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Heidi S.

Portland, ME

$40/hour

Author, Professor, and College prep tutor

In-person lessons
50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/28/14
5.0 average from 61 ratings
Very knowledgeable and patient tutor.
— Kely, Falmouth, ME on 1/29/16

$40/Hour


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Bennington College
English
University of Iowa Writers Workshop
Master's

Education

Bennington College (English)

University of Iowa Writers Workshop (Master's)

About Heidi

Writing a college application essay ought to be fun-- you're thinking of the things you're best at, the problems you've surmounted and lessons you've learned. Too often, though, the task seems so enormous that it starts to feel unapproachable. What can you say that millions of students before you haven't already? How can you show the best aspects of yourself in such a very few words?
In fact, every student has strengths, interests, and experiences that can make for a great original essay. I look for the best and work to build on it, to help a student show talents and abilities and to write in his or her own voice.
I'm here to listen, appreciate and encourage, to develop a student's confidence by giving him or her the tools to express himself clearly. My favorite moments are when I see a young person realize that he or she has a really good idea and start to get excited about fleshing it into an essay.
I'm an author whose essays and stories have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Boston Globe, and many more. I've taught writing at Colby College and others, and have lectured on writing and literature at a wide range of colleges from Yale to Dartmouth to the University of Maryland. I also teach writing workshops for high school students. I've been there as a parent, too, working with my daughter and some of the others in her class-- after that, parents began to ask me to help their students. I have had great experiences and met wonderful young people along the way.
I also tutor in ESL, English, and writing, and SAT prep. One of my best memories is of tutoring a student who had been working and working to improve her verbal SAT score. We realized that she was over-thinking the questions-- working too hard! Her score went from 600 to 740 after just a few sessions of tutoring. We were both thrilled of course.
Writing a college application essay ought to be fun-- you're thinking of the things you're best at, the problems you've surmounted and lessons you've learned. Too often, though, the task seems so enormous that it starts to feel unapproachable. What can you say that millions of students before you haven't already? How can you show the best aspects Read more

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Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Portland, ME 04102
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very knowledgeable and patient tutor."

- Kely, Falmouth, ME on 1/29/16
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Reading

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College Counseling

As a professor and writer who has lectured at colleges from Yale to Gettysburg to Cornell, I know how keen the competition is, so as my daughter went through high school, I studied all aspects of college application, including essays, SAT prep, understanding financial aid and Performing Arts (auditioned) admissions. Others began to ask me for advice, and I have been able to help a number of young people apply and get accepted to the colleges of their choice.

English

I'm the author of 3 novels and 2 story collections, as well as essays published in the New York Times and others. I've won the James Michener Award for fiction. I've taught English Literature and Creative Writing at Colby College and other. I also teach writing workshops for high school students.

ESL/ESOL

I've taught English as a Second Language to people whose first language is Spanish, Vietnamese, and others.

Literature

I have a BA in English Literature from Bennington College, and have taught English Literature at Colby College.

Reading

My undergraduate degree is in English Literature from Bennington College. I have taught English Literature at Colby College and at Queens University. I've also taught seminars of middle and high school students.

SAT Reading

I have tutored SAT Reading for many years. My proudest achievement is helping one student raise her score by 140 points. I can't promise that of course but I do understand the test and can usually help students get comfortable with it and improve their scores.

SAT Writing

I am the author of 5 books and my short stories an essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and many others. I've also worked with numerous students to help them understand how the SAT Writing works, and how to practice writing the kind of essays the SAT looks for.

Writing

I have my MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. I've published essays and stories in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and others. I've taught writing at many colleges, including Colby, and also at the middle and high school levels. I enjoy helping students get their ideas clearly onto the page.

Bennington College
English
University of Iowa Writers Workshop
Master's

Education

Bennington College (English)

University of Iowa Writers Workshop (Master's)

Very knowledgeable and patient tutor.

She helped me with my English paper. I like how she helps me to put together the sentences. Heidi helps me improve my writing skills, vocabulary & grammar. Every time I learn new words with her. Got all my papers done for this week for my English and Sociology class. She is great! I really recommend.

— Kely, Falmouth, ME on 1/29/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Heidi will travel within 20 miles of Portland, ME 04102.