Literature

Understand and enjoy literature!

It’s hard to write a good essay about a novel, play, or poem if you don’t understand it.

I share with you strategies for reading literature with greater understanding. You’ll get more out of your reading by improving your appreciation for what went into its writing.

You probably won’t become a faster reader, but you’ll become a far more efficient one.

Improving your ability to identify motifs, symbolism, parallels, themes, etc. and understand how they are deployed throughout a work equip you to tackle writing assignments with greater comprehension and insight.

Be warned: Once you truly engage with literature, there’s no turning back! You’ll be irresistibly drawn to literature’s masterpieces and at risk for having them immeasurably enrich your life.

“As an immigrant, I have faced many problems in learning how to write. And in the process, I have met with countless tutors, but it was useless to learn literature analysis from teachers who never had experience with people like me who start not at ground zero but below. Surprisingly, despite the chasm between our levels, I found Anne to be extremely helpful. Anne was able to transfer her experience and writing strategies in simple language and cultivate not only my writing skill but also my love for the English language. I learned in one hour with her more than I learned in a year."

Yin Zhu, UC Berkeley, Class of 2011

2014-06-23T06:47:15+00:00

Yin Zhu, UC Berkeley, Class of 2011

“As an immigrant, I have faced many problems in learning how to write. And in the process, I have met with countless tutors, but it was useless to learn literature analysis from teachers who never had experience with people like me who start not at ground zero but below. Surprisingly, despite the chasm between our View Full →

“As a friend, mentor, guide, and helper, Anne exceeds any expectations that I might have had coming in for her services! Whether it was the confusing conundrum that was my Lit homework, test prep, or just getting an invaluable second opinion on a speech or application, Anne has helped me achieve my goals and has inspired me to go beyond mediocre expectations. Finally, a flexible teacher who understands my needs and values them! Thank you, Anne!"

Linda Xu

2014-06-23T06:48:22+00:00

Linda Xu

“As a friend, mentor, guide, and helper, Anne exceeds any expectations that I might have had coming in for her services! Whether it was the confusing conundrum that was my Lit homework, test prep, or just getting an invaluable second opinion on a speech or application, Anne has helped me achieve my goals and has View Full →

“Anne Knight is a great teacher. In the past, I have had English teachers who taught me writing and SAT prep. But Ms. Knight is by far the best.

I have learned valuable techniques for writing. She taught me how to approach a topic, zero in on good examples used in essays, and organize the content of essays to make them more appealing to readers. More importantly, she taught me how to express my ideas in a simple and concise way. Now I write with confidence."

Alex Yee, Palo Alto H.S., Northwestern, Class of 2010

2014-06-23T06:49:25+00:00

Alex Yee, Palo Alto H.S., Northwestern, Class of 2010

“Anne Knight is a great teacher. In the past, I have had English teachers who taught me writing and SAT prep. But Ms. Knight is by far the best. I have learned valuable techniques for writing. She taught me how to approach a topic, zero in on good examples used in essays, and organize the View Full →