FAQS

Looking for an experienced and compassionate tutor?


What are your qualifications?

For a complete overview of my professional experience, check out my CV.

Education
  • Ph.D. in Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz, expected 2023
  • M.A. in English Language and Literature, Mills College, 2017
  • B.A. in English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
Teacher Training and Pedagogy

I’ve completed teaching pedagogy courses at Mills College and UC Santa Cruz specific to composition and literature. Based on the studies I’ve read and my own classroom experience, students retain information and make deeper critical connections if given a chance to apply knowledge through directed activities. For this reason, I’m a strong supporter of active learning and consider myself more of a host, coach, or guide as opposed to a lecturer. I may be meticulously organized when it comes to scaffolding lessons, but I recognize that each student is unique and am quick to adjust lessons to fit individuals’ needs.

I’ve also studied feminist pedagogy with renowned activist Bettina Aptheker at UCSC. I take much of my inspiration from Black feminist scholars such as bell hooks, who believe that the classroom should be a space of joy and liberation and that students enter the classroom with authority as sources of situated knowledge. I consider myself a learner alongside my students and I hope to gain as much from them as they do from me.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant at UC Santa Cruz

2018 – Present

I work closely with Literature department faculty members to design course syllabuses and activities, hold class sections and one-on-one office hours, and assess student performance. I’m a passionate instructor and recently won the 2020 UCSC Literature Department Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant.

Teaching Assistant at Mills College

2016-2018

I collaborated with faculty to design course syllabuses and activities, held monthly study groups and mandatory bi-weekly one-on-one office hours, and modeled presentation strategies for undergraduate students. After graduating with my MA, I designed and moderated graduate student theory salons.

Digital Humanities Coach

2018-Present

I work with university faculty and administrators to design solutions for online course delivery, brainstorm remote synchronous and asynchronous classroom activities, and help increase digital literary. I train faculty and students in using applications such as Google Drive, Canvas, WordPress, ThingLink, and more.

Multilingual Student Tutor at Mills College

2016-2017

I tutored both native speakers of English and students of multiple languages in academic English and college composition.

Courses Taught

Lower Division

  • The Politics of Fashion
  • First Year College Composition and Rhetoric

And I’ve consulted on many more.


How much does tutoring cost?

Fees vary from $25-$40 per hour depending on the subject, student academic level, and frequency of meetings.

In general, subjects that require prior preparation or research before the tutoring session, such as literature or critical theory, are charged at a higher rate than composition.

Additionally, longer sessions or those scheduled on a recurring basis are more likely to receive a lower rate.


Do I come to you, or do you come to me?

That depends on you! Many students prefer the convenience of studying at home, while others are motivated by a change of scenery. During our first consultation, we’ll discuss your preferences and pick a meeting place.

I’m happy to come to where you are, or we can split the distance between us and study at a midway coffee shop. I’m based in Oakland and can travel anywhere in the East Bay. Depending on my schedule, I can even travel as far as south as Santa Cruz (where I work and study).

***Given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and for everyone’s safety, my first preference will be to meet via Zoom or Google Hangouts. However, if we’ve both been sheltering in place and are fever-free, I’m open to the possibility of in-person meetings.


What can I expect during the first session?

We’ll start by discussing metacognition (a fancy term for thinking about how you learn). This is important because it will help us understand what kind of learner you are and help me design lessons tailored to your specific needs.

Then we’ll discuss your long term educational goals and work backward to build a series of attainable, concrete benchmarks to help you achieve them.

For example, if you’d like to earn a specific grade in a course, we’ll start by reviewing your syllabus, your instructor’s grading rubrics, and any coursework you’ve already completed to determine your instructor’s expectations and set a baseline for your performance. Based on these factors, we’ll decide which areas you’d like to focus on and I will build a flexible schedule of lessons targeting those areas.

Finally, we’ll work together according to the agreed upon schedule to close the gap between where you are and where you’d like to be!