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Shelley L.

Creative College Essay Coaching, Interview Prep, Screenwriting

Creative College Essay Coaching, Interview Prep, Screenwriting

$125/hour

  • 1,009 hours tutoring

About Shelley


Bio

My students have gone on to Berkeley, Colorado College, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Oberlin, University of Oxford, Pratt Institute, Purdue, Sarah Lawrence, Stanford, UCLA, UCSD, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh, USC, University of Texas at Austin, University of Puget Sound, Vassar College, Yale University, and many other wonderful schools.

One of my strengths as a writing coach is to help you find the perfect subject,...

My students have gone on to Berkeley, Colorado College, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Oberlin, University of Oxford, Pratt Institute, Purdue, Sarah Lawrence, Stanford, UCLA, UCSD, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh, USC, University of Texas at Austin, University of Puget Sound, Vassar College, Yale University, and many other wonderful schools.

One of my strengths as a writing coach is to help you find the perfect subject, incident, ethical dilemma or story to write about. Sending a unique, well-written and telling essay helps you stand out. I'll guide you to write compelling essays, memoirs, speeches, stories or films.

After your first draft, you'll receive red-lined edited drafts which include questions, suggestions and brief writing tips. I promise you that when our work is ended, you'll be happy to see how much your writing has improved. (You may know that the most important skill for success in college and in your career, is the quality of your writing.)

On coaching you for interviews...

After interviewing thousands of people over the 25 years of her talk show, Oprah Winfrey tells an amazing story: she said that at the end of each interview, every guest asked the same question, "Did I do okay?!" Whether her subject was a reformed white supremacist or a President of the United States, everyone fears they are not enough, that they didn't do well enough. So you are not alone as you face an interview with trepidation. With that in mind I make clear that there are two people in the room and each one needs to "succeed." The interviewer is wondering whether they're asking good questions, whether they are looking good, whether they appear to be bright and interesting, and on and on... really.

As an interview coach, I explain to you what needs to happen for you to shine and earn acceptance to a school, or a job offer. Few of us have been taught how to handle an interview though we all face them at some time. Once you understand that the interviewe


Education

Queens College, City University of New York
Communication Arts
Queens College, City University of New York
Masters
American Film Institute Conservatory, Los Angeles, CA
Masters

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Subjects

Art

Film,

Film

I am a member of the Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Happily, I received an M.F.A from The American Film Institute, and managed to win the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short for my AFI film. I've taught acting in various New York schools and Advanced Screenwriting at USC. Often I prepare applicants for film schools by coaching them through their essays and helping them ace their interviews through "rehearsals." Needless to say, it's a joy for me pay forward all the instruction and support I've received.
Theater

Theater

I have written and directed plays as well as directed episodic television. I have won major awards in the entertainment industry.

Business

Career Development,

Career Development

As a speech coach, I have "rehearsed" many adults before they face job interviews, school interviews and auditions and dates! I have been astounded every time I coach someone at how quickly their presentation improves. Also I've learned that even the most talented and brightest of applicants is often unaware of what interviewers look for, appreciate and expect. That is why I find this work incredibly rewarding and stimulating.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have a Bachelor and Master's degree in Speech and have taught public speaking to adults (businessmen and politicians) as well as to high school and college students. I have personally spoken at very large gatherings where I feel very comfortable. I most enjoy working with adults and teens as they face job and school interviews.

Corporate Training

Career Development,

Career Development

As a speech coach, I have "rehearsed" many adults before they face job interviews, school interviews and auditions and dates! I have been astounded every time I coach someone at how quickly their presentation improves. Also I've learned that even the most talented and brightest of applicants is often unaware of what interviewers look for, appreciate and expect. That is why I find this work incredibly rewarding and stimulating.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Having taught English at the high school and college level, and as a member of the Writers Guild of America, proofreading comes very easily to me. The novelist James Michener said, "I am not a very good writer but I am an excellent rewriter." I totally get that; it is only with editing that I am able to write well. What is more, I think this is true for everyone. This is why I find proofreading satisfying. I also act as consultant to professors and professional writers.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have a Bachelor and Master's degree in Speech and have taught public speaking to adults (businessmen and politicians) as well as to high school and college students. I have personally spoken at very large gatherings where I feel very comfortable. I most enjoy working with adults and teens as they face job and school interviews.

