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Ellen Marie G.

Credentialed English and ESL Expert With 30+ Years of Experience

Credentialed English and ESL Expert With 30+ Years of Experience

$32/hour

  • 221 hours tutoring

About Ellen Marie


Bio

Currently (since 2014) teaching in the Treasure Coast area of Florida, I specialize in teaching writing, grammar, literature, and research. I have taught with the Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia Public School systems for more than 30 years, retiring from Alexandria in 2014 due to my relocation to Florida. I work by day as a Technical Writer and am usually open to new students, from high elementary level to adult, on weekends and weeknights. I am exceptionally competent to teach writing,...

Currently (since 2014) teaching in the Treasure Coast area of Florida, I specialize in teaching writing, grammar, literature, and research. I have taught with the Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia Public School systems for more than 30 years, retiring from Alexandria in 2014 due to my relocation to Florida. I work by day as a Technical Writer and am usually open to new students, from high elementary level to adult, on weekends and weeknights. I am exceptionally competent to teach writing, grammar, literature, test preparation, research, and English as a Second Language.
Among my special accomplishments are preparing a 6th grader to make a substantial percentile advance in his FSA score; planning and coordinating a course of preparation for a police detective preparing for the Captain’s exam (who passed with flying colors and now serves as a precinct Captain); and assisting a Marine officer with his Masters thesis for the National Defense University (his second Master’s degree--and since then he has earned another from Duke University).
I thrill in my students’ achievements. I teach and contribute every possible effort I can make for that reward alone. A singular objective of mine is to convey long-lasting lessons that will serve beyond the immediate goals, so that the 6th grader of today will have the tools to be the successful lawyer or entrepreneur of tomorrow, or in order that a math whiz with little skill or confidence in language arts will recognize the same consistency and symmetry in the patterns of language that thrill him about mathematics.
I offer students an excellent foundation for solid academic or business writing. I have done considerable work with high school students and families to develop standards-based writing skills; and I have special expertise in assisting high school- or college- level writers in essay writing and producing a compelling thesis. I have more than 30 years of experience teaching English as a Second Language, from beginner "survival" level English to advanced writing a


Education

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
English
Georgetown University
Masters
Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, George Mason University
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $32
  • Rate details: NEW STUDENTS: I can provide an assessment lesson by email with a follow-up phone consultation, if desired, before you commit.
  • Lesson cancellation: 5 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/4/2013

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Business

Microsoft Word

Computer

Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a 30-year veteran of the Arlington and Alexandria ESL programs, and am state-certified in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). I have taught all levels from beginning to advanced, specializing at the lower levels in what we call "survival English," and at the upper levels in speaking and writing well-formed sentences for a variety of everyday and specialty purposes. A foundation in reading and listening comprehension is the key to language use at all levels, and therefore these should be integral aspects of all English instruction. Confidence-building is also often a key element of ESL teaching. In addition, nowadays technology offers many opportunities to reinforce a student's learning of a new language. There is a myriad of internet resources, for example, that can greatly accelerate a student's learning and help him achieve a level of independent (and accurate) language use more quickly than he can either in a classroom or with a private tutor's help. I believe in using every available resource to assist English language learning. Once I understand what your particular objectives are, I can tailor a variety of resources to meet your needs. These resources might include technology, games and puzzles, role-playing, television commercials, news articles, sales ads, shopping lists, music lyrics, or even the items you find in your closet. English language learning is a serious and sometimes difficult business; is often complicated; but above all it can and should be fun.
Grammar,

Grammar

Nobody likes grammar, and why would they? Grammar means having to differentiate between nouns and verbs and modifiers, adjectives and adverbs, dependent clauses and independent ones, personal pronouns and possessive pronouns, infinitives and gerunds... the list goes on and on... YUCK! It seems like grammar is all about labeling parts of speech/language and learning a lot of weird new terms like "clause" that mean nothing to you. It's like a science of language--remember drawing lines to show the thorax of an insect or the pistil of a flower? That's what grammar is like for most people. I was different from most people. I loved diagramming sentences; I reveled in the science of my language; and I got solid A's throughout my school years for my impeccable grammar. Why did I understand it better than everybody else? Why did I care about it more than my fellow students? Because I was a reader and a writer. Grammar matters in reading and writing and speaking, and it is best taught (not to mention learned) in those contexts, in a context that is meaningful to the student. I've been lucky in my many years of teaching to witness moments when the significance of grammar would strike a student like lightning. One of my favorite examples is the ESL student who had been saying things like "Thank you for invite me" for 10 years or more. I corrected her and explained that the expression "Thank you for" needs a noun after it, and that we have a form of verb called the gerund that LOOKS LIKE a verb but FUNCTIONS as a noun. This student's speaking ability was immediately and immeasurably elevated by her understanding of this usage, and consequently being able to say for the first time, “Thank you for inviting me.” Some students will only realize the significance of grammar when they have to put a complex idea down on paper. Some students will be affected by a passage in a novel or a line in a movie, and if they were to evaluate why they are moved, they might well discover it is the grammar that is the cause of their e
Microsoft Word, Spanish

