, which helped prepare other students' submissions to the magazine. I have also independently tutored high school (secondary school) students in America in English and essay writing.
Approach to Grinds:
My approach to grinds, and to teaching more generally, involves a collaborative effort between myself and the student in which I rarely tell them exactly what to write. Instead, I intend to guide the student through their work, demonstrating how one may find the correct answer and/or how they may write a coherent, well-researched, and original essay. I hope that this approach helps the student improve their overall grasp of the subject so that they will feel better prepared when they encounter problems in the subject in the future. For English, I would encourage the student to write a short response to their assigned reading and, during our grinds, we would flesh out their ideas on the topic so that they will feel confident in expressing these ideas in essays and other assignments for their class. I would also take them, step-by-step, through problems or questions they may have about topics to ensure that they do not fall behind in their class. More practically, I am familiar with both the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert curriculum and, alongside my guidance in essay writing and approaching English, am prepared to cover the major topics they will need to know for success on the exam. Especially for exam prep like this, I would involve more rote learning activities to make sure the student will be well-equipped for the exam setting.
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- Trinity College Dublin (2020) - Honours B.A. English and Philosophy (Bachelors) (✔ On File)