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Lessons offered by Joan
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Reading
  • Literature
  • Grammar
  • Literacy
  • Resume / Cover letter writing prep
Levels
  • All Levels

I can help you improve your English reading and writing skills! I am an Ottawa-based English tutor. I hold a Master in English Literature degree, and an Honours Diploma in Professional Writing.

Methodology

I do not find that the same method of teaching works for all students. It depends on their personalities and what level they are at in their English skills.

I try to make learning relevant to the students' interests. They are more attentive and learn easier if they actually care about what they are being taught.

I make the lessons challenging, but not so tough that my students get frustrated and stop trying.

Background

I hold a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and a Master in Environmental Studies degree from York University. My thesis for the Environmental Studies degree focused on Indigenous culture.

In addition to my university degrees, I also have an Honours Diploma in Professional Writing.

My professional history includes working as a writer, editor, and researcher for newspapers, magazines, blogs, as well as, non-profit organizations.

I also have experience as a high school English Teacher Assistant, and as a tutor at the university level.

Rates

Transportation Fee : $7
Rate for online lessons : $ 20/h

Details

My hourly rate is the same for all levels.

Transportation fees will be excluded, if I am driven to and from the client's home, or place of teaching.

A 30 percent cancellation fee is required.

Lessons offered by Joan
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Reading
  • Literature
  • Grammar
  • Literacy
  • Resume / Cover letter writing prep
Levels
  • All Levels

Joan's Resume



Joan, BA (Hons), MA
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada



HIGHLIGHTS OF Qualifications


10+ years combined experience in teaching, writing, editing, research and administration
Excellent writing, research and editing skills as demonstrated by award winning academic
essay writing, published book and articles
Well versed in the MLA Style Guide, The Chicago Manual of Style, APA Style Guide, and CP Stylebook
Excellent social media skills: Search engine optimization, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+, search engine optimization and web analytics
Strong computer skills: Proficient in MS Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Mac iWork: Pages, Numbers, Keynote; Google Docs
Professional writing skills include: Feature writing, content writing, report writing, proposal and grant writing, plain language writing, blog writing, reviews
Professuional editing skills: copyediting, line editing and substantive editing
Well versed in performing administrative duties including reception, updating databases, preparing correspondence, booking appointments, scheduling meetings and ordering supplies


EDUCATION & TRAINING


Professional Writing program Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ont. 2018-2019
(Direct entry into second year)

Master of Environmental Studies York University, Toronto, Ont. 2001-2004
(Indigenous culture and conservation)

Master of Arts University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.  2000-2001
(English Literature)

Bachelor of Arts Carleton University, Ottawa, Ont. 1996-2000
(Highest Honours, Dean’s List)

Photojournalism Loyalist College, Belleville, Ont.                          1994-1995


Professional communications and Administrative EXPERIENCE


Writer (Internship) Humane Society International/Canada 2019

Wrote grant proposals.
Wrote briefs and reports. Researched information.
Wrote staff profiles for the organization’s website.

Writer/Editor/Content Marketing Upwork (online contracts) 2011 - 2018

Researched information. Proofread and edited articles.
Wrote articles for blogs, business advertisements, and product reviews.
Promoted articles on social media sites.

Writer/Editor/Content Marketing Ecorazzi (online) 2013 - 2014

Researched information.
Wrote and edited articles.
Promoted articles on social media sites.

Ghost Writer/Editor/Content Marketing Pets Plus Us (online) 2013 - 2014

Researched information. Proofread and edited articles.
Wrote articles about pet health, nutrition, training and pet-related products.
Promoted articles on social media sites.

Administrative Assistant Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ont. 2007

Instrumental in determining statistical information to be used to update database
Designed and implemented process for collecting statistical information using Excel spreadsheets; entered data on a regular basis
Efficiently performed administrative and receptionist duties; filed documents, ordered supplies and typed correspondence

Client Care Administrator Warden Animal Hospital, Toronto, Ont 2005 - 2005

Kindly greeted clients. Weighed animals.
Created accurate client files (manual and online); maintained inventory and ordered stock as needed; processed incoming and outgoing mail; made bank deposits.
Worked on reception answering phone, booking appointments, and placing reminder calls.
Wrote letters and tended to bookkeeping duties.

Administrative Secretary York University, Toronto, Ont. 2001-2002
(Environmental Department)

Responsible for scheduling and preparing material for meetings; took minutes and distributed them accordingly
Interacted with and made proposals to the Dean, faculty, and academic administrators on initiatives related to the Faculty of Environmental Studies Strategic Plan
Photocopied, e-mailed, edited and distributed documents internally and externally

Media Technician & University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont. 2000-2001
Special Events Coordinator 

Prepared and organized media material for class presentations.
Maintained files for easy retrieval.
Photographed images of art collections.
Cropped and mounted photographs to be archived.

Teaching Assistant Merivale High School, Ottawa, Ont. 1997-1998
(English Literature and Grammar)

Interacted with students, presented lessons and provided regular feedback through review of grades on assignments/exams
Evaluated and assessed student performance using learning exercises
Helped improve the skill of students’ experiencing difficulties by teaching, organizing and designing special programs as well as using small-group learning principles

Media Technician & Carleton University, Ottawa, Ont. 1996-2001
Special Events Coordinator 

Prepared and organized media material for class presentations.
Maintained files for easy retrieval.
Photographed images of art collections.
Cropped and mounted photographs to be archived

Photojournalist/Reporter Metroland Media Group, Belleville, Ont. 1994-1996

Interviewed and photographed people and events for publication.
Developed and printed black and white, and colour film.
Wrote and edited feature articles.












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