Mary W.

Bradenton, FL


5-Star Tutor / English & Writing Specialist / Invest in the Best!

1750+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/30/14
5.0 average from 718 ratings
Worth every single penny!
— Andrea, Bradenton Beach, FL on 5/24/16


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University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee
University of Tampa


University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee (English)

University of Tampa (Master's)

About Mary


I tutor native English speakers and ESL students at all levels of proficiency. Whether you need regularly scheduled sessions throughout a semester, short-term assistance preparing for an exam, or a single meeting to complete an assignment, together we can devise a plan to help you achieve your scholastic goals.

I offer a safe and non-judgmental environment allowing for unlimited Q&A to stimulate interest and foster self-confidence. I facilitate unique approaches to the material, suggest techniques you might not have tried before, and promote connections between personal interests and lesson requirements so that learning can be engaging, maybe even fun!

* a boost in self-confidence
* a reduction in test anxiety
* the potential to earn higher grades

Contact me today, so I can guide you toward becoming the best student you can be!

* Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with concentration in nonfiction
* Bachelor of Arts in English with concentration in professional/technical writing
* Cum Laude Designation
* ESOL-related continuing education credits
* NTA (National Tutoring Association) professional membership

* Academic Coach
* Adult Class Facilitator
* College Professor
* Freelance Editor
* High School Tutor
* Private Tutor
* Substitute Teacher
* Teaching Assistant
* Test-Prep Mentor
* Test Proctor
* Writing Consultant

Why hire me as your academic tutor or test-prep mentor?

* Convenient - I offer private online sessions from anywhere in the world!
* Flexible - Scheduling is arranged to accommodate your busy life. Evening, weekend, and holiday sessions are available.
* Motivational - I’ll guide you toward achieving your highest potential by offering tips to make studying fun and by encouraging you to reach beyond your current level of accomplishment.
* Personalized - I devote one-on-one attention to you with focus on addressing your individual needs, personal attention that’s not possible in a traditional classroom setting or test prep center.
* Supportive - I will set attainable goals, require accountability, measure progress, and show you how to structure your study time outside of tutoring sessions.
* Tailored - I design each lesson with you in mind and do not use a standardized curriculum.

Discover for yourself The Mary Difference! Contact me today to get started.

Sunday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Eastern time
Friday and Saturday no tutoring

Since our scheduled session is reserved for you personally, a cancellation fee will apply should you change your scheduled session for any reason without at least 24-hour notice. Notice given in less than 24 hours prior to session start time, or no notice at all, will result in a fee equal to the full session price. Thank you for your respect and consideration.

I offer a reduced rate if your friends or family members join you in the same class.

I believe in you and your ability to succeed. Together, we can do this!

I tutor native English speakers and ESL students at all levels of proficiency. Whether you need regularly scheduled sessions throughout a semester, short-term assistance preparing for an exam, or a single meeting to complete an assignment, together we can devise a plan to help you achieve your scholastic goals.

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24 hours notice required

First student: $95 per hour. Each additional student at the same lesson: only $75 per hour!

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Travels within 7 miles of Bradenton, FL 34208
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"Worth every single penny!"

- Andrea, Bradenton Beach, FL on 5/24/16

"Efficient and knowledgeable."

- Karen, Orland Park, IL on 11/19/17

"Knowledgeable and interesting"

- Sadia, Eden Prairie, MN on 9/6/17

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- Doug, San Diego, CA on 8/15/17

"Patient, understanding, and knowledgeable"

- Malatee, Atlanta, GA on 8/10/17

"Amazing and very patient"

- Shakeria, Middle Island, NY on 7/3/17

"Knowledgeable and very patient tutor"

- James, Melvin Village, NH on 6/30/17

"Great Lesson"

- Nisar, Lake Charles, LA on 6/22/17

"Knowledgeable and patient."

- Amy, Brandon, FL on 6/4/17

"Amazing Tutor !"

