I offer fun memory tricks to help students succeed, especially with regards to essay formatting. A typical class would include a short writing activity, followed by proofreading the piece together, in order for the student to reach conclusions about their work independently. This ensures that the student truly understands the subject material. I want the students to come away from class with a love for learning and the writing process, as opposed to stressing about the grade obtained from their work.
I am currently a performance creation and research undergrad at York University. I have a Cegep Degree in Liberal Arts, and have worked as an English Tutor at John Abbott College's Writing Centre and as a private tutor for high school students. I have published short stories, poems, and articles in the John Abbott literary journal, and have an Honors Certificate in English from the college.
Creative, considerate team player with experience as an English tutor at both the collegial and high school levels, as well as three years of experience as a children’s dance teacher. Motivational, caring mentor who builds rapport and positively encourages students to take pride in their work. An ambitious and passionate student determined to help students gain confidence in their English language abilities.
Dance Instructor and Choreographer 09/2015 - 06/2018
Sheila Parkins Academy of Dance and Music
Trained students ages 3-12, with particular focus on ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theatre, in preparation for a year end showcase. Students gained confidence, a passion for dance, as well as technical and artistic skills.
Created the school’s first recreational musical theatre program in order to make this style more accessible to younger students.
Worked in a team environment to uphold quality and continuity of service to all families, and gained positive feedback from parents and created a welcoming space.
Executed weekly lesson plans for eight classes, which resulted in organized, efficient use of time to ensure goal achievement.
Managed backstage area during performances to ensure the year end showcase functioned smoothly.
English Tutor 04/2016 - 06/2016
Kuper Academy High School
Tutored students for their ministerial English exit exams, particularly ESL students, in grammar and essay formatting, which improved their overall writing skills
Developed creative tricks and tools to help students remember their lessons.
Positively motivated students to bolster confidence in their abilities.
Honours Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Creation Expected June 2022
York University, Toronto, Ontario
Co-Director of Initiatives for York University’s Theatre Student Association: Organized events for Theatre students, which fostered community within the program.
Member of Winters Residence Council at York University: Organized events for Winters Residence to build community and a support system for students living away from home. Delegated tasks in order to promote teamwork and efficiency.
Diplôme d'études collégiales in Liberal Arts 2015-2017
John Abbott College, Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue, QC
Awarded English Honours Certificate (portfolio-based, with above 85% average in four English classes).
Awarded the CIBPA Meritorious Academic Bursary.
Graduated in the top 10% of the Liberal Arts program.
Received the Women Studies, and Peace and Social Justice Studies Certificates.
Published poems and short stories in student literary journal.
DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue française) from Kuper Academy (2015)
Volunteered as an English tutor for the Writing Centre: Integrated a variety of teaching styles which met diverse students’ needs to help them achieve their individual academic goals.
Guided students through the editing process which encouraged them to think independently.
Promoted the learning process over the resulting grades to foster a love of writing.
Sara cares deeply about the topics being discussed and when tutoring will often go above and beyond to help others understand. I went into one of her sessions not feeling very confident about an upcoming test but, with her help I felt prepared for it after our session. Overall, Sara is very kind and will go at a pace to allow all her students to understand the information thoroughly. I strongly recomend.
Sara is such a great tutor and goes the extra mile to make sure you understand the content. She is patient and well educated. So grateful for her help!!!
Sara gave excellent notes and help with an upcoming theatre exam. She is friendly and kind and knows her stuff! An awesome help!
Sara is very helpful and can explain course material clearly and affectivly. She also makes sure you’re satisfied and you leave with a better understanding of what you need to know and prepare for.
She is very easy to talk with and provides the best information possible. She is always on time and super reliable.
Sara is an amazing writer. I have read many of her creative stories and they were all beautiful and well written. She is also very kind and respectful.
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