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Denis W.

Saint Paul, MN

$45/hour

SAT/ACT Test Prep, English, Writing

In-person lessons
20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/15/12
3.7 average from 3 ratings
Great Tutor! Very accommodating to schedules, very informed about subject matter
— Theresa, Saint Paul, MN on 6/10/14

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Hamline University, St. Paul
English
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Graduate Coursework

Education

Hamline University, St. Paul (English)

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (Graduate Coursework)

About Denis

Hello! My name is Denis and I love reading and writing. I can help you learn to love reading and writing as well! Want to ace the SAT or ACT? Write the perfect college entrance essay? Hire a professional journalist to help you!

Writing is part art, part science, but most of all, it's just hard work. And it's helpful to have a mentor show you some of the basic rules for good writing. I've been a journalist for 30 years, but before that, I was a college student. I was an English major who graduated Magna Cum Laude from a St. Paul College and went on to manage two award winning neighborhood newspapers.

I'm flexible, easy to work with, and willing to invest the time to help you become a better writer. I can help you produce some polished pieces that your instructors and your parents will read and admire.

Studying to take the ACT or the SAT? My areas of expertise include both SAT and ACT reading and writing. I am familiar with both tests and can help you prepare for specifically the English and writing portions of the exams with my workbooks and assignments.

Getting a great score on the ACT or the SAT is not an accident. It takes practice with the right materials and the right mentor. It can also be the thing that opens the doors to the best colleges and the most generous financial aid packages. Don't wait until the last minute to prepare for such an important test. Let me help you achieve your maximum potential.

Working on a paper for school? Great writing is 10% writing and 90% rewriting. There is no such thing as a final draft because there is always room for improvement. But it takes a discerning eye to know where improvements can be made and how to edit and rewrite a paper so it turns out to be a polished piece. Let me help you become a better writer! I know what to look for and can help you hone your writing talents.
Hello! My name is Denis and I love reading and writing. I can help you learn to love reading and writing as well! Want to ace the SAT or ACT? Write the perfect college entrance essay? Hire a professional journalist to help you!

Writing is part art, part science, but most of all, it's just hard work. And it's helpful to have a mentor
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Typically for SAT and ACT test preparation I do require a minimum 90 minute tutoring session.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Saint Paul, MN 55126
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great Tutor! Very accommodating to schedules, very informed about subject matter"

- Theresa, Saint Paul, MN on 6/10/14

"Good Results"

- Cody, Cottage Grove, MN on 12/9/14

"A patient, talented, and knowledgeable tutor"

- Zeling, Saint Paul, MN on 11/2/13
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
College Counseling,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
Speech
Elementary Education:
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Tennis

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

I did well on the ACT English test back when I took the test myself, and I know I could help you become more proficient in English and do well on your test. My friends over the years have called me "The Word Guy" for my fondness for words and my ability to turn a phrase. I can help you do the same. And let's face it: Scoring well on the ACT exam can open the door to the right colleges and the strongest aid packages. Spending the time to do well on the ACT is well worth the investment!

ACT Reading

I was an English major at Hamline University who graduated with Honors in English and also traveled to Taos, New Mexico to study author D.H. Lawrence. I did well on the ACT test back when I took the test myself, and I know I could help you become more proficient in reading and do well on your test. My friends over the years have called me "The Word Guy" for my fondness for words and my ability to turn a phrase. But I also have a voracious appetite for reading. I can help you practice so you can do well on the ACT test, too.

College Counseling

When I was at Hamline University I was in the Presidential Scholar group on campus, a select group of students that had a specific scholarship based on merit and also met on a weekly basis to discuss topics. As a senior, I was on the review committee for prospective freshmen applying for this scholarship and I read and evaluated all the applicants' essays to weigh in on the most qualified candidates. Since graduating from Hamline one of the areas of expertise that I have focused on as a tutor is working with high school students as they are crafting their college admission essays to ensure that their essay reflects their very best performance and that their respective institutions give them the consideration as a candidate that they deserve.

English

I started college at Hamline University thinking that I would become certified to become a high school English teacher, but I decided to go into journalism instead. With my English major I was able to spend the bulk of my class time reading Shakespeare, Jane Austen and other authors for class prep and discussing those same authors in seminars with other students who were as fond of great literature as I was. I love great literature and I admire great writing. I can help you conquer English just as I graduated magna cum laude from Hamline. With hard work and dedication, you can excel in English as well.

Literature

I was an English major at Hamline University who graduated with Honors in English and also traveled to Taos, New Mexico to study author D.H. Lawrence. My friends over the years have called me "The Word Guy" for my fondness for words and my ability to turn a phrase. But I also have a voracious appetite for reading. I have a knack for dissecting tough passages and explaining the writing of authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Shakespeare in easy to understand language. I can help you tackle those challenging AP classes with finesse and improve your appreciation and enjoyment of an otherwise difficult assignment.

