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Jill M.

Experienced Writing, SAT/ACT, ESL & College Application Tutor

Experienced Writing, SAT/ACT, ESL & College Application Tutor

$55/hour

About Jill


Bio

Helping people achieve their own goals is one of my favorite things about teaching. As a university professor, I've had the opportunity to work with hundreds of students over the past decade in subjects ranging from literature to history and philosophy.

I specialize in tutoring English (both Pre-AP/Honors, AP, and non-Honors), writing, reading, and the Russian language, as well as essay writing, and standardized tests (ACT, SAT, GMAT, GED and GRE exams). As a tutor my goals are to help...

Helping people achieve their own goals is one of my favorite things about teaching. As a university professor, I've had the opportunity to work with hundreds of students over the past decade in subjects ranging from literature to history and philosophy.

I specialize in tutoring English (both Pre-AP/Honors, AP, and non-Honors), writing, reading, and the Russian language, as well as essay writing, and standardized tests (ACT, SAT, GMAT, GED and GRE exams). As a tutor my goals are to help you master your subject and to feel confident in the skills you are developing. I assign challenging but interesting homework assignments and review them with you to make sure you understand the assignment. I provide feedback for improving in addition to correcting work.

One of my areas of expertise is proofreading and editing college application essays. This experience comes from my time working at college writing centers, and sitting on admission committees for various college programs. In addition to correcting grammar, spelling, and logic errors, I also focus on structure, argument, and flow. I help my students write their college and graduate schools essays so that they stand out from the crowd and avoid the common pitfalls that plague most application essays. My mission is to help you obtain your goals as you grow as a writer.

I have over a decade of teaching experience at both the high school and college levels. Currently, I teach Writing and Composition at a major research university. I love helping students learn how to turn their ideas into papers. Since I teach writing I know both what teachers and professors expect of their students when they assign papers, and how difficult it can be to meet those goals at times.

One of the advantages to working with me is that I will adjust to your unique situation. After assessing your strengths, weaknesses and specific concerns, I'll focus on what you need to learn. This means that your lessons with me are tailored to your needs rather than a general prescribed lesson plan. While I'll strive to help you achieve your goals as efficiently and quickly as possible, we will take as much time as required to do the job. I'll also continually monitor your progress and adjust your study program as necessary.

I approach all of my students with kindness, patience, and understanding. As a tutor my goal is to break information down into easy to understand terms and concepts, and then to give students helpful tips on how to remember and retain information. I hope to give my students the tools to succeed beyond our work together.

I look forward to working with you!


Education

Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Russian Area Studies
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Masters
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $55
  • Rate details: Message me for specials Cancellation Policy: 30 mins charged under 36 hrs notice. Full rate charged if less than 12 hrs. Review billed at a per hour rate with two rounds of revision.
  • Lesson cancellation: 36 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/31/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE

GRE

My background in GRE teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the GRE. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the test so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have five years of experience working at a university writing center. In this role I proofread writing from a variety of disciplines and fields. When I work with a client I carefully proofread all documents and offer tips for future assignments.
Russian,

Russian

I earned my PhD in Slavic Languages & Literatures in 2015 from the University of Virginia. I have over eight years of experience teaching Russian literature and language courses at the university level. I've also lived in Russia for extended periods of time.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have over six years of experience tutoring elementary aged school children. Specifically, in 2016 I taught fifth and sixth grade classes, and I have experience creating lesson plans for gifted and talented students through my work with enrichment programs. As a tutor I have created individualized lesson plans for students from third grade to eighth grade, and I focus specifically on helping Texas students prepare for the STAAR exam.
Homeschool,

Homeschool

My experience working with homeschool students comes from my background creating lesson plans for gifted children. I develop individual lesson plans based on your student's strengths and weaknesses. I have also worked closely with student athletes and have created lesson plans tailored to their schedule.
Reading,

Reading

I have worked with a large variety of students from school age up to university students. My goal is to help you or your child develop close reading skills so that the meaning of the text becomes obvious. I help students with skills such as analysis, meaning, understanding plot, themes, character development, etc.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a university professor, I have worked with students for 10 years in the classroom and during office hours to develop study skills. I work with students to process information efficiently, and to then understand what type of response their teachers are asking for. Understanding how to interpret questions is key to studying and doing well. My background in working in a Writing Center also informs my ability to help students understand how think about the material presented to them and how to recall that information quickly and precisely.
Elementary Math, Grammar

English

ACT English,

ACT English

My background in ACT English tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

My background in ACT Reading teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the reading section of the ACT. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
English,

