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Shelley S.

College Essays, Writing, Interview Coaching and Public Speaking

Santa Monica, CA (90403)

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I'm an easygoing, experienced, and creative coach. (Please review the testimonials.) I work with doctoral candidates, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as high school seniors writing their personal statements for college applications.

It is with pride that I tell you my students have gone on to Berkeley, Colorado College, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Oberlin, Pratt Institute, Santa Clara, Sarah Lawrence, Stanford (early action), UCLA, UC San Diego, University of Virginia, University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Puget Sound, Yale (early action) and many other wonderful schools.

In the past, I've taught Advanced Screenwriting at USC, business and personal writing at DeVry University, high school English, and public speaking and acting to adults. I continue to lead college essay writing workshops as well as memoir writing workshops. As a writer and member of the Writers Guild of America, I consult with professional writers as well.

My tutoring style is tailored to your needs, time frame and personal preference. I work hard to find just the right prompt, exercise or explanation and have a wealth of materials to draw from, permitting me to customize each session.

My students are surprised at how quickly the time goes when we work together. I refuse to be bored, and I know you'll benefit from my insistence that the work be stimulating. I guarantee you will learn many writing tips which will improve your work.

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Shelley’s subjects

English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Psychology, Sociology
Language:
Art:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Homeschool:
Corporate Training:

Career Development

As a speech coach and an Oscar winning director, I have "rehearsed" many adults before they face job interviews, school interviews and auditions.

I have been astounded every time I coach someone at how quickly their presentation improves. In addition, I've also found that even the most talented and brightest of applicants is often unaware of what interviewers look for, appreciate and expect. That is why I find this work incredibly rewarding and stimulating.

College Counseling

When I work with you on your college application essays, my goal is to help you write attention-getting, authentic and meaningful essays. Ultimately, we are looking for a result that makes the readers feel they have "met" you.

It is also important to spend time with the supplemental essays because they need to be well-written, otherwise the admissions officer thinks you may have received too much outside help if the quality of the writing varies.

The reasons my students have been successful are twofold: my prompts inevitably produce original work, and my numerous and simple tips for writing better produce quick and impressive results.

I am proud to say my students have gone on to Berkeley, Colorado College, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Oberlin, Pratt Institute, Santa Clara, Sarah Lawrence, Stanford (early action), UCLA, UC San Diego, University of Virginia, University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Puget Sound, Yale (early action)and many other wonderful schools.

Finally, I urge rising seniors to consider working on the personal statements and supplementals during the summer since the fall semester requires you to focus on good grades, SAT scores, obtaining recommendations, completing volunteer hours and of course, applying to colleges! If you can remove one important task from the list, it will help you. And quality time spent on the essays often pays off down the line.

Note: Though I work one-on-one with applicants, I have found that a group of friends working together is just as successful, more fun and less expensive.

Elementary (K-6th)

Presently, I am tutoring elementary students on a private basis with a focus on writing. I am also certified by LAUSD to teach elementary school.

English

I guess I've spent my entire career teaching English in some capacity. For fourteen years, I was a high school English teacher who taught not only the required courses but many electives such as Journalism, Film and Television, and Speech. I moved on from there to teach Advanced Screenwriting at USC and Personal and Business Writing at DeVry University.

For the past few years, I've conducted writing workshops; Memoir Writing for adults and College Essay Writing for high school seniors. Also, I act as consultant to professional writers and am a member of the Writers Guild of America.

I suppose my greatest strength as a teacher is that I never repeat a lesson. I am able to create the right example, the perfect assignment and the most authentic critique on the spot -- this is how my mind works. That is why I find my work so exciting and still a lot of fun.

ESL/ESOL

Recently, I have been working with Russian, Iranian and Chinese students on both conversational and writing skills. It is important to me that our work together is not tedious but stimulating and fun. Towards that end, I customize materials for each student, always searching for amusing, relatable and surprising materials. In this way, our time together flies, and students learn easily.

I've been particularly gratified by how quickly their writing skills improve. In addition, I've found that foreign students who study in the U.S., are a highly motivated and intelligent group, which makes my work all the more successful and important.

Film

I am a member of the Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Happily, I received an M.F.A from The American Film Institute, and managed to win the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short for my AFI film.

I've taught acting in various New York schools and Advanced Screenwriting at USC. Often I prepare applicants for film schools by coaching them through their essays and helping them ace their interviews through "rehearsals."

Needless to say, it's a joy for me pay forward all the instruction and support I've received.

Proofreading

Having taught English at the high school and college level, and as a member of the Writers Guild of America, proofreading comes very easily to me.

The novelist James Michener said, "I am not a very good writer but I am an excellent rewriter." I totally get that; it is only with editing that I am able to write well. What is more, I think this is true for everyone. This is why I find proofreading satisfying.

I also act as consultant to professors and professional writers.

Public Speaking

I have a Bachelor and Master's degree in Speech and have taught public speaking to adults (businessmen and politicians) as well as to high school students. I have personally spoken at very large gatherings where I feel very comfortable.

Speech

I majored in Speech in undergraduate and graduate schools and therefore hold two degrees in the subject. I taught Public Speaking at the high school level and also at a professional school for adults interested in improving their public speaking abilities. We worked with politicians and business people for the most part.

Theatre

I have written and directed plays as well as directed episodic television. I have won major awards in the entertainment industry.

Writing

Not only do I conduct writing workshops on memoir writing, screenwriting and college essay writing, but I am also a seasoned English teacher in both high school and college writing. In addition, I am a member of the Writers Guild of America.

Over the years I have discovered so many simple techniques to improve my writing and I have been able to pass these tips on to my students, whose work transforms rapidly. Because performance in college and beyond is greatly dependent on one's writing skills, I believe my work is important.

I am able to teach you ways to transform your writing forever. Your work will be polished, lively and rich in substance. And even more, you may find that you actually enjoy writing, as well as editing.

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Education

Queens College,City University of New York (Communication Arts )

American Film Institute Conservatory (Master's)

Queens College, City University of New York (Master's)

Great Tutor! Shelley helped my son with his college essays. When we contacted her, he had already written 5 essays. We were not sure what the colleges were looking for. Shelley was very knowledgeable about the application process and kept that in mind when she proofread his essays. She gave him very good criticisms and ideas and guided him in improving his essays. The end result was excellent. This past Dece ...

— Janet from Moorpark, CA on 3/4/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Group rates available. Rising seniors - this summer, get friends together for a College Essay Writing group so personal statements and supplemental essays are completed before the fall semester.

Travel policy

Shelley will travel within 30 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90403.

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