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

Nobody likes grammar, and why would they? Grammar means having to differentiate between nouns and verbs and modifiers, adjectives and adverbs, dependent clauses and independent ones, personal pronouns and possessive pronouns, infinitives and gerunds... the list goes on and on... YUCK! It seems like grammar is all about labeling parts of speech/language and learning a lot of weird new terms like "clause" that mean nothing to you. It's like a science of language--remember drawing lines to show the thorax of an insect or the pistil of a flower? That's what grammar is like for most people. I was different from most people. I loved diagramming sentences; I reveled in the science of my language; and I got solid A's throughout my school years for my impeccable grammar. Why did I understand it better than everybody else? Why did I care about it more than my fellow students? Because I was a reader and a writer. Grammar matters in reading and writing and speaking, and it is best taught (not to mention learned) in those contexts, in a context that is meaningful to the student. I've been lucky in my many years of teaching to witness moments when the significance of grammar would strike a student like lightning. One of my favorite examples is the ESL student who had been saying things like "Thank you for invite me" for 10 years or more. I corrected her and explained that the expression "Thank you for" needs a noun after it, and that we have a form of verb called the gerund that LOOKS LIKE a verb but FUNCTIONS as a noun. This student's speaking ability was immediately and immeasurably elevated by her understanding of this usage, and consequently being able to say for the first time, “Thank you for inviting me.” Some students will only realize the significance of grammar when they have to put a complex idea down on paper. Some students will be affected by a passage in a novel or a line in a movie, and if they were to evaluate why they are moved, they might well discover it is the grammar that is the cause of their e
Spelling, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

Language is my specialty. I am a master grammarian and wordsmith with a 20-year career in writing and editing. I have also spent over 30 years instructing high intermediate and advanced ESL students in reading and listening comprehension, purposeful writing, and conversational fluency. My expertise extends from vocabulary-building and good sentence construction, to research writing, literary analysis, and the relationship between syntax and meaning. Obviously, the whole point of language is to convey meaning, and I'm a big fan of CHOOSING THE RIGHT WORD. But how we express our ideas is not only about vocabulary or getting the words in the right order. How you use that vocabulary in a given context--with a view to purpose and audience, an understanding of the relationship between form and function, and an appreciation for the lyrical impact of the sentence--is as important to meaning as the words themselves. Mechanics and style go hand in hand, whether speaking or writing, and getting control over how they work together is thrilling and empowering. For those students having difficulty in interpreting what they read, I am well-versed in literature and literary analysis, with a specialty in American Literature. Please see my subject description under LITERATURE.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a 30-year veteran of the Arlington and Alexandria ESL programs, and am state-certified in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). I have taught all levels from beginning to advanced, specializing at the lower levels in what we call "survival English," and at the upper levels in speaking and writing well-formed sentences for a variety of everyday and specialty purposes. A foundation in reading and listening comprehension is the key to language use at all levels, and therefore these should be integral aspects of all English instruction. Confidence-building is also often a key element of ESL teaching. In addition, nowadays technology offers many opportunities to reinforce a student's learning of a new language. There is a myriad of internet resources, for example, that can greatly accelerate a student's learning and help him achieve a level of independent (and accurate) language use more quickly than he can either in a classroom or with a private tutor's help. I believe in using every available resource to assist English language learning. Once I understand what your particular objectives are, I can tailor a variety of resources to meet your needs. These resources might include technology, games and puzzles, role-playing, television commercials, news articles, sales ads, shopping lists, music lyrics, or even the items you find in your closet. English language learning is a serious and sometimes difficult business; is often complicated; but above all it can and should be fun.
Grammar,

