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Are you a business professional or college student who finds the prospect of writing a business report, blog post, research paper or essay overwhelming? Do you dream of writing fiction, but fear you don't have the skills? Do you need to learn to use social media effectively? I can help! I'm a professional writer, editor and marketing communications consultant, and I'm a creative and patient tutor, too! I've been writing and editing since 1986, when I completed my graduate degree in editing and publishing from Arizona State University. I also have excellent research skills, which I first learned as a history major who graduated with honors from Michigan State. I have been doing research and writing for clients since 1986, and I can teach those skills to you!
I have quite a bit of teaching and tutoring experience. Part of my job as an editor and as a marcom consultant is to help my clients understand the reasons for my suggestions and to develop their own writing skills. I teach workshops and provide individual tutoring in social media and blogging. I have helped teens and adults develop their writing skills, and I can also I write, edit and teach both fiction and non-fiction. My daughter is an ASU student, and her peers have been complaining that it's difficult to find good English and writing tutors. This inspired me to start tutoring these subjects.
I know that college students and adults are very busy, and travel can be difficult and stressful. Therefore, I am available for online tutoring. Generally a combination of Skype, live chat service, email and phone is very effective and easy to schedule. If you would like to meet face-to-face, I tutor at the Mesa Main, Gilbert and Tempe public libraries, and I can meet ASU students at the Nobel library when the parking is open to the public. I look forward to hearing from you!
I use Photoshop for my business every single day, and have done so for years. Whether I'm creating original graphics for presentations, editing photos for my blog, or building a website for a client, I am constantly using Photoshop. I currently use CS5 for Mac.
Some of the most common questions I hear have to do with layers, layer effects, text effects, object rotation and watermarking. I can help with all of these areas!
I specialize in NATURAL-looking photo retouching. Contact me for examples! I can teach you how to achieve this, too.
It's very helpful to be able to create your own graphics and edit your own images. Let me show you how!
American History class can be tricky for three major reasons. Fortunately, I can help you with all of them!
First, the textbooks are sometimes hard to understand. Since I'm a reading tutor as well as a history tutor, I can help you make sense of the class materials.
Second, it can be hard to remember the information you read or hear in class, because it's new to you and you can't imagine why it's important. Since I was a history major who loved the subject, I can help you understand why your school is asking you to learn the material, and how it might help you in the future. I might even make it more interesting for you!
Third, history teachers often require you to write research papers. This is because doing original research is an important part of being a historian. I'm a professional writer and a writing tutor, (as well as a former history major!) so I can help you develop research skills and write good research papers.
I really enjoy history, and I hope I'm able to help you enjoy it, too! And if you don't, at least you'll feel better about your history class!
"English" is a very broad subject description! People who need help with "English" may have trouble with very basic skills, such as reading well enough to get a job at a hardware store, or they may be struggling with writing assignments for AP English.
I can help English students at ALL LEVELS!
Whatever level of English skill you or your child has achieved, I can improve it! I help students in the following areas: Reading, creative writing, writing for research papers, writing for book reports and product reviews, writing for websites, writing for college essays, punctuation, vocabulary and grammar.
I have been trained by Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County, so even if you or your child struggle with basic reading skills, I can help!
I am a professional writer and editor who received my graduate certificate in editing and publishing from Arizona State University, so I can help even the most advanced students, including Ph.D candidates who need help with their dissertations.
If it relates to words and how they are used, I teach it!
Good grammar is absolutely essential to all forms of writing. I have rock-solid grammar skills, and I've been helping people to understand grammar for over twenty years.
I'm a professional writer and editor. There are many writers who want to understand why I make certain changes, and consequently I have been teaching proper grammar for a very long time.
If your teen's teacher has said that he or she needs better grammar skills, I can definitely help! Good grammar skills are essential for good SAT and ACT scores; if your child's test scores are too low, poor grammar may be the cause. Fortunately, I'm an SAT and ACT tutor as well.
Let me show you how much easier it is to write everything once you understand the basics of grammar!
Do you need an extra set of eyes? That's me! I'm a professional editor, and I can tell you that even the best writers in the world hire editors to proofread their work.
It's really hard to catch your own mistakes! And you can't rely completely on computers, because they don't understand the material that they're checking. Have you noticed certain spelling errors appear over and over again on the Internet? That's the fault of computers misunderstanding the text! (Or, rather, the fault of the people who rely too much on them!)
Contact me for a quote on your project. (I proofread high school papers at my normal tutoring rate.)
Good speakers skillfully coordinate many variables. They have to be concerned with their words, their delivery and their visuals. Their words need to be tailored to their audiences, their delivery has to be easy to understand, and their visuals have to be compelling. In addition, they have to pay attention to the way they stand, walk and gesture.
I can help aspiring speakers with all of these variables! I have decades of experiences as a public speaker and teacher. I have also created and delivered many PowerPoint/Keynote presentations.
If you can read well, the whole world opens up to you! Every type of information you can think of is available in written form, and some of this information simply isn't available on video. Whether you read for fun or for your job, good reading skills make life much easier.
If you or your child is having trouble reading, I can help! I can determine which reading skills you're lacking, and which exercises are necessary to gain them. I can give you strategies to tackle complex sentences, break down difficult paragraphs, and increase your vocabulary. I also know some great writing exercises that help your reading!
I have received training by Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County, who specialize in helping teens and adults who "fell through the cracks" of the school system. I am confident that I can help you or your child read with confidence.
What are "study skills"? They're the techniques and practices that you need in order to learn and succeed in your classes.
Here are some of the study skills that people often need to develop: organization of materials, time management, scheduling and planning, understanding instructions, reading comprehension, knowing where to find answers and identifying areas that need improvement.
As a tutor, I often find that students who are having trouble in a particular subject also need to improve their study skills. I notice that many students reach high school -- and even college -- without ever having been taught how to organize their materials and study time. I'm fortunate to have attended a school that required us to be responsible for our own study practices. I use techniques I learned there to help my tutoring students identify their problem areas and learn to study more efficiently.
Do you find world history confusing? Is the textbook overwhelming? Does the teacher or professor mention too many names and places you've never heard before? I can help!
I was a world history major in college, and I'm also an English tutor. Sometimes students who are struggling in history class need help learning how to tackle all the reading that's required. Other times they need to improve their research and writing skills. I know how to break these tasks down into manageable steps so that you can succeed.
History can be very interesting, but sometimes you have to search for the good stuff. Let me show you how!
Writing is a lifetime activity. It's never too late to improve your writing skills! I teach adults as well as a teens and college students, and the adults make great progress.
I'm a professional editor as well as a professional freelance writer. I can help you tackle the following writing projects, and more:
- Essays, including college application essays
- Research Papers in all subjects
- Book Reports
- Business Reports
- Blog Posts
- Website Copy
- Social Media Posts
- Family histories and autobiographies
I'll make sure you understand the organization, paragraph structure, sentence structure, grammar and citation rules you need to make yourself understood.
Writing for blogs and websites? I can teach you the unique writing techniques you'll need for these platforms, including keyword integration, linking, citation and attribution practices, graphic choice and basic html and css.
Writing fiction? I can help you with character development and dialogue.
Love to write? Hate to write? Either way, I know I can help you improve. And if you hate to write, maybe I can help you like it just a little bit more!
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