English

I have been teaching at the high school and university levels for 10+ years. I have worked with over 80 students through Wyzant on papers, college essays, study skills and general support.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
Literature,

Literature

Not only is reading one of my favorite hobbies, it's my career. I received a PhD in literature in 2015, and I love talking and writing about books. I have over 1,000 hours of lecturing experience, and helping others understanding complicated texts and analyze documents is one of the best parts of my jobs. My goal is to make reading fun and to help others become as excited about it as I am.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have five years of experience working at a university writing center. In this role I proofread writing from a variety of disciplines and fields. When I work with a client I carefully proofread all documents and offer tips for future assignments.
Reading,

Reading

I have worked with a large variety of students from school age up to university students. My goal is to help you or your child develop close reading skills so that the meaning of the text becomes obvious. I help students with skills such as analysis, meaning, understanding plot, themes, character development, etc.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

My background in SAT Reading teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the reading section of the SAT. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Over four years of experience tutoring students on SAT writing and reading. I have worked with students at both the high school and college level to help them improve their standardized test scores. Additionally, I have experience grading standardized tests, and understand the expectations of these tests.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

I work with TOEFL test takers in the Houston area. I have experience helping students prepare quickly for all areas of the TOEFL exam. I offer specialized lessons in each area with a particular focus on the speaking section.
Writing,

Writing

I have an advanced background in teaching writing. I taught Composition & Academic Writing for two years at the university level. I also worked for five years at a university writing center where I conducted one-on-one tutoring sessions focused on grammar, proofreading, logic, clarity & ESL concerns.
Grammar

History

European History

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have over six years of experience tutoring elementary aged school children. Specifically, in 2016 I taught fifth and sixth grade classes, and I have experience creating lesson plans for gifted and talented students through my work with enrichment programs. As a tutor I have created individualized lesson plans for students from third grade to eighth grade, and I focus specifically on helping Texas students prepare for the STAAR exam.
English,

English

I have been teaching at the high school and university levels for 10+ years. I have worked with over 80 students through Wyzant on papers, college essays, study skills and general support.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
Reading,

Reading

I have worked with a large variety of students from school age up to university students. My goal is to help you or your child develop close reading skills so that the meaning of the text becomes obvious. I help students with skills such as analysis, meaning, understanding plot, themes, character development, etc.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

My background in SAT Reading teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the reading section of the SAT. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a university professor, I have worked with students for 10 years in the classroom and during office hours to develop study skills. I work with students to process information efficiently, and to then understand what type of response their teachers are asking for. Understanding how to interpret questions is key to studying and doing well. My background in working in a Writing Center also informs my ability to help students understand how think about the material presented to them and how to recall that information quickly and precisely.
Writing

Writing

I have an advanced background in teaching writing. I taught Composition & Academic Writing for two years at the university level. I also worked for five years at a university writing center where I conducted one-on-one tutoring sessions focused on grammar, proofreading, logic, clarity & ESL concerns.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
Russian,

Russian

I earned my PhD in Slavic Languages & Literatures in 2015 from the University of Virginia. I have over eight years of experience teaching Russian literature and language courses at the university level. I've also lived in Russia for extended periods of time.
TOEFL

TOEFL

I work with TOEFL test takers in the Houston area. I have experience helping students prepare quickly for all areas of the TOEFL exam. I offer specialized lessons in each area with a particular focus on the speaking section.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have over six years of experience tutoring elementary aged school children. Specifically, in 2016 I taught fifth and sixth grade classes, and I have experience creating lesson plans for gifted and talented students through my work with enrichment programs. As a tutor I have created individualized lesson plans for students from third grade to eighth grade, and I focus specifically on helping Texas students prepare for the STAAR exam.
English,

English

I have been teaching at the high school and university levels for 10+ years. I have worked with over 80 students through Wyzant on papers, college essays, study skills and general support.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
Reading,

Reading

I have worked with a large variety of students from school age up to university students. My goal is to help you or your child develop close reading skills so that the meaning of the text becomes obvious. I help students with skills such as analysis, meaning, understanding plot, themes, character development, etc.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a university professor, I have worked with students for 10 years in the classroom and during office hours to develop study skills. I work with students to process information efficiently, and to then understand what type of response their teachers are asking for. Understanding how to interpret questions is key to studying and doing well. My background in working in a Writing Center also informs my ability to help students understand how think about the material presented to them and how to recall that information quickly and precisely.
Writing

Writing

I have an advanced background in teaching writing. I taught Composition & Academic Writing for two years at the university level. I also worked for five years at a university writing center where I conducted one-on-one tutoring sessions focused on grammar, proofreading, logic, clarity & ESL concerns.

