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Ed V.

Comprehensive Language and Lit Coach Specializing in Comp.

Columbia, MO (65203)

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My first task with new students is always to help overcome any anxieties they may have with regard to expressing themselves on paper. Most people find that, following a little guided practice, they can write much better than they thought they could, given effective and constructive criticism. What has seemed like drudgery to the student writer, perhaps because she has not been progressing, can be readily transformed into an enjoyable experience by building on success. I like to proceed in small steps until writing with clarity and power comes as naturally as breathing. Along the way we take care of small distractions like spelling, punctuation and grammar so the thought can shine through, unimpeded.

I have found that choosing the optimal word is usually more important than showing off a big vocabulary. I love sharing other techniques for bringing the reader's focus to the ideas being communicated and freeing their attention for doing so by eliminating "noise."

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Ed’s subjects

ACT English

You can give yourself a lot of practice quizzes and you may not see much improvement. I'll work with you to help you understand why a given answer to a question on grammar is the best. In addition, we will take small steps toward better writing.

ACT Reading

Because each question is fairly long and complex, I feel it is important to first build confidence and improve efficiency by practicing on similar, but smaller-scaled exercises before moving on to coaching for practice tests.

American History

Because I am retired and have time, as well as a love of history, I will read what you are assigned to read. We will discuss it and together practice writing short essay answers to relevant questions.


The military is not looking for ready-made experts. They simply want to evaluate a candidate's grasp of basic principles so they can be effectively trained. I have taken these tests myself, and I have given many in practice. I can help you find where you need brushing up so you can benefit from practice tests.

Elementary Math

I like to demonstrate concepts with props and models. Similarly, I prefer to illustrate applications using real world examples, rather than using endless drills. Finally, I have found that encouraging the student to teach me boosts confidence as well as helping ideas sink in.


All languages (well, nearly all) include reading, writing, listening and speaking. If you hire me as your tutor, I will work with you to improve all four while adjusting the balance to fit your needs. I believe I can help with most genres of literature, esp. British and American. I also have experience with a number of different writing purposes and styles.


Based on my experience with newly arrived refugees, I prefer to foster confidence by involving students in physical demonstration of words and short phrases before using much complex English.

General Computer

I have over thirty years' experience on various platforms and aspects, e.g. installation, maintenance, upgrading hardware, training, programming and statistical analysis.


I sometimes get three or more correct out of five on the monthly "Are you a geo-genius?" quiz that comes with National Geographic Magazine.


Do you know how to calculate the height of a tree using an inexpensive, home-made tool? (no climbing involved!) If not, by the time I've shown you how, you will be on your way to enjoying geometry.


I give special emphasis to getting more comfortable with sentence parts, clauses and the most commonly confused pairs such as it's and its, there and their (and they're)etc. There are a few, key commonly misused constructions. When you get used to avoiding them, your speaking and writing will be much clearer.


I can help with British Literature, including poetry, drama, essays, speeches, stories and novels from the 16th century through the present, as well as American from the 18th on.


I have been a tutor for seven-and-a-half years. Part of that time I was teaching beginning English to newly arrived refugees. I have also taken training in literacy teaching for adults.


After college calculus and 20 years of working as a data analyst for the State of Missouri, I have reasonable competence and a high level of comfort with math. I firmly believe that for people who have trouble with math, half the battle is not letting it buffalo you.


My services are tailored to individual needs. I offer confidence-building for reading aloud in front of groups.

SAT Reading

Almost anyone can rapidly improve their reading comprehension by learning how to pay closer attention to detail as well how the subject is approached and developed. Together we can boost your confidence by mastering very short pieces and slowly increasing length and complexity. A little vocabulary building should help too.

SAT Writing

I will give you as many practice tests as you can stand and evaluate them for you according to recognized standards.

Study Skills

I probably learned the most about preparation right before I took the GRE and then getting through a graduate program in two-and-a-half years while also employed.
My wife and I raised two children, one of whom completed her bachelor's in three years while also employed. The other had ADHD and has FAS. He earned a regular high school diploma.


I give special emphasis on Latin roots for maximal applicability.


I can help you form stronger usage, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, letters, short and long essays, articles, and stories; for publication if desired. We will identify your strengths as well as your weaknesses and build on success.

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University Of Missouri, Kansas City (English Lang and Lit)

University Of Missouri, Kansas City (Master's)

University of Missouri - Columbia (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Ed will travel within 10 miles of Columbia, MO 65203.

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