Hi. My name is Elie. I recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.A. in English and Philosophy. I have extensive experience writing essays at the high school, college, and, to a lesser extent, graduate levels.
I help students at the high school or college level improve the quality of their writing with special attention not only to grammar, spelling, and syntax but also to general organization, argument, flow, tone, and consistency. I can also help students with reading comprehension of any essays, novels, short stories, or poems. If you have any questions regarding my tutoring style, experience or education, please do not hesitate to message me.
A little bit about my teaching philosophy: I am a firm believer that writing is 99.9% thinking and thus that most of the problems that writers experience are best solved away from the computer. This may strike some as odd. People often characterize themselves or others as either good or bad writers and claim that any problems they may experience during the writing process stem from an inability to arrange the words in the right order. This view is, in my view, grossly mistaken. Thinking is prior to writing, not only chronologically but also logically, meaning a writer cannot succeed in the writing process if he has not already succeeded in the thinking process. There are some exceptions to this rule, but they are few and apply only to creative writing.
This philosophy extends to grammar as well. Grammar, after all, is nothing more than a set of rules that determine the logical relationships between the different parts of the sentence. Accordingly, in order to answer the question, Is this grammatically correct?, we must first ask, What in the world am I trying to say? In other words, How is one idea related to the next?
Please email me with any questions.
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