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Susannah W.

Improve Your Writing & Analysis Skills!

Improve Your Writing & Analysis Skills!

$35/hour

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About Susannah


Bio

During this difficult pandemic, I am teaching online, at a reduced rate, and am committed to helping you enjoy learning at home or in school. I am a former news reporter and grant writer with a B.A. cum laude in Classics from Harvard University. For almost 20 years, I have taught drama and creative writing for all ages in Bay Area public schools. I have also led workshops at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. I have done coursework in Teaching for Understanding with Harvard Graduate School of...

During this difficult pandemic, I am teaching online, at a reduced rate, and am committed to helping you enjoy learning at home or in school. I am a former news reporter and grant writer with a B.A. cum laude in Classics from Harvard University. For almost 20 years, I have taught drama and creative writing for all ages in Bay Area public schools. I have also led workshops at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. I have done coursework in Teaching for Understanding with Harvard Graduate School of Education and in 2012 received a post baccalaureate Certificate in Writing from UC Berkeley. While working as
founding Artistic Director of an educational arts company, I edited 30 books of original poetry by students, and developed an award winning cross-disciplinary education program recognized for excellence by local civic organizations and the California Arts Council. In addition, I hold an English substitute teacher credential with the Oakland Unified School District. I received a perfect score in my English SAT exam and a top scores in grammar and writing in my CBEST exams (required for substitute credentialing).

My approach to teaching is based on years of experience teaching kindergarten children through senior citizens. I work with learners to find ways to make learning fun and interesting, to re-awaken natural curiosity. I have an in-depth knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and writing techniques: I use techniques practiced by the UC Berkeley English department for writing research essays, creative nonfiction or personal essays. I also teach how to analyze and interpret literature or poetry in ways that relate to real life. Most importantly, I work with students to "own" his or her learning, to understand the relevance of education both personally and professionally.


Education

Harvard University
Classics
UC Berkeley
Other

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  • Hourly Rate: $35
  • Rate details: Some days I may need to take public transit, as I don't have 24/7 access to a car at present. I must charge a bit extra for travel in that case.
  • Lesson cancellation: 2 hours notice required
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Subjects

Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I am an expert in this area for several reasons. First, I teach voice: speaking and singing. I was the sole teacher/proprietor of a studio, which at its peak had 25 students a week. Several of my students were teachers whom I helped to improve their lecture delivery. Second, I am a writer and editor who has edited student writing for publication and taught writing in Oakland public schools. I hold a Certificate in Writing from UC Berkeley. I am also a professional stage director and drama instructor, jobs that requires ability to coach students to project, express content expressively, articulate clearly, and engage listeners with variety of tone, pacing and facial expression. I also teach drama/acting for children and adults in schools and privately.

Corporate Training

Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I am an expert in this area for several reasons. First, I teach voice: speaking and singing. I was the sole teacher/proprietor of a studio, which at its peak had 25 students a week. Several of my students were teachers whom I helped to improve their lecture delivery. Second, I am a writer and editor who has edited student writing for publication and taught writing in Oakland public schools. I hold a Certificate in Writing from UC Berkeley. I am also a professional stage director and drama instructor, jobs that requires ability to coach students to project, express content expressively, articulate clearly, and engage listeners with variety of tone, pacing and facial expression. I also teach drama/acting for children and adults in schools and privately.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I am an expert in this area for several reasons. First, I teach voice: speaking and singing. I was the sole teacher/proprietor of a studio, which at its peak had 25 students a week. Several of my students were teachers whom I helped to improve their lecture delivery. Second, I am a writer and editor who has edited student writing for publication and taught writing in Oakland public schools. I hold a Certificate in Writing from UC Berkeley. I am also a professional stage director and drama instructor, jobs that requires ability to coach students to project, express content expressively, articulate clearly, and engage listeners with variety of tone, pacing and facial expression. I also teach drama/acting for children and adults in schools and privately.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

*Two years tutoring SAT writing *Former reporter, rewrite editor and radio editor for the Chicago City News Bureau *Professional grant writing consultant for non profits since 1975 *Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Writing (2013), including writing technique courses taught by UC Berkeley English professors *Former credentialed English substitute teacher Oakland Unified *Recent coursework in Teaching for Understanding, Harvard Graduate School of Education *B.A. Harvard University, cum laude, Classics
Writing,

Writing

I am qualified to teach writing because I am a professional, award-winning grant writer, former journalist and English teacher. I have a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Writing from UC Berkeley and currently serve as grant writer for the Armenian Women's Archives and Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. Through my B.A. in Classics from Harvard University, I have an extensive background in grammar and linguistics. I have enjoyed helping many ESL students of all ages. Finally, I have edited or adapted more than 50 books of poetry and dramatic scripts in my career as an educator and theater artist.
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Writing,

Writing

I am qualified to teach writing because I am a professional, award-winning grant writer, former journalist and English teacher. I have a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Writing from UC Berkeley and currently serve as grant writer for the Armenian Women's Archives and Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. Through my B.A. in Classics from Harvard University, I have an extensive background in grammar and linguistics. I have enjoyed helping many ESL students of all ages. Finally, I have edited or adapted more than 50 books of poetry and dramatic scripts in my career as an educator and theater artist.
English, Reading, SAT Reading

Most Popular

Writing,

Writing

I am qualified to teach writing because I am a professional, award-winning grant writer, former journalist and English teacher. I have a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Writing from UC Berkeley and currently serve as grant writer for the Armenian Women's Archives and Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. Through my B.A. in Classics from Harvard University, I have an extensive background in grammar and linguistics. I have enjoyed helping many ESL students of all ages. Finally, I have edited or adapted more than 50 books of poetry and dramatic scripts in my career as an educator and theater artist.
English, Reading

