College Application Essay; English SAT/ACT; Professional Editing
College Application Essay; English SAT/ACT; Professional Editing
I have a B.A. in English literature and a M.Ed. with a concentration in writing and grammar. I'm a former high school English teacher and college admission associate director and have over 20 years combined experience in teaching writing, grammar, and college application and scholarship essays, and over 6 years in proofreading and editing graduate and PhD dissertations. I approach tutoring with a strong pedagogical background and deep appreciation for maintaining the student's voice while...
I have a B.A. in English literature and a M.Ed. with a concentration in writing and grammar. I'm a former high school English teacher and college admission associate director and have over 20 years combined experience in teaching writing, grammar, and college application and scholarship essays, and over 6 years in proofreading and editing graduate and PhD dissertations. I approach tutoring with a strong pedagogical background and deep appreciation for maintaining the student's voice while guiding them toward writing that is clear, concise, and polished.
I have many years of advanced study in traditional and rhetorical grammar, college composition, and literature. I have graduate-level training and professional development in tutoring practices and pedagogy at a major university writing center. My background as a college admission associate director of admission and high school English teacher has allowed me to work with thousands of students writing papers, including college application and scholarship essays. Having been trained by the makers of the ACT English exam, I tutor the English and Writing portions of the ACT and SAT exams along with test-taking strategies that help students boost their English scores, often reaching or exceeding their goal. I have professional proofreading and editing experience, having edited PhD dissertations and faculty copy for submission.
Academic Writing, College Application and Scholarship Essays, Grammar, ACT/SAT English & Writing exams
I individualize each session by collaborating with the student to establish the agenda, prioritize the objectives, and write out clear "next steps". We productively focus on the established agenda as I ask clarifying questions, indicate issues, and model solutions tailored to the unique demands of each student and each task. Whether I am helping with the first steps of idea generation for the essay or proofreading the final draft of their dissertation, my students quickly find that, after working with me, they are writing more productively, strategically, and deliberately.
As a former English teacher, college counselor, and university writing tutor, I've developed a deep appreciation for the challenges that students face when attempting to balance their voice with the rhetorical demands of the writing task. I address those challenges through collaboration with the student--making the writing and revision process more engaging, informative, and fun and bringing a depth and strength to their writing that may not otherwise be possible. The end result is not only a better paper, but a better writer who understands the principles of good writing.
I am currently accepting new college admission and scholarship essay students in addition to high school students who need a boost in their writing skills for English class, so if you are excited about what my brand of tutoring can do for you and your writing, send me a message. I look forward to helping you to achieve your goals.
Great teacher that goes above and beyond
Marianne helped my 10th grade daughter with her major summative writing project today, and my daughter called her the best tutor ever, very knowledgeable, responsible and even her way of communicating if very calming and comfortable! She wanted to continue working with Marianne going forward! Nothing makes us happier than seeing my daughter motivated with accomplishment and happy after the tutoring session.sharon, 2 lessons with Marianne
Offers excellent support and insights!
Marianne was a tremendous help to my son! She is thoughtful, patient and easy to work with. She worked diligently with my son to prepare for the SAT and also provided great assistance with the common app essay development. Marianne is absolutely part of the support ‘team’ from an academic and development perspective. We are fortunate to have her support and guidance!Ann, 13 lessons with Marianne
Worth the money!
Marianne went above and beyond! I just thought I needed help grammatically, but she also helped with the flow of my essay and sprucing up my sentence structure.Ethan, 2 lessons with Marianne
Marianne did a very professional job helping my son edit his essay. Marianne also taught valuable grammar tips throughout the lesson. My son loves Marianne's lesson. I highly recommend Marianne.Wenchun, 5 lessons with Marianne
Marianne is the best!!
I’ve worked with Marianne on resumes and applications, and she’s incredibly patient, understands how to interpret your thoughts and experience into beautiful words, and quick to edit!Rachel, 5 lessons with Marianne
Marianne is a great tutor. She has well detail docs that help you understand grammar and English better. Only had two lessons so far and I feel more educated and hopeful! Definitely would recommend her to anyone! :)Amber, 5 lessons with Marianne
Very effective editor!
Marianne offered suggestions that highlight my key experiences that contributed to my commitment to the field of art education and your art/writing related focus. She clarified and shaped my objectives for graduate study and narrowed the focus of my academic and professional goals. It's a pleasure reading her edits!Bobo, 1 lesson with Marianne
Marianne was great!
Marianne was fantastic. She responded quickly, made herself available that same day, and really helped my son with his assignment. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great tutor.Richard, 1 lesson with Marianne
Exceptionally skilled tutor, patient and knowledgeable
Marianne has been working with our son in writing and grammar for the last 4 months and it has been an amazing experience. Marianne is patient and incredibly knowledgeable. She really takes the time necessary to make sure the student understands the important concepts. She is student-centered in her approach which makes it easy for the student to have fun while learning. We recommend her without reservation. We are so grateful we found her!Bernetta, 81 lessons with Marianne
Highly knowledgeable tutor - able to get to the crux of the matter
Marianne provides detailed session feedback which is insightful, encouraging and helpful for my son and me, as a mom. I'm very impressed with the time and effort she puts into lesson preparation as well as really trying to determine how to best help the student. Thank you!Wendy, 20 lessons with Marianne
Response time: 3 hours