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Tasha S.

Friendly and Effective English and ESL Tutor specializing in Writing

Chicago, IL (60618)

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Hello! I currently am a professional Writing, English and ESL instructor. I have my masters degree (MA in WRD) in teaching writing and a Graduate TESOL certificate from DePaul University. I also have my B.S. in Technical Communication with a minor in journalism from University of Wisconsin-Stout.

I have tutored undergraduate and graduate college students for the last six years. I also have six years of experience teaching ESL adolescents and adults. My teaching methods are collaborative and I work hard to engage the student in the learning process. The student's learning goals are always the focus of any lessons.

I have worked and volunteered at digital start-ups, non-profit organizations, community centers, and secondary and post-secondary classrooms. At these locations I have taught and performed English pronunciation, grammar and mechanics, composition, editing, revision, reading, analysis, brainstorming, and creative and business writing.

I have also written, edited, and published web publications, literary and academic journals, business documentation, newspaper articles, cultural reviews, theses and dissertations, and job hunting materials.

I hope in someway I can help you with your English, literacy, and ESL goals. I am available for both in-person and online tutoring. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, I hope to hear from you soon!

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Tasha’s subjects

ACT English

I have tutored a number of students in preparing for the ACT. For the English portion of the exam, I can help you improve your skills in punctuation, grammar and usage, and sentence structure, as I have taught, tutored, and taken graduate courses on these topics.
Additionally, I have a Master's degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse and my skills in this discipline can help you hone the rhetorical skills necessary for the ACT. Beyond the subject matter of the English portion, I can help you practice important test-taking skills specific to the ACT such as distinguishing main ideas from details and ways to write more quickly.

ACT Reading

I have tutored a number of students in preparing for the ACT. For the Reading portion of the exam, I can help you improve your skills in reading comprehension and skimming, in addition to recognizing vocabulary. The ACT is a challenging exam and there are a number of test-taking skills I can teach you; for example, understanding the ACT reading comprehension question types and reading section structure.

Adobe Photoshop

I worked for a photographer for 5 years in which I was the second shooter and principal photo editor and graphic designer.

I can manipulate images, import graphics, stitch together panoramas, restore photos, and edit photos for light, contrast, color, etc.

I have a great amount of experience using brushes and filters and using these tools to generate graphics and other materials.

College Counseling

I have tutored a number of high school students on the college enrollment process, including researching colleges and universities that meet the student's interests and goals, prepping for the SAT or ACT, and helping the student complete the application. I've also advised on effective strategies for writing a unique, but appropriate personal statement. Additionally, I've helped students complete the FAFSA, find and apply for scholarships, and complete the final admissions documentation. Helping students apply and be accepted into university is extremely rewarding, especially as a first-generational college grad.


I have an undergraduate degree in technical communication and a minor in journalism. I was a professional technical writer for three years and am a recent graduate of MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul University. Throughout my education, I have taken courses in pedagogical grammar, American literature, creative, professional, and critical writing, and teaching writing, among other courses within the English discipline. I have tutored young adults and adults for over six years in English, writing, reading, and grammar, in addition to ESL. I have also won numerous words for my poetry and creative fiction and have had poems, short stories, and music reviews published.


I have a graduate certificate in TESOL. I have worked with ESL students on reading, writing, studying, and accent reduction for the last seven years at the DePaul and UW-Stout writing centers, the South East Asia Center,Instituto del Progreso Latino, Heartland Alliance, and my own private clients.


I have taken extensive grammar courses throughout my post-secondary, including but not limited to Pedagogical Grammar, Professional Editing Practices and Processes, Structure of English, and Teaching Writing. I am well versed in the Bedford and Hacker handbooks and APA, MLA, and Chicago styles. I also have numerous resources at my disposal including The Bedford Handbook, Diana Hacker's Rules for Writers, Elements of Style, Writing Intensive, and the Chicago, APA, MLA, and AP manuals.


I have tutored and taught ESL students who are preparing for the IELTS for over three years. More specifically, I currently teach Advanced Integrated ESL Skills--a class focused on listening, reading, writing, and speaking for second language learners. I also teach a course called Academic Writing that specifically prepares students for the writing portions of the TOEFL, IELTS, and GRE. I have a graduate certificate in TESOL and a Master's degree in teaching writing with an emphasis on working with ESL students.


I took numerous literature courses in my undergrad, including Modern American Literature and Environmental Literature. My background in creative writing and rhetoric allows me to apply cultural rhetorical theory to literature studies, as well as analyze literature through the lenses of character construction, genre theory, and critical analysis.

Microsoft Word

I've worked and tutored in MS Word for the last 7+ years. I've tutored students and business professionals on document design, business writing, editing, and using and creating templates. I've also used the program myself to create manuals, memos, academic papers, and marketing materials for a number of companies and universities.


I am currently a freelance proofreader and editor for multiple projects, as well as the editor for my university's WRD newsletters and the Assistant Editor at the Journal of Second Language Writing. I have taken undergraduate and graduate courses on the theory and instruction of English, in addition to professional writing and pedagogical grammar.


I am currently taking courses in ESL and NES literacy. I tutored undergraduates in reading and writing for five years, and I have over six years of experience tutoring NES and ESL adults in English literacy.

SAT Reading

The SAT is a difficult test that can be challenging to complete because of not only its subject matter, but because of its structure as well. For the SAT Reading portion of the exam, I can help you understand the different question types, recognize key words and main ideas, and use your time efficiently when taking the exam.

I have a Master's degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse and extensive experience teaching reading and writing skills to college-bound students. I've worked with numerous students preparing for the SAT, and I am confident I can help you improve your test score.

SAT Writing

For the SAT Writing portion of the exam, I can help you develop essay writing strategies that tackle the challenges of writing a rhetorically sound essay in a short amount of time. I have a Master's degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse with an emphasis on teaching writing. I have extensive experience teaching writing skills to high school and college students, and I have a number of lessons and test taking tips that can help you improve your SAT score.


I played soccer from the time I was in 2nd grade until I was a senior in high school. I was one of two freshmen to make the varsity time in high school and lettered all four years. I started as right offensive wing and held the position all four years. I was also the captain of my traveling team for two seasons. My senior year I was all-conference and MVP. I was recruited to play college soccer, but did not play due to an injury. I coached a traveling girls team for two seasons.


I have been working with English language learners for the past seven years in all areas of English, including preparation for the TOEFL. I have lesson plans to help you improve your writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills in preparation for the test's sections. Additionally, I can help you hone your test-taking strategies, including note-taking and typing.

I have a graduate certificate in TESOL and years of experience working with ELL students in community centers, academic centers, schools, and tutoring companies. I am currently teaching Advanced Integrated ESL Skills--a class focused on listening, reading, writing, and speaking for second language learners. I also teach a course called Academic Writing that specifically prepares students for the writing portions of the TOEFL, IELTS, and GRE.


I've worked with ESL student for the last six years. My clients have had great success in conversation practice, vocabulary building, and writing skills. I try to teach vocabulary by connecting your interests and hobbies to the lessons. This way you learn the most important words for your daily life!


I am a recent graduate of DePaul's MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse program, which emphasizes both teaching and professional writing. I have an undergraduate degree in technical communication and journalism from UW-Stout where I graduated cum laude. I was a professional technical writer for three years, and I have tutored reading and writing for the past six years. I have also published poems, short stories, and music reviews in academic journals and professional blogs.

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University of Wisconsin, Stout (Tech Comm)

DePaul University, Chicago, IL (Enrolled)

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Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

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Tasha will travel within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60618.

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