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Neil L.

Evanston, IL

$60/hour

Verbal tutoring: Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric, Test Prep

600+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/16/13
4.9 average from 162 ratings
Attentive and invested in your success!
— Ashley, Chicago, IL on 7/31/13

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Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
English
University of Illinois at Chicago
Master's
University of Kentucky
Other

Education

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (English)

University of Illinois at Chicago (Master's)

University of Kentucky (Other)

About Neil

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.
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 Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

LSAT and GMAT rates will be higher than the published rate. Please inquire.

Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of Evanston, IL 60201
Background Check: Passed

"Attentive and invested in your success!"

- Ashley, Chicago, IL on 7/31/13

"Easy to Understand"

- Sahitya, State College, PA on 10/8/17

"Amazing Tutor!!"

- Sophie, Evanston, IL on 1/16/17

"Willing to help out on short notice for LSAT"

- Morgan, Oklahoma City, OK on 9/16/16

"Very knowledgeable - great first lesson on CR (GMAT)"

- Jackie, Evanston, IL on 1/22/16

"Very knowledge and thorough!"

- Daryl, Chicago, IL on 7/7/15

"Simply the best"

- Brad, Chicago, IL on 2/5/14

"Incredibly thoughtful and productive tutor re: GMAT verbal"

- Jordan, Chicago, IL on 12/22/13

"GMAT - Great Help"

- Steve, Evanston, IL on 5/14/13

"THE BEST"

- Nick, Chicago, IL on 5/30/12

"EXCELLENT Tutor--knowledgeable, patient, experienced"

- Kim, Winnetka, IL on 10/7/11

"Worth every penny"

- Jesse, La Grange, IL on 10/23/09
Math:
GMAT,
GRE
Science:
ACT Science
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English, Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, GMAT,
GRE,
LSAT,
SAT Reading
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
GMAT,
GRE,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
English
University of Illinois at Chicago
Master's
University of Kentucky
Other

Education

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (English)

University of Illinois at Chicago (Master's)

University of Kentucky (Other)

Attentive and invested in your success!

Neil provides his students with everything they need to succeed on the test. I never lacked material to practice with, and was always able to reach out in between sessions for help via email. He even spent time outside of our sessions analyzing my work, defining my trouble areas, and figuring out how to help. This way, I always got the most out of the time we had face to face. Neil distills the i

— Ashley, Chicago, IL on 7/31/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

LSAT and GMAT rates will be higher than the published rate. Please inquire.

Travel policy

Neil will travel within 0 miles of Evanston, IL 60201.