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Dorothy P.

Yale Grad Tutor: Spanish Language, Writing, Grammar Wizard

Yale Grad Tutor: Spanish Language, Writing, Grammar Wizard

$65/hour

  • 419 hours tutoring

  • Hillsborough, NC 27278

About Dorothy


Bio

I am a former adjunct professor of Spanish at The New School for Social Research, Einstein College of Medicine, and Princeton Adult School, I have also taught Spanish at Columbia University's Chazen School of Business, IBM, and New York Medical College. As a writer and editor, I have edited several published books and written many articles, and works of both nonfiction and fiction. My literary translation from Spanish has been published in The Sewanee Review of Literature and other magazines....

I am a former adjunct professor of Spanish at The New School for Social Research, Einstein College of Medicine, and Princeton Adult School, I have also taught Spanish at Columbia University's Chazen School of Business, IBM, and New York Medical College. As a writer and editor, I have edited several published books and written many articles, and works of both nonfiction and fiction. My literary translation from Spanish has been published in The Sewanee Review of Literature and other magazines. I earned my BA at Yale University and I'm in my thesis year for my MFA in Creative Writing at the University of the South.

Spanish Tutor: I wrote my own book on beginning Spanish grammar for medical students at Einstein College of Medicine, and for many years I was a Spanish language curriculum developer at Manhattan's Latin American Workshop language school. I use a communicative approach and prepare personalized online study tools for my students, including "talking" flash cards, animated power points, and exercises tailored to the student's needs and curriculum. I work with high school through adult students.

Writing, Grammar, Language Arts: I teach grammar, punctuation, and writing and reading comprehension skills to students 15 to adult. I was a marketing writer for Sports Illustrated, Time International, and wrote editorial copy for The Westchester Wedding Planner and Interview magazine. Academic writing, especially in the area of English literature, is a specialty (APA and Chicago styles). I help my students learn to conceptualize and plan their writing projects, understand essay and story structure, and develop their creative instincts and curiosity. In addition to my work with students, I have edited books for Fortune 500 executives, and coach businesspeople who want to learn how to write more effective memos, reports and presentations.

Whatever subject I'm teaching, I'm sensitive to different learning styles and adapt my approach to the individual student.

I prefer to schedule weekly or bi-weekly meetings at a regular hour and for a minimum of four meetings scheduled in advance, except for the first lesson which is our chance to see if we are a good match as tutor and student. All classes are online, and require a (free) fifteen minute set up meeting to make sure our technology is working. For online classes, you need a private room where you won't be interrupted, a fast internet connection, and headphones (preferably with built-in mic).
Let's talk. I look forward to meeting you!


Education

Yale University
BA, Language and Literature
The University of the South, Sewanee School of Letters
Masters

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $65 for in-person / $65 for online
  • Rate details: I teach online only. Group rates are $30 per person for groups of 3-5
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/15/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is beautiful, and you can learn how to use it not only correctly, but to put more power into your writing. I am a devotee of Mignon Fogarty, and I love explaining to students why words and how we use them matter. Have a specific issue? Let's have a flash lesson online! Want to work more long-term? That's fine, too. I will review texts you have written, and offer exercises that I design to gently break you of bad habits, both in your speech and your writing. I know that grammar is the map, not the territory, but we have to learn them before we break them. Let me show you why grammar is beautiful!
Spanish

Spanish

I have a BA in Foreign Languages from Yale University, and am a candidate for a MFA in Creative Writing (2018) at The University of the South. I've taught Spanish language, grammar and literature for 24 years, 17 of those at the University level. Specialties: Spanish for health care providers and educators. We establish goals together, and I personalize your class so that you reach them. Studying language is good for your mind!

Elementary Education

Grammar

Grammar

Grammar is beautiful, and you can learn how to use it not only correctly, but to put more power into your writing. I am a devotee of Mignon Fogarty, and I love explaining to students why words and how we use them matter. Have a specific issue? Let's have a flash lesson online! Want to work more long-term? That's fine, too. I will review texts you have written, and offer exercises that I design to gently break you of bad habits, both in your speech and your writing. I know that grammar is the map, not the territory, but we have to learn them before we break them. Let me show you why grammar is beautiful!

