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Abby K.

College Application Essay Expert; SAT/ACT reading comp/writing

College Application Essay Expert; SAT/ACT reading comp/writing

$125/hour

  • 2,061 hours tutoring

About Abby


Bio

With more than 20 years of professional writing and teaching experience and a master's in journalism from Harvard, I know what it takes to write well, and I can teach you. I can help you conquer writer's block, say what's in your heart and mind, make yourself understood, stand out from thousands of applicants ... and get good grades. I also have a knack for explaining grammar to my students in a way that's easy to understand.

COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAYS:
I can help you craft a creative,...

With more than 20 years of professional writing and teaching experience and a master's in journalism from Harvard, I know what it takes to write well, and I can teach you. I can help you conquer writer's block, say what's in your heart and mind, make yourself understood, stand out from thousands of applicants ... and get good grades. I also have a knack for explaining grammar to my students in a way that's easy to understand.

COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAYS:
I can help you craft a creative, compelling essay that showcases your strengths and individuality. We will take into consideration what the admissions folks are looking for and use some marketing savvy, but in the end it's all about you. I won't write it for you ... but I'll do everything I can to help you write an essay that will do you proud.

My students have been accepted at American University, Bates College, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Brandeis, Carnegie-Mellon, Colby, Columbia, Emory, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Northeastern, Princeton, RPI, Smith College, Tufts University, Tulane, UMass-Amherst, UGeorgia, UMichigan, USC, UT - Austin, Villanova, Wellesley College, and Yale.

WRITING: middle and high school, college
From choosing a thesis to logical structure to a memorable conclusion, I can provide guidance for your essay on any topic you need to tackle.

HIGHER LEVEL/BUSINESS/MARKETING WRITING
I've helped MIT MBA candidates with their theses, doctors with their research proposals, and career changers with their resumes and cover letters. Need to write better memos? An advertising campaign? An annual report? I can help.

SATs
I'll teach you how to: decide between two answers that both seem correct, make sense of the passages written in Ye Olde English, and tell the difference between a colon and semi-colon.


Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Political Science
Harvard University, M.A. Journalism
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $125
  • Rate details: 15-minute rule: If you send me an essay or Rubric to review to see if I'm a good fit for the project, I will not charge you. If I spend more than 15 minutes editing I will charge you accordingly.
  • Lesson cancellation: 4 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/15/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Study Skills,

Study Skills

Helping students get their writing assignments done on time is one of my specialties. First, I show students how a few minutes of brainstorming when they first get an assignment is a low-stress way to get their ideas on paper, get their brain to start working on the assignment, and overcome the blank page. Then, I teach students how to get started and budget their time so that they have time for revisions, the key to good writing. I help each student develop their own check list of grammar and style points, built on their writing weaknesses, teacher feedback, and the assignment requirements. How do I know how to do this? Well, I was an A student in every writing class I ever took in elementary school through AP English and college level Shakespeare etc. I have a master's in journalism from Harvard, and I've been writing for a living for 20 years. I've also taken several courses on creative writing that focus on ways to beat writer's block and get your best ideas on paper.
Grammar

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I have 99.9% perfect grammar and can explain the rules clearly. I've developed test-taking strategies that I'll tailor to they way you think. I've written and edited more essays than anyone else you know. I have a BA from Michigan and an MA in Journalism from Harvard, over 20 years of professional writing experience, and almost 10 years of experience helping students prepare for the SAT and ACT reading comp, grammar, and essay writing sections.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I've studied the new essay in-depth and have taught a class locally. I find that very few schools are teaching students to write rhetorical essays, and that the big prep companies' classes are teaching a formula that doesn't exactly work. How could one formula work for essays on any possible topic written in a variety of possible styles? Students need to learn to focus on both the details and the big picture, prioritize information, and make adjustments to the formula that make sense for the task at hand.
Writing,

Writing

I've been a writer since I first learned how to hold a pencil. I'm a published writer with an MA in Journalism and over 25 years of writing and editing experience. I will teach you how to write clearly, concisely, and compellingly, whether you need help with middle school and high school essays, college papers, dissertations, or business writing. My specialities include college application essays and the ACT & SAT exam essays. I'm also a fastidious and thoughtful editor, and volunteer as a tutor in the Boston Public Schools.
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, SAT Reading

