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Dr Michael Tutoring Profile
Former UCL Lecturer and State University of New York Assistant Professor with a PhD in English Literature from Princeton
As a lecturer at University College London (as when I was an assistant professor at the State University of New York) in the English department, I taught students from first-years to PhD candidates. My research specialism was modern and contemporary British and American literature, but during my time at UCL I had the opportunity to teach across the curriculum: from Chaucer to Shakespeare, from Milton to Wordsworth, and on to Virigina Woolf, TS Eliot, James Joyce, Toni Morrison and Zadie Smith. Doing this taught me very well how to improve students' writing, how to write essays that are clear, well-argued, and in which the writers have the confidence to be original in an appropriate way. I am able to teach students how to construct better arguments - the key to writing an academic essay - and then to structure their essays in a manner that suits this argument. I believe that I am able to help 2.1 students write first class work if they are willing to work hard and try new ways of thinking. I further have experience with the full range of graduate teaching and admissions: dissertation and thesis writing, graduate applications, funding, vivas and job placement. I was course convenor of the popular MA 'Issues in Modern Culture' and supervised numerous PhD theses to successful vivas.
As a tutor, in addition to students in English, I have helped numerous students apply to and be admitted to prestigious graduate programmes in a variety of fields. I am tutored several students on US admissions tests (SAT, GRE). I also have experience as a journalist (New Statesman, The Observer, Frieze Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement) and am available to help with writing projects within and beyond academia.