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Jessamine P.

Greenbelt, MD

$55/hr

Oxford-Trained Jeopardy Winner Offers Coaching in Writing & Humanities

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Oxford-Trained Jeopardy Winner Offers Coaching in Writing & Humanities

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Looking for a writing coach to help you bring your ideas alive? I teach teenagers and adults to write strong research papers and timed writings. I can even help with college admissions essays.

I’m a writer, private school teacher and lifelong learner. My knowledge and expertise have earned me master’s degrees from American University and Oxford. At both universities I won fellowships and distinction for academics and writing. And in March 2012, I was a three-time champion on the quiz show “Jeopardy.”

My clients include high school and college students and high-achieving adult professionals. I’ve helped students prepare for AP, IB and SAT exams, write college application essays and polish English as a second language.

I specialize as a writing coach because working as a private school teacher I saw that relatively simple changes can transform a student’s writing. Making these changes requires one-on-one attention, though. Drawing on my background as an editor, teacher and creative writer, I can quickly diagnose the most important areas for a student to work on. I choose to build on students’ existing strengths rather than giving everyone a “one size fits all” list of writing rules.

One-on-one tutoring allows me to address specific challenges and make every moment count. I recently earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, which gives me a more in-depth understanding of the writing process and mechanics than most tutors. I can help with problems from writer’s block to verb tenses and sentence construction. This individual attention can make a big difference. One smart, motivated student who worked with me for two hours saw his history essay test grades rise by a full letter grade.

College and grad school admissions essays present a unique challenge that I also help with. College applications ask for a “personal essay” that reveals the student’s personality. Yet high schools don’t teach this kind of writing. High school students have spent years trying to learn impersonal, academic writing. Writing the personal application essay is thus a challenge even for students who earn good grades. I can help. My MFA in creative writing focused on literary nonfiction and I’m a published writer in the field. My recommendations can transform a dull essay and put the “personal” back in the personal essay.

The subjects I focus on are history, social studies and literature. I’ve taught world, European and Middle Eastern history at Sidwell Friends School here in Washington. I’ve also taught history and literature at a highly-ranked New England boarding school, where I return every summer to teach an intensive class on comparative religions.

As your writing coach, I will establish clear goals with you, listen to your feedback and make every minute count.

You can learn more about my background by clicking on the subject areas on the left. Please send me a message if you want to discuss whether writing coaching would be appropriate for you or your child. I can also answer questions about my teaching philosophy and Wyzant's payment policies. Discounts are available for multi-hour packages.

I’m available Monday through Friday in the afternoon and evenings. Because I prepare ahead for our coaching sessions, I can’t take last minute appointments, however. You’ll get the most value out of our meeting if you schedule at least 48 hours in advance.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you or your child improve.

Best wishes,
Jessamine

Testimonials

"Very Helpful Writing Tutor"

- Stan, Kensington, MD on 5/20/14
English:
English,
Grammar,
Literature,
Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Science:
Psychology
Language:
Arabic
History:
American History,
European History,
Government & Politics, Religion,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Economics,
GRE
Homeschool:
Economics,
English,
Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Economics,
Grammar,
Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

American History

I have a bachelor's degree and master's degree in history, but I have been studying history since I was a child. My parents love American history and I spent my childhood visiting historical sites all around the mid-Atlantic. For my master's degree, I wanted a change of location, so I earned my M.Phil. at Oxford in England. Since then, I have taught high school history at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, and Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC.

Arabic

My experience with Arabic is extensive. My academic study of the language totals approximately sixty college credit hours. I have also spent three years living in Arab countries where I spoke Arabic every day in the course of work and life.

I began studying Arabic as an undergraduate at Drew University, where I earned minors in Middle Eastern studies and linguistics. After I graduated in 1996, I spent a year in Yemen, working as the English-language administrator at the Yemen Language Center, an Arabic immersion program. There, I took two hours per day of private lessons for a total of forty weeks. I also spoke Yemeni Arabic every day at work and with friends.

