Veteran Writer and Editor Specializing in Language Arts Tutoring
Veteran Writer and Editor Specializing in Language Arts Tutoring
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...
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.
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 , 8 lessons with Maureen
knowledgeable and flexible with meeting times
Maureen met with my daughter for an initial meeting to discuss college essays. My daughter felt reassured that Maureen could help with formulating thoughts and organizing a plan to complete writing these essays. Maureen is patient and prepared. She also was flexible in meeting with my daughter in our own hometown.Jane, 1 lesson with Maureen
A big help
Maureen met with my daughter on short notice to help with and English paper. She assisted her in structuring her thoughts to get the framework in place. She was also motivating at the same time. We look forward to future help.Mackenzie, 1 lesson with Maureen
Maureen came up with a thorough and detailed feedback of a document I asked her to review. I will continue working with her.Dirk, 3 lessons with Maureen
Good start for my ESL lessons!
Apart from having some conversation and reading practice, Maureen has given me some tips to help me improve my English everydayMaite, 7 lessons with Maureen
Professional, Knowledgeable tutor
Maureen helped me find my weak points in grammar and punctuation. She helped me find the things I needed to work on. Now we are working to strengthen these weak points, so I will understand what is correct, and incorrect grammar.Sam, 16 lessons with Maureen
Knowledgeable and Patient
We just started tutoring with Maureen. She seems very knowledgeable and patient with my son. We look forward to continuing work with her.Jill, 84 lessons with Maureen
Each one of my sessions is tailored to my weaknesses. The strategies will help me achieve the score I am looking for.Joseph, 4 lessons with Maureen
Ms. Maureen is an excellent tutor. With her help I was able to increase my ACT Score from a 21 to a 28! She has also helped my write my college essay. Due to help I got from Ms. Maureen I will be able to attend a good college of my choice. She deserves more than 5 stars!Linda , 19 lessons with Maureen
My son was please with Maureen knowledge she have about Shakespeare and how to understand the plots and words to the playsKathy, 1 lesson with Maureen
Response time: 28 minutes