Elementary Education

Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I've spent my entire career teaching English in some capacity. For fourteen years, I was a high school English teacher who taught not only the required courses but many electives such as Journalism, Film and Television, Mass Media and Speech. I moved on from there to teach Advanced Screenwriting at USC and Personal and Business Writing at DeVry University. For the past few years, I've conducted writing workshops; Memoir Writing for adults and College Essay Writing for high school seniors. Also, I act as consultant to professional writers and am a member of the Writers Guild of America. I suppose my greatest strength as a teacher is that I never repeat a lesson. I am able to create the right example, the perfect assignment and the most authentic critique on the spot -- this is how my mind works. That is why I find my work so exciting and still a lot of fun.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Having taught English at the high school and college level, and as a member of the Writers Guild of America, proofreading comes very easily to me. The novelist James Michener said, "I am not a very good writer but I am an excellent rewriter." I totally get that; it is only with editing that I am able to write well. What is more, I think this is true for everyone. This is why I find proofreading satisfying. I also act as consultant to professors and professional writers.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have a Bachelor and Master's degree in Speech and have taught public speaking to adults (businessmen and politicians) as well as to high school and college students. I have personally spoken at very large gatherings where I feel very comfortable. I most enjoy working with adults and teens as they face job and school interviews.
Writing,

Writing

Years as a high school Speech, Film and Drama teacher, followed by work as a college Screenwriting, Essay Writing instructor, taught me how to teach writing. I will help you find a terrific topic to write about, one that is authentic, surprising and attention-getting. You will also learn many ways to improve your writing easily and quickly.
Vocabulary

Homeschool

English,

English

I've spent my entire career teaching English in some capacity. For fourteen years, I was a high school English teacher who taught not only the required courses but many electives such as Journalism, Film and Television, Mass Media and Speech. I moved on from there to teach Advanced Screenwriting at USC and Personal and Business Writing at DeVry University. For the past few years, I've conducted writing workshops; Memoir Writing for adults and College Essay Writing for high school seniors. Also, I act as consultant to professional writers and am a member of the Writers Guild of America. I suppose my greatest strength as a teacher is that I never repeat a lesson. I am able to create the right example, the perfect assignment and the most authentic critique on the spot -- this is how my mind works. That is why I find my work so exciting and still a lot of fun.
Writing

Writing

Years as a high school Speech, Film and Drama teacher, followed by work as a college Screenwriting, Essay Writing instructor, taught me how to teach writing. I will help you find a terrific topic to write about, one that is authentic, surprising and attention-getting. You will also learn many ways to improve your writing easily and quickly.

Most Popular

English,

English

I've spent my entire career teaching English in some capacity. For fourteen years, I was a high school English teacher who taught not only the required courses but many electives such as Journalism, Film and Television, Mass Media and Speech. I moved on from there to teach Advanced Screenwriting at USC and Personal and Business Writing at DeVry University. For the past few years, I've conducted writing workshops; Memoir Writing for adults and College Essay Writing for high school seniors. Also, I act as consultant to professional writers and am a member of the Writers Guild of America. I suppose my greatest strength as a teacher is that I never repeat a lesson. I am able to create the right example, the perfect assignment and the most authentic critique on the spot -- this is how my mind works. That is why I find my work so exciting and still a lot of fun.
Writing

Writing

Years as a high school Speech, Film and Drama teacher, followed by work as a college Screenwriting, Essay Writing instructor, taught me how to teach writing. I will help you find a terrific topic to write about, one that is authentic, surprising and attention-getting. You will also learn many ways to improve your writing easily and quickly.

Other

College Counseling

College Counseling

First, you will want to know that my students have gone on to Berkeley, Colorado College, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Oberlin, Pepperdine, Pratt Institute, Santa Clara, Sarah Lawrence, Stanford (early action), UCLA, University of Oxford, UC San Diego, University of Virginia, University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Puget Sound, Purdue, University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, Yale (early action) and many other wonderful schools. When I work with you on your college application essays, my goal is to help you write attention-getting, authentic and meaningful essays. Ultimately, we are looking for a result that makes clear what your contribution to the college will be. Are you an out-of-the-box thinker, a humanitarian, a problem solver, an ethicist, an entrepreneur? The challenge you face is to show and not tell the admissions officer what your gift is; this is where I am best able to help you. We need to find that one specific story that clearly demonstrates who you are. A challenging task but well worth the effort! When possible, I urge you to spend time on the supplemental essays as well. They too must be well-written, otherwise the admissions officer thinks you may have received too much outside help if the quality of the writing varies. My students have been successful because my prompts inevitably produce original work, and my numerous and simple tips for writing insure quick and impressive results. Finally, I urge rising seniors to consider working on the personal statements and supplementals during the summer since the fall semester requires you to focus on good grades, SAT scores, obtaining recommendations, completing volunteer hours and of course, applying to colleges! If you can remove one important task from the list, it will help you. And quality time spent on the essays often pays off down the line.

Special Needs

Speech

Speech

I majored in Speech in undergraduate and graduate schools and therefore hold two degrees in the subject. I taught Public Speaking at the high school level and also at a professional school for adults interested in improving their public speaking abilities. We worked with politicians and business people for the most part.

Summer

Writing

Writing

Years as a high school Speech, Film and Drama teacher, followed by work as a college Screenwriting, Essay Writing instructor, taught me how to teach writing. I will help you find a terrific topic to write about, one that is authentic, surprising and attention-getting. You will also learn many ways to improve your writing easily and quickly.

