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Vicki N.

Orlando, FL

$60/hour

Experienced Professional Writing Consultant, ESL Writing Coach

5.0 average from 104 ratings
Professional and knowledgeable
— Rebecca, Orlando, FL on 1/28/16

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BA, Rollins College
University of Central Florida (UCF) English Writing Consulting Practice
Graduate Coursework

Education

BA, Rollins College

University of Central Florida (UCF) English Writing Consulting Practice (Graduate Coursework)

About Vicki

I graduated summa cum laude from Rollins College and specialize in English writing consulting. I teach ESL English grammar, proofreading skills, how to increase vocabulary, and how to conduct online research for native and non-native students. Providing one-to-one English writing instruction is my specialty. Recent students from Russia, Korea, Puerto Rico, and India have all provided 100% positive feedback. The teaching methods I use are highly advantageous, often raising English scores and improving professor critiques immediately after writing consultations. My methods are specific and based in learning theory, proven successful in English writing centers across America. I specialize in working with graduate and undergraduate students as well as adults who desire to improve English writing skills. Many of my students are improving skills as English is a Second Language (ESL). I work one-on-one with each student, customizing each session for the particular needs of the student. Having worked closely with biology, chemistry, English, and Writing across the Curriculum instructors and professors, I understand the demands of university and graduate writing projects. I guide each student through the process and encourage autonomy while modeling critical thinking skills to enrich the research process for those complex research papers.

PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANT EDUCATION: While employed with the University of Florida (UCF), I completed rigorous English Writing Consulting Tutoring and Practice coursework to prepare me to teach native and non-native students. The course practicum in the Center for Writing Excellence provided me with specialized instruction from top UCF English professors. I gained practical experience in ESL English writing skills, learning how to effectively transfer knowledge to students while working with a diverse population at two UCF campuses: UCF Orlando's writing center and EFSC/UCF's Cocoa campus writing center. Each center focused upon helping students, faculty, and community members improve English writing skills.

For university level writing assignments, I help students decipher academic rubrics and assignment criteria and prioritize research and writing. I help students learn to put English projects in perspective, set goals, and complete research papers within deadlines.

Most importantly: I make it fun. Writing well in English is a skill. My techniques increase confidence immediately, provide a framework for academic improvement quickly, and minimize the number of hours needed. I pack more into one hour than most tutors teach in several sessions. My goal is to transfer knowledge and all of my students have thrived with the methods I practice. A long list of positive feedback from my many university students is available upon request.

The following list includes a few specific examples of graduate level writing assignments that I have provided consultations for in recent semesters:

GRADUATE NURSING AND MEDICAL PROGRAMS:

* Nova University Speech-Language Pathology master's program (APA style research - critical reviews paper)
* University of Central Florida master's degree (epidemiology research paper)
* University of Cincinnati Online master's degree Nursing (APA nursing theory research paper)
* South University, Orlando Campus, master's degree program: Nurse Practitioner (APA professional
nursing final paper)

AVAILABILITY: I am available during the hours listed on my profile, but may consider a more flexible schedule upon request. Please email me for any information or questions not answered here.

Thank you for reviewing my profile. I look forward to collaborating on your next writing project!
I graduated summa cum laude from Rollins College and specialize in English writing consulting. I teach ESL English grammar, Read more

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Cancellation policy: 24 hour notice required.

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Travels within 20 miles of Orlando, FL 32819
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"Professional and knowledgeable"

- Rebecca, Orlando, FL on 1/28/16
Vicki replied on 2/1/2016

Thank you so much for the positive feedback, Rebecca. I enjoyed the writing consultation for your master's program and the Speech Language Pathology course research paper. With my nursing program prerequisite education, I'm equipped to continue our weekly sessions and will enjoy seeing you meet your academic writing goals. Consider me your academic support partner who values your commitment to the medical profession. Thank you again for the positive feedback and I look forward to our next meeting!

"Great teacher!"

- Anastasiya, Windermere, FL on 11/22/15
Vicki replied on 11/24/2015

Thank you for your valuable feedback, Anastasiya. It was a pleasure working with you on your master's program research paper. With my nursing program prerequisite education, I am equipped to assist you further and will enjoy the opportunity to consult on any of your research papers. Consider me an academic support partner who values your commitment to the medical profession. Thank you again for your kind words.

"Excellent Tutor"

- Jaswinder, Oviedo, FL on 3/6/14

"I'm very satisfied!!!"

- Yulissa, Maitland, FL on 3/30/13

"Great tutor in every way!"

- Heidi, Cocoa, FL on 11/15/12
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Speech
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Spelling,
Vocabulary

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English

I hold a BA from Rollins College and graduated summa cum laude. This is important because I minored in English Writing and have extensive experience writing essays, creative stories, technical reports, and helping others to improve their writing skills. As a native English speaking resident, I have been employed as a university writing center tutor with UCF. I've also privately tutored English and writing since 2012. The students I've worked with have all achieved high scores on English writing assignments. I work with native and non-native English speaking students.