- Raymond, Pittsburg, CA on 5/28/17

"Excellent ACT Tutor"

- Rachel, Sarasota, FL on 4/7/17

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Jennifer, Bradenton, FL on 2/21/17

"Excellent tutor"

- Joe, Sarasota, FL on 10/15/16

"Awesome tutor"

- Celeste, State College, PA on 9/22/16

"Knowledgeable tutor"

- Douglas, Bradenton, FL on 9/18/16

"Extremely Helpful Tutor"

- Trish, Ellenton, FL on 8/29/16

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- Stephanie, Bradenton, FL on 8/8/16

"Very professional, knowledgable and patient"

- Aimee, Bradenton, FL on 3/31/16

"Very intelligent and respectful"

- Robert, Parrish, FL on 3/22/16

"Fabulous PowerPoint Tutor"

- Tum, Parrish, FL on 3/9/16

"Mary is very knowledgeable about the ASVAB test."

- David, Bradenton, FL on 1/29/16

"Great writing tutor"

- Tim, Wilmington, DE on 11/7/15

"Very nice and patient."

- Julian, Bradenton, FL on 8/6/15

"Great tutor!"

- Maria, Sarasota, FL on 6/3/15

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- Matej, Bradenton, FL on 4/21/15

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- Alex, Bradenton, FL on 6/26/14

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- Eva, Bradenton, FL on 10/26/13
ACT Science
Special Needs:
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Study Skills,

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.

ACT English

English is one of five sections included on the ACT in addition to math, reading, science, and an optional writing section. In 45 minutes, you’ll be expected to answer 75 multiple choice questions based on five prose passages of varying lengths. Your mechanical and rhetorical skills will be tested. You will need familiarity with proper punctuation, grammatical rules, and effective organization, among other items. But don’t worry! I am here to help you with all of that.

As your private ACT tutor, I will not only practice sample questions with you, but I’ll also offer general test-taking strategies. We will review concepts that underlie the types of questions you struggle with most, which will lead you to your best possible score. Together, we can do this!

ACT Reading

Reading is one of five sections included on the ACT in addition to English, math, science, and an optional writing section. Within a 35-minute block, you’ll be expected to read four college-level prose passages of approximately 1,000 words each (or a pair of shorter passages) and answer 40 multiple choice questions based on them. You’ll read from a variety of genres — fiction, social studies, the humanities, and natural sciences. Expect to see detail questions as well as inference questions.

If all of that sounds overwhelming, it needn’t be. As your private ACT tutor, I will give you hints and offer strategies to make the seemingly impossible task possible and doable. Together, we will practice sample questions and target the aspects of reading comprehension you struggle with most.

ACT Science

The science section of the ACT requires that you answer 40 multiple-choice questions in 35 minutes. If science is not your best subject, this might sound scary. Let me tell you a secret: this section is more about reading comprehension than it is about science knowledge.

There are a few basic scientific concepts that it might be helpful to know before taking your exam, but that’s all. All 40 science questions can be answered based upon the information presented to you in 6 different passages, some of which will contain graphics.

As your private ACT tutor, I’ll help you develop an effective system for tackling each question. We’ll talk about focusing your reading, zeroing in on what’s being asked, and using a process of elimination to get rid of wrong answer choices. All of these tactics will help boost your ACT science score.

College Counseling

Over the past several years, I have helped numerous high school students prepare for college. I’ve done this on a for-hire basis and as a volunteer mentor. I’d be happy to walk you through the process as well.

There is more to getting ready for higher education than simply taking the ACT and SAT exams, which I can help you study for. There is also the academic résumé that needs to be crafted, the personal essay that needs to be drafted, and the numerous prompted questions that need to be answered. Don’t forget preparing for the interview, too.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by one or more of these necessary tasks, please allow me to assist you. I’ll help you present to potential colleges the best version of yourself. Together, we can do this!