Homeschool

Study Skills,

Study Skills

Helping students get their writing assignments done on time is one of my specialties. First, I show students how a few minutes of brainstorming when they first get an assignment is a low-stress way to get their ideas on paper, get their brain to start working on the assignment, and overcome the blank page. Then, I teach students how to get started and budget their time so that they have time for revisions, the key to good writing. I help each student develop their own check list of grammar and style points, built on their writing weaknesses, teacher feedback, and the assignment requirements. How do I know how to do this? Well, I was an A student in every writing class I ever took in elementary school through AP English and college level Shakespeare etc. I have a master's in journalism from Harvard, and I've been writing for a living for 20 years. I've also taken several courses on creative writing that focus on ways to beat writer's block and get your best ideas on paper.
Writing,

Writing

I've been a writer since I first learned how to hold a pencil. I'm a published writer with an MA in Journalism and over 25 years of writing and editing experience. I will teach you how to write clearly, concisely, and compellingly, whether you need help with middle school and high school essays, college papers, dissertations, or business writing. My specialities include college application essays and the ACT & SAT exam essays. I'm also a fastidious and thoughtful editor, and volunteer as a tutor in the Boston Public Schools.
English, ESL/ESOL, SAT Reading

Language

ESL/ESOL

Most Popular

Study Skills,

Study Skills

Helping students get their writing assignments done on time is one of my specialties. First, I show students how a few minutes of brainstorming when they first get an assignment is a low-stress way to get their ideas on paper, get their brain to start working on the assignment, and overcome the blank page. Then, I teach students how to get started and budget their time so that they have time for revisions, the key to good writing. I help each student develop their own check list of grammar and style points, built on their writing weaknesses, teacher feedback, and the assignment requirements. How do I know how to do this? Well, I was an A student in every writing class I ever took in elementary school through AP English and college level Shakespeare etc. I have a master's in journalism from Harvard, and I've been writing for a living for 20 years. I've also taken several courses on creative writing that focus on ways to beat writer's block and get your best ideas on paper.
Writing,

Writing

I've been a writer since I first learned how to hold a pencil. I'm a published writer with an MA in Journalism and over 25 years of writing and editing experience. I will teach you how to write clearly, concisely, and compellingly, whether you need help with middle school and high school essays, college papers, dissertations, or business writing. My specialities include college application essays and the ACT & SAT exam essays. I'm also a fastidious and thoughtful editor, and volunteer as a tutor in the Boston Public Schools.
English, ESL/ESOL

Other

Study Skills,

Study Skills

Helping students get their writing assignments done on time is one of my specialties. First, I show students how a few minutes of brainstorming when they first get an assignment is a low-stress way to get their ideas on paper, get their brain to start working on the assignment, and overcome the blank page. Then, I teach students how to get started and budget their time so that they have time for revisions, the key to good writing. I help each student develop their own check list of grammar and style points, built on their writing weaknesses, teacher feedback, and the assignment requirements. How do I know how to do this? Well, I was an A student in every writing class I ever took in elementary school through AP English and college level Shakespeare etc. I have a master's in journalism from Harvard, and I've been writing for a living for 20 years. I've also taken several courses on creative writing that focus on ways to beat writer's block and get your best ideas on paper.
ESL/ESOL

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

Helping students get their writing assignments done on time is one of my specialties. First, I show students how a few minutes of brainstorming when they first get an assignment is a low-stress way to get their ideas on paper, get their brain to start working on the assignment, and overcome the blank page. Then, I teach students how to get started and budget their time so that they have time for revisions, the key to good writing. I help each student develop their own check list of grammar and style points, built on their writing weaknesses, teacher feedback, and the assignment requirements. How do I know how to do this? Well, I was an A student in every writing class I ever took in elementary school through AP English and college level Shakespeare etc. I have a master's in journalism from Harvard, and I've been writing for a living for 20 years. I've also taken several courses on creative writing that focus on ways to beat writer's block and get your best ideas on paper.

Summer

Study Skills,

Study Skills

Helping students get their writing assignments done on time is one of my specialties. First, I show students how a few minutes of brainstorming when they first get an assignment is a low-stress way to get their ideas on paper, get their brain to start working on the assignment, and overcome the blank page. Then, I teach students how to get started and budget their time so that they have time for revisions, the key to good writing. I help each student develop their own check list of grammar and style points, built on their writing weaknesses, teacher feedback, and the assignment requirements. How do I know how to do this? Well, I was an A student in every writing class I ever took in elementary school through AP English and college level Shakespeare etc. I have a master's in journalism from Harvard, and I've been writing for a living for 20 years. I've also taken several courses on creative writing that focus on ways to beat writer's block and get your best ideas on paper.
Writing,

Writing

I've been a writer since I first learned how to hold a pencil. I'm a published writer with an MA in Journalism and over 25 years of writing and editing experience. I will teach you how to write clearly, concisely, and compellingly, whether you need help with middle school and high school essays, college papers, dissertations, or business writing. My specialities include college application essays and the ACT & SAT exam essays. I'm also a fastidious and thoughtful editor, and volunteer as a tutor in the Boston Public Schools.
ESL/ESOL