Grammar

Nobody likes grammar, and why would they? Grammar means having to differentiate between nouns and verbs and modifiers, adjectives and adverbs, dependent clauses and independent ones, personal pronouns and possessive pronouns, infinitives and gerunds... the list goes on and on... YUCK! It seems like grammar is all about labeling parts of speech/language and learning a lot of weird new terms like "clause" that mean nothing to you. It's like a science of language--remember drawing lines to show the thorax of an insect or the pistil of a flower? That's what grammar is like for most people. I was different from most people. I loved diagramming sentences; I reveled in the science of my language; and I got solid A's throughout my school years for my impeccable grammar. Why did I understand it better than everybody else? Why did I care about it more than my fellow students? Because I was a reader and a writer. Grammar matters in reading and writing and speaking, and it is best taught (not to mention learned) in those contexts, in a context that is meaningful to the student. I've been lucky in my many years of teaching to witness moments when the significance of grammar would strike a student like lightning. One of my favorite examples is the ESL student who had been saying things like "Thank you for invite me" for 10 years or more. I corrected her and explained that the expression "Thank you for" needs a noun after it, and that we have a form of verb called the gerund that LOOKS LIKE a verb but FUNCTIONS as a noun. This student's speaking ability was immediately and immeasurably elevated by her understanding of this usage, and consequently being able to say for the first time, “Thank you for inviting me.” Some students will only realize the significance of grammar when they have to put a complex idea down on paper. Some students will be affected by a passage in a novel or a line in a movie, and if they were to evaluate why they are moved, they might well discover it is the grammar that is the cause of their e
Literature,

Literature

I specialized in Romantic literature in my undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin, and in American literature for my master's at Georgetown University. Every literature is grounded in its time and place, and grows out of a distinctive history and culture, but at the same time the different literatures share many common elements--the symbol, the archetype, the conflict, the tone, the setting, the form... and ultimately, its meaning or message. If you are lucky, one that will strike you to the depths of your soul and make you gasp in recognition. Discovering how to find these things, where to look (as well as where not to look too deeply), and what the weight of their contribution is to the overall meaning of the piece, is the inherent challenge and excitement of interpreting a piece of literature. My favorite poem must be John Donne's TO HIS COY MISTRESS, with its poignant lines, "But at my back I always hear/Time's winged chariot hurrying near." I knew the verse and identified with it as a teenager, many years before I connected it with the title and came to understand the full meaning of the poem. Coming to that understanding was one of the greatest thrills of my life, even though I had to give up the notion that the lines had any special relevance to me and my experience. Whether you need to compare two great heroines of European literature, write a critical analysis of Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath," or summarize in 500 words the literary devices of Pablo Neruda or Borges, essentially the same questions need to be asked, the same shrewd critical eye needs to be cast, and the same maze of possibilities needs to be taken into consideration--some to be ultimately cast aside, and some to be held fast as cherished discoveries that will become the basis of not only your thesis, but a whole new way of looking at things. A captivating endeavor, and one that will enrich the way you think and the way you read.
Writing,

Writing

A veteran writer for the government and private industry since 1983, my primary experience is in business writing, including information technology (IT) materials, handbooks and user guides, training materials, and web content. With two degrees (B.A. and M.A.) in English, I am well trained in the elements and mechanics of style that will engage your readers and communicate your meaning clearly and concisely. My writing background includes teaching advanced ESL students in the Alexandria, Virginia Adult Education program how to write lucid, grammatically correct prose. I currently tutor high school and college students in south Florida on ways to improve their writing for FSAs and graduate theses.
Spelling, Vocabulary

