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Shelley L.

Santa Monica, CA

$75/hour

Successful Writing and Speech Tutor - College Apps, Interview Practice

700+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/9/14
4.9 average from 129 ratings
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— Janet, Moorpark, CA on 3/5/14

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

Education

Queens College, City University of New York (Communication Arts)

Queens College, City University of New York (Master's)

American Film Institute Conservatory, Los Angeles, CA (Master's)

About Shelley

I'm an easygoing and creative tutor who likes variety so I work with graduate and undergraduate students, as well as high school seniors writing their college application statements. (Please check out my testimonials.)

Also, I love editing and proofreading, be it a college paper, an application to a special program, a proposal, a dissertation or your college admission statement admission. When I review a draft, I will get a redlined draft and a clean draft back to you, always including writing tips, questions and suggestions. An added plus when we work together is that you'll come away with simple yet helpful writing tools. Today it's a given that the most important skill for success in college and in your career, will be the quality of your writing. I can promise you'll feel you have that added edge to produce fine work.

As a college consultant and tutor, I'm proud to say my students have gone on to Berkeley, Colorado College, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Oberlin, Pratt Institute, Santa Clara, Sarah Lawrence, Stanford (early action), UCLA, UC San Diego, University of Virginia, University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas at Austin, University of Puget Sound, Yale (early action) and many other wonderful schools.

I've taught Advanced Screenwriting at USC, Business and Personal Writing at DeVry University, high school English, and Public Speaking and Acting for adults. I lead college essay writing workshops as well as memoir writing workshops. As a member of the Writers Guild of America, East, I consult with professional writers as well. I hold two Master's degrees, an MFA in Directing and an MS in Communication Arts and Sciences.
I'm an easygoing and creative tutor who likes variety so I work with graduate and undergraduate students, as well as high school seniors writing their college application statements. (Please check out my testimonials.)

Also, I love editing and proofreading, be it a college paper, an application to a special program, a proposal, a
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Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required

Group rates available. Rising seniors - this summer, get friends together for a College Essay Writing group so personal statements and supplemental essays are completed before the fall semester.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90403
Background Check: Passed

"Great Tutor!"

- Janet, Moorpark, CA on 3/5/14

"Excellent tutor!!!"

- Tserenchuluun, Redondo Beach, CA on 12/11/14

"Very Helpful!"

- Chloe, Culver City, CA on 10/16/14

"More than expected"

- Hajar, Los Angeles, CA on 12/10/13

"An experienced educator"

- Ahmed Zack, Santa Monica, CA on 11/9/13

"Very patient!"

- Judy, New York, NY on 6/8/13

"EXTRAORDINARY TUTOR!!!!"

- Sandra, Torrance, CA on 4/11/13

"My first choice for a proofreader!! From a repeat customer"

- Sue, Santa Monica, CA on 3/1/13

"No Fear Shelley S. is here!"

- Schauna, Los Angeles, CA on 1/23/13

"Great Insight!"

- Aaron, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 1/16/13

"Great English Tutor!"

- Valentina, Los Angeles, CA on 11/29/12

"Brilliant tutor."

- Maria, Marina Del Rey, CA on 11/20/12

"Inspired my son to WANT to write his essay"

- Susane, Los Angeles, CA on 11/1/12
Science:
Psychology
Art:
Film,
Theater
English:
English,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Speech,
Writing
History:
Writing
Elementary Education:
Vocabulary, Writing

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.

Career Development

As a speech coach and an Oscar winning director, I have "rehearsed" many adults before they face job interviews, school interviews and auditions.

I have been astounded every time I coach someone at how quickly their presentation improves. In addition, I've also found 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

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.

I am proud to say my students have gone on to Berkeley, Colorado College, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Oberlin, Pepperdine, Pratt Institute, Santa Clara, Sarah Lawrence, Stanford (early action), UCLA, UC San Diego, University of Virginia, University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Puget Sound, University of Wisconsin, Yale (early action) and many other wonderful schools.

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.

Also, the sooner you get in your applications, the better your chances for admission.

Note: Though I work one-on-one with applicants, I have found that a group of friends working together is just as successful, more fun and less expensive.

English

I guess 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, 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.

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.

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

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 students. I have personally spoken at very large gatherings where I feel very comfortable.

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.

Theater

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

Writing

Years as a high school Speech, Film and Drama teacher, followed by work as a college Screenwriting and Essay Writing instructor, taught me how to teach writing, but my next career as a writer/director gave me the gift of editing, the key to exceptional writing. I'm pleased to add that I'm a member of the Writers Guild of America, East, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Directors Guild of America, and the winner of the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short, which I wrote, directed and produced. With all that experience, I've passed onto my students simple techniques to improve their writing skills, often marveling at how fast their work transforms. Since performance in college and beyond is dependent on the quality of one's writing, I know my work, and that of my colleagues, is important.

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

Education

Queens College, City University of New York (Communication Arts)

Queens College, City University of New York (Master's)

American Film Institute Conservatory, Los Angeles, CA (Master's)

Great Tutor!

Shelley helped my son with his college essays. When we contacted her, he had already written 5 essays. We were not sure what the colleges were looking for. Shelley was very knowledgeable about the application process and kept that in mind when she proofread his essays. She gave him very good criticisms and ideas and guided him in improving his essays. The end result was excellent. This past Dece

— Janet, Moorpark, CA on 3/5/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Group rates available. Rising seniors - this summer, get friends together for a College Essay Writing group so personal statements and supplemental essays are completed before the fall semester.

Travel policy

Shelley will travel within 30 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90403.