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Toby A.

Poet, Writer, and Experienced Teacher

Poet, Writer, and Experienced Teacher

$100/hour

  • 238 hours tutoring

About Toby


Bio

I'm Toby! I'm the author of two books of poetry, Discipline Park (Wendy's Subway, 2021) and Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017). I recently received a 2021 Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. I have a PhD in English from Northwestern University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

I am an experienced teacher of writing: I've worked with students of all levels and ages, from 12 to 82. Whatever your level, I'll help you improve your confidence and...

I'm Toby! I'm the author of two books of poetry, Discipline Park (Wendy's Subway, 2021) and Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017). I recently received a 2021 Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. I have a PhD in English from Northwestern University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

I am an experienced teacher of writing: I've worked with students of all levels and ages, from 12 to 82. Whatever your level, I'll help you improve your confidence and skills as a writer. My teaching style is collaborative and exploratory. Rather than imposing my vision for writing on you, I help you realize the potential of your own writing.

I received the Graduate Teaching Award at Northwestern when I was in graduate school there—and I've taught a range of genres, including poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. I look forward to working with you—and helping you grow your writing!


Education

Swarthmore College
English Literature
Northwestern University
PhD
Iowa Writers' Workshop
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Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have taught college level courses in public speaking at the University of Iowa. I also served as a tutor in the University's Speaking Center, helping students at levels—from freshmen to graduate students—prepare for presentations and speeches. I will be able to help you master your anxiety, organize your argument, and speak confidently and effectively.

Corporate Training

Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have taught college level courses in public speaking at the University of Iowa. I also served as a tutor in the University's Speaking Center, helping students at levels—from freshmen to graduate students—prepare for presentations and speeches. I will be able to help you master your anxiety, organize your argument, and speak confidently and effectively.
Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I have a PhD in English Literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I am an experienced teacher, having taught at the college level for nearly ten years: I specialize in helping students master the challenges of studying English literature, whatever their level.
Literature,

Literature

I have a PhD in English Literature from Northwestern University. I've taught literature to students at all levels—from beginners to advanced students. I can help you master technical terms, understand difficult readings, and write great papers.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have taught college level courses in public speaking at the University of Iowa. I also served as a tutor in the University's Speaking Center, helping students at levels—from freshmen to graduate students—prepare for presentations and speeches. I will be able to help you master your anxiety, organize your argument, and speak confidently and effectively.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have a PhD in English Literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I look forward to helping you learn how to read carefully and quickly so that you ace your test!
Writing,

Writing

I hold a PhD in English Literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I've helped students apply to jobs and internships for years—I'm a whiz when it comes to editing professional documents.
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary

Homeschool

English,

English

I have a PhD in English Literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I am an experienced teacher, having taught at the college level for nearly ten years: I specialize in helping students master the challenges of studying English literature, whatever their level.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have a PhD in English Literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I look forward to helping you learn how to read carefully and quickly so that you ace your test!
Writing,

Writing

I hold a PhD in English Literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I've helped students apply to jobs and internships for years—I'm a whiz when it comes to editing professional documents.
Reading

Most Popular

English,

English

I have a PhD in English Literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I am an experienced teacher, having taught at the college level for nearly ten years: I specialize in helping students master the challenges of studying English literature, whatever their level.
Writing,

Writing

I hold a PhD in English Literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I've helped students apply to jobs and internships for years—I'm a whiz when it comes to editing professional documents.
Reading

Other

College Counseling

College Counseling

From 2006-2008, I served as a college admissions officer at Deep Springs College in California, a highly selective liberal arts college. I have read hundreds of college applications essays, conducted dozens of interviews with potential applicants, and voted on their files. I will be prepared to help you hone your essay, so that your application stands out.

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Writing,

Writing

I hold a PhD in English Literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I've helped students apply to jobs and internships for years—I'm a whiz when it comes to editing professional documents.
Reading

Test Preparation

College Counseling,

College Counseling

From 2006-2008, I served as a college admissions officer at Deep Springs College in California, a highly selective liberal arts college. I have read hundreds of college applications essays, conducted dozens of interviews with potential applicants, and voted on their files. I will be prepared to help you hone your essay, so that your application stands out.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have a PhD in English Literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I look forward to helping you learn how to read carefully and quickly so that you ace your test!
ACT English, ACT Reading

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Creative

Toby helped my kids with essays for college and has been very creative and approachable worked to meet the individual needs I would highly recommend Toby as he has insight into what the essays should be

Padmalatha, 45 lessons with Toby

Extremely skilled and friendly, great teacher

Learning how to reframe and tighten up my poems, extremely creative with word choice and placement – learned much in two sessions and looking forward to continuing

William, 4 lessons with Toby

Very Efficient and comfortable to work with

Toby helped my son with college essay, resume and recommendation request form. He understood my son's ask and style right away and help to polish them very easily while maintaining my son's style.

Kay, 62 lessons with Toby

Helpful and friendly

Toby was very accommodating and nice. We missed the session and he made time later in the day. My daughter enjoyed working with him and they worked on researching articles. She says he's a really nice guy.

Siew, 1 lesson with Toby

Knowledgeable and professional

Toby is kind, patient and knowledgeable tutor. My son liked him in his first lesson. And he is really looking forward to have writing lessons regularly with Toby. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to improve his/her writing skills.

Maria, 14 lessons with Toby
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Toby A.

$100/hour

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  • Only pay for the time you need

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Response time: 2 hours