I have advanced knowledge of the essay writing process and I am passionate about studying literature. I enjoy writing essays about literature and enjoy helping my students write their essays as well. I have a deep understanding of and passion for spelling, grammar, and structure. I am very happy to help with any and all stages of studying literature: we can discuss the texts, close read important passages, or tackle any step in the essay writing process, including planning, structure, writing, editing, and proofreading. I love the reading and writing process and can't wait to get started!
I am currently pursuing a Canada Graduate Scholarship funded Master's degree in English at the University of Toronto. I also have a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Toronto with minors in Writing & Rhetoric and Literature & Critical Theory. I have training in all major periods and genres of English literature, across British, Canadian, American, and African writings in English. As well, I have sufficient knowledge of the history of the English language, linguistics, and publishing. I did IB HL Literature in high school and am very well suited to help with assignments or test prep for that class.
- Master of Arts in English (2020-2021) (In progress)
- Honours Bachelor of Arts in English, with High Distinction (2015-2019)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma (2013-2015)
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma with High Honours (2012-2015)
- Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Student Family Housing (June 2017 – June 2019). Wrote lesson plans, led classes.
- Resource Counsellor, YMCA Camp Kitchikewana (2014). Wrote lesson plans, led classes.
- Business Writer, Arup (October 2019 – February 2020)
- Business Writer, Princess Margaret Hospital (2019)
- Business Writer, Moonstone Market (June 2017 – August 2019)
- Business Writer, Horseshoe Ridge Homes (June 2015 – August 2017)
- Notetaker, UBC Access & Diversity (September 2015–May 2016)
- Volunteer Mentor, Victoria College (2018-2019)
- Notetaker, University of Toronto Accessibility Services (2017-2019)
- Senior Editor, Perennial, art and literary magazine (2013-2015)
- Volunteer Tutor, St. Simon’s Church (2013-2014)
- Victoria College Research Day Poster Presentation: Community as the Other in Mary G. Mason’s “The Other Voice: Autobiographies of Women Writers”
- SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2020
- Victoria College Student Choice Research Prize, Best Poster Overall as Selected by Students, Victoria College Research Day 2019
Relevant Academic Experience (condensed)
Forms of Representation: Old Testament, New Testament, The Odyssey of Homer, The Iliad of Homer, The Aeneid of Virgil, Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Dante’s Inferno, Augustine’s Confessions.
Canadian Literature: Thomas King, Sinclair Ross, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Robert Kroetsch, Tomson Highway, Michael Ondaatje, Yann Martel, Chester Brown.
Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, Shelley Jackson, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia E. Butler, William Gibson, Phillip K. Dick.
British Literature, Medieval to Romantic: Bede, “Dream of the Rood,” Marie de France, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Julian’s Showings, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, Aphra Behn, John Milton, Alexander Pope, Johnathan Swift, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, John Keats, Jane Austen.
Chaucer: “The Book of the Duchess,” “The House of Fame,” “The Parliament of Fowls,” “Scipio’s Dream,” Troilus and Criseyde, The Canterbury Tales.
African Literature in English: Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Yambo Ouologuem, Yvonne Vera.
Word and Image: Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde, Stefan George, Rainer Maria Rilke, W. H. Auden, Susan Sontag, William Carlos Williams, W. G. Sebald, Ezra Pound, Adrienne Rich, A. S. Byatt.
Early American Literature: William Bradford, John Winthrop, Anne Bradstreet, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mary Rowlandson, Cotton Mather, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Brockden Brown.
Pasts and Futures: Alfred Tennyson, Margaret Cavendish, Duncan Campbell Scott, Northrop Frye, Archibald Lampman, D. C. Scott, Pauline Johnson, Don McKay, Margaret Atwood.
Posthumanism: Donna Haraway, George Saunders, Timothy Morton, Jane Bennett, Lydia Millet, Ann V. Murphy, Cormac McCarthy, Colson Whitehead, Jesmyn Ward, Colin McAdam.
Gender, Agency, and Life Writing (Graduate Seminar Course): Susan Stanford Friedman, Sidonie Smith, Susan Hekman, Rita Felski, Annie Ernaux, Hervé Guibert, Nicole Brossard.
Contemporary Identities: Kim Thuy, Jo-Ann Episkenew, Bev Sellars, Joan Scott, Judith Butler, Susan J. Brison, Christine Angot, Hervé Guibert, Mary G. Mason, Annie Ernaux.
Translation and Comparativity: Ezra Pound, Walter Benjamin, Jaques Derrida, Édouard Glissant, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, M. NourbeSe Philip.
Perfect! Jordana is very attentive and supportive English teacher! Fantastic at developing reading and writting skills, while leaving the space for her students to present their own ideas and build confidence. Great mentor, HIGHLY recommended!
Perfect! Calm demeanour, clear in directions and tips, knowledgeable!!
A pleasure! You already had a deep understanding of the text and its meaning, and you were so open to all my suggestions for your essay. I look forward to meeting again soon!
Perfect! Jordana is an excellent English tutor! They are great for conversations about the readings that I have to do and really allow me to understand what ever we are reading.
You are a great student Zoey! You have great ideas about the meaning of the text we are analyzing. In terms of writing, you already have a strong foundation, but I appreciate how open you are to keep learning more. It is so fun to teach a student so open to learning. See you again soon!
Perfect! Jordana was a great tutor for academic English! She excelled at providing practical suggestions and constructive criticism for my writing. Would definitely recommend her if you require any help with academic writing!
An effective writer to start, open to constructive criticism, and asked great questions.
Jordana is an incredible tutor! She is very helpful, patient, and understanding. Genuinely cares about the success of her students! I highly recommend.
Thank you Jordana for all your expertise and amazing help. I would highly recommend you as a tutor!
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