The HSPT is meant to be taken only once. If taken more than once, the lower score will be recorded; so, it’s important that your child be prepared to do well on the first try. That’s where I can help, as your child’s private, certified HSPT tutor! As an English and writing specialist who has helped prepare numerous students for a wide range of standardized exams, I can offer your child general test-taking strategies along with specific assistance with the HSPT. We’ll not only try sample test questions, but we’ll review the academic concepts behind the questions your child struggles with most.

I have experience teaching in middle school, high school, college, and university classrooms as well as outside of them in the private arena. I’d be happy to be part of your child’s success story!


I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at the University of Tampa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee where I served as vice president of the English Society. I also served as vice president of my local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. I have a solid understanding of the content of American English in its various forms of communication.

Whether you are an ESL student or a native English speaker, together we can improve the skills you most want to work on. I can help you boost your vocabulary, elevate your conversation ability, enhance your reading comprehension, sharpen your spelling, or advance the effectiveness of your writing.


I've tutored ESL students from countries as diverse as Russia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, and beyond. Their ages have ranged from four to forty-four. Many needed general conversation assistance, with little emphasis on grammar; a few needed help preparing for the Maturita exit exam where sentence structure and listening skills were imperative; and one was a math teacher in her own country, but needed stronger English skills to be certified in America. For her, subject-related vocabulary was primary. I've also helped a student practice for her citizenship interview. Reading and writing were necessary in this case. I tailor each lesson for the student’s particular needs.

Because I work with students from such diverse countries, it would be nearly impossible for me to learn all of their languages. That’s the main reason I prefer to use the direct/natural method in my tutoring sessions, which means that I immerse the student in the target language, English, and refrain from using the student’s native language. To communicate, we use pictures, body language, music, games, and flash cards, along with the assistance of Google’s translator.


There are numerous aspects of grammar to be considered in any language, and with English, they can be particularly cumbersome. I have prepared countless lessons specifically designed for my students’ most vexing challenges. Here are a few: indefinite pronouns, modifier placement, prepositional phrases, proper punctuation, sentence structure, and verb tensing. If you struggle with these or other areas of English grammar, I can help. We will discuss, study, and practice grammatical rules until your newly acquired skills become habits in your writing and in your speech.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Do you need to construct and deliver a PowerPoint presentation? I can definitely help you with that. I have designed several PowerPoint presentations myself, and have also helped students and business professionals design their own. I am familiar with graphic options within the program to enhance the visual appeal of your content, which will keep your show interesting for your audience to watch. I can show you ways to add sound effects and animation, too. Together, we can personalize the slides to adhere to your “brand.”

My expertise in this field goes beyond creating the PowerPoint slide show. I can also help increase your confidence in presenting your show in front of people. I will teach you how to gauge your audience, adjust your stance, and project your voice so that you not only have a fabulous slide show to display, but also an effective delivery of it.


My detail-oriented and A-type personality, combined with my English and writing background, makes me the perfect proofreader! I have experience with the deeper levels of editing as well.

In writing workshops, I have offered line by line critiques of aspiring authors’ works. In my roles as substitute teacher, teaching assistant, fellow student, and private tutor, I have read students’ essays and suggested revisions. I refined the manuscript of a writer’s romance novel being prepared for self-publishing. Having had my own thesis work edited on a monthly basis by professionally published authors, I learned what to look for in others’ writing and appropriate ways to comment. I pass that knowledge on to the students I tutor.

Public Speaking

My public speaking experience is quite diverse. I am a former member of Toastmasters International where I gathered much of my public speaking training, and I served as an ordained minister speaking on matters of spirituality. In academic settings, I’ve stood before classrooms filled with students, was a guest lecturer at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, and delivered a commencement address at The University of Tampa. I have publicly read my original writings before live audiences.

