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Maureen M.

Rochester, MI


Veteran Writer and Editor Specializing in Language Arts Tutoring

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Background check passed as of 5/17/14
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Wayne State University
BA English, BA Psych
Wayne State University


Wayne State University (BA English, BA Psych)

Wayne State University (Master's)

About Maureen

I've applied my love for the English language by reading and writing throughout my life. By studying literature, linguistics, composition, creative writing, and journalism, I've mastered the skills all students need to achieve excellence. They've been the foundation of my career in journalism, which later morphed into public relations, and then into the field of scholarly and scientific publishing. Now, bringing my skill set to others as a tutor, I help students apply their language skills in real-life situations.

New to WyzAnt, I specialize in tutoring in the English language arts to support student success and advancement in preparation for tests and exams, improvement of test scores for college entrance, and effectiveness in reading and writing. I like to work with students of all ages, either individually or in a small group, workshop-style. I am adept at working with ESL readers and writers.

One summer I tutored a grade school-age student in our neighborhood who needed to learn how to read phonetically. Her mother asked for my help. So, we met two to three times weekly at our dining room table, first reviewing the sounds of the alphabet, matching them visually to the letters, and then reading aloud from books that held her attention. It was a joy to see the light go on once she made the connections. Her confidence improved, and so did her ability to read on her own.

My primary goal in each tutoring session is to engage the student's interest in their topic of choice and then design relevant lessons from which they gain valuable knowledge and skill as well as the ability to apply their learning. Homework is a given. I provide progress reports to students and parents and welcome their essential feedback.

For example, I show how (1) to dig deeper into narrative texts to develop reading comprehension, (2) to improve close reading analysis to decide why authors use certain words or phrases, repetition, dialogue, and other literary devices; (3) to refine vocabulary by figuring out which word will fit a sentence best; (4) to use dictionaries, encyclopedias, style guides, and other print and digital resources; (5) to learn to spot context clues by looking at surrounding words to determine another word's meaning; and (6) to use the basics of literacy in any subject area.

Moreover, as a highly skilled, published writer who has written everything from essays to a master's thesis, I can coach students to write a well-constructed essay or composition, to self-edit their text, and to present their work verbally and visually to an audience.

My style of teaching is patient and non-judgmental, and I believe success follows hard work to meet academic challenges. My hours of availability are weekday evenings and Saturdays and Sundays. I offer make-up sessions and group rates, as needed.

I hold a Master of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Journalism, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, all achieved at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

Since 1998, I've been an active member of Detroit Working Writers, a Detroit 300 Heritage Organization, and the oldest creative writing non-profit in the state of Michigan. From 2007 to 2011, I served as President, and also supported DWW as the Press Relations Chair from 2000 to 2007. In 2012, I was co-chair of the Writers' Conference held at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Clinton Township, Michigan.

A special recognition includes the 2008 NIRMM Volunteer of the Year Award presented during the annual Essence of Motown Writers Conference in Detroit, Michigan.
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Rates vary in proportion to the tutoring services required by each client. Group and special rates for multiple sessions are negotiable. Please inquire.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Rochester, MI 48307
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great Tutor- Gets results"

- Michael, Bloomfield Hills, MI on 3/28/15

"Great job"

- Dirk, Bloomfield Hills, MI on 11/29/16

"Good start for my ESL lessons!"

- Maite, Rochester, MI on 5/26/16

"Professional, Knowledgeable tutor"

- Sam, Rochester, MI on 2/17/16

"Knowledgeable and Patient"

- Jill, Huntington Woods, MI on 1/17/16

"Great progression"

- Joseph, Utica, MI on 11/19/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Linda, Clarkston, MI on 10/26/15


- Kathy, Grosse Pointe, MI on 10/13/15

"Excellent English tutor"

- Sharon, Oakland, MI on 10/6/14

"Maureen is a very patient tutor"

- Brigitte, Rochester, MI on 10/3/14

"Patient and Caring"

- Anita, Southfield, MI on 9/3/14

"Excellent tutor!"

- Avi, Royal Oak, MI on 9/2/14

"My hat's off to you!"

- Vincent, Southfield, MI on 7/2/14

"Very patient, great tutor"

- Monica, Warren, MI on 6/23/14
American History, Geography, Government & Politics
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT English

I specialize in helping students to comprehend what the ACT asks from a student. I can help develop skill in strong, clear writing, reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, and literary interpretation.

My coursework in English included composition/essay writing, creative writing, literature - both traditional and cultural, cultural linguistics, and sociolinguistics. All put together, I have a solid base of literary and multicultural knowledge and the ability to show a student how to apply their knowledge and skills.

ACT Reading

My academic interests and professional work are centered around the core aspects of English language arts. Reading well is essential to achieving an excellent ACT test score. I can help students gain confidence and sharpen their skill in reading the four types of 1,000-word passages in the reading section of the exam. I also work to develop each student's understanding of the types of questions that appear on the ACT and how to answer them. Comprehension is a key skill that is necessary to successfully complete the ACT, and I will help each student create a study plan and learn strategies to support their goals.

College Counseling

My career experience as a professional writer and editor has prepared me to work with college-level students on several tasks, including academic, business, corporate, and development applications, correspondence, forms, and essays. I can also help to organize and develop research proposals, projects, and papers. I am proficient in several style formats, including MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago, as well as with a wide range of scholarly/scientific journal style guidelines.


Master of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing, 2013.

Bachelor of Arts in English, 1985.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 1985.

Graduate coursework included literature, creative writing, linguistics, and non-fiction writing.