In graduate school for Middle Eastern studies at New York University, I continued to study Arabic until I reached an advanced level. In the summer of 2001, I completed Middlebury College's rigorous program, where the "language pledge" requires students to speak nothing but Arabic for nine weeks. Two years later, I attended the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), at the American University in Cairo, from June 2003 to May 2004, for another full-year of intensive study, which included college seminars in Arabic. That summer, I achieved a score of 4.1 on an FSI-style oral exam, indicating non-native fluency.

I can teach Modern Standard and Egyptian Arabic. Because I lived in Cairo for two years, I speak the "cultured" Egyptian dialect that appears in today's Arabic textbooks. Since leaving academia, I have taught a few high school students Arabic as an independent study class. I enjoy helping students learn this beautiful and challenging language.

Economics

I have an M.Phil. in economic and social history from Oxford, a degree that required quantitative methods and knowledge of micro and macroeconomics. My approach to economics is primarily historical and pragmatic: I can help you understand the human stories behind the graphs.

English

I taught humanities (combined history and English) at an elite prep school in New England. I've also worked as an editor, most recently as the prose editor for Folio, the American University literary magazine. I have an MFA in creative writing from American University, where I won the prize for best creative writing department thesis. I enjoy helping students with everything related to English class, from grammar to writing papers to understanding literature.

European History

I studied European and world history for my master's degree from Oxford. I also passed qualifying exams in European history when I was in a doctoral program at NYU. When I teach European history to high school students, I emphasize the ways that the past explains the present. I focus on thinking about human nature, rather than memorizing names and dates (though I'll help you figure out what stuff you DO need to remember!).

Grammar

Grammar is like plumbing: we don't think about it when it's working, but our lives wouldn't be the same without it. My love of English grammar began with diagramming sentences on the chalk board in grade school. Then in my twenties, studying difficult foreign languages like Arabic made me more knowledgeable about English grammar. Now, in the course of earning an MFA in creative writing, I've gained a new appreciation for how grammatical choices give each writer a personal style.

Literature

I've taught the great works of European literature to high school students at a rigorous New England boarding school. I've also studied European, American and world literature at the graduate level. I enjoy helping students think about literature in new ways.

Proofreading

I have wide-ranging experience in copy editing and proofreading. In my varied career, I've worked for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Arab Studies Journal, and Folio, the American University literary magazine. My attention to detail and my knowledge of various editorial styles makes me the perfect choice to proofread an important project, whether it's a thesis or a college application essay.

Psychology

In my ten years in graduate school for the social sciences and humanities, psychology has been a constant interest of mine. Much of my nonfiction writing and research for my MFA was about topics in psychology. For the past four years, I've put my knowledge to practical use as a volunteer information specialist at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. But my psych interests go beyond mental illness and include personality theory, cognitive theory and new developments in neuroscience.

Religion

I have nine years experience teaching comparative religion electives to gifted high school students at St. Paul's School (New Hampshire) and Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC). My formal training in religious studies comes from studying Islam in college and in a Middle Eastern studies Ph.D. program at NYU. Since being asked to teach religion electives in 2005, I've built up a sizable knowledge of other world religions, notably Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Vocabulary

I have an master's of fine arts in creative writing from American University and a master's of philosophy from Oxford. I'm a published writer and a professional writing coach. In addition, I taught high school English and history full-time for 4 years at St. Paul's School (Concord, NH) and Sidwell Friends (Washington, DC).

World History

I was a full-time world history teacher at an elite Washington, DC independent school. I've also taught Islamic civilization to NYU undergraduates. I love telling stories about the past and showing students how history can answer their questions about the world today. History is about human nature, not names and dates!

Writing

I have an MFA in creative writing from American University, where I held a merit fellowship. My own writing has been published in a variety of places, but more importantly, I'm an expert at helping other writers. I've edited the work of fellow writers for the American University literary magazine and I coached high school students on writing research papers and analytical essays when I was a full-time teacher. I have also worked with adult writers, including adults for whom English is a second or third language.