Homeschool

English,

English

Language is my specialty. I am a master grammarian and wordsmith with a 20-year career in writing and editing. I have also spent over 30 years instructing high intermediate and advanced ESL students in reading and listening comprehension, purposeful writing, and conversational fluency. My expertise extends from vocabulary-building and good sentence construction, to research writing, literary analysis, and the relationship between syntax and meaning. Obviously, the whole point of language is to convey meaning, and I'm a big fan of CHOOSING THE RIGHT WORD. But how we express our ideas is not only about vocabulary or getting the words in the right order. How you use that vocabulary in a given context--with a view to purpose and audience, an understanding of the relationship between form and function, and an appreciation for the lyrical impact of the sentence--is as important to meaning as the words themselves. Mechanics and style go hand in hand, whether speaking or writing, and getting control over how they work together is thrilling and empowering. For those students having difficulty in interpreting what they read, I am well-versed in literature and literary analysis, with a specialty in American Literature. Please see my subject description under LITERATURE.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a 30-year veteran of the Arlington and Alexandria ESL programs, and am state-certified in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). I have taught all levels from beginning to advanced, specializing at the lower levels in what we call "survival English," and at the upper levels in speaking and writing well-formed sentences for a variety of everyday and specialty purposes. A foundation in reading and listening comprehension is the key to language use at all levels, and therefore these should be integral aspects of all English instruction. Confidence-building is also often a key element of ESL teaching. In addition, nowadays technology offers many opportunities to reinforce a student's learning of a new language. There is a myriad of internet resources, for example, that can greatly accelerate a student's learning and help him achieve a level of independent (and accurate) language use more quickly than he can either in a classroom or with a private tutor's help. I believe in using every available resource to assist English language learning. Once I understand what your particular objectives are, I can tailor a variety of resources to meet your needs. These resources might include technology, games and puzzles, role-playing, television commercials, news articles, sales ads, shopping lists, music lyrics, or even the items you find in your closet. English language learning is a serious and sometimes difficult business; is often complicated; but above all it can and should be fun.
Writing,

Writing

A veteran writer for the government and private industry since 1983, my primary experience is in business writing, including information technology (IT) materials, handbooks and user guides, training materials, and web content. With two degrees (B.A. and M.A.) in English, I am well trained in the elements and mechanics of style that will engage your readers and communicate your meaning clearly and concisely. My writing background includes teaching advanced ESL students in the Alexandria, Virginia Adult Education program how to write lucid, grammatically correct prose. I currently tutor high school and college students in south Florida on ways to improve their writing for FSAs and graduate theses.
Spanish, Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a 30-year veteran of the Arlington and Alexandria ESL programs, and am state-certified in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). I have taught all levels from beginning to advanced, specializing at the lower levels in what we call "survival English," and at the upper levels in speaking and writing well-formed sentences for a variety of everyday and specialty purposes. A foundation in reading and listening comprehension is the key to language use at all levels, and therefore these should be integral aspects of all English instruction. Confidence-building is also often a key element of ESL teaching. In addition, nowadays technology offers many opportunities to reinforce a student's learning of a new language. There is a myriad of internet resources, for example, that can greatly accelerate a student's learning and help him achieve a level of independent (and accurate) language use more quickly than he can either in a classroom or with a private tutor's help. I believe in using every available resource to assist English language learning. Once I understand what your particular objectives are, I can tailor a variety of resources to meet your needs. These resources might include technology, games and puzzles, role-playing, television commercials, news articles, sales ads, shopping lists, music lyrics, or even the items you find in your closet. English language learning is a serious and sometimes difficult business; is often complicated; but above all it can and should be fun.
Spanish

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English,

English

Language is my specialty. I am a master grammarian and wordsmith with a 20-year career in writing and editing. I have also spent over 30 years instructing high intermediate and advanced ESL students in reading and listening comprehension, purposeful writing, and conversational fluency. My expertise extends from vocabulary-building and good sentence construction, to research writing, literary analysis, and the relationship between syntax and meaning. Obviously, the whole point of language is to convey meaning, and I'm a big fan of CHOOSING THE RIGHT WORD. But how we express our ideas is not only about vocabulary or getting the words in the right order. How you use that vocabulary in a given context--with a view to purpose and audience, an understanding of the relationship between form and function, and an appreciation for the lyrical impact of the sentence--is as important to meaning as the words themselves. Mechanics and style go hand in hand, whether speaking or writing, and getting control over how they work together is thrilling and empowering. For those students having difficulty in interpreting what they read, I am well-versed in literature and literary analysis, with a specialty in American Literature. Please see my subject description under LITERATURE.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a 30-year veteran of the Arlington and Alexandria ESL programs, and am state-certified in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). I have taught all levels from beginning to advanced, specializing at the lower levels in what we call "survival English," and at the upper levels in speaking and writing well-formed sentences for a variety of everyday and specialty purposes. A foundation in reading and listening comprehension is the key to language use at all levels, and therefore these should be integral aspects of all English instruction. Confidence-building is also often a key element of ESL teaching. In addition, nowadays technology offers many opportunities to reinforce a student's learning of a new language. There is a myriad of internet resources, for example, that can greatly accelerate a student's learning and help him achieve a level of independent (and accurate) language use more quickly than he can either in a classroom or with a private tutor's help. I believe in using every available resource to assist English language learning. Once I understand what your particular objectives are, I can tailor a variety of resources to meet your needs. These resources might include technology, games and puzzles, role-playing, television commercials, news articles, sales ads, shopping lists, music lyrics, or even the items you find in your closet. English language learning is a serious and sometimes difficult business; is often complicated; but above all it can and should be fun.
Writing,

