Macalester College (English)
Hamline University (MEd)
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! 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
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.
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!
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.
Janet is an amazing teacher -- kind and professional! She goes beyond the material to find resources to challenge and stretch the student.
As an experienced high school English teacher with a particular interest in writing instruction, for more than 15 years I have taught a specific unit on writing college application essays; I have also tutored juniors and seniors individually in how to write successful college application essays. In addition, for the past three summers I have been employed as a writing coach for a Summer College Application Workshop offered by an elite college prep private high school in Minneapolis. I am familiar with the 2017 Common Application Prompts, and I know what admissions officers are looking for in college app essays.
My long career in education included teaching a popular Public Speaking elective designed for students who are "reluctant" speakers as well as for students who aspire to a career that involves public speaking. In addition, my English courses always included a Speech/Public Speaking unit or project that often required me to tutor students outside of class time and to work with them on articulation, volume, pacing, eye contact, body language, and overall confidence.
I consider my role as a writing tutor to 1) make sure that the student understands the requirements of the assignment 2) motivate the student if he or she becomes impatient, tired, or discouraged 3) point out any parts of the student's writing (including sentence completeness, sentence variety, paragraph structure, punctuation, usage, verb tense, diction, voice, and formatting) that do not meet the requirements of the assignment 4) specifically instruct the student on how to correct and improve his or her writing 5) suggest and demonstrate alternate ideas for and/or wording of a thesis or substantiation of the thesis for a formal essay and 6) compliment the student on what aspects of his or her writing are good, even outstanding.
All of the above refer to my providing motivation, correction and instruction, demonstration, and encouragement. Under no circumstances will I write a paper for the student, and under no circumstances can I promise that a student will receive an A on any or all assignments. To do so would be wrong. What I do promise is to do my best on behalf of each student.