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American and British Literature
Approaching a piece of literature may intimidate a student, just because the assignment is enormous. English assignments don’t come with simple equations and formulas.

However, this doesn’t mean that reading a novel has to be like scaling a glacier, like trying to get a grip on a huge, indivisible whole. Literature does not come with equations, but it is built on principles. Think of them as footholds in that wall of ice. Succeeding in an English class (which, believe it or not, can be a lot of fun) depends on understanding these principles. All stories are made of components which, once clear, seem downright second-nature!

Our English tutors at the Study Hut can help students read and write about literature by tapping their resources. What do I mean by that? Well, every student goes into any story with tools of his or her own, just by virtue of being human: wanting things, thinking about how to get them, responding to the environment, listening to the way someone talks, wondering, What does she mean by that?. These are inherent resources; everyone has them. Reading literature is all about learning how these human feelings and conditions are rendered in storytelling. This is where we come in.

An English tutoring program at the Study Hut will help a student understand the basic and sophisticated elements of storytelling (characterization, conflict, setting, plot, action curve, theme, metaphor, symbolism, synesthesia – I could go on). Authors, we believe, write with intention – each new piece of information or action is a tool he or she is using to make a point. Our goal in English tutoring is to help students become curious readers, always asking what the author is doing (developing a character? setting a scene?) and why he or she is doing it. This kind of energetic conversation between literature and audience is what makes reading interesting.

Our tutors are well-read in most of the British and American classics required in middle and high school – To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, et cetera – and can help students analyze them for the purposes of writing essays, studying for exams, and overall bringing literature within their reach.

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