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Blenda F.

Washington, DC


Writing specialist. Very experienced with SAT, Spanish, and AP tests

Background check pending as of 12/4/16
4.8 average from 48 ratings

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George Washington University
Syracuse University
University of Wisconsin Madison, WI


George Washington University

Syracuse University (Master's)

University of Wisconsin Madison, WI (PhD)

About Blenda

I have helped many students with all verbal areas of the SAT, with AP exams, and with the ACT. AP areas include Language and World History. My experience also includes teaching Spanish language at all levels, including the AP exam. I am bilingual in Spanish and lived for several years in South America.

What I most enjoy is working individually on essays, both for the SAT and college admissions. Let me help you learn to express your ideas.
I have helped many students with all verbal areas of the SAT, with AP exams, and with the ACT. AP areas include Language and World Read more

24 hours notice required

Basic rate $64 per hour. Special rate for SAT for 2 students, $50 per hour per student, minimum 2-hour session and 3-session commitment.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Washington, DC 20016
Background Check: Pending
ACT Math
ACT Science, Anthropology,
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB,
Career Development,
College Counseling,
PSAT, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
American History, Anthropology,
European History, Geography, Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Career Development,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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I have a doctorate in anthropoloogy and many years of university teaching experience.


My doctoral studies in cultural anthropololgy included courses in archaeology. I have also participated in field projects.

Art History

Studied American art history at undergraduate level. Studied European decorative arts, especially English, at graduate level, including semester in England. Extensive professional research, presentation, and publication on arts of Latin America. Taught university classes on world art.


I tutored for the ASVAB in 2009-10, concentrating on the English language portions. ASVAB is heavy on vocabulary, so I focus on vocabulary building and learning how to use words in context. For the reading portions, we review methods to improve both accuracy and speed.

Career Development

My experience with high school and college students include substantial advising. Subjects that we cover include how to select a college and a major, how and when to apply, and how to identify sources of aid for particular majors. Special attention to minority students, especially Hispanic/Latino.

College Counseling

In nine years of tutoring, I have worked with several dozen students on the college application process. This encompasses helping them prepare applications, including short answer questions, sometimes as many as ten applications per student. In particular, I specialize in application essay writing. I also have helped students prepare successful scholarship applications. My students have been admitted to a wide range of schools, including several Ivy League schools, U of Chicago, Bowdoin, Colgate, NYU, and Honors College of U of Maryland flagship campus, as well as schools in the UK. Also, during about eighteen total years of university teaching over the last thirty years, I have assisted undergraduates with scholarship and graduate and professional school planning and applications.


Very experienced with English instruction, especially high school. My tutoring includes the verbal sections of PSAT, SAT, ACT, and similar admissions-related tests, as well as AP language and literature curriculum and IB. I also can help with ESL/ESOL.


English is my first language, and I am bilingual in Spanish. I have worked with speakers of many different languages at levels from K - adult out of school, helping them with oral comprehension, speech, reading, and writing. I can help you with general usage and with preparing for standardized tests.


My experience in tutoring for the GRE over the past five years includes both the Verbal Reasoning and the Analytical Writing parts of the test.

For the Verbal Reasoning, the areas on which I focus are the substantive issues presented. These include tackling the passages from multiple angles to gain a full understanding of what the author wants to say and the strategies and devices he or she uses to present those meanings. I will also help you at the basic level of vocabulary, grammar, and syntax so that you are thoroughly prepared.

For the Analytical Writing, I will help you prepare all the essay types. I will assist you in analyzing a number of sample essays of each type so that you become thoroughly familiar with the test’s expectations. My specialty is helping students write the Issues and Arguments essays. From every aspect—from interpreting the statement or claim or recommendation presented, through the outlining and drafting of the essay, to the final polishing and proofing—I will help you gain the experience and confidence to succeed on this exam.

I do not tutor math.

Microsoft Word

My experience with Word includes many different aspects from writing outlines and drafts through final manuscript preparation of my own work, and a substantial amount of editing of other people's manuscripts for publication. I have been using the program for about 16 years.


I have worked with more than 20 students on phonics, from pre-K through second grade. Learning sessions include all aspects from letter recognition, sound and image association, speech practice, and phrase and sentence building. Special emphasis on helping young students identify sounds and letters in everyday words and activities.


I have extensive experience as a professional editor and proofreader, especially of academic manuscripts. My experience includes editing texts written in English by writers for whom English is a second language.

Public Speaking

I am experienced in helping students prepare for college admissions interviews, job interviews, presentations of academic papers, and oral interpretation of literature. For my undergraduate degree in theater, I studied speech and diction, as well as acting, and gained experience helping fellow actors prepare scenes and memorize lines.


My experience teaching Reading spans all levels from elementary through adult. In particular, I am very experienced in tutoring Reading for the SAT -- I can help you conquer those long passages! I am also experienced in helping students prepare for ACT, AP Literature, ESOL, and ASVAB.


I have taught Religion and Culture course at the college level. Studied Latin American religious history at graduate level. Worked with students on religion-related content (class essays, DBQs for exams) in AP World History.

SAT Reading

I have nine years' experience tutoring students who were preparing for the Reading sections of the SAT. I have developed proven methods to help you expand your vocabulary, and retain your understanding of the words you have learned, for the Sentence Completion Sections. I also concentrate on helping students thoroughly understand the structure of the test so that they can work efficiently. My specialty, however, is the long passages. I will help you understand exactly what is being asked of you, how to decipher the complicated questions, and how not to get lost in the dense wording of the passages. Learning to concentrate on the most important aspects, and developing techniques for staying focused on those key elements are two of the things I help students master.

SAT Writing

I have eight years of experience tutoring students who were preparing for the SAT exam, specializing the verbal sections. For the Writing, in the objective sections, I work generally on helping the student understand grammar, syntax and usage overall, and focus on identifying the specific point that is raised in each individual question. I especially enjoy helping students develop their Essay and understanding how the Essay score can contribute to the overall score, as well as using it as a tool to develop confidence because it appears first on the test.

Social Studies

I have a doctorate in anthropology and many years experience teaching at the university level. I also have experience tutoring high school social studies courses.


My tutoring experience includes Spanish at all levels, including SAT II Spanish. In Spring 2012 I tutored Spanish with a small group through WyzAnt.

My level in Spanish is fluent - bilingual. In addition to 8 years of formal study, from middle school through university, I lived for several years in Peru and have traveled extensively in Latin America and Spain. I have also done Spanish-English translation for academic publication.

Study Skills

In three years of tutoring, I worked with about 15 elementary students in several areas of improving study skills. These include overall time management, organization of materials, vocabulary review including flashcards, planning and implementing large projects by dividing into smaller components, and how to create a distraction-free work area. For students with attention deficit issues, I also worked on methods for improving concentration and scheduling of work into manageable periods of time.


My experience includes tutoring at all levels from elementary through high school, as well as college teaching in writing-intensive courses.

I especially enjoy working with high school students on research papers, SAT essays, and college application essays. I can help your student with all aspects of writing, from initial brainstorming through the final proofreading and polish.

I am a published author and have professional editing experience as well.

George Washington University
Syracuse University
University of Wisconsin Madison, WI


George Washington University

Syracuse University (Master's)

University of Wisconsin Madison, WI (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $59.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Basic rate $64 per hour. Special rate for SAT for 2 students, $50 per hour per student, minimum 2-hour session and 3-session commitment.

Travel policy

Blenda will travel within 20 miles of Washington, DC 20016.