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I have 99.9% perfect grammar and can explain the rules clearly. I've developed test-taking strategies that I'll tailor to they way you think. I've written and edited more essays than anyone else you know. I have a BA from Michigan and an MA in Journalism from Harvard, over 20 years of professional writing experience, and almost 10 years of experience helping students prepare for the SAT and ACT reading comp, grammar, and essay writing sections.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I've studied the new essay in-depth and have taught a class locally. I find that very few schools are teaching students to write rhetorical essays, and that the big prep companies' classes are teaching a formula that doesn't exactly work. How could one formula work for essays on any possible topic written in a variety of possible styles? Students need to learn to focus on both the details and the big picture, prioritize information, and make adjustments to the formula that make sense for the task at hand.
PSAT, SAT Reading

Examples of Expertise


Abby has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 25 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (473 ratings)
5 star
(440)
4 star
(19)
3 star
(7)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(6)

Reviews


Knowledgeable and confident

Was good with my 16 year old son. Motivated him to start his essay for college Has a good knowledge of the college application process . Will continue to see how he progresses.

Bea, 1 lesson with Abby

good writer

Abby, helped put together college essays no one else could help with. Great work very patient and very good direction what should go on the essays. Highly recommend her!

Veronika, 19 lessons with Abby

Knowledgeable and responsive tutor

Abby helped my son with his college essay. She was very knowledgeable and her advises were pinpoint. She knew how to brainstorm with my son. I highly recommend Abby for your tutor!

Yoko, 5 lessons with Abby

Knowledgeable and great tutor

Abby is a very knowledgeable and patient tutor! She helped my son with college essay and help him ficus on an unique topic he can work on. We are very appreciated!

Fendy, 6 lessons with Abby

Responsive and patient tutor

I wish I hired Abby sooner! I was struggling to condense my application essay for accelerated nursing programs to meet the 500 maximum word count. She patiently worked with me to target my writing weaknesses, organize my ideas, and present them in a clear and concise manner. My writing progressed in two sessions with her significantly faster than they did in a month with my university’s free writing tutor. She was attentive, responsive, and had a great sense of humor to keep the sessions lighthearted and comfortable

Kristen, 2 lessons with Abby

A Great start

Abby was great and worked well with Finn! She was very helpful with figuring out what he needs to work on as well as essay help! She will be essential in helping Finn to do his college essay..Will see her again!

Tory, 3 lessons with Abby

Great tutor!

Abby is helping me write my college essays. She is awesome and makes the process so much easier! I am so glad to have her help! I am confident I’ll have a great essay when we’re done.

Katherine, 5 lessons with Abby

Great SAT Essay Tutor!

Abby is helping my son with structuring and writing essays. She has given my son a great sense of confidence with his writing ability. She is working on every detail related to efficient essay writing. Abby is seemingly effective to work with my son. I am extremely thankful and grateful for finding Abby.

Kirandip, 6 lessons with Abby

Essay editing. Not Good.

Did not feel she was helpful at all. The online session was frustrating - it was difficult to finish asking a question and getting it correctly answered. She repeatedly told what needed to be done but did not help in guidance. The essay had previously been edited by a writng tutor and the hope was Abby would bring guidance on a more creative level. The editing that followed was not impressive or creative at all. Most egregious is her comment regarding a personal parenting decision. This is not the place for these types of comments and I am hopeful Wyzant will establish a "zero" tolerance rule in this regard.

David, 2 lessons with Abby
Tutor responded:

I am truly sorry that this didn't work out better and I do apologize for my comments. I felt your expectations were unreasonable, however that is of course subjective. The truth is that this is your daughter's essay and she needs to provide the details; I can't write it for her. I am happy to (and I did) make suggestions and ask questions in the hopes of eliciting more details about your daughter's experiences, as well as her passion and inspiration for working in the medical field. I asked her to start by brainstorming her ideas in a list and send it to me, but I never received it. I would have suggested how she could improve her essay by adding this information and how and where to use it. I spent quite a bit of time on it. I'm not sure if she attempted to make revisions using my suggestions; if I was unclear she was welcome to ask questions. This is something I would not have charged you for as I consider it support. My method isn't foolproof, but it has worked with many students over the years who were not creative writers. Please do note that the prior proofer missed several grammatical errors. I hope these will be addressed before the essay is sent in.

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Response time: 8 hours

$125/hour

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Abby K.

$125/hour

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Response time: 8 hours