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No matter where you are in life – a student, a recent graduate, or a member of the workforce, chances are you have some reading and writing-related goals. Wouldn't it be great to meet those goals and feel at ease along the way? I'm dedicated to helping you do just this! I'm an English professor and former paralegal, who also does private tutoring. This unique blend of academic and corporate skills makes me a more dynamic tutor. I'm just as comfortable instructing someone in junior high school as I am teaching an adult. In addition, I teach everything from basic composition to upper level technical writing. Here's more about my tutoring practices:
I typically work with ages 12 through adult.
I promote a supportive and positive environment by taking a holistic approach to tutoring. This means that I can help you determine outside factors that affect your performance, such as lack of sleep, fear of failure, or anxiety. I'll help you work through some of these academic trouble spots, or refer you elsewhere if you need help outside the scope of my services.
I'm patient and sensitive to each student’s needs.
I provide customized lessons based on your personal learning goals, in accordance with Common Core Curriculum.
I make sessions engaging, with techniques such as timed-writing exercises and readings that match your interests.
Note to students and parents: It's my goal to help you understand, write about and appreciate the literature and informational texts you encounter in school, in daily life, or in the workplace. Contact me for help with everything from test preparation, to essay crafting, or even just making sense of your school's summer reading list.
Areas in which I can assist you are as follows:
- Reading comprehension
- Essay drafting process
- Term papers and research writing
- Grammar and mechanics
- Preparation for reading/writing portions of SAT/ACT
- College application essays
- Critical thinking/rhetorical analysis
- Literary analysis
- Vocabulary and spelling
- Creative writing
- Homework support
- ESL / ELL challenges
Note to adults and business professionals: Becoming a better, more organized writer is a good way to advance in your career. My services can help you improve your writing projects. I can also help you budget your time so your writing goes smoothly from pencil to press!
Professional writing areas covered:
- Business and technical writing
- Proofreading and editing
- English standardization
- ESL / ELL challenges
- Resumes and cover letters
- Time management for writers
- NJ document notarization
Looking forward to helping you!
ACT English preparation is similar to the SAT but there are some important distinctions between the 2 exams. I'll walk you through what to expect, assess your skill level and help you prepare accordingly.
Adult learners and business professionals, contact me if you want to brush up on your business or technical writing, or advanced academic writing. Together, we'll discuss the standard practices for creating memos, reports, emails, job applications, dissertations, theses, and more. I also can help you budget your time so you meet deadlines from first draft to publication.
I come to you with over a decade of experience as both a paralegal at a midtown law firm, and as a college level technical-writing and business-writing professor. This blend of corporate and academic experience positions me as the ideal go-to person for your professional writing needs.
For writers with projects that require support in drafting and/or revision, I provide services including proofreading, copy-editing, developmental editing, and research editing. For more information, please read my subject description for "Proofreading." My services in these areas will help you create clear, concise and consistent prose written in an appropriate tone for your audience. In addition, those seeking help with any kind of research writing, will come away with documents that are properly cited, ethically presented, and academically sound.
My services also apply to job hunters. I will assist you in formatting, proofreading and editing your applications, plus teach you to showcase your credentials with action verbs and concrete language. With my guidance, you’ll become a pro at showing employers what a great fit you’d be at their organization.
If you struggle with time management issues with writing projects, I will help you the underlying problem, teach you how to pace yourself for each stage of the drafting, writing and publishing process, and give you tips on how to overcome procrastination.
Lastly, if you're a NJ resident in need of a notary public, I am certified as a NJ notary.
There can be a lot of pressure involved in figuring out what colleges expect from incoming freshman writers. On top of that, your application essay needs to be heartfelt and persuasive. As a university professor, I'm able to guide you through these steps. Together we will decode what application committees expect you to write in response to their essay prompts. For example, often these prompts ask you to zone in on a moment in your life that illustrates what makes you special. There is always something worthwhile to explore about yourself in this sort of narrative, even if you feel as if you haven’t yet accomplished much. I will help you identify your character traits that match up with your dream school's standards. Then we will zone in on describing a moment in your life when those traits shined through. Once you've completed your outlining and drafting, I will help you polish your grammar and punctuation, ensuring that you write in an active, engaging voice. I’m also happy to provide additional support in narrowing down your choices for a college. I will even help you complete the entire application. Please contact me if these services sound appealing to you. I look forward to helping you advance in higher education!