Writing

A veteran writer for the government and private industry since 1983, my primary experience is in business writing, including information technology (IT) materials, handbooks and user guides, training materials, and web content. With two degrees (B.A. and M.A.) in English, I am well trained in the elements and mechanics of style that will engage your readers and communicate your meaning clearly and concisely. My writing background includes teaching advanced ESL students in the Alexandria, Virginia Adult Education program how to write lucid, grammatically correct prose. I currently tutor high school and college students in south Florida on ways to improve their writing for FSAs and graduate theses.
Spanish

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I am a 30-year veteran of the Arlington and Alexandria ESL programs, and am state-certified in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). I have taught all levels from beginning to advanced, specializing at the lower levels in what we call "survival English," and at the upper levels in speaking and writing well-formed sentences for a variety of everyday and specialty purposes. A foundation in reading and listening comprehension is the key to language use at all levels, and therefore these should be integral aspects of all English instruction. Confidence-building is also often a key element of ESL teaching. In addition, nowadays technology offers many opportunities to reinforce a student's learning of a new language. There is a myriad of internet resources, for example, that can greatly accelerate a student's learning and help him achieve a level of independent (and accurate) language use more quickly than he can either in a classroom or with a private tutor's help. I believe in using every available resource to assist English language learning. Once I understand what your particular objectives are, I can tailor a variety of resources to meet your needs. These resources might include technology, games and puzzles, role-playing, television commercials, news articles, sales ads, shopping lists, music lyrics, or even the items you find in your closet. English language learning is a serious and sometimes difficult business; is often complicated; but above all it can and should be fun.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a 30-year veteran of the Arlington and Alexandria ESL programs, and am state-certified in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). I have taught all levels from beginning to advanced, specializing at the lower levels in what we call "survival English," and at the upper levels in speaking and writing well-formed sentences for a variety of everyday and specialty purposes. A foundation in reading and listening comprehension is the key to language use at all levels, and therefore these should be integral aspects of all English instruction. Confidence-building is also often a key element of ESL teaching. In addition, nowadays technology offers many opportunities to reinforce a student's learning of a new language. There is a myriad of internet resources, for example, that can greatly accelerate a student's learning and help him achieve a level of independent (and accurate) language use more quickly than he can either in a classroom or with a private tutor's help. I believe in using every available resource to assist English language learning. Once I understand what your particular objectives are, I can tailor a variety of resources to meet your needs. These resources might include technology, games and puzzles, role-playing, television commercials, news articles, sales ads, shopping lists, music lyrics, or even the items you find in your closet. English language learning is a serious and sometimes difficult business; is often complicated; but above all it can and should be fun.
Writing,

Writing

A veteran writer for the government and private industry since 1983, my primary experience is in business writing, including information technology (IT) materials, handbooks and user guides, training materials, and web content. With two degrees (B.A. and M.A.) in English, I am well trained in the elements and mechanics of style that will engage your readers and communicate your meaning clearly and concisely. My writing background includes teaching advanced ESL students in the Alexandria, Virginia Adult Education program how to write lucid, grammatically correct prose. I currently tutor high school and college students in south Florida on ways to improve their writing for FSAs and graduate theses.
Spanish

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Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Marie helped my daughter in writing her journal. She did an excellent job in pointing out the mistakes and helping her in right direction. My daughter liked her very much and she would like take her help in future as needed.

Sandhya, 4 lessons with Ellen Marie

Learning English is never boring and intimidating when Ellen is there for you!

