Experienced English Teacher Who Knows Her Stuff
Experienced English Teacher Who Knows Her Stuff
As a student, you know better than anyone which of your teachers merely tolerate their jobs and which teachers love their jobs. I fall into the latter category. Even after 30 years of teaching high school English, I still get goosebumps when I teach certain novels or short stories. I know backwards and forwards all of those annoying grammar and punctuation and usage and MLA and APA formatting rules. In particular, I enjoy teaching writing, including college application essays, literary...
As a student, you know better than anyone which of your teachers merely tolerate their jobs and which teachers love their jobs. I fall into the latter category. Even after 30 years of teaching high school English, I still get goosebumps when I teach certain novels or short stories. I know backwards and forwards all of those annoying grammar and punctuation and usage and MLA and APA formatting rules. In particular, I enjoy teaching writing, including college application essays, literary analysis essays, personal narratives, creative writing, and formal research papers. In addition, I am proficient in American literature and British literature and interested in all literary genres, including the graphic novel. Over the course of my career, I have taught the following courses in a college prep high school: English 9, English 10, English 11, Honors English 11, English 12, AP English 12, Advanced Composition, and Introduction to Speech.
I know from experience that even the best students can get lost or behind in the hectic pace and pressures of high school and college. I also know that those students can get back on track when they work with the right tutor. As a tutor I am knowledgeable, well prepared, patient, reliable, and attentive. And occasionally funny.
Each tutoring session is marked by one or more specific goals (e.g., clarify your thesis and then write an engaging introductory paragraph). During the tutorial I will instruct you, remind you, nudge you, and appreciate you and your efforts. Each session ends with an honest evaluation of the work that you completed during the session and with a clear goal for the next session. Between sessions you are welcome to email me for clarification or encouragement.
Finally, keep in mind that as your tutor, I am not your waitress whose job is to wait on you; rather, I am your coach whose job is to teach you, elicit your best work, and cheer you on.
So, if you could use a little (or a lot of) help with your English assignments, contact me. I just might be the right tutor for you!
My daughter is shy and not confident about her writing. She met with Janet several times for help with her college essay. At each session with Janet she came away both with a vastly improved essay and a huge boost in her confidence. Janet offers a nice blend of gentle patience while providing meaningful critical feedback.Ande, 3 lessons with Janet
Great for college essay help!
Janet is working with our daughter to help her complete her college application essays; she is off to a great start with choosing a topic for each essay, making an outline and getting started on the writing. Our daughter came home excited about the process; she feels like Janet sparked some great ideas in her and really knows her stuff!Sally, 5 lessons with Janet
Knowledgeable tutor who brings out the best in a student.
Janet did a wonderful job helping my daughter prepare her college application essay. Janet understands what qualities make for an impactful essay and guided my daughter through a topic selection process that helped her zone in on several topics that are meaningful to my daughter. She taught my daughter how to create a killer opening as well as a truly memorable conclusion. In between, Janet instructed my daughter on how to build in the little details that would make her experiences and memories real to the reader. I am very happy with the final essay my daughter created. She also has a great outline and start on a second essay. Janet delivered exactly what I asked for. In addition, my daughter was very happy while working with Janet. She came out of the first session excited about the possibilities and started working on her first assignment on the way home. My daughter is now more confident about her writing and, therefore, her chances for getting into the college of her choice. My daughter and I would each work with Janet again in a heartbeat.Colleen, 2 lessons with Janet
Organized, skilled teacher
Janet is an amazing teacher -- kind and professional! She goes beyond the material to find resources to challenge and stretch the student.Mary, 29 lessons with Janet