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Thomas E.

Fredericksburg, VA

$35/hr

So I love English a lot. I hope you will too.

So I love English a lot. I hope you will too.

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I went to the University of Mary Washington and earned a Bachelor's degree in English with a Creative Writing concentration. I worked for the student newspaper as a staff writer and eventually as the Entertainment Editor, managing a staff of writers and helping to edit and refine their work. I even worked for one year as a Writing Tutor for the university.

I love English for the same reason that I know a lot of people hate it: it's not exact. There are rules, but those rules have specific exceptions, and those exceptions have exceptions, and even then, those rules can still be broken in acceptable ways. A lot of the time, it just comes down to feel. There's not always one right answer, and often, how you express yourself can be more important than what you're expressing. People get caught up in rules that teachers will lay down for them--banning this word, forbidding this phrase, etc. These rules are often contradictory between teachers and confuse students to no end. I enjoy helping to sift through these because I love how inexact English is.

However, while English is my main passion, I'm still pretty skilled at math as well. Honestly, I've never really considered myself a math person, but after helping to tutor a student at the community college where I work, I realized that that's precisely why I can help: I can relate to students who hate the subject because I used to as well, and that makes it a lot easier to connect and work through problems. I try to keep things simple, grounded, and clear. We work through one thing at a time.

I hope you'll consider requesting my services. Thanks!

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop
Art:
Adobe Photoshop
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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University of Mary Washington
English

Education

University of Mary Washington (English)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Thomas will travel within 20 miles of Fredericksburg, VA 22401.


About Thomas

I went to the University of Mary Washington and earned a Bachelor's degree in English with a Creative Writing concentration. I worked for the student newspaper as a staff writer and eventually as the Entertainment Editor, managing a staff of writers and helping to edit and refine their work. I even worked for one year as a Writing Tutor for the university.

I love English for the same reason that I know a lot of people hate it: it's not exact. There are rules, but those rules have specific exceptions, and those exceptions have exceptions, and even then, those rules can still be broken in acceptable ways. A lot of the time, it just comes down to feel. There's not always one right answer, and often, how you express yourself can be more important than what you're expressing. People get caught up in rules that teachers will lay down for them--banning this word, forbidding this phrase, etc. These rules are often contradictory between teachers and confuse students to no end. I enjoy helping to sift through these because I love how inexact English is.

However, while English is my main passion, I'm still pretty skilled at math as well. Honestly, I've never really considered myself a math person, but after helping to tutor a student at the community college where I work, I realized that that's precisely why I can help: I can relate to students who hate the subject because I used to as well, and that makes it a lot easier to connect and work through problems. I try to keep things simple, grounded, and clear. We work through one thing at a time.

I hope you'll consider requesting my services. Thanks!

Education

University of Mary Washington
English

Education

University of Mary Washington (English)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Thomas’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop
Art:
Adobe Photoshop
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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