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Gina B.

Deland, FL

$65/hour

Top-Level Writer/Editor Teaches Math Geeks And Others To Write

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/22/16
4.9 average from 17 ratings
Essay help
— Nancy, Deltona, FL on 10/3/16

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Hood College
English Literature

Education

Hood College (English Literature)

About Gina

Wouldn't it be great to sit down to an essay test prompt and feel excited about getting a high grade--before writing the first word? How would it feel to know how to put together a 10- or even 20-page research paper, or a thesis? Wouldn't it be reassuring to be assigned a large writing project at work--and know exactly how to break it down into manageable parts and get it done on time?

What could it mean for your future to work with a writing coach who has written and edited material for executives at the highest levels of business, industry, research, and government? It wouldn't hurt if that teacher had edited books and published articles in national and regional magazines, as well, would it? What if the person also had 19 years of experience coaching people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities?

Hi, I'm Gina. I want to help you take your writing to levels you could never have imagined for yourself. Great writing skills develop clarity of thought, high-level problem-solving, and an increased ability to persuade, which produce greater success in business and life in general. All these benefits are available to students anywhere through the convenience of online tutoring.

These abilities are not just reserved for an elite few; I am convinced that anyone can become an excellent writer—with all the benefits that entails—with the right coaching. I will not mislead you—the student must also be willing to learn and to work on something that at first may feel uncomfortable. But given that, the sky is the limit.

Over the course of my writing and teaching career, I have discovered a few keys to great writing that anyone can learn. I have coached dyslexics, techies, math geeks, artists, teen business geniuses, and just regular people to superior writing levels.

My writing career started in college when I was recruited from a business writing class into an editing internship at a “Fortune 500” high tech company. (This chain of events was a direct result of the great teaching of my freshman English teacher: more about that below.)

After graduation, I was immediately chosen over long-term tech writing staff to work directly with corporate vice presidents on their writing projects. Special writing projects for the parent company, local tech groups, and our government customer began ending up on my desk.

Because of this experience, I was invited to manage production and edit tech documents that served as an essential guide to national leaders in business, industry, research, and government.

When I moved to another area, I began editing books and curriculum for a major specialty publisher. In the meantime, my work was published in “Country” magazine and many others. I also produced advertising copy for small business. I enjoyed writing and editing as a career, but I find even greater satisfaction in helping others learn to write.

While I never intended to pursue a career in teaching, that career found me. Though I had done well in English previously, I struggled as a high school senior, when I just could not connect to the stultifying rules the English teacher laid down. I got many “D's” and “F's” on my papers, and I just couldn't seem to do better. I suddenly hated writing and gave up on being good at it.

My English 101 professor completely turned my life around with her refreshing approach. I began to actually look forward to papers and essay exams, since I aced them using her methods. Unexpectedly, I found myself majoring in English and loving it.

During a college teaching assistantship for students in remedial English, I began unlocking the code of what hinders students from writing well. Later, I homeschooled my children through all 12 years (so I have taught nearly every subject at every level, K-12). They struggled academically, so I worked tirelessly to find methods that would reach their understanding. I began coaching other students and got excellent feedback as I refined my methods.

Students usually have challenges in one or more areas of writing: comprehension of the material being written about (Examples: What is a literary device, and how do I recognize one, much less give evidence proving my assertions? Or, what on earth is this new management method I'm supposed to write a training manual about?); understanding of the assignment; gaps in grammar, spelling, vocabulary, etc.; or organization of the material.

I have found or developed methods to help with any and all of the above.

Primarily, I teach students to write, though I continue to tutor elementary reading and math. My methods are simple and flexible for all kinds of writing. They do take some time and practice to master. I can help students with one paper, but students who commit to learning over a period of time will gain one of the most helpful and lucrative skills in all of life.

For most students, it doesn't take long to begin to produce writing of much higher quality than before. Again, I will state that *anyone* can learn. I have seen a person struggling with dyslexia write outstanding graduate papers for a top-tier university (proofreading help is fairly easy to get once you have the organization down). I have helped a photographer write an allegorical essay about her high school achievements to get in to the top-tier fashion school of her choice. I have taken seventh-graders who could barely summarize a story to college competency level on the SAT. The only requirements are willingness to learn and to work at it.

Better writing translates into more clear thinking, better problem resolution, better persuasion, more money, and higher responsibility. Great writers also can teach the same skill to their children. Any time, money, and effort invested into learning to write well will pay lifetime dividends. Positions at the top of every field require excellence in writing. I look forward to discussing how to meet your lifetime goals!
Wouldn't it be great to sit down to an essay test prompt and feel excited about getting a high grade--before writing the first word? How would it feel to know how to put together a 10- or even 20-page research paper, or a thesis? Wouldn't it be reassuring to be assigned a large writing project at work--and know exactly how to break it down into Read more

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Cancellation
2 hours notice required

To hold a regularly scheduled time, 90% attendance rate is expected All help given according to Wyzant's academic honesty policy

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Deland, FL 32720
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"Essay help"

- Nancy, Deltona, FL on 10/3/16
Math:
Elementary Math
Art:
Art History, Art Theory, Drawing
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Common Core,
GED, PSAT, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TEAS
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, Classics, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Business, Economics, Public Speaking

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.

