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Neil L.

Verbal tutoring: Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric, Test Prep

Verbal tutoring: Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric, Test Prep

$75/hour

  • 2,003 hours tutoring

About Neil


Bio

Hello! As a tutor of all things verbal, I bring a wide range of experience and training. I hold an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I did two years of additional graduate work in Comparative Literature at Kent State and I studied English and American Literature with a concentration in Modern Literature at the University of Kentucky. I have published poetry in a number of literary magazines and am the author of a chapbook of poems. I spent ten...

Hello! As a tutor of all things verbal, I bring a wide range of experience and training. I hold an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I did two years of additional graduate work in Comparative Literature at Kent State and I studied English and American Literature with a concentration in Modern Literature at the University of Kentucky. I have published poetry in a number of literary magazines and am the author of a chapbook of poems. I spent ten years as a free-lance writer and editor. I have taught the following college courses: Freshman English, Remedial English, Advanced Composition, Advanced Composition for Non-English Majors, Introduction to Literature I & II, Special Studies in Poetry: Stylistics, Creative Writing: Poetry. On the high school level, I have taught sophomore and senior English.

Because I have always been a great test-taker and because there always seems to be a great demand, I have been tutoring test prep recently and can offer the following: ACT English, Reading, and Science; GRE verbal (97th percentile); GRE Advanced Test in Literature (92% percentile); LSAT (99th percentile). I actually think the logic games on the LSAT are fun! I also prepare students for the GMAT by teaching them all the relevant grammatical issues needed for the sentence correction, as well as the logic and RC. (The rates for LSAT and GMAT preparation are substantially higher than the rates for other tests; please e-mail for prices)

If you are one of those who can’t quite get the special types of thinking that literature demands, or if you need assistance in your own essay writing or your own poetry, I can help you with any genre of literary studies or any type of writing task.

I especially enjoy the one-to-one relationship of tutoring, within which I can quickly diagnose a student’s weaknesses and work with him or her on precisely those issues that need addressing. With my direction and your hard work, we can help you find the success that eludes you in the clas


Education

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
English
University of Illinois at Chicago
Masters
University of Kentucky
Other

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $75
  • Rate details: LSAT and GMAT rates will be higher than the published rate. Please inquire.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/16/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GMAT,

GMAT

My grammar credentials go back to 1974 when I first started teaching freshman English. My logic and reading credentials can be summed up in my 99th percentile on the LSAT. In addition, I have been actively teaching GMAT prep (as well as LSAT prep) for 10 years now and have developed a highly efficient program that goes well beyond anything the big name test prep companies have to offer. Wharton, Harvard, Kellogg, Booth are just a few of the higher tiered schools that my students have been able to attend.
GRE

GRE

I scored in the 97th percentile on the verbal portion of the GRE and in the 92nd percentile of the special test on Literature. Actually, on taking the literature practice test on the GRE a few years ago, I scored in the 99th percentile, so I must have learned something in graduate school. For close to 10 years now, I have been successfully showing students how to substantially improve their performance on the verbal sections of test. I do not teach the quantitative section.

Corporate Training

GMAT,

GMAT

My grammar credentials go back to 1974 when I first started teaching freshman English. My logic and reading credentials can be summed up in my 99th percentile on the LSAT. In addition, I have been actively teaching GMAT prep (as well as LSAT prep) for 10 years now and have developed a highly efficient program that goes well beyond anything the big name test prep companies have to offer. Wharton, Harvard, Kellogg, Booth are just a few of the higher tiered schools that my students have been able to attend.
Grammar,

Grammar

My educational background in English, my teaching experience in both basic and advanced composition courses, and my years as a writer and editor have made a correct and precise knowledge of grammar and usage a unique specialty of mine. I combine a knowledge of traditional prescriptive grammatical approaches with a linguistics-based descriptive approach. This allows me, at times, to provide explanations of grammatical conventions that are more logical and simpler to comprehend. The result, when I've done ACT prep, is that students' English test scores jump after one session. It
Proofreading

Proofreading

I spent ten years as a free-lance editor/writer. I can both proofread for spelling and grammar and for usage. I am aware of the absolute rules that govern reasoned, formal discourse, and I am well-versed in the changing trends that are up for debate in current usage.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

My educational background in English, my teaching experience in both basic and advanced composition courses, and my years as a writer and editor have made a correct and precise knowledge of grammar and usage a unique specialty of mine. I combine a knowledge of traditional prescriptive grammatical approaches with a linguistics-based descriptive approach. This allows me, at times, to provide explanations of grammatical conventions that are more logical and simpler to comprehend. The result, when I've done ACT prep, is that students' English test scores jump after one session. It
Reading, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I have been successfully helping students widen their college choices by showing them how to substantially improve their ACT English scores. I bring a varied experience to this task, having specifically studied both grammar and linguistics, having taught composition classes at the college level (UIC, U of Kentucky, Kent State, Northeastern), and having worked as a free-lance writer for most of my adult life.
Grammar,

Grammar

My educational background in English, my teaching experience in both basic and advanced composition courses, and my years as a writer and editor have made a correct and precise knowledge of grammar and usage a unique specialty of mine. I combine a knowledge of traditional prescriptive grammatical approaches with a linguistics-based descriptive approach. This allows me, at times, to provide explanations of grammatical conventions that are more logical and simpler to comprehend. The result, when I've done ACT prep, is that students' English test scores jump after one session. It
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I spent ten years as a free-lance editor/writer. I can both proofread for spelling and grammar and for usage. I am aware of the absolute rules that govern reasoned, formal discourse, and I am well-versed in the changing trends that are up for debate in current usage.
ACT Reading, English, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

English, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing

Most Popular

English, Reading, Writing

Science

ACT Science

Summer

Reading, Writing

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I have been successfully helping students widen their college choices by showing them how to substantially improve their ACT English scores. I bring a varied experience to this task, having specifically studied both grammar and linguistics, having taught composition classes at the college level (UIC, U of Kentucky, Kent State, Northeastern), and having worked as a free-lance writer for most of my adult life.
GMAT,

GMAT

My grammar credentials go back to 1974 when I first started teaching freshman English. My logic and reading credentials can be summed up in my 99th percentile on the LSAT. In addition, I have been actively teaching GMAT prep (as well as LSAT prep) for 10 years now and have developed a highly efficient program that goes well beyond anything the big name test prep companies have to offer. Wharton, Harvard, Kellogg, Booth are just a few of the higher tiered schools that my students have been able to attend.
GRE,

GRE

I scored in the 97th percentile on the verbal portion of the GRE and in the 92nd percentile of the special test on Literature. Actually, on taking the literature practice test on the GRE a few years ago, I scored in the 99th percentile, so I must have learned something in graduate school. For close to 10 years now, I have been successfully showing students how to substantially improve their performance on the verbal sections of test. I do not teach the quantitative section.
LSAT,

LSAT

I have taken the LSAT and scored a 171 (99% percentile). Confirmation is available on request. I have already devised an LSAT lesson plan that includes both diagnostics and remedies. The test is only a disciplined application of a skill, logic, that everyone already possesses. That application, on this test, can be accomplished by the use of a fairly small set of logic principles and tools -- all are teachable. I know what to teach; I am able to teach it; therefore, we will have happy, successful students.
ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Reading

Examples of Expertise


Neil has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 2 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (379 ratings)
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Reviews


Very Knowledgable and Thorough

After reviewing strategies to attack the verbal portion of the GMAT, I feel much more confident tackling this test now more than ever. Neil was able to identify my weaknesses and precisely explain how to properly go about solving CR and RC type questions. I will continue to work with him in preparation for the GMAT. 🤘🏾

Dorian, 11 lessons with Neil

Title: GMAT CR - V38 to V46 with only a few sessions!

I contacted Neil after taking the GMAT after doing a Manhattan prep course and getting a 680 (which was the same as the initial official practice test I took before the course). I knew critical reasoning was an area I needed to improve on so we did a few 1-hr sessions in which he expertly broke down logic concepts. Even the most advanced questions seemed straightforward after he explained them! I took the GMAT a few weeks later and scored a 730 (V41 - 94%) after taking an official practice test two days before where I scored a V46 (99%!). Neil is very passionate about logic and also has tons of resources available to send you for practice. He’s also very personable, funny, experienced, and prompt with sending over homework and class notes! If you’re looking to improve your logic/critical reasoning for the LSAT or GMAT, I would highly, highly recommend Neil. Even just a few sessions and you’ll improve by a lot - I promise!

Emily, 4 lessons with Neil

Accommodating and patient tutor

Neil broke down logic games to their core -- we spent lots of time reviewing formal logic (if/then statements) because it took me a while to understand those. During our sessions, he re-explained concepts in more than one way, so that I could confidently approach similar questions. Neil did a phenomenal job at explaining logic game diagrams -- also something that I struggled with. He helped me identify patterns within questions so that I knew how to answer them from the start. Neil gave me a good amount of practice questions to work on in between sessions. I started working with Neil at the beginning of my LSAT practice where I was getting around 1 out of 7 logic game questions correct. Halfway through working with him, I can confidently say I am getting around 5-7 questions right per game. Can't wait to continue working with him!

Melanie, 7 lessons with Neil

Awesome GMAT Verbal Tutor

worked with Neil on Logic and Grammar. I can't recommended him enough. He has helped me significantly with Grammar. We worked slowly from the ground up, learning what is the bare minimum of a sentence. Neil then taught the more challenging rules. For Logic/Critical Reasoning, Neil and I worked on all of the question types. Explaining clearly what the question is asking, then what to do.

Zach , 13 lessons with Neil

Excellent at breaking down setups for logic games

Excellent at logic games setups and dives deep into the breakdown of every thing. Takes the time you need and is very helpfully

Cory, 15 lessons with Neil

Excellent at breaking down setups for logic games

Excellent at logic games setups and dives deep into the breakdown of every thing. Takes the time you need and is very helpfully

Cory, 15 lessons with Neil

Excellent at breaking down setups for logic games

Excellent at logic games setups and dives deep into the breakdown of every thing. Takes the time you need and is very helpfully

Cory, 15 lessons with Neil

Great tutor, very personable and explains things in a very straightforward manner

Neil was great with breaking down tricky concepts into more understandable blocks. Takes time to go through things that you're struggling with in order to make sure you understand it to the best degree possible

Conor, 1 lesson with Neil

Excellent at breaking down setups for logic games

Excellent at logic games setups and dives deep into the breakdown of every thing. Takes the time you need and is very helpfully

Cory, 15 lessons with Neil
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