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

As part of my service experience I have sat on numerous admission committees for colleges and university-led programs. I have over ten years of experience helping students with undergraduate (including B.S./M.D programs) and graduate applications, and I know what colleges are looking for when they read application essays. Additionally, as a writing professor I know the pitfalls of student writing, and how to write a persuasive essay that will get a university's attention. My job is to help you draft an essay that best represents you as an applicant and can help you stand out from the crowd. For the 2018-2019 application cycle I worked with over 75 students and my tutoring clients were accepted into such universities as: Cornell University (graduate and undergraduate programs), University of Florida, University of Miami, University of California-Riverside, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Santa Cruz, Brandeis University, University of Notre Dame, Texas A&M, American University, Wake Forest University, Boston College, University of Minnesota, Colorado School of Mines, Virginia Commonwealth University (undergraduate & B.S./M.D. program), Indiana University, University of Texas at Austin, and Savannah College of Art & Design. For the 2017-2018 application cycle I worked with over 60 students, and my tutoring clients were accepted into such universities as: Texas A&M (honors & engineering), UT Austin, University of Illinois-UC, Waseda University (Japan), University of Virginia, University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, Temple University, Seton Hall, Purdue University, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Les Roches International (Switzerland) and Polimoda International Institute (Italy). Please contact me for the full list! For the 2016-2017 application cycle my tutoring clients were accepted into such universities as: Baylor University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, University of Southern California, University of Louisville, George Washington University, George Mason University, Marymount University and Marist College.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
Study Skills

Study Skills

As a university professor, I have worked with students for 10 years in the classroom and during office hours to develop study skills. I work with students to process information efficiently, and to then understand what type of response their teachers are asking for. Understanding how to interpret questions is key to studying and doing well. My background in working in a Writing Center also informs my ability to help students understand how think about the material presented to them and how to recall that information quickly and precisely.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

As a university professor, I have worked with students for 10 years in the classroom and during office hours to develop study skills. I work with students to process information efficiently, and to then understand what type of response their teachers are asking for. Understanding how to interpret questions is key to studying and doing well. My background in working in a Writing Center also informs my ability to help students understand how think about the material presented to them and how to recall that information quickly and precisely.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have over six years of experience tutoring elementary aged school children. Specifically, in 2016 I taught fifth and sixth grade classes, and I have experience creating lesson plans for gifted and talented students through my work with enrichment programs. As a tutor I have created individualized lesson plans for students from third grade to eighth grade, and I focus specifically on helping Texas students prepare for the STAAR exam.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
GED,

GED

My background in GED teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the GED. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
Reading,

Reading

I have worked with a large variety of students from school age up to university students. My goal is to help you or your child develop close reading skills so that the meaning of the text becomes obvious. I help students with skills such as analysis, meaning, understanding plot, themes, character development, etc.
Russian,

Russian

I earned my PhD in Slavic Languages & Literatures in 2015 from the University of Virginia. I have over eight years of experience teaching Russian literature and language courses at the university level. I've also lived in Russia for extended periods of time.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a university professor, I have worked with students for 10 years in the classroom and during office hours to develop study skills. I work with students to process information efficiently, and to then understand what type of response their teachers are asking for. Understanding how to interpret questions is key to studying and doing well. My background in working in a Writing Center also informs my ability to help students understand how think about the material presented to them and how to recall that information quickly and precisely.
Writing

Writing

I have an advanced background in teaching writing. I taught Composition & Academic Writing for two years at the university level. I also worked for five years at a university writing center where I conducted one-on-one tutoring sessions focused on grammar, proofreading, logic, clarity & ESL concerns.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

My background in ACT English tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

My background in ACT Reading teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the reading section of the ACT. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

As part of my service experience I have sat on numerous admission committees for colleges and university-led programs. I have over ten years of experience helping students with undergraduate (including B.S./M.D programs) and graduate applications, and I know what colleges are looking for when they read application essays. Additionally, as a writing professor I know the pitfalls of student writing, and how to write a persuasive essay that will get a university's attention. My job is to help you draft an essay that best represents you as an applicant and can help you stand out from the crowd. For the 2018-2019 application cycle I worked with over 75 students and my tutoring clients were accepted into such universities as: Cornell University (graduate and undergraduate programs), University of Florida, University of Miami, University of California-Riverside, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Santa Cruz, Brandeis University, University of Notre Dame, Texas A&M, American University, Wake Forest University, Boston College, University of Minnesota, Colorado School of Mines, Virginia Commonwealth University (undergraduate & B.S./M.D. program), Indiana University, University of Texas at Austin, and Savannah College of Art & Design. For the 2017-2018 application cycle I worked with over 60 students, and my tutoring clients were accepted into such universities as: Texas A&M (honors & engineering), UT Austin, University of Illinois-UC, Waseda University (Japan), University of Virginia, University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, Temple University, Seton Hall, Purdue University, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Les Roches International (Switzerland) and Polimoda International Institute (Italy). Please contact me for the full list! For the 2016-2017 application cycle my tutoring clients were accepted into such universities as: Baylor University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, University of Southern California, University of Louisville, George Washington University, George Mason University, Marymount University and Marist College.
GED,

