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Joan P.

Sudbury, MA

$85/hour

Versatile Tutor for English, Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary, Testing

In-person lessons

$85/Hour


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Boston University
English
Boston University
Master's

Education

Boston University (English)

Boston University (Master's)

About Joan

I am a creative and patient tutor with over 30 years of writing and tutoring experience. I have not only tutored writing but have been a writer myself in the business world. Over the years, I have won several writing awards. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Science degree in Communications, both from Boston University.

My tutoring experience is very broad. I have tutored students in English, reading, and writing from many area schools including those who also require help in organizational skills. I also have helped high school students with researching and writing papers, developing thesis statements, analyzing assigned reading passages, developing a better vocabulary, and writing winning college essays. I have tutored 4th through 8th graders in reading comprehension, writing, grammar, and spelling. My experience includes tutoring for the SAT, SSAT/ISEE, PARCC, and MCAS tests. I have also tutored students at a local state university, many of whom were tackling English as a second language.

I like to start by finding out what my students already know and take my approach from there. Some students have a hard time with coming up with ideas to write about, others may need help with developing themes, and others might have weak vocabularies that limit their ability to write. Some younger students might have trouble with spelling or reading comprehension. My goal is to make learning to write and read fun for them rather than a tedious process that they have to simply get through. With younger students, I incorporate a lot of reading and writing games, use graphic organizers, and select topics to write about that are of interest to them. I sometimes ask them to use an IPAD to complete exercises. With the older students, I generally mix up writing exercises with vocabulary building and brainstorming on topics to write about. For those students who may have issues with executive functioning and organizational skills, I spend time suggesting ways to organize their assignments and use graphic organizers to help them visualize an outline for their writing.

I am very flexible in terms of time. I know that both parents and students have busy schedules so I am willing to adjust my time accordingly. I tutor in students' homes, local libraries, or another mutually convenient place.

I take great pride in my students' successes and look forward to hearing from you.
I am a creative and patient tutor with over 30 years of writing and tutoring experience. I have not only tutored writing but have been a writer myself in the business world. Over the years, I have won several writing awards. I have Read more

Policies
Cancellation
5 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Sudbury, MA 01776
In-person lessons
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

English

I have helped many students to improve their reading comprehension and writing. In our tutoring sessions, I go over the major components of good reading and writing including the ability to discern main ideas; the proper use of vocabulary, grammar, and parts of speech; and word usage. I try to make these sessions fun rather than something to simply get through. I believe that a love of reading and writing is a lifelong benefit.

Reading

I have helped many students to improve their reading comprehension in general and, in particular, on tests such as the MCAS and PARCC. In our tutoring sessions, I go over the major components of good reading including the ability to discern main ideas; the proper use of vocabulary, grammar, and parts of speech; and word usage. I try to make these sessions fun rather than something to simply get through. I believe that a love of reading is a lifelong benefit.

Boston University
English
Boston University
Master's

Education

Boston University (English)

Boston University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $85.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Joan will travel within 12 miles of Sudbury, MA 01776.