Emily’s current tutoring subjects are listed at the left. You
can read more about
Emily’s qualifications in specific subjects below.
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.
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.