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Talene M.

Talene M., College Essay Specialist, Writing Tutor, Speech coach

Brooklyn, NY (11211)

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My life-long love of words has informed my work as a tutor, editor, writer, and actor. My significant experience in communications, writing, and review has prepared me to work with a diverse range of clients in order to improve their writing and analytical skills.

I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2013 from Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, I received High Honors for my work as a Senior Fellow—a competitive fellowship in which I developed a one-woman play constructed from interviews that I conducted, transcribed, and edited myself. This fall in New York City, I worked as an Administrative Intern at Clarion Books, where I read and evaluated submitted manuscripts for children’s books and young adult novels. Through my passion and pursuit of theater, I have fostered an appreciation and love of the power of words and literature. In 2009, I won the first place prize in the English-Speaking Union's (ESU) National Shakespeare competition and in the spring of 2012 the ESU submitted me as the North American Representative in their Global Public Speaking competition.

During my time at Dartmouth, I worked as a tutor and writing assistant in the Dartmouth Student Center for Research, Writing, and Information Technology (RWIT). At RWIT, I held regular one-on-one sessions with clients, helping them to communicate their thoughts and analysis through their writing with strength and coherence. I edited everything from science writing to research analysis to creative writing. I also communicated with professors to elucidate their vision for the essays assigned to the students.

I have always had a particular passion for college essays. While interning for the Atlantic Theater Company, I created and engineered an essay workshop for the youth enrolled in Staging Success—an arts education program run by the theater. I held sessions to review college essay strategies with the teens and I edited individual essays on my own time. I wrote several essays when applying to colleges in high school, and I was accepted at Harvard University, Brown University, Middlebury College, UCLA, and Georgetown University, in addition to Dartmouth College. I believe that a college essay, when written well, can be a beautiful and unique expression of an individual’s humanity and I am passionate about helping students that ideal.

Due to my experience in the theater, I am also uniquely qualified to assist with theater-related writing and to provide coaching in public speaking.

I live in Brooklyn—about a five-minute ride out of Manhattan, but I am happy to come to you for sessions. I have a 24-hour cancellation policy, but I will always do my best to make up a meeting as soon as possible to the original time.

I am excited to work with you to help you craft the best work you can make!

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Talene’s subjects

English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
English, Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

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Dartmouth College (Senior Fellow)

Easygoing and patient When I first found this site I was very skeptical about the tutoring, but after meeting Talene that changed. Talene was helpful, easygoing, and always willing to explain what I did not understand. She helped me write an unbelievable personal essay for Columbia University. I cannot be any happier with the time and effort she put into helping me. I am very confident that other individuals will feel ...

— Yanky from Brooklyn, NY on 8/10/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

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Talene will travel within 15 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11211.

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