Alice

Online Academic Writing Tutor

Alice

5.0 139 classes

Harvard University - Comparative Literature - B.A.

English Language and Literature Teacher with experience teaching students in France, East Asia, and the U.S. I specialize in assisting students with perfecting their academic writing and learning English as well as with Ivy League and Oxbridge undergraduate and graduate admissions.

Recent Students: 17 Total Hours: 147 Last Online: 03 Dec 2021
All-time Students: 21 Total Classes: 139 Signed Up: 30 Jun 2021

About Me

I am currently finishing my translation of works by French poet Cécile Sauvage before I begin working part time as an English language assistant in Grenoble.

I beat my own path both in terms of where I live and work. Before university, I saved up to move countries and teach in France before crossing the Atlantic to attend Harvard . Since then, I have not stopped traveling. While moving around, I have worked in a variety of part-time roles while tutoring such as a film extra with big name actors as well as a pizza chef.

I also share in your struggle as a student myself! I am continuing to make progress with learning French and Chinese while also working on improving my critical and creative writing.

My most recently published article appeared in the 2021 issue for the Columbia Journal for Literary Criticism entitled "“My Body Knows Unheard-Of Songs”:
Variations of Maternal Intimacy in the Works of Cécile Sauvage, Hélène Cixous, and Maggie Nelson

Tutor Experience

I have tutored 1:1 part-time for six years and taught within reputable educational institutions globally (HSYLC, Showa Women's University, Institution St. Jude Business School). I have lead conferences for secondary school students and university-level students in academic and creative writing, English as a foreign language (IELTS), UCAS, and U.S.A. university admissions.

Some highlights:
• One student successfully admitted to Harvard; another to Williams College, the top liberal arts college in the U.S.A
♦ Tutored several dozen business professionals, academics, and graduate students based in East Asia to overcome their language plateau and perfect their conversational and professional English to meet their academic/career goals
♦ Provided last minute IELTS speaking preparation for two students in preparation for entrance to LSE undergraduate business programs and Oxford graduate programs
♦ Seminar Leader at Harvard Summit for Young Leaders in China (HSYLC), China’s largest High School conference, where I developed my own English Literature course and interviewed prospective Chinese applicants to Harvard.

I believe in the importance of working together to set clear goals and make steps toward them each lesson. I check in regularly throughout the lesson to ensure my feedback is helpful and discuss manageable targets to attain before our next lesson. We can also work on tailoring techniques to build exam confidence.

My pedagogy stems from a position of empathy. I have completed my fair share of studying in my time -- from my 11+ for grammar school, attaining straight 12 A stars at GCSE, taking 4 Highers at IB, to studying for the ACT and applying to Cambridge and US universities -- and it certainly wasn't all easy! Via a process of trial-and-error and self-drilling, I overcame my personal hurdles one-by-one and now aim to help students discover their own enjoyable pathways to learning success.

Topic Expertise

English Literature, (IB Higher Level, A Level, GCSE)
IELTS, English as a Foreign Language
History
U.S.A and U.K. Admissions (inc. Ivy and Oxbridge)

I have personal experience of having taken History, English, French, and Philosophy IB Higher Level, received an offer from King's College Cambridge, and attended Harvard University.

Client Reviews

Genuinely a very good and kind person to talk to!

- Essay

Had such an amazing and productive session with Alice!

- English

Alice was incredibly helpful in providing analysis for my IO texts.

- English

So nice! And very helpful!! Will guide you through the process.

- UCAS

friendly teacher, helpful session

- Academic Writing

Every lesson was very helpful. She is kind and gave me lots of examples of how to write effective essays. Also, she explained her advice in many ways so that I can understand fully and improve my writing skills.

- Theory of Knowledge

Alice helped me understand the topic in a much deeper way. I feel I grew my writing knowledge and skill after this class. Thank you.

- English

Testimonials

Ka Won: I was supremely lucky to meet Alice as my tutor. She is kind and passionate. I find her class very helpful in every aspects. She knows wide range of academic expressions and she paraphrases my sentences into perfectly sophisticated sentences. At the end of the session, she points out the things I can improve which are accurate and useful. I cannot thank you enough Alice! Luisa Z.: Subject:English Literature It is a great pleasure to write a reference for Alice. I worked with her in Harvard AUSCR for Young Leaders in China (HSYLC). She taught three classes there with more than 60 high school students, and was one of the most popular teachers in the program. She is always patient, energetic and well-organised. Also, she has the capability to teach in a relax and enjoyable way. Therefore, I am fully convinced that she is a great fit to be a tutor. Isabelle Refouni, Institut St. Jude It’s my pleasure to provide this recommendation for Alice Donnellan. As Alice’s former direct manager at Institution Saint Jude (a technical college in Northern France), I worked closely with her during one year. Our school was looking for an English assistant and Alice proved crucially efficient at every level. Alice showed impressive communication skills for her young age and consistently exceeded all our expectations. On a personal level, I can remember an outgoing, nice and particularly trustworthy young person, 3 qualities that served her well in her role as a teaching assistant. Hardworking and brilliant, Alice left us to continue her studies at Harvard University. All of us at Saint Jude were sad to see such a valuable person go. Alice brought great value to our English classes by consistently exceeding expectations and adequately advising the students. She quickly learned how to handle a group of students and contributed to their success at the exam. Alice had (and still has I assume) the combination of teaching acumen and communication skills that made her an outstanding language assistant and person. I would like to express my great admiration for Alice’s brilliant academic career, sense of adaptation, open-mindedness and culture.

Price: $80-90/hr

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Qualifications

♦ B.A. Honours in Comparative Literature

♦ Thesis Grade: Magna Cum Laude, Minor in Film Production, Language Citation in Chinese

Magna Cum Laude Thesis entitled “L’Âme en bourgeon — The Soul in Bud:
A Translation of Selected Poems from Cécile Sauvage’s Poetry of Motherhood”

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