Drew University, Madison NJ
History
University of Oxford (England)
Master's
American University, Washington DC
Master's

Education

Drew University, Madison NJ (History)

University of Oxford (England) (Master's)

American University, Washington DC (Master's)

Very Helpful Writing Tutor — We highly recommend Jessamine as a writing coach and we would definitely use her again for our tenth grade son. ...

— Stan, Kensington, MD on 5/20/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Special pricing available for multiple sessions and military families.

Travel policy

Jessamine will travel within 20 miles of Greenbelt, MD 20770.


About Jessamine

Looking for a writing coach to help you bring your ideas alive? I teach teenagers and adults to write strong research papers and timed writings. I can even help with college admissions essays.

I’m a writer, private school teacher and lifelong learner. My knowledge and expertise have earned me master’s degrees from American University and Oxford. At both universities I won fellowships and distinction for academics and writing. And in March 2012, I was a three-time champion on the quiz show “Jeopardy.”

My clients include high school and college students and high-achieving adult professionals. I’ve helped students prepare for AP, IB and SAT exams, write college application essays and polish English as a second language.

I specialize as a writing coach because working as a private school teacher I saw that relatively simple changes can transform a student’s writing. Making these changes requires one-on-one attention, though. Drawing on my background as an editor, teacher and creative writer, I can quickly diagnose the most important areas for a student to work on. I choose to build on students’ existing strengths rather than giving everyone a “one size fits all” list of writing rules.

One-on-one tutoring allows me to address specific challenges and make every moment count. I recently earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, which gives me a more in-depth understanding of the writing process and mechanics than most tutors. I can help with problems from writer’s block to verb tenses and sentence construction. This individual attention can make a big difference. One smart, motivated student who worked with me for two hours saw his history essay test grades rise by a full letter grade.

College and grad school admissions essays present a unique challenge that I also help with. College applications ask for a “personal essay” that reveals the student’s personality. Yet high schools don’t teach this kind of writing. High school students have spent years trying to learn impersonal, academic writing. Writing the personal application essay is thus a challenge even for students who earn good grades. I can help. My MFA in creative writing focused on literary nonfiction and I’m a published writer in the field. My recommendations can transform a dull essay and put the “personal” back in the personal essay.

The subjects I focus on are history, social studies and literature. I’ve taught world, European and Middle Eastern history at Sidwell Friends School here in Washington. I’ve also taught history and literature at a highly-ranked New England boarding school, where I return every summer to teach an intensive class on comparative religions.

As your writing coach, I will establish clear goals with you, listen to your feedback and make every minute count.

You can learn more about my background by clicking on the subject areas on the left. Please send me a message if you want to discuss whether writing coaching would be appropriate for you or your child. I can also answer questions about my teaching philosophy and Wyzant's payment policies. Discounts are available for multi-hour packages.

I’m available Monday through Friday in the afternoon and evenings. Because I prepare ahead for our coaching sessions, I can’t take last minute appointments, however. You’ll get the most value out of our meeting if you schedule at least 48 hours in advance.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you or your child improve.

Best wishes,
Jessamine

Testimonials

"Very Helpful Writing Tutor"

- Stan, Kensington, MD on 5/20/14

Education

Drew University, Madison NJ
History
University of Oxford (England)
Master's
American University, Washington DC
Master's

Education

Drew University, Madison NJ (History)

University of Oxford (England) (Master's)

American University, Washington DC (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required

Special pricing available for multiple sessions and military families.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Greenbelt, MD 20770

Jessamine’s Subjects

English:
English,
Grammar,
Literature,
Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Science:
Psychology
Language:
Arabic
History:
American History,
European History,
Government & Politics, Religion,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Economics,
GRE
Homeschool:
Economics,
English,
Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Economics,
Grammar,
Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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