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Brian V.

Experienced Tutor Specializing in Writing & English Literature

Experienced Tutor Specializing in Writing & English Literature

$55/hour

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Hi! My name is Brian. I have five post-secondary degrees and a baccalaureate certificate: a BMus (SUNY Potsdam), an MMus and PhD (SUNY Potsdam & University of Iowa, respectively), a BA (University of Iowa), a baccalaureate certificate in Writing (University of Iowa), and an MFA (Emerson College).

I have tutored privately for about 15 years. Those subjects have ranged from English and writing, to music, history, art history, and other branches within the humanities. Presently, I am a...

Hi! My name is Brian. I have five post-secondary degrees and a baccalaureate certificate: a BMus (SUNY Potsdam), an MMus and PhD (SUNY Potsdam & University of Iowa, respectively), a BA (University of Iowa), a baccalaureate certificate in Writing (University of Iowa), and an MFA (Emerson College).

I have tutored privately for about 15 years. Those subjects have ranged from English and writing, to music, history, art history, and other branches within the humanities. Presently, I am a Professional Writing Tutor at Endicott College.

My Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is in creative writing. It was an honour & privilege to study Emerson College, under the tutelage of a renowned nonfiction writer, and a literary and cultural thinker. I was taught to be thorough, methodical, and clinical in my evaluation of work — an ethos I pledge to bring to every student.

Writing can be such a deeply personal subject, one that can be difficult to master. It is also a subject about which many people can feel anxious. It will be my prerogative to help set your potential anxieties aside, and guide you toward expressing your unique voice. What is it you are trying to say, and how best can I help you enable that message? By the end of our sessions, my goals are for you to have a better grasp of your subject(s), to feel more confident in expressing yourself, and to enable your success through the written word.


Education

University of Iowa
English Literature
Emerson College
Masters
University of Iowa
PhD

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $55
  • Rate details: In the event that we agree upon a 2-3 hour scheduled block of time, I will cut the rate to $45/hr.
  • Travel policy: Within 25 miles of Salem, MA 01970
  • Lesson cancellation: 2 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 7/10/2019

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Art History,

Art History

I had taken a great deal of art history coursework at the U of Iowa at both the undergraduate and graduate school levels. Areas of specialty include Ancient Egypt, the philosophies of the rococo, neoclassical, and modernist eras. I am especially well versed in the intersectional art of post-WWII America, and the development and progression of abstract expressionism.
Composition (Music)

Composition (Music)

I was awarded my PhD in Music Composition from the University of Iowa in 2007. My works have been featured in chamber recitals around the globe, and I was the 2005-2006 recipient of the Henry & Parker Pelzer Composition fellowship.

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is a bit like logic problem in this sense: if things are placed in the right order, then clearer meaning can be discerned from the words on the page. I have spent my writing career developing a pellucid voice, drawing praise for my clear prose and progression of ideas. I have critiqued works 1-on-1, in workshop settings, as a reader, and as a professional copyeditor. Peers often approach me for grammar advice — whether it be tense, punctuation, or word order.
Proofreading

Proofreading

While at ‘Redivider,’ I had the pleasure of vetting and editing some of the most cutting edge of today’s literary writing. In specific, I served as a preliminary reader, and copy editor for the nonfiction section, and as a copy editor for the poetry section.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is a bit like logic problem in this sense: if things are placed in the right order, then clearer meaning can be discerned from the words on the page. I have spent my writing career developing a pellucid voice, drawing praise for my clear prose and progression of ideas. I have critiqued works 1-on-1, in workshop settings, as a reader, and as a professional copyeditor. Peers often approach me for grammar advice — whether it be tense, punctuation, or word order.
Reading,

Reading

With respect to reading, I have tutored individuals of all age levels. I make it a priority to understand the tutee’s reading process, and then work with them (and any relevant support figures) in a holistic fashion. Qualification wise, I graduated from SUNY Potsdam, a renowned teaching college, a school where the act of education permeates every subject. I freelanced pro bono for several years during my first trip through graduate school, and then for a nominal fee afterward. As to now, I work as a professional writing tutor at an esteemed, small liberal arts college on the North Shore, where we work with individuals of all skill levels, and with both neurotypical and neurodivergent students.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