I needed to improve my business writing skills for my profession and Ellen is by far the best English teacher I've ever met in my life to fulfill my needs! She doesn't only answer millions of questions I ask during the session, and throughout the week, but also provides resources for me to further look into in my own time. The resources she provides are bite-size reading materials that contain online quizzes. These resources help me to immediately apply my learning to a real-life situation. She is very understanding of your immediate needs and willing to work through them without pushing other foundational materials that may go over your head. She also carefully examines my ability and immediate needs, and proactively suggest some other topics to explore that can potentially aid my professional growth. I never feel disheartened when she gives me feedback on my writing or homework because she gets straight to the point without sugar coating her comment, yet, still very respectful. This is possible with her because her feedback has logic and resources to further explain without conveying too many emotions behind it. This is something many teachers I met failed to do and their teaching style often discouraged me to further explore English as a language. Other things like being flexible with my schedule, not getting distracted by side conversation, and asking me for feedback really tell me that she is caring, easy-going, but still determined to help me out with improving my skills. It’s been only two months and I already see myself making huge improvements at work. I feel so empowered and happy that I’m able to write without feeling so overwhelmed. Reading became more fun too, so I started reading more articles. Sometimes, I even enjoy reading to spot other people’s mistakes! Many thanks to Ellen. I look forward to more sessions with her. :)

Christina, 5 lessons with Ellen Marie

Dedicated, impressive tutor!

We connected with Ellen through Wyzant as my son Cameron found requirements in the subject of literary analysis of his high school LA class to be very challenging, and needed help with assignments, such as essays and oral presentations . From the moment I exchanged emails with Ellen I knew that I found a competent, well qualified, experienced and ready-for-a-challenge tutor for my son. Ellen truly impressed me with her deep understanding of the complexity of the issues in literary analysis as well as was able to present and apply all necessary tools to help my son to understand and use it his work. Her dedication and thorough approach to all aspects of writing an essay or preparing a presentation was a brand new and fascinating experience for Cameron. Eventually, in addition to existing work on literary venues, Ellen started preparing Cameron for his SAT exam. After an initial assessment, she presented Cameron with a variety of practices addressing his weaknesses. What I value about Ellen’s teaching methods the most is the patient guidance she offers to her students in solving problems, improving skills or correcting their work, so they can learn how to become independent, confident writers. Cameron’s writing skills as well as his overall grade significantly improved under Ellen’s supervision. Also, Ellen always made an effort to provide a comprehensive evaluation of my son’s progress. Finally, I commend her for being always available to connect with Cameron, whether it was an email exchange, text, or an phone call. I can highly recommend Ellen’s tutoring services as she is a teacher who makes a difference.

Tatiana, 8 lessons with Ellen Marie

Patient, Well-Organized, and Enthusiastic!

Ellen is a very patient, well-organized, and enthusiastic tutor. She always gives detailed feedback for my brother whose native language is not English. She plans every session ahead of time so she can give a thorough lesson about a topic. Her homework is also helpful in terms of improving my brother's writing technique. In every lesson, she goes over the word choice with my brother to avoid redundancy as she knows that my brother doesn't know a lot of vocabulary. My brother really enjoys all his lessons with Ellen. Overall, I would recommend her to anyone who wants to improve their writing and communicating skills. It is such a pleasure to have her as a teacher for my brother.

Jing , 5 lessons with Ellen Marie

Very patient!

As a student whose first language isn't English, Ellen is extremely patient and gives me detailed feedback on how to write a well-organized paper! I love her work.

Norah, 9 lessons with Ellen Marie

Great tutor, and great personality.

In just a week working with Ellen, I have learned a lot and I already noticed my improvement. I will continue working with her.

Juan, 6 lessons with Ellen Marie

Excellent Instruction

Immediate noticeable improvement in communications skills. Ellen's lessons are tailored to meet specific needs and improve existing skills. Lessons are a great for any graduate students doing research work or simply looking looking for successful grades and follow up professional career.

Carlos, 21 lessons with Ellen Marie

Very competent and experienced tutor

Ellen is a very resourceful, knowledgeable, articulate, and well-organized tutor. I am extremely satisfied with her way of teaching and delivering the material we agreed on together; I strongly recommend her for those who look to advance their writing skills at any level. Her handouts, supplementary online resources, and practice exercises helped me a lot in simplifying sentence structures, improving my writing technique, developing meaningful vocabulary, and avoiding redundancy. In spite of her commitment to our lesson schedule, she was always easily accessible by phone or email to discuss tutoring–related issues. She has become my accredited source to whom I turn back for answers when I am uncertain. I wish I could continue to learn from her, but unfortunately family and business matters have intervened to interrupt my studies.

Ali, 5 lessons with Ellen Marie

Ellen is an excellent tutor.

She is enthusiastic about the subject, organized with clear outline of class objectives. She has a great deal of practical experience in her field, easily accessible, always on time and very easy-going. It is a pleasure to have her as a teacher.

Silvia, 6 lessons with Ellen Marie
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