As a public speaking tutor, I am not only qualified to coach you on how to deliver a speech—including gauging your audience, adjusting your stance, and projecting your voice—but also on how to write the material you’ll deliver—including structuring your speech, clarifying your purpose, and pacing your time.

I’ll help increase your confidence as a competent and effective public speaker. Together, we can do this!


Reading is a gateway to the world. Ineffective reading, meaning without comprehension, inhibits social, academic, and personal expansion. I want to help you become a better reader. Together, we can do this!

As your private reading tutor, I’ll first evaluate your level of reading before introducing you to sight words and phonics you might not be familiar with. We will practice your skills using flash cards and by reading material that interests you, not necessarily academic texts. This will hold your attention and build your confidence, which can then be carried over to the scholastic arena.

SAT Reading

The “Reading Test” is one part of the SAT’s “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing” section. It consists of fifty-two multiple-choice questions that you must complete within sixty-five minutes. In that time, you must also be able to read and understand multiple passages on a variety of topics.

In our tutoring sessions, we will review many sample questions like the ones you’ll see on the actual test. We will learn to distinguish between the main idea of a passage and its author’s attitude toward the subject. We’ll learn to identify word components that will help you determine the meanings of words you might not have heard before. I’ll help you identify not only the facts of what you read, but the implications as well. We’ll also learn to choose passage evidence upon which to base your answers to questions, which will be key on the latest version of the SAT. I’ll offer you general test-taking strategies, too, for earning your best possible score.

SAT Writing

The “Writing and Language Test” is one part of the SAT’s “Evidence-Based Reading & Writing” section. You’ll be expected to answer forty-four passage-based multiple-choice questions in thirty-five minutes. Along with the passages, you can expect to see some graphics as well. You’ll have to read, find a mistake, and fix it. The errors might be rhetorically, mechanically, or grammatically based. But don’t panic; I’m here to help!

In our tutoring sessions, we will try many sample questions like the ones you’ll see on the actual test. We’ll learn to evaluate syntax, style, and tone. We’ll review the rules of grammar, including run-ons, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent issues, parallel construction, verb tensing, and more.

The SAT also poses an optional essay prompt. If you plan to take the essay test, I will introduce you to what's expected. You won't be writing your own argument. You’ll have to read a 650-750-word passage and write a multi-paragraph analysis of it, explaining how the author builds an argument to persuade his/her audience. You will not be doing the persuading.

In our tutoring sessions, I’ll teach you to identify evidence, reasoning, and stylistic elements—the three persuasive areas the current version of the SAT requires you to consider. I’ll help you hone your comprehension, analysis, and writing skills, as these are the three qualities your essay score will be based upon. Together, we’ll practice outlining and writing the type of essay you will have to produce on test day.

I’ll also offer you general test-taking strategies for earning your best possible score on the SAT.


The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is designed for students who wish to gain entrance into private school establishments, particularly in a part of the world other than their home residence. The test is administered in English and helps administrators decide upon student admission. Your grade level determines whether you will take the elementary, middle, or upper level exam. I can help you prepare for any or all of them.

Regardless of which level of the exam you need to take, the purpose of the SSAT is to measure basic verbal (analogies and synonyms), quantitative (math), reading, and writing skills. Your performance on the exam provides admission officers with an idea of your academic ability and "fit" for their schools. The best way to ensure success is to become familiar with the format of the test, get acquainted with the types of questions that will be asked, and try practice questions similar to those you will see on the exam. I am familiar with all of these areas and have helped students just like you properly prepare.

Study Skills

To do well academically, a student of any age must develop effective study habits in order to incorporate new knowledge into his memory bank. Working together, we can develop strategies that help you retain information you receive in the classroom and outside it too.

Some key areas we can focus on are:
• Listening – knowing what to really pay attention to
• Reading – picking out what’s important
• Organizing – cleaning up your backpack and study space
• Note taking – learning how to outline
• Prioritizing – managing time frames

I will offer tips in these and other study skills areas that will help you remember what you learn and be able to retrieve that information when necessary in the future. I will make suggestions tailored specifically for you and your individual learning style. I will share some of my own unique strategies that have helped me become an A+ student. We can practice these methods together.

