about tft

Until my sophomore year in high school, I hated writing. Well, perhaps I did not hate writing itself, but I loathed all of the rules I had to learn and relearn year after year. "I don't care about what a gerund phrase is! Who cares whether that is a complex or compound sentence?" I would whine to myself as I faced yet another workbook full of sentences to be diagrammed and paragraphs to be re-written. A Beka was my sworn enemy, "Grammar and Composition" my arch-nemesis. Then I took an English Literature class in my home school community.

While I had always resisted delving into the world of writing, I loved to immerse myself in reading. I may very well be president of Bookworms Anonymous, considering my addiction to the written word. This Literature class took my love of reading and transferred that delight to the realm of composition. We wrote a lot that year, evaluating poems, comparing plays, analyzing philosophy in essays, and writing our own poetry. Gone were the workbooks! I unconsciously put what I had learned into practice - and enjoyed it. I slowly began to wonder if all those years spent getting pounded in the head with all those rules had really been a waste. I was able to focus on what I wanted to convey, without having to agonize over whether I was writing it correctly.

I believe that understanding how to write well is foundational to succeeding in every other academic subject. Subjects like History and Philosophy rely on the student's ability to read well and write clearly. Even science occasionally requires written reports or papers. There is no logical reason not to want to write with excellence.

In high school, I took four years of the Great Books Tutorials from Fritz Hinrichs of the Escondido Tutorial Service. He and his wife, Christy, had a great impact on my love for -- and excellence in -- writing. I recently graduated from Biola University in La Mirada, California. I received my Bachelor of Arts in History, but it was a hard decision to choose between history and English. During the my three years there, I worked at Biola's Writing Center as a writing consultant. For the 2008-2009 school year, I also served as the Writing Center's coordinator. I helped undergraduate and graduate students with everything from English 100 assignments to dissertations. My favorite semester was the one I spent abroad, studying at Oxford University. Not surprisingly, we were placed under very high expectations regarding our essay-writing. It certainly put my skills to the test, and I shall never forget that demanding and rewarding experience.

Since graduating in 2010, I have thrown myself into my work as a tutor. My areas of writing expertise lie in: Grammar and Composition, Organization, and Style. I have begun to tutor history curriculum as well. Most of my clients are students, but I have also edited works to be published. This includes a fledgling endeavor of Biola University's History Department: The Sutherland Journal of History and Social Sciences (publishing its first issue Spring 2012).