The world is a noisy place. Helping people send a strong signal through their writing
is my calling and my job, and I love every aspect of it. Whether you are a college-bound student or a dedicated professional, I want to work with you.
Let's talk about getting into college first
You are a talented high school student (or the parents of one). You are getting ready to tackle your college application
packet and admission essays. You've heard one thing from your school, another from your friends, and still more from your family. The task is looking formidable. On top of this, every tutoring service looks really expensive (and probably is). Relax! So long as you don't try to do everything at the last minute, making your choices and completing the paperwork is neither hard nor costly. We will work as partners, and you will learn not only how to write for success at this stage of your life, but how to wordsmith with courage as you make your way later. Every college applicant I've ever worked with has been accepted to the colleges he or she chose, and many have received scholarships. I can help you understand how admission counselors read your essays and how to present your best self to them when you write.
Let's talk about your job
You are an adult making your way in the world of work. If you want to change jobs, I can help you customize your resume so that it's less of an attendance list and more of a story of the impact you've had on the world. If you like your job, I can help you write about your achievements and present them so well at conferences that you'll have a line of people waiting to talk to you afterwards. Maybe you just want to write more effective letters, email
messages, persuasive reports, or other documentation? We can talk about how to become a better problem solver and a more adept communicator. In addition to massaging your words, we will discuss how organization
and overall design of a document contribute to your effectiveness in print and on the podium.
Now let's talk about me
I come to tutoring with a master's degree in applied linguistics (focus on teaching), and I've taught English
and composition with the Agency for International Development, American University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the State University of New York. After spending 15 years in nonprofit publishing serving teachers, I now write and edit for scientists. Everything I teach you is something that I've tested in the marketplace, so everything works!
Each person learns differently. When we work together, I will customize my approach to your learning style. If you need access to resources, I know where to send you, and I have my own techniques and materials to share with you. Although writing feels very personal, it is, inherently, a public act
. For this reason, it's best for us to work in public places. But don't worry. If the nature of your work or your learning style requires seclusion, I will accommodate your preferences.
Kind words from one of the wonderful people I worked with before WyzAnt:
"I just heard that I was accepted early decision, and I'm really, really happy! I think that my essays really made a difference. I don't think I would have gotten in without your help. Thank you so much, and my parents and I are so grateful." 2014 high school graduate matriculating to Virginia Tech, where she was accepted early decision (also accepted to Drexel [with scholarship], George Mason, James Madison, Old Dominion [with scholarship], Virginia Commonwealth University [with scholarship])
What is the outcome that YOU want? Let's work together to achieve success.