GED

My background in GED teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the GED. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
GRE,

GRE

My background in GRE teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the GRE. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the test so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
PSAT,

PSAT

My background in PSAT teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the PSAT. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the test so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

My background in SAT Reading teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the reading section of the SAT. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Over four years of experience tutoring students on SAT writing and reading. I have worked with students at both the high school and college level to help them improve their standardized test scores. Additionally, I have experience grading standardized tests, and understand the expectations of these tests.
STAAR,

STAAR

I have been working with students on STAAR and state issued standardized tests for the past four years. I work one-on-one with students to help them understand how to answer the questions, and to know how to read the questions quickly and accurately. I have brought students up to the mastery level on the STAAR exam in reading and writing.
TOEFL

TOEFL

I work with TOEFL test takers in the Houston area. I have experience helping students prepare quickly for all areas of the TOEFL exam. I offer specialized lessons in each area with a particular focus on the speaking section.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (432 ratings)
5 star
(408)
4 star
(16)
3 star
(0)
2 star
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Reviews


Awesome college application support

My daughter is applying to many universities. She really needs help with all her application essays. Jill is currently helping her with an once a week session. Her effort is much more useful than the in-school college counseling. My daughter is very happy with the progress. Let's hope that the colleges like her applications. ;-)

Mike, 10 lessons with Jill

Goes Above and Beyond

Not only is Jill an excellent tutor - patient and very knowledgeable - she also goes the extra mile to ensure the success of her students. She has helped my son negotiate college prep including volunteer hours and guidance with the application process. I would highly recommend Jill!

Trish, 18 lessons with Jill

Help with college admission materials

Jill helped my son with his college admission materials including his college essay, resume and several writing supplements. She provided solid advice on several parts of these drafts; either to rewrite the whole section or certain parts of it or sometimes to expand on some themes. She was very attentive to details, advising on the use of right words and sentence construction and the final piece looked very professional. The quality of her work is evident from the fact that my son got accepted into 10 out of the 12 colleges he applied to, including one of the Ivy colleges. Jill remained professional, patient and responsive throughout the whole process.

John, 2 lessons with Jill

Excellent English tutor!!

My daughter struggles with writing and Jill wrote a clear and concise outline of the definition of the intro paragraph and body of the following paragraph which my daughter used as a guide for her paper. Jill is a high level tutor with a mastery of her subject which will benefit any child. Thank you!

Scott, 1 lesson with Jill

Very knowledgeable and prepared

Jill came to our facility and started what we hope will be a long term Spanish to English lessons for a few of our employees. She took the time to determine each persons current ability and was very prepared with exercises to start them speaking English on the first lesson. Our people were very impressed with her approach and are looking forward to learning more... Thank you so much!

Jill, 28 lessons with Jill

Excellent teacher

She works so well with my kids. Knowledgeable, understanding and patient. We are blessed to have met Jill. My kids look forward to the lesson. She is an expert in language arts.

Marge, 4 lessons with Jill

Amazing tutor

In helping my daughter with her college essays, Jill has helped her writing skills overall. Jill gives good feedback and takes the time to get to know students so that she can effectively help them. She helps with organizing ideas as well as grammar and sentence structure. Her communication is very responsive and timely. As a professor, she brings the added bonus of having insights on what colleges are looking for in the application process. Jill is a kind human being and in my daughter's words, "an amazing tutor."

Jennifer, 11 lessons with Jill

Very accommodating tutor

Jill helped my daughter with her college essays on a very short notice. She was able to turn around to us very quickly and provided insightful comments. I am really impressed with Jill's service. We will definitely have Jill help us with more college essays.

Susan, 3 lessons with Jill

Good College Essay Reviewer

Jill did a great job reviewing my son's college essays. She know what the admissions officers look for and will help guide your child. She is helpful with thoughts and ideas for the essays.

Amy, 1 lesson with Jill
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