Summer

Writing,

Writing

I am qualified to teach writing because I am a professional, award-winning grant writer, former journalist and English teacher. I have a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Writing from UC Berkeley and currently serve as grant writer for the Armenian Women's Archives and Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. Through my B.A. in Classics from Harvard University, I have an extensive background in grammar and linguistics. I have enjoyed helping many ESL students of all ages. Finally, I have edited or adapted more than 50 books of poetry and dramatic scripts in my career as an educator and theater artist.
Reading

Test Preparation

SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

*Two years tutoring SAT writing *Former reporter, rewrite editor and radio editor for the Chicago City News Bureau *Professional grant writing consultant for non profits since 1975 *Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Writing (2013), including writing technique courses taught by UC Berkeley English professors *Former credentialed English substitute teacher Oakland Unified *Recent coursework in Teaching for Understanding, Harvard Graduate School of Education *B.A. Harvard University, cum laude, Classics
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading

Examples of Expertise


Susannah has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 1 question submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.8 (158 ratings)
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Reviews

AMAZING!! / AWESOME!!

Susannah was EXTREMELY knowledgable. She clearly explained the "why" and even responded to questions afterwards. My son retained the information. We loved that Susannah cared about my son learning. She is FANTASTIC!

Michelle, 2 lessons with Susannah

knowledgeable, patient and experienced

My 11th-grade daughter has a challenging time in AP English. Susannah has helped greatly, taught her how to approach writing, and gave my daughter confidence. I would recommend Susannah for she is knowledgeable, patient, and experienced.

Douglas , 4 lessons with Susannah

Susannah is the exceptional tutor! 11 out of 10!

Susannah is the exceptional tutor. I would say she is the best I've ever worked with. Susannah is very responsible and completes her work in time. She is also very patient. I am an ESL student and I am struggling a lot with English writing. Susannah taught me a lot about writing in general besides correcting my papers. I learned a lot from her about grammar, structure, and thesis construction. Susannah also helped me with my applications for grad schools. I regret that I haven't found her earlier. I bet I would be having A's in all my writing classes by now :) I highly recommend Susannah

Vlad, 8 lessons with Susannah

Highly skilled, knowledgeable and professional tutor.

Susannah assisted my son with summarizing a classic folk tale. She taught him how to interpret literature and important elements to observe in fiction text. She has an-in-depth knowledge of grammar and writing techniques. She also worked on public speaking and how to present during an interview with my son. Susannah implemented her acting skill which made the sessions fun and easy to understand.

Elly, 5 lessons with Susannah

Great tutor on invitation letter leading up to grant proposal

Susannah taught me about how an invitation letter to a forum is not a fundraising letter or any such request. Although an invitation letter to a forum can certainly lead up to a fundraising request of some sort, it is separate and distinct in content and purpose from a fundraising letter. She taught me other things as well. We spoke about the next phase of the grant proposal, which involves a needs statement and that although a forum is about having those who are invited to the forum reflect upon your program's needs and how to come up with ways to better help those in need, all such related ideas and statements have to be implemented in program or project.

Anthony, 1 lesson with Susannah

Engaging and Energetic

Susannah covered a lot of ground in a very short time on our first session. She moved quickly between topics, which made the lesson interesting and engaging for my high school age son, who probably could have thought of other activities he'd rather be doing in the summer. Most telling of all, my son wants to continue his lessons with Susannah.

Wayne, 12 lessons with Susannah

Best Personal Statement Tutor!

Susannah helped me to revise my UC application's statement. She listened to me patiently and organized my thoughts clearly. At first, I did not know what I should write. However, she tried to understand who I am and I could come up with an idea of the essays. Also, since she was very friendly, I could easily share my personal challenges. She always made me reflect myself and I could write my statements that I am satisfied with. I highly recommend her! Overall, she is a really great tutor and I would like to work with her in the future.

Rikako, 4 lessons with Susannah

She is clever. She knows what to do....

She thought me how to organize my essay using an outline. She seems like very friendly. The only comment that i have she suppose to listen to students if they asked frequently questions . Have eye contact if she speak. Other than that she is very good tutor I admire her credential mostly in her writing skills.

Katherine, 1 lesson with Susannah

Medical School Personal Statement Coach!

Susannah significantly helped me develop my personal statement for medical school. She responds quickly to messages and really has a way with helping her students articulate their personal reflection. I had a rough draft when I first met with her. During our two sessions together, her friendly and compassionate nature made it easy for me to share my personal tragedies and drive to become a physician. I highly recommend her. She is extremely efficient and her guidance through this difficult process was invaluable. Thank you so much!

Tony, 3 lessons with Susannah

10 of 10 HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Susannah helped me revise my UC waitlist statements. I needed help including all my ideas for the statement within a 200 word limit, fleshing out my thoughts to make them come across more clearly, and organizing my thoughts in a way that made my statements flow well. First of all, Susannah is a tutor that responds very quickly to her messages. It made things easier because I was able to be in constant contact with her through Wyzant and this speedy communication relieved some of my stress because of the statement deadlines. It also only took one session, for each statement, for Susannah to help me finalize the statements. I appreciate how she helped me revise my words and was able to maintain my voice within the statement. After revising, she helped me cut out a few words or rearrange ideas so that my statement followed the word limit requirement. She is patient and works well with the student to ensure that the student's voice is present in their work. Overall, Susannah is an excellent writing tutor and I would work with her again in the future.

Aubrey, 2 lessons with Susannah
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