I have experience as a substitute teacher, teaching assistant, private tutor, certified tutor, and class facilitator. One particular stint was for several months in the Learning Resource Center of a private academy. The majority of students there came specifically for help studying for exams. I’ve worked with students as young as five and as old as 65. I’d be happy to help you, too.


So, you’ve decided to go to nursing school. Hooray for you! First, you’ll have to pass the TEAS, Test of Essential Academic Skills. This multiple choice exam will measure your proficiency in four areas: reading comprehension, English language usage, math, and science.

As your private TEAS tutor, I will help you master how to draw inferences and conclusions, determine the main idea, and identify important details of passages you’ll have to read. I’ll also teach you the rules of punctuation and grammar, and help you improve your spelling and vocabulary. I can work with you to brush up on your basic math and the critical thinking skills needed for the science section.
I’ll offer general test-taking strategies you can apply to the TEAS or most any standardized test.

I look forward to helping you succeed!


Hooray for you for wanting to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language! I can help you prepare for the TOEFL or the TOEFL Junior regardless of your native language. These exams are meant to ensure your language proficiency and are comprised of four parts: reading (comprehension), listening (understanding), speaking (linguistic spontaneity and clarity), and writing (academic essays on the Standard version, paragraph writing and editing on the Junior version).

As your private TOEFL tutor, I’ll help get you familiarized with exactly what to expect, work on your pacing so that you do not run over the time limit, and practice several test questions with you. Beyond helping you understand concepts beneath the multiple choice questions, I will be able to evaluate your speaking and writing skills — something you cannot practice on your own.

I look forward to helping you improve your overall English fluency so that you can score well on your exam!


Limited vocabulary leads to a lower level of reading comprehension and a thwarted ability to communicate in general. It is imperative that we know the meaning of the words we read, hear, and speak. When we don’t, messages are misconstrued.

As a private vocabulary tutor, I focus on the types of words appropriate to the individual with whom I am working. An adult student would likely need career-specific vocabulary—mathematical terms or sales and marketing verbiage, for example. A high school student preparing to take the SAT needs a wider set of scholarly words in his vocabulary. For an ESL student, everyday phrases, common verbs, and nouns for identifying surroundings are crucial.

Tutoring sessions will consist of breaking down the structure of words into their roots, prefixes, and suffixes. We will make word associations from the perspective of synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms. I will encourage you to make friends with a dictionary and a thesaurus. Index cards will be handy study tools, and drills will be part of our vocabulary practice.


I have experience with several categories of writing and their various genres. I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in professional/technical writing. As a lyricist, I had seven songs published on a professionally recorded album. I won a campus-wide poetry contest.

Whether it’s a personal letter you’re working on, a simple essay, a poetry explication, or a research paper, I can help. As your writing tutor, I would start by reviewing a sample of your work or a first draft of an assignment. Depending upon the goals we've set for your tutoring sessions, I would proofread, edit, or offer a line by line critique of your piece. I would plan lessons targeting the weakest areas of your writing. Perhaps it’s structure, tone, grammar, or citations you need help with. I am here, eager to serve.

University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee
University of Tampa


University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee (English)

University of Tampa (Master's)

Worth every single penny!

I am very glad, that I can write something about Mary. I spent with Mary two months of my stay in Florida. My goal was to improve my communication skills and better understand native speakers. Mary recognized exactly what I need and how to help me with my goal. During our meeting we talked about all sorts of topics. I deepened my vocabulary for many, many new words. We were also working together o

— Andrea, Bradenton Beach, FL on 5/24/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $95.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

First student: $95 per hour. Each additional student at the same lesson: only $75 per hour!

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 7 miles of Bradenton, FL 34208.