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Michael J.

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National University of Ireland, Galway
English
National University of Ireland, Galway
Master's

Education

National University of Ireland, Galway (English)

National University of Ireland, Galway (Master's)

About Michael

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for the English language. Not just stories told in English, but the actual mechanics of the language. The nuts and bolts of grammar, syntax, composition, and more.

This passion led me to obtain an undergraduate degree in English, followed by a Masters in Journalism where I graduated top of my class with a 4.0 grade average. I then went on to write for leading European and American publications where I interviewed many notable public figures, including heads of states.

While still in University, I began a tutoring practice to help PhD students craft their final theses. With my guidance, students would sculpt mounds of data and information into lean, cohesive works, which always saw good results.

Writing

When teaching English, schools often only scratch the surface. Basic grammar, spelling, the author wrote this, this is the quotes he’s known for, turn to page six, have your assignment in by Monday, etc. This is a shame, not only for the author but for the student. We know this quote resonates, but why? What techniques did the author employ?

There are so many elements to the English language, particularly when written on a printed page. Why does one writer sound different to another? How do they achieve their voice? What narrative distance does the writer keep from the subject?

Understanding writing voice and other nuances of the English language allows a student to switch styles, so he knows how to write academically, in prose, etc. Mastering the tools of writing will empower you in so many different fields throughout life.

Over many years in academia and working as a professional writer, I've developed a comprehensive grasp of the English language. Whether writing academically, for print, radio, or an online publication, I can teach you to tailor your writing for maximum impact.

Proofreading

Proofreading is something students always benefit from. You need someone who has enough distance from the written piece to critically evaluate it.

Working as an editor for a leading technology magazine, and working as a tutor for PhD students, has given me the ability to identify the points the students wants to convey and help put them to the front of the work.

Bio

From elementary schools tests, through to college admission essays, and on to funding requests, a strong command of the English language and the ability to write well is a skill that will always serve you well in life.

Tutoring in any capacity is a rewarding process, where you can work with someone on a personal level and watch their lives and results improve, but tutoring someone in something you're passionate about is a the most rewarding experience of all. While I have a wealth of academic training and professional experience, this isn't what makes me a highly qualified tutor. What distinguishes me as a tutor is the personal time I have invested in decoding the English language, and the craft of writing. The hours I've poured into understanding the hidden levers and pulleys that imbue writing with clarity, passion, and purpose.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for the English language. Not just stories told in English, but the actual mechanics of the language. The nuts and bolts of grammar, syntax, composition, and more.

This passion led me to obtain an undergraduate degree in English, followed by a Masters in Journalism where I graduated top
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Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Chicago, IL 60630
In-person lessons
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Literature,
Proofreading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

English

I have studied English at a undergraduate and postgraduate level, graduating with honors on both occasions.

Literature

Apart from my professional and academic experience, I am an avid reader with a special interest in American and European literature.

Proofreading

While in University I provided a thesis proofreading and writing service to PhD students which lent me a wealth of experience in proofreading. This service helped students structure theses exceeding 70,000 words, and consistently saw great results. As an editor for a technology magazine I further refined my proofreading and revision skills.

National University of Ireland, Galway
English
National University of Ireland, Galway
Master's

Education

National University of Ireland, Galway (English)

National University of Ireland, Galway (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $85.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 15 miles of Chicago, IL 60630.