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Neil L.

Verbal tutoring: Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric, Test Prep

Verbal tutoring: Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric, Test Prep

$60/hour

  • 841 hours tutoring

  • Evanston, IL 60201

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 classroom environment!

At present I teach only at the Evanston Public Library, main branch, or via Skype.


Education

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

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $60
  • Rate details: LSAT and GMAT rates will be higher than the published rate. Please inquire.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 0 miles of Evanston, IL 60201
  • 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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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

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Ratings and Reviews


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Great Teacher!

Neil explained complex concepts in a simple manner. He helped me understand why certain sentences are right vs. before when I went by what sounded correct.

Dianarose, 1 lesson with Neil

Excellent LSAT Tutor!

Neil is an excellent tutor and he played a crucial role in my ability to score in the 94th percentile on the LSAT. Neil will help you grasp the logical foundation that governs each section of the test. With that established, he will show you how to approach the types of questions asked by each section of the test. He draws on his vast exposure, experience, and material he has accumulated to demonstrate every type of question that the LSAT will ask and pattern recognition required for success. Neil is very flexible and accommodating with timing, and was willing to squeeze in extra sessions when they were needed - either in person at the Evanston Library or via Skype. On top of all of this, Neil is a font of knowledge and willing to share it, making him an even greater teacher and a joy to be around.

Will, 30 lessons with Neil

Knowledgeable, friendly and a great tutor!

Neil is great! I wish I would've worked with him months ago to perform well on the LSAT. It would’ve saved me lots of money and time. He’s smart, patient and a great teacher. If you’re thinking of getting help for the LSAT, ACT, GRE or GMAT, you won’t be disappointed!

Tiffany, 15 lessons with Neil

Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor

Neil gave a great first impression, he was on time, professional and he knows his English and Grammar well. A very personable person, and funny. I was able to identify that I do have a lot of work on my part to master the verbal part of GMAT, but I have no problem enjoying the ride, putting in the work and working with Neil again.

Gabriel, 2 lessons with Neil

Easy to Understand

Neil is very good in dropping down to the basics and building up. He makes it easy to comprehend and relate. We started with sentence correction building blocks and tied those components to GMAT answer choice traps.

Tejas, 1 lesson with Neil

Amazing Tutor!!

We had our first session today and I can't wait to work with Neil again!! He was so helpful and kind and funny, I didn't even notice an hour and a half pass by. He is truly a wonderful tutor and I already learned so much!

Sophie, 13 lessons with Neil

Willing to help out on short notice for LSAT

Very thorough, I wish I would have sought his help earlier as he is great at finding what works best for you!

Morgan, 1 lesson with Neil

Very knowledgeable - great first lesson on CR (GMAT)

I'm very glad I found Neil L.! He seems to be very knowledgeable about the GMAT - he taught me some great tips today on how to tackle CR for the GMAT. I look forward to our next lesson.

Jackie, 6 lessons with Neil

Very knowledge and thorough!

We reviewed more about sentence structure and useful tips for sentence correction. Neil had helped me focus on the essentials of grammatical correct sentences.

Daryl, 12 lessons with Neil
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