Over 100 tutoring hours

Vicki N.

Windermere, FL

$65/hour

Experienced Professional Writing Consultant, ESL Writing Coach/Nurses

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
Other

Education

BA, Rollins College

University of Central Florida (UCF) English Writing Consulting Practice (Other)

About Vicki

I graduated summa cum laude from Rollins College and specialize in English writing consulting for adults. I teach ESL English grammar, proofreading skills, how to increase vocabulary, essay writing, 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. Lessons include learning to incorporate the missing articles (a part of English language) that other languages do not use. The teaching methods I use are highly advantageous, often raising English scores and improving professor critiques immediately after writing consultations for graduate level research papers. My methods are specific and based in learning theory, proven successful in English writing centers across America.

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 in Colbourn Hall 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.

During summer sessions, when I am available for conversation hour, I also assist students at the UCF Multilingual Multicultural Studies Center (English Institute) in Orlando. As a Conversation Partner, I've helped dozens of students from many different countries. Many of these ESL students are learning to speak English for the first time. We assist them in learning more about American culture through discussions focused upon common English expressions and seasonal topics. Learning English can be fun with a native English teacher like me!

I currently assist non-native English speaking students to learn English conversation, grammar, phonics, reading, and writing. I help each student to achieve his or her potential as a flexible, understanding and patient academic support partner. Each 60-90 minutes session is customized for the individual student and his or her curriculum. Because of my biomedical undergraduate coursework, I have helped many graduate nursing, pre-med, and speech-language pathology students overcome writer's block and learn valuable research skills during writing consultations.

For writing projects at the university and graduate level, I help students decipher academic rubrics and assignment criteria and prioritize workloads. I help students learn to put English projects in perspective, set goals, and complete writing assignments 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. Tutoring education and professional training is key to my success. I pack more into one hour than most tutors teach in several sessions. Anyone can tutor any student in any subject they know, but only those who are professionally educated know the teaching/learning methods for optimum knowledge transfer. 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 of the specific examples of writing assignments that I have provided consultations for in the past five years:

(A) HIGH SCHOOL/Public: (County and FL Virtual School) & Private (The First Academy):

*AP English Composition/Literature papers/Creative Writing
*AP U. S. History writing assignments, presentations, DBQs
*HS Honors senior capstone writing project

(B) UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE:

* Eastern Florida State College: Composition I and II, Expository writing, and Technical writing
* Rollins College: Environmental Studies and Sustainable Urbanism writing/reports/papers
* University of Central Florida (UCF): traditional Bachelor of Nursing research writing
* UCF Honors Humanities/Literature/film reviews; Creative Writing
* UCF Health Services Administration capstone leadership writing project
* UCF, EFSC and Valencia Nursing undergraduate and graduate individual and online group research papers

(C) 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: Please email me or call direct for the SPRING 2016 semester. I am currently considering requests for reserved weekly sessions (60-90 minutes per tutoring/consulting session).

LOCATION: Please review my travel radius. Please consider traveling to the Orlando area where I work. If this does not work for you, I am available online. I have many online resources to share with you.

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I graduated summa cum laude from Rollins College and specialize in English writing consulting for adults. I teach ESL English Read more

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Cancellation with less than 24 hour notice: Fee is equal to hourly rate and will be assessed. Please plan ahead and complete your writing assignments before scheduling appointments.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Windermere, FL 34786
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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
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Speech
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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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.

Reading

I can tutor any age in reading, including those learning English as a second language. My academic strengths are in reading, writing, spelling and grammar.

SAT Reading

I am certified with 100% accuracy in SAT reading. As an avid lifelong reader and professional university writing consultant and independent tutor, I have experience working with all ages. I enjoy reading and am equipped to assist in the preparation for SAT reading examination. Improving reading skills is essential for higher education. As a professional writing consultant, I am capable of facilitating a better understanding of paragraph structure and sentence context.

SAT Writing

My experience as an English writing tutor in a university writing center got me started. Now, I work part-time as a private tutor. Becoming a good writer is a process. Each writing assignment is one lesson in preparation for taking the SAT writing portion of the test. Practicing proper grammar and punctuation is a necessary part of the learning process. I provide structured and collaborative writing exercises that will improve any student's writing skills, at any stage of the writing process.

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
Other

Education

BA, Rollins College

University of Central Florida (UCF) English Writing Consulting Practice (Other)

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 fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Cancellation with less than 24 hour notice: Fee is equal to hourly rate and will be assessed. Please plan ahead and complete your writing assignments before scheduling appointments.

Travel policy

Vicki will travel within 10 miles of Windermere, FL 34786.