I have lived in Italy, in the United States and in Ireland. I did my postgraduate studies in the US, where I obtained my Ph.D. and became Professor at Carleton College, a top liberal arts college (a liberal arts college is an institution for the first 4 years of university education, which values teaching ability over any other skill). After moving to London in 2003 to join my family I have taught at the MA level in the Department of English Language and Literature at King's College London and have also been tutoring privately. I have written and edited 4 books (plus a forthcoming one) and about 50 articles of literary criticism, and translated a dozen books from English into Italian.
I have over 30 years teaching experience as a private tutor for ages 8 and beyond (for English as a foreign language), GCSE and A Level, and as professor of English Literature and academic writing at university level. I have taught English Literature, Theatre, Gender Studies, English as a Second Language, Italian Language, Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Literary Criticism, and Writing for Academic purposes at universities in the US and in London both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Therefore I am especially well equipped to help foreign students to acquire the necessary skills to succeed within the English university system. I have a long experience of coaching students on essay writing and helping them overcome writer's block.
I have also had a long experience of teaching students who suffer from a wide spectrum of issues, ranging from depression to bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder.
I strongly believe that the difference between success, failure and disenchantment depends on how a student is taught. The assumption that every person learns in the same way and the lack of confidence and boredom that follows the implementation of a method based on such belief, are the greatest enemies of learning. Therefore I work hard to understand what teaching approach yields the best results for each student; I prioritise building the tutee's confidence and keeping him/her interested and engaged, for no interest equals no learning.
|Languages||Italian, English (British), French|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Penn State University, USA||1998||Doctorate||PhD English|
|University of California Davis, USA||1993||Masters||MA English|
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|English (Foreign Language)||In-person||Online|