ESL/ESOL

My experience includes volunteer work as a conversation partner with adult and college students at the Multilingual, Multicultural Center at the UCF main campus in Orlando. I have also provided writing tutoring for college students from the continent of Asia, the Mediterranean region, Europe, South America, the West Indies, and several of the Caribbean Islands. Some of the countries students originated from include: Brazil, Columbia, Venezuela, Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Kazakhstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, India, Germany, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica. I thoroughly enjoy conversations and tutoring sessions with students of all nationalities. As a native English speaker and writer, I can assist in increasing vocabulary, learning basic English grammar and providing engaging discussions and lessons. My education includes a writing consulting theory and practice course with a lab in which I studied ESL/ESOL tutoring, also gaining valuable experience tutoring in the UCF Center for Writing Excellence. I love tutoring English and use collaborative learning methods for improving one's conversation and writing skills. Learning English can be fun!

Grammar

Having studied English grammar and assisted others to improve writing skills in university writing centers, I am certified to tutor English grammar for children and adults. My experience teaching high school and college essay writing to native and non-native English speaking students is varied. Using collaborative teaching methods, I help writers improve their skills while working as a team. Using a global approach, improving English grammar can be a fun experience working with me. I use a variety of essay topics and we will strengthen vocabulary, sentence structure, and grammar, through a series of interactive techniques. Improving English grammar can be fun!

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint can be fun. I'll show you how to create an awesome presentation, complete with multi-media and a variety of other features. You will have the best presentation in your class after working with me. I will teach you exactly how much information to include on your slides and how to organize your presentation for a great speech. I also provide feedback to those who wish to hire me as their first audience. I will show you how to rehearse independently to keep your speech within the designated time allowance. Trust me, this is important.

Proofreading

My experience includes teaching junior legal secretaries to proofread legal documents, tutoring UCF students in proofreading techniques, and working with ESL students learning to proofread English research papers.

Additionally, my trained proofreading eyes will catch any and all typographical errors, misspellings, and missing punctuation! Professional experience includes proofreading financial statements while employed by KPMG, proofreading legal documents while employed as a legal assistant as well as proofreading engineering equations in government proposals. No legal document, manuscript, or research paper is too complicated or lengthy for me. Supervising two word processing departments and managing over 400 litigation cases, I worked full-time more than 6 years proofing professional documents.

I was trained by tax attorneys and accountants to create, proofread, and consistently publish perfect documents for national corporate clientele. I am certified to tutor in proofreading.

Speech

My tutoring experience includes teaching public speaking/speech and presentation skills. As a competent communicator and professional tutor, I provide tools for speech organization, rhetorical analysis, and delivery. My background includes tutoring individuals for solo and group speech projects. I also provide excellent feedback and suggestions for improving presentation slide content, speech outlines, and public speaking skills.

Spelling

Spelling is a very important subject which should be mastered as early as possible. I have used different methods for teaching spelling to children. I emphasize the use of phonics and rhymes for teaching exceptions. The English language is complicated. As a native English speaker and writer, I am well equipped to improve any student's spelling skills.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary for the elementary aged child is essential for building a strong foundation. A variety of methods can be used to teach vocabulary, some of which involve computer games, board games and the age old flash cards. Creative ways in which I engage elementary children include labeling games and drawings with seasonal themes. For ADULTS, I am happy to provide assistance in MEDICAL or LEGAL terminology. I maintain a library with both Black's Law Dictionary and a current Medical Dictionary. Custom crossword puzzles and other assignments are available to challenge you in expanding your chosen profession's vocabulary. I also assist non-native English speaking students with increasing vocabulary, through writing and conversational techniques. Increasing vocabulary can be fun!

Writing

I am knowledgeable and willing to assist you in improving your writing skills. I have experience with MLA, APA and Chicago style citations and help each writer improve what has been written at any stage of the writing process. Bring your writing assignment, ideas, and laptop and I will inspire you to write your best work!

As a professional writing consultant, educated specifically to help others improve writing skills, it will be my pleasure to assist you with any writing project.

BA, Rollins College
University of Central Florida (UCF) English Writing Consulting Practice
Graduate Coursework

Education

BA, Rollins College

University of Central Florida (UCF) English Writing Consulting Practice (Graduate Coursework)

Professional and knowledgeable — Vicki is extremely knowledgeable about APA. She guided and supported me the best way possible to find scholarly journals and peer review articles. She also gave me tips to highlight exactly what the professor wants in the rubric to maximize every point possible. ...

— Rebecca, Orlando, FL on 1/28/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Cancellation policy: 24 hour notice required.

Travel policy

Vicki will travel within 20 miles of Orlando, FL 32819.