Proofreading

As the editor of two neighborhood newspapers, proofreading is something I do on a regular basis. The ability to proofread an assignment for school, an essay for college admission, or any other document is a skill that is an acquired talent. Not only is this something I do as part of my main profession, but it's something I have been doing for the last 35 years, having been the editor of my college newspaper and my high school newspaper as well. I can help you become a better proofreader and can also help you improve your writing assignments in the process.

Public Speaking

I participated in both speech and debate in high school, winning awards for both non-original oratory and extemporaneous speaking, and I also currently make periodic oral presentations at both the Midway Chamber of Commerce meetings as well as the Longfellow Business Association. Public speaking is the type of activity is that 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration - meaning, that after conceiving of the idea for one's presentation, the important piece is practice, practice, practice until the speaker is ready to make the presentation to the audience. In more recent years I have also judged debate tournaments for local high school teams.

Reading

My son struggled with dyslexia as a youngster and even though I have always enjoyed reading and spend a good share of my professional life reading copy for the newspapers I publish, I realize that reading doesn't come naturally for everyone. Sometimes it can be a struggle and it helps to have someone provide some assistance. For my own son even though his mother and I gave him assistance with his homework, including his reading, it was sometimes easier for a tutor outside the home to offer assistance and to help him focus on his assignments. I can provide that assistance for your son or daughter.

SAT Reading

I was an English major at Hamline University who graduated with Honors in English and also traveled to Taos, New Mexico to study author D.H. Lawrence. My friends over the years have called me "The Word Guy" for my fondness for words and my ability to turn a phrase. But I also have a voracious appetite for reading. Currently, I'm working with a student who is working to improve her reading and writing skills in preparation for the SAT exam so she can achieve a top score. I can help you achieve a top score and gain admission to the college you desire and receive a stronger aid award as well.

Speech

While I was in high school, I was very active in forensics, participating in both speech and debate. I competed in extemporaneous speaking as well as non-original oratory. Since then I have acted as a judge for both speech and debate tournaments, critiquing students on their presentations as well as their evidence (in the case of debate tournaments). I also make presentations professionally, through my role as editor of two neighborhood newspapers. Last week, for example, I spoke to the Midway Lions club locally about our St. Paul newspaper and how they might be able to submit more publicity for their individual businesses and organizations.

Spelling

My older sister went to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Spelling Bee when she was in elementary school and while I can't say I made it that far in competition, spelling is something that comes fairly easily for me. As a journalist, good spelling is a very important skill...being able to turn in copy with relatively few grammatical and spelling errors is critical. Beyond that, much of what makes one a good speller is purely knowing when to double-check words that may be suspect. That old adage about an ounce of prevention comes to mind at this point! In the study skills aspect of working on spelling much of what needs to happen is practice, practice, practice. I can help!

Study Skills

I started at Hamline University working towards certification to teach and was exposed to a variety of content regarding study skills and best practices. As it turned out, I ended up majoring in English and going into journalism, but have always thought of myself as a teacher, working with young writers, helping them improve their writing and English skills. Today, I tutor several students who are preparing for the SAT or the ACT, but also trying to improve their study skills practices so they can do better in school. Lastly, I am fortunate to have several family members as teachers--my daughter in middle school special education, and my daughter-in-law who works with English Language Learners in an urban elementary school--whom I rely on for advice on helping my students improve their study skills practices on a case-by-case basis.

Tennis

I belong to Senior Tennis Players Club of Minnesota and play doubles 3 times a week. I am the captain of two tennis groups that play at White Bear High School on Monday nights and Saturday mornings in the spring, summer and fall. I've played tennis for the past 45 years, although the game has changed quite dramatically with racquet technology and topspin. I have had a number of lessons and drills specializing in doubles technique, shot making, groundstrokes, serves, net play, and many other strategies, both mental and physical, for being successful in today's game of tennis.

Vocabulary

Over the years, some of my acquaintances have called me the "Word Man" due to my command of language. But being adept in vocab is not only about using big words, it's also about knowing what those words mean and when to use them. If you're struggling with vocabulary I can help you.

Writing

As an editor with 30 years of experience in publishing neighborhood newspapers, writing is what I do every day for my profession. It's both fun and hard work at the very same time. And my reporters and my colleagues that I work with say I'm very good at what I do! Whether it's an essay for college admission or an essay about what Shakespeare intended in "Hamlet," I can help you become a better writer.

Hamline University, St. Paul
English
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Graduate Coursework

Education

Hamline University, St. Paul (English)

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (Graduate Coursework)

Great Tutor! Very accommodating to schedules, very informed about subject matter

My son took the ACT test and wanted to see if he could improve his score. Denis W. tutored my son mainly in English and Writing but hit other areas as well. He was very accommodating to my son's schedule and was very thorough in his training. He took the time needed to help him prepare to do well. He was very patient and knew the things that had to be studied. He also helped him prepare for t

— Theresa, Saint Paul, MN on 6/10/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Typically for SAT and ACT test preparation I do require a minimum 90 minute tutoring session.

Travel policy

Denis will travel within 10 miles of Saint Paul, MN 55126.