Bible Studies

I have taught Bible at the high school level for 4 years as well as personally reading and studying the Bible with reference books for about 28 years.

Common Core

I have taught elementary reading and math for the past year using Common Core-based curriculum for multiple grade levels. I have also taught Common Core social studies at the middle school level. I am familiar with the Common Core standards for various grade levels and subjects.

Drawing

I am a professional artist with fine art gallery representation. In college, I took general art, drawing, and art history classes. Private lessons in drawing, pastels, and oils with Mary Ann Kephart, M.F.A., took me to a level where I was winning best-in-show awards. Currently, I have been studying with Florida Highwayman artist R. L. Lewis, as opportunity has allowed.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am qualified to teach Elementary (K-6th) because I have 11 years of experience tutoring virtually all subjects at this level. My experience and training include lesson planning, record keeping, and curriculum development. I have also edited elementary curriculum for a major specialty publisher. A B.A. in English Literature, which included a teaching assistantship, rounds out my qualifications.

English

I am both a subject matter expert and an experienced teacher in English. I wrote and edited books, curriculum, and articles for a major specialty publisher, for high tech clients, and for small business. My articles have been published nationally and regionally. I have 18 years of teaching experience, and my degree is in English Literature. I believe very strongly in building motivation by finding material that students enjoy and getting some fun into their English sessions--but I make sure the details don't slip through the cracks, either. One of my specialties is helping students write outstanding essays and papers that are all their own. Many of my students make significant progress within a matter of months. I consider it my job to work myself out of a job.

ESL/ESOL

I am a native speaker of English who teaches conversational English (ESL) to overseas students online. I am a subject matter expert in English, having been a writer and book editor, with a bachelor's degree in English. I have 18 years of tutoring experience. My experience includes special training in keeping ESL student interest online.

Handwriting

I taught handwriting for 9 years. Usually, I use several methods to teach the student. These might include copying from samples or taking dictation. For older students, I sometimes have them practice good form in order to gain speed.

Phonics

I am qualified to teach phonics because I have 12 years of experience tutoring this subject under the guidance of a reading specialist. I spent extra time on the subject with students who struggled with it and have developed games and other strategies to maintain interest. I have also used phonics to teach spelling. A B.A. in English Literature, which included a teaching assistantship, rounds out my qualifications.

Public Speaking

In school, I participated in numerous 4-H public speaking events, winning several blue ribbons. I got an A in a high school public speaking class. I have given successful speeches to executives in the business world. I have coached students on developing an engaging speech, making notes, practice, and delivery.

SAT Reading

I have been teaching reading and writing for 18 years--one of my specialties. I am a Subject-matter expert outside the academic world, also. I'm a book editor for a publisher and writer for a high-tech engineering firm. I scored extremely well on the SAT, in the 99th percentile on the actual test. I have kept up with the changes on the test and am able to coach students on testing strategies and building skills.

SAT Writing

I am a subject-matter expert in reading and writing in the real world, as well as a tutor with 18 years of experience.

I was a National Merit Semi-Finalist a year early (took the PSAT test in 10th grade).

I took the SAT in 1982 and scored in the 99th percentile on the Verbal section (now Reading and section) and 97th percentile on the Test of Standard Written English (now the Writing section).

As a professional writer and editor for 15 years, with a B.A. in English Literature, I have the skills and practical understanding of the English language and essay-writing skills to help students improve their scores.

I don't just follow a test prep book. My approach is different for each student, depending on his or her abilities, strengths, weaknesses, and goals. I especially enjoy helping students who struggle with the subject matter or with taking tests.

Social Studies

Social studies was always one of my favorite school subjects, so I enjoyed tutoring grades 1-12 in the subject for 15 years. I like to put everything presented into context for the student rather than offer dry facts. I often incorporate interesting narratives or books into the curriculum to make social studies come to life.

Study Skills

As a tutor of home schooled students for 15 years, it was my job to organize the students' entire setup for education. This included setting schedules, making a study area, and seeing that it all happened daily in spite of home interruptions. In the course of tutoring other students, I have found that setting up and following a study plan that accounts for their family lives, schedules, abilities, and inclinations makes all the difference between success and failure. I particularly enjoy seeing students improve in this area, as they begin to enjoy success and gain hope for the future.

Writing

I am a subject matter expert in writing. I was a professional writer and book editor for many years. My clients included high-tech engineering customers, a major specialty book publisher, and small businesses. My bachelor's degree is in English Literature; I love teaching writing and have taught it at every grade level through college. My students tell me I've helped them put down their thoughts effectively. Students' recent college-level writing grades include 100%, 100%, and 94%.

Hood College
English Literature

Education

Hood College (English Literature)

Essay help

Gina helped me with my essay and the instructor's guidelines. Sometimes there are points that are missed when there are so many instructions. She provided assistance with organizing my content, grammar, and gave me great feedback. We held two sessions and I highly recommend a follow up with a paper once updated. Gina is pleasant to work with I would truly use her assistance again! Thank you Gi

— Nancy, Deltona, FL on 10/3/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

To hold a regularly scheduled time, 90% attendance rate is expected All help given according to Wyzant's academic honesty policy

Travel policy

Gina will travel within 40 miles of Deland, FL 32720.