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Sarah S.

Writing/English Tutor with Berkeley Education & Tutoring Expertise

Philadelphia, PA (19102)

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I work with undergraduate, nontraditional, and graduate students, as well as high school students looking ahead to college. My expertise is in the English language arts--writing, oral presentations, literature, or anything else that has to do with words. As a high school student in Houston, I earned an IB diploma. As a college student at UC-Berkeley, I wrote an honors thesis on William Butler Yeats.

My professional background includes 6 years of teaching and tutoring in higher education. I have helped students learn both academic and creative writing at Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Philadelphia University. I am also well-versed in the art of tutoring as a discipline from 3 years of managing the peer tutoring program at Philadelphia University. I developed a training curriculum for tutors who specialized in all content areas, and I worked individually with students of all ages to develop good academic skills. I've helped first-year design students figure out how to manage the hours upon hours of work they have to complete, and I've helped graduate students learn how to digest huge amounts of technical information in short periods of time.

Tutoring sessions with me usually begin with informal conversation. It's important that I get to know the student, and that together we quickly identify the challenges the student is having. From there, I guide the student through a structured learning process, teaching them to think not just about "what" they are learning, but "how" they are learning.

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Sarah’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Career Development, College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Public Speaking
Elementary Education:
General Computer

Career Development

I work as a Career and Academic Coach and specialize in helping people write resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. I also help with job interview prep and career exploration. I am a member of the Association for Career Professionals.

College Counseling

I am a Career and Academic Coach. I work well with students who need help writing their application essays and managing the application process. I am a member of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling.


I majored in English at the University of California-Berkeley, received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University-Los Angeles, and was certified to teach English at the high school level from Indiana University's Transition to Teaching program.


I have experience working with students on learning strategies and test-taking skills.


I studied literature when I majored in English at the University of California-Berkeley. I studied poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction when I received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University-Los Angeles.

Public Speaking

I have 3 years of professional experience tutoring students in public speaking, as the Tutorial Coordinator at Philadelphia University.


I have 5 years of professional experience working with students on critical reading strategies at Philadelphia University's Learning & Advising Center.

Study Skills

I have 5 years of professional experience working with students on study skills, time management, and learning strategies at Philadelphia University's Learning & Advising Center.


I am well-read and in the habit of learning new words as I come across them. I can help you learn how to recognize differences between easily confused words (like "belie" and "betray"), make connections between old and new words through roots and histories, and apply new words in your writing.


I have 7 years of professional experience teaching and tutoring writing at the college level.

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University of California-Berkeley (English)

Antioch University-Los Angeles (Master's)

Indiana University-Bloomington (Graduate Coursework)

Skilled and professional Sarah has an excellent approach to new content and study materials. Sarah has a pleasant demeanor and is professional. I hope to benefit from many more sessions with her. As this is new material for both of us, we are working together to see how best the sessions can be spent. ...

— Annie from Bryn Mawr, PA on 4/5/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Half hour sessions cost $25.

Travel policy

Sarah will travel within 10 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19129.

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