College & High School Writing, English Test Prep, B.A., M.Ed
College & High School Writing, English Test Prep, B.A., M.Ed
I have a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. with a concentration in writing and grammar. I am passionate about helping college, high school, and ESL students and adult professionals to better express themselves in writing. I have over 10 years experience in teaching and tutoring writing, grammar, and ESL, and over 6 years in proofreading and editing graduate and PhD dissertations. I approach tutoring and editing with a strong pedagogical background and deep appreciation for maintaining the...
I have a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. with a concentration in writing and grammar. I am passionate about helping college, high school, and ESL students and adult professionals to better express themselves in writing. I have over 10 years experience in teaching and tutoring writing, grammar, and ESL, and over 6 years in proofreading and editing graduate and PhD dissertations. I approach tutoring and editing 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 study and experience in advanced traditional and linguistic grammar, college composition, rhetoric, literature, and ESL/ESOL. I have had graduate-level training and professional development in tutoring practice and pedagogy at a university writing center. My background is in college admissions and teaching high school English; I've read thousands of student papers, including college application and scholarship essays. Having been trained by the makers of the ACT English exam, I tutor the content of the exam along with test-taking strategies that help students boost their ACT English score, often reaching or exceeding their goal scores. I have extensive proofreading and editing experience, having edited PhD dissertations and faculty copy for submission.
Academic Writing, College Application and Scholarship Essays, Grammar, ACT/SAT English and Writing exam, ESL/ESOL
I individualize my sessions 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 an 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.
Having read thousands of college student essays, 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 prompt. 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 writer with a better understanding of the principles of good writing.
I am currently accepting new students, so if you are excited about what my brand of tutoring can do for you and your writing, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with you.
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, 51 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
Very patient and helpful, superb tutor!
Marianne helped my daughter edit the school application essays. In addition to grammatical mistakes normally found in the essays of a second language writer, Marianne gave us advice in presenting the right message for school. I would love to work with Marianne again for the essays of my second child.Fai, 7 lessons with Marianne
The issue at hand
Marianne shared a concept about rhetorical analysis that I was completely ignorant about. What I found most helpful about her tutoring advice was how my college paper lacked an issue that causes interest and debate. I wish learned about writing issues sooner, yet Marianne worked with me to show how my profile essay can include an issue for an audience to consider and discuss. I highly recommend Marianne for tutoring.Gabriel, 3 lessons with Marianne
Knowledgeable and extremely helpful
Marianne was an excellent tutor. She started the lesson getting background information and trying to understand my goals. She then reviewed my essay and provided valuable feedback. Thanks so much!Shaun, 2 lessons with Marianne
Marianne helped my son with grammar, flow and cohesiveness in his thesis. She was very patient and is giving my son confidence with writing. The rubric was quite detailed and Marianne made sure she addressed each area. We hope to continue working with her as my son advances through IB classes.Beth, 2 lessons with Marianne
Good and thorough tutor
Marianne did a great job at teaching me how to shape a thesis statement and how to properly support it in the body of the paper. She made great edits to word usage. Very meticulous.Mark, 2 lessons with Marianne
Ms.Marianne is very knowledgeable and patient, it helped my daughter in positive way to complete her essay for college and helped her a lotKeshav, 3 lessons with Marianne
College Essay Help
Marianne was fantastic, really helped my niece with her essay, very professional. We will absolutely work with her again...10 Stars! The online system worked great, you can se each other and the document and work on it together.Susan, 4 lessons with Marianne
Response time: 2 hours