I'm pretty unconventional in my approach to teaching – consider yourself forewarned. Here are some things I teach exceptionally well:
- Novel Studies. Most students have no idea how to deconstruct the texts they read. Lucky for you I'm a master at close-reading. Building this skill before you head to post-secondary can make a huge difference in your life. You might even get some sleep. Individual or group – online or outdoors. Includes complex texts, read-aloud passages, reading strategies, writing prompts, in-depth questions to inspire critical thinking and thesis/idea development. We go deep so you're fully prepared for class assignments.
- How to write a freakin' paragraph. Seriously, folks. Beyond sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation, students need to learn what to keep in and what to leave out. And they need LOTS of practice.
- Essays. Not just research, outline, writing, and editing, but the critical thinking bits that help you craft a strong essay with a solid thesis statement and bullet-proof arguments.
- Exam prep. Colour-coded note-taking, annotation, and review techniques that actually help – for real. Plus: planning, organization, time management, creative problem solving, you name it. Again, sleep.
- Graphic design. Creating with intention, noticing details, embracing negative space... What can I say? I teach what I love. ❤︎