In addition to my own private studies of vocabulary, I have taken courses on the history of the English language, the construction of words with Latin and/or Greek roots, and undertaken an exhaustive effort to personally broaden my vocabularic horizons. The latter/most effort helps me refine and convey precise meaning in my written work, and assists in communicating with my students.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I use a fluid teaching system, adaptive to an individual student’s needs. I use the same type of questions that the ACT would use when discussing a passage, and use that as the paradigm under which we will work.
English,

English

I attended the University of Iowa, where I achieved a BA in English Literature (Creative Writing), as well as a baccalaureate certificate in Writing. Later, I would receive my MFA in creative writing from Emerson College.
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is a bit like logic problem in this sense: if things are placed in the right order, then clearer meaning can be discerned from the words on the page. I have spent my writing career developing a pellucid voice, drawing praise for my clear prose and progression of ideas. I have critiqued works 1-on-1, in workshop settings, as a reader, and as a professional copyeditor. Peers often approach me for grammar advice — whether it be tense, punctuation, or word order.
Literature,

Literature

My experiences at the University of Iowa and Emerson College led me to discover and read a large number of diverse authors. From Moby-Dick (Melville) and The Bluest Eye (Morrison), to A Book of Common Prayer (Didion) and The Next American Essay (d’Agata), I have had the pleasure of reading and discussing some of the most important works of our time.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

While at ‘Redivider,’ I had the pleasure of vetting and editing some of the most cutting edge of today’s literary writing. In specific, I served as a preliminary reader, and copy editor for the nonfiction section, and as a copy editor for the poetry section.
Reading,

Reading

With respect to reading, I have tutored individuals of all age levels. I make it a priority to understand the tutee’s reading process, and then work with them (and any relevant support figures) in a holistic fashion. Qualification wise, I graduated from SUNY Potsdam, a renowned teaching college, a school where the act of education permeates every subject. I freelanced pro bono for several years during my first trip through graduate school, and then for a nominal fee afterward. As to now, I work as a professional writing tutor at an esteemed, small liberal arts college on the North Shore, where we work with individuals of all skill levels, and with both neurotypical and neurodivergent students.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As a writer, reading is one of my most important assets. I hold a PhD in music composition, and an MFA in creative writing. Both of these disciplines necessitate a great deal of reading. When working with me, students can expect a diverse number of voices, and a varied set of questions derived from the SAT’s own. The student and I will create an individual lesson plan for themselves, and we will use that as our framework.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

In addition to my own private studies of vocabulary, I have taken courses on the history of the English language, the construction of words with Latin and/or Greek roots, and undertaken an exhaustive effort to personally broaden my vocabularic horizons. The latter/most effort helps me refine and convey precise meaning in my written work, and assists in communicating with my students.
Writing,

Writing

Attending the University of Iowa was rewarding to me as a developing writer; it is the home of the famous Iowa Writers’ Workshop. While there, I partook in workshops with nonfiction writers Zaina Arafat (‘The New Yorker’) John d’Agata (the ‘Essay’ series of books) and Joshua Wheeler (‘Acid West’), and fiction writer Jamel Brinkley (‘A Lucky Man’). These workshop experiences propelled me into my own career, and have thrust three literary essays of my own into the world (as of July 2019).
ACT Reading

History

Art History,

Art History

I had taken a great deal of art history coursework at the U of Iowa at both the undergraduate and graduate school levels. Areas of specialty include Ancient Egypt, the philosophies of the rococo, neoclassical, and modernist eras. I am especially well versed in the intersectional art of post-WWII America, and the development and progression of abstract expressionism.
American History

Homeschool

English,

English

I attended the University of Iowa, where I achieved a BA in English Literature (Creative Writing), as well as a baccalaureate certificate in Writing. Later, I would receive my MFA in creative writing from Emerson College.
Reading,

Reading

With respect to reading, I have tutored individuals of all age levels. I make it a priority to understand the tutee’s reading process, and then work with them (and any relevant support figures) in a holistic fashion. Qualification wise, I graduated from SUNY Potsdam, a renowned teaching college, a school where the act of education permeates every subject. I freelanced pro bono for several years during my first trip through graduate school, and then for a nominal fee afterward. As to now, I work as a professional writing tutor at an esteemed, small liberal arts college on the North Shore, where we work with individuals of all skill levels, and with both neurotypical and neurodivergent students.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As a writer, reading is one of my most important assets. I hold a PhD in music composition, and an MFA in creative writing. Both of these disciplines necessitate a great deal of reading. When working with me, students can expect a diverse number of voices, and a varied set of questions derived from the SAT’s own. The student and I will create an individual lesson plan for themselves, and we will use that as our framework.
Writing