Want to learn how to write standard written English without doing boring grammar drills? Want to understand and appreciate literature? Want to figure out why poets can’t just say what they mean? Want to figure out what a “theme” is in literature and how to write about it? Want to ace your college application essay? Want to get up to speed to enter college English classes? Want to cover some other aspect of English Language Arts that I haven’t mentioned here? If any of these questions apply to you, please contact me to discuss whether my services match your needs.
If you're a native English speaker or an advanced ESL student, you probably have a much better command of English grammar than you think you do. I'll help you uncover the knowledge of English that you already have, so you can read, write and speak more fluently. If you have gaps in certain skill sets, we'll work to fill them in.
Please see my subject description for English, which overlaps with Literature. I'll help you understand, write about and appreciate the literary works assigned to you in school. I'll also direct you to fiction that matches your general interests. Wouldn't it be great to improve your grades AND like what you're studying? I can help you achieve this!
Following are the services I offer under the category of "Proofreading."
Proofreading: I correct errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. You receive the corrected document with a set of Track Changes comments for your review.
Copyediting: I proofread your writing using the above methods and edit it with your input to help make it clearer and more concise.
Developmental Editing: I proofread and copyedit your writing using the above methods and help you improve your essay structure and your expression of ideas.
Research Formatting: I correct inconsistencies in MLA and APA citation format to help you maintain academic integrity.
Before we work together consider if you're comfortable doing the following preparation. If not, I'll build it into our sessions.
1.) running a spell-check and grammar-check in your word processing program.
2.) reading your work aloud to catch problems with sentence structure and idea flow.
3.) reviewing each line in your printed work to find errors you’d miss reading onscreen.
Have you ever read a paragraph, page, or even an entire work, only to have no clue what it's about? Do you feel like reading is a chore or that you're sometimes not sure what the author is trying to say? Do you avoid reading for school, work, or pleasure? Together we will identify your stumbling blocks and take manageable steps toward better reading comprehension. Whether your goal is improved test scores, grades, job performance or personal enrichment, we'll get you to a more confident, comfortable spot with how well you read.
SAT test designers do a good job at making you feel nervous and unsure of your abilities. I'll do a better job at helping you gain the confidence to perform at your peak level for this exam. To do this, we'll discuss how the test is structured to deliberately confuse you, figure out how to cut through that confusion, implement your existing skills, plus improve reading comprehension and learn frequently tested vocabulary. I'll also teach you test-taking strategies to help optimize your score.
SAT test designers do a good job at making you feel nervous and unsure of your abilities. I'll do a better job at helping you gain the confidence to perform at your peak level for this exam. To do this, we'll discuss how the test is structured to deliberately confuse you, figure out how to cut through that confusion, implement your existing skills, plus fill in gaps in your knowledge of grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and paragraph structure. I'll also teach you test-taking strategies to help optimize your score.
There are 4 basic elements of writing that a good writer must master. That’s right, 4 – not 100 or 1,000 or whatever it feels like when you’re feeling confused in English class! Here they are:
1.) Content -- are your ideas solid?
2.) Grammar -- are you writing in standard English?
3.) Structure -- do you express your ideas in a logical format?
4.) Style -- does your natural writer's voice shine through in your work, making it interesting to the reader?
While strengthening even these 4 sets of skills may seem intimidating, the good news is that it's usually a manageable task. And as far as the 4th category, style, is concerned, if you’re confident in the first 3 categories then style takes care of itself. Your unique writer’s voice will shine through if you express good ideas in clear, concise, consistent English.
I can work with you to help you gain confidence as a writer. We'll demystify and simplify the basic rules of written English. Then once you know these basic writing guidelines you're free to expertly abide by them or break them. Your result will be stronger essays, articles or works of fiction.
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