Undergraduate coursework included literature, composition, etymology, traditional grammar, and creative writing courses. Journalism classes included ethics, newswriting, editing, feature writing, and corporate communications including newsletter writing.

Professional background: Journalism, Corporate Communications, and Scientific/Scholarly Publishing.

Skill set: basic language arts expertise in writing, phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary, composition, and creative writing.


My English language qualifications include grammar, spelling, vocabulary, sentence structure, and essay writing or composition.


My English courses included composition, creative writing, traditional literature, cultural literature, novels, cultural linguistics, and sociolinguistics. My Journalism coursework covered news writing, feature writing, newsletter publishing, ethics in journalism, and editing. I've studied writing with authors such as Caroline M., William H., Robert O. B., Anne F., and Nancy M. In my free time, I love to read a good mystery novel - anything from Poe to Patterson.


A stickler for detail and accuracy, I adapt well to new models of language usage. I am skilled in several style guides. While proofreading, I pay close attention to spelling, grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and punctuation. If a document requires more extensive copy editing, I am skilled in rewriting and restructuring of paragraphs, reducing redundant text, refining the tone, and organizing the flow.


As a tutor, pushing a struggling reader is not my style. I like to work within each student’s instructional level until he or she is ready to stretch toward the next level of fluency.

I coach and support each student (1) to develop from oral reading fluency to silent reading comprehension, (2) to discover engaging reading materials of interest, (3) to choose written works at his or her instructional level, (4) to acquire problem-solving, or thinking, skills that foster comprehension, and (5) to participate actively in the reading process – using age-appropriate methods and tools.

I also help students make the connection between the sounds of the alphabet and the letters they see on a page, using a phonics approach. Once sight and sound are paired, then it is natural that spelling and vocabulary will improve as does the ability to read.

I also use language-experience and comprehension problem-solving processes. To help a student – child, teen, or adult – I further encourage family reading, repeated readings of a favorite story, poem, or book, paired reading, and fun activities to promote individual literacy.

Academic Background: Wayne State University. Master of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing; Bachelor of Arts in English; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Professional background: editorial arts, scientific/scholarly publishing, corporate communications, substitute teacher.

I am a Member and Past President (2007-2011) of the Detroit Working Writers, a Detroit 300 Heritage Organization and 501(c)6 non-profit.

SAT Reading

As a tutor, I will help students to develop and/or refine their silent reading comprehension skills. Emphasis will be placed on improving his or her ability to work with the two types of multiple-choice questions – sentence completion and comprehension of short and long passages – in the Critical Reading sections of the SAT.

If necessary, I will also review the basics of the English language arts – grammar, spelling, word meanings, sentence structure, and punctuation. Strategies to expand the range of vocabulary will also help to increase the test score.

I like to work within each student’s instructional level at first and then introduce challenges meant to increase their understanding of what’s expected in each section and to boost their confidence to work quickly and knowledgeably.

SAT Writing

As a writing tutor, I am qualified to coach and support students in forming their strategies for the persuasive essay, a section of the SAT’s Writing Component. I will provide a list of practice quotations and prompts meant to encourage organization of a thesis statement, introduction, main ideas, supporting statements, and conclusion. This will help to clarify their thinking about the philosophical nature of the quotations included in the essay section.

At least one session will include a review of usage that trips up many a student, e.g., when to use “who” and “whom”, “its” and “it’s”, and “their,” “there,” and “they’re” – just to name a few.

Close attention will also be devoted to the other sections of the Writing Component – identifying sentence errors, improving sentences, and improving paragraphs. I will work within each student’s instructional level and encourage further growth and development of their literacy.

I consider comprehension, confidence, and pace to be essential to a successful SAT score.


I learned to operate a sewing machine, select fabrics, and work with patterns early in life. My sewing experience includes prom dresses, bridesmaid gowns, personal wardrobe items, Halloween costumes, children's clothing, and costumes for school performances of Peter Pan and several children's operas. I also worked in two theatrical costume shops as an assistant to the head costumer, making or re-fashioning stage wear for period and modern-era stage productions. I also sew various items for my church as a volunteer.

Study Skills

My primary strategy as a tutor is to help each student develop a set of study skills: how to use a daily planner, note taking and reviewing, time management, goal setting, reading comprehension, understanding of the lessons, how to ask good questions, and organization. I also believe that concentration and self-motivation are important skills that lead to academic success, and I emphasize the importance of listening as a key responsibility.


My coursework focused on language arts-related subjects: etymology, traditional grammar, linguistics, and writing. I am an excellent speller and reached the district level of competition in the Detroit News Spelling Bee while in grade school. I have extensive experience in writing, editing, and proofreading. I use various strategies and methods for improving vocabulary: an essential tool is reading, which brought me to a love of the English language from an early age. Next to vocabulary, spelling and writing good sentences is important.


Master of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing, 2013, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

Bachelor of Arts in English; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 1985, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

As a tutor for students asking for help with their writing, I have experience in scientific and scholarly publishing, journalism, and corporate communications. My editorial skill set includes writing, copy editing, proofreading, fact-checking, and research.

Wayne State University
BA English, BA Psych
Wayne State University


Wayne State University (BA English, BA Psych)

Wayne State University (Master's)

Great Tutor- Gets results — Maureen M. was a very friendly Reading and English tutor. She helped me bump up my ACT scores by a couple points in English and 7 in Reading. I would recommend Maureen to my fellow peers, as she was very helpful. ...

— Michael, Bloomfield Hills, MI on 3/28/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Rates vary in proportion to the tutoring services required by each client. Group and special rates for multiple sessions are negotiable. Please inquire.

Travel policy

Maureen will travel within 40 miles of Rochester, MI 48307.