Writing

Attending the University of Iowa was rewarding to me as a developing writer; it is the home of the famous Iowa Writers’ Workshop. While there, I partook in workshops with nonfiction writers Zaina Arafat (‘The New Yorker’) John d’Agata (the ‘Essay’ series of books) and Joshua Wheeler (‘Acid West’), and fiction writer Jamel Brinkley (‘A Lucky Man’). These workshop experiences propelled me into my own career, and have thrust three literary essays of my own into the world (as of July 2019).

Most Popular

English,

English

I attended the University of Iowa, where I achieved a BA in English Literature (Creative Writing), as well as a baccalaureate certificate in Writing. Later, I would receive my MFA in creative writing from Emerson College.
Reading,

Reading

With respect to reading, I have tutored individuals of all age levels. I make it a priority to understand the tutee’s reading process, and then work with them (and any relevant support figures) in a holistic fashion. Qualification wise, I graduated from SUNY Potsdam, a renowned teaching college, a school where the act of education permeates every subject. I freelanced pro bono for several years during my first trip through graduate school, and then for a nominal fee afterward. As to now, I work as a professional writing tutor at an esteemed, small liberal arts college on the North Shore, where we work with individuals of all skill levels, and with both neurotypical and neurodivergent students.
Writing

Writing

Attending the University of Iowa was rewarding to me as a developing writer; it is the home of the famous Iowa Writers’ Workshop. While there, I partook in workshops with nonfiction writers Zaina Arafat (‘The New Yorker’) John d’Agata (the ‘Essay’ series of books) and Joshua Wheeler (‘Acid West’), and fiction writer Jamel Brinkley (‘A Lucky Man’). These workshop experiences propelled me into my own career, and have thrust three literary essays of my own into the world (as of July 2019).

Music

Composition (Music),

Composition (Music)

I was awarded my PhD in Music Composition from the University of Iowa in 2007. My works have been featured in chamber recitals around the globe, and I was the 2005-2006 recipient of the Henry & Parker Pelzer Composition fellowship.
Music Theory

Summer

Reading,

Reading

With respect to reading, I have tutored individuals of all age levels. I make it a priority to understand the tutee’s reading process, and then work with them (and any relevant support figures) in a holistic fashion. Qualification wise, I graduated from SUNY Potsdam, a renowned teaching college, a school where the act of education permeates every subject. I freelanced pro bono for several years during my first trip through graduate school, and then for a nominal fee afterward. As to now, I work as a professional writing tutor at an esteemed, small liberal arts college on the North Shore, where we work with individuals of all skill levels, and with both neurotypical and neurodivergent students.
Writing

Writing

Attending the University of Iowa was rewarding to me as a developing writer; it is the home of the famous Iowa Writers’ Workshop. While there, I partook in workshops with nonfiction writers Zaina Arafat (‘The New Yorker’) John d’Agata (the ‘Essay’ series of books) and Joshua Wheeler (‘Acid West’), and fiction writer Jamel Brinkley (‘A Lucky Man’). These workshop experiences propelled me into my own career, and have thrust three literary essays of my own into the world (as of July 2019).

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I use a fluid teaching system, adaptive to an individual student’s needs. I use the same type of questions that the ACT would use when discussing a passage, and use that as the paradigm under which we will work.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As a writer, reading is one of my most important assets. I hold a PhD in music composition, and an MFA in creative writing. Both of these disciplines necessitate a great deal of reading. When working with me, students can expect a diverse number of voices, and a varied set of questions derived from the SAT’s own. The student and I will create an individual lesson plan for themselves, and we will use that as our framework.
ACT Reading

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Awesome tutor

This was my first meeting with Brian he took the time to go through my work to see how it could be improved and explained my professor’s feedback to me. He is very kind, patient, knowledgeable, and understanding. Brian really makes me feel like he is not only there for me but willing to help in every and any way possible. I would highly recommend Brian to others and I look forward to future lessons with Brian.

Meghan, 4 lessons with Brian
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