Test Preparation

Career Development,

Career Development

As a speech coach, I have "rehearsed" many adults before they face job interviews, school interviews and auditions and dates! I have been astounded every time I coach someone at how quickly their presentation improves. Also I've learned that even the most talented and brightest of applicants is often unaware of what interviewers look for, appreciate and expect. That is why I find this work incredibly rewarding and stimulating.
College Counseling

College Counseling

First, you will want to know that my students have gone on to Berkeley, Colorado College, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Oberlin, Pepperdine, Pratt Institute, Santa Clara, Sarah Lawrence, Stanford (early action), UCLA, University of Oxford, UC San Diego, University of Virginia, University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Puget Sound, Purdue, University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, Yale (early action) and many other wonderful schools. When I work with you on your college application essays, my goal is to help you write attention-getting, authentic and meaningful essays. Ultimately, we are looking for a result that makes clear what your contribution to the college will be. Are you an out-of-the-box thinker, a humanitarian, a problem solver, an ethicist, an entrepreneur? The challenge you face is to show and not tell the admissions officer what your gift is; this is where I am best able to help you. We need to find that one specific story that clearly demonstrates who you are. A challenging task but well worth the effort! When possible, I urge you to spend time on the supplemental essays as well. They too must be well-written, otherwise the admissions officer thinks you may have received too much outside help if the quality of the writing varies. My students have been successful because my prompts inevitably produce original work, and my numerous and simple tips for writing insure quick and impressive results. Finally, I urge rising seniors to consider working on the personal statements and supplementals during the summer since the fall semester requires you to focus on good grades, SAT scores, obtaining recommendations, completing volunteer hours and of course, applying to colleges! If you can remove one important task from the list, it will help you. And quality time spent on the essays often pays off down the line.

Examples of Expertise


Shelley has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 7 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (191 ratings)
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Honest and Helpful Tutor

Shelley is very honest with you and doesn’t sugarcoat which is very beneficial and helpful. She clearly has experience and it shows through her tutoring services.

Mahika, 6 lessons with Shelley

Knowledgeable and very hands on tutor

Shelley L. took the time to reach out to me to discuss how she can best help, my goals in writing essays for my PA school application as well as strengths and weaknesses. She was very insightful and encouraged me to find ways to improve my writing. After working with Shelley, I feel I have improved as a writer and believe I am now submitting a much stronger application.

Helen, 2 lessons with Shelley

great teacher !

Shelley reviewed my four colleagues essays. She was quite responsive and advised on many corrections. Thank you! Appreciate your support!

Ruslan, 1 lesson with Shelley

Professional and true to profile

Helped my daughter with her college essay and supplemental questions Gave her the confidence to hit that submit button ! She gave great advice and was always prompt in response on the app Thanks!!

Katherine , 3 lessons with Shelley

Very helpful

Shelley is very helpful for editing my graduate application and she is so patient and detailed! She reviewed my work and gave me suggestions which I appreciate so much.

Carol, 2 lessons with Shelley

Extremely patient, personable and all around great tutor

Shelley helped me write my personal statement essay for graduate school, and couldn’t have been more helpful. She provided me with the tools I needed to write a great paper. I couldn’t have done it without her!

Ivy, 6 lessons with Shelley
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Excellent tutor!!!

Shelley provided me a very concentrated writing lesson which immensely altered my writing style. I instantly understood the crucial points in excellent writing skills. I wrote three essays for a graduate teaching program at USC, and I just got accepted! The admissions faculty commented that my essays were very strong and interesting to read. As Shelley said, "Show, do not tell," my essays truly showed who I am and why I wanted to be a great teacher. I absolutely would recommend Shelley for friends and family and whoever who needs helps for any writing. Thank you!

Tserenchuluun, 2 lessons with Shelley

Very Helpful!

Shelley was there for me when I was frantic about completing all of my college essays. I gave her a packet of prompts, and she helped me to come up with ideas of what to write about, and how to manipulate them to fit for multiple other universities. She saw in me what I didn't realize for many years; she was a tutor and a therapist as she helped hash through my essays. Now I feel confident to send my personal statement out to prestigious universities, and I have them done early!!

Chloe , 10 lessons with Shelley

More than expected

Shelley such an amazing tutor. She helped me with admission essay for the University. Shelley is very insightful. She knew exactly what I wanted and invested every minute into asking effective questions to extract the important information which improved my essay. Actually, the time was flying while talking and explaining to her; I enjoyed it so much. In fact, I'm a very bad speller and type slow, but she was very patient and helped me to write everything correctly. The thing which I can't forget is her motivation. The night when I took the class was an unforgettable night. I went home full of ambition and inspiration. The moment when someone feels confused and pressed since the deadline is coming soon and a lot of things haven't done yet, there is nothing better than a person who not only can help to finish these things but also gives that feeling of confidence and reassurance. Just a successful tutor who can instill these meanings in their students' heart such as Shelley. Thanks Shelley for this opportunity, I'm very glad to know you.

Hajar, 2 lessons with Shelley
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$125/hour

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Response time: 2 hours