English

English,

English

Hello! I won my BA in Language and Literature from Yale University and I am in the thesis year of my Masters in Creative Writing from The University of the South. I help aspiring writers express themselves more powerfully and effectively. What does your writing need? I will be your critic and ally, spotting weakness in sentence and essay structure, thesis development, and vocabulary use. Let's focus on reading like writers, employing rhetorical techniques, understanding literary terminology. Are you a corporate writer? Let's see how to pare down your style for effective memos, reports and performance reviews. Writing is the way we form ideas, convey ideas and convince other people our ideas are engaging and good. Let's see what we can do together to sharpen your pen.
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is beautiful, and you can learn how to use it not only correctly, but to put more power into your writing. I am a devotee of Mignon Fogarty, and I love explaining to students why words and how we use them matter. Have a specific issue? Let's have a flash lesson online! Want to work more long-term? That's fine, too. I will review texts you have written, and offer exercises that I design to gently break you of bad habits, both in your speech and your writing. I know that grammar is the map, not the territory, but we have to learn them before we break them. Let me show you why grammar is beautiful!
Writing

Writing

My work with aspiring writers, be they adults or young students, focuses on process, grammar , structure, vocabulary enhancement and style. I help young students prepare for AP English by learning the parts of speech, important vocabulary (taken directly from the pages of the AP test), and the important ideas of rhetoric, constructing an argumentative essay, terms used in literary analysis, and reviewing common grammar errors. The most interesting and often difficult task to tackle is writing process and style. Here, I focus on ways to approach a writing assignments, warm-up exercises, how to come up with a good idea, a solid thesis statement, and how to express ideas in a powerful way that conveys the author's personality and is engaging for the reader. Work with me involves dedication to doing assignments and keeping a writer's notebook. While I will focus on current assignments with student, I do not see my role as an editor of essays. My goal is to help the student become a stronger writer through guided practice.

Homeschool

English,

English

Hello! I won my BA in Language and Literature from Yale University and I am in the thesis year of my Masters in Creative Writing from The University of the South. I help aspiring writers express themselves more powerfully and effectively. What does your writing need? I will be your critic and ally, spotting weakness in sentence and essay structure, thesis development, and vocabulary use. Let's focus on reading like writers, employing rhetorical techniques, understanding literary terminology. Are you a corporate writer? Let's see how to pare down your style for effective memos, reports and performance reviews. Writing is the way we form ideas, convey ideas and convince other people our ideas are engaging and good. Let's see what we can do together to sharpen your pen.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have a BA in Foreign Languages from Yale University, and am a candidate for a MFA in Creative Writing (2018) at The University of the South. I've taught Spanish language, grammar and literature for 24 years, 17 of those at the University level. Specialties: Spanish for health care providers and educators. We establish goals together, and I personalize your class so that you reach them. Studying language is good for your mind!
Writing

Writing

My work with aspiring writers, be they adults or young students, focuses on process, grammar , structure, vocabulary enhancement and style. I help young students prepare for AP English by learning the parts of speech, important vocabulary (taken directly from the pages of the AP test), and the important ideas of rhetoric, constructing an argumentative essay, terms used in literary analysis, and reviewing common grammar errors. The most interesting and often difficult task to tackle is writing process and style. Here, I focus on ways to approach a writing assignments, warm-up exercises, how to come up with a good idea, a solid thesis statement, and how to express ideas in a powerful way that conveys the author's personality and is engaging for the reader. Work with me involves dedication to doing assignments and keeping a writer's notebook. While I will focus on current assignments with student, I do not see my role as an editor of essays. My goal is to help the student become a stronger writer through guided practice.

Language

Spanish

Spanish

I have a BA in Foreign Languages from Yale University, and am a candidate for a MFA in Creative Writing (2018) at The University of the South. I've taught Spanish language, grammar and literature for 24 years, 17 of those at the University level. Specialties: Spanish for health care providers and educators. We establish goals together, and I personalize your class so that you reach them. Studying language is good for your mind!

Most Popular

English,

English

Hello! I won my BA in Language and Literature from Yale University and I am in the thesis year of my Masters in Creative Writing from The University of the South. I help aspiring writers express themselves more powerfully and effectively. What does your writing need? I will be your critic and ally, spotting weakness in sentence and essay structure, thesis development, and vocabulary use. Let's focus on reading like writers, employing rhetorical techniques, understanding literary terminology. Are you a corporate writer? Let's see how to pare down your style for effective memos, reports and performance reviews. Writing is the way we form ideas, convey ideas and convince other people our ideas are engaging and good. Let's see what we can do together to sharpen your pen.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have a BA in Foreign Languages from Yale University, and am a candidate for a MFA in Creative Writing (2018) at The University of the South. I've taught Spanish language, grammar and literature for 24 years, 17 of those at the University level. Specialties: Spanish for health care providers and educators. We establish goals together, and I personalize your class so that you reach them. Studying language is good for your mind!
Writing

Writing

My work with aspiring writers, be they adults or young students, focuses on process, grammar , structure, vocabulary enhancement and style. I help young students prepare for AP English by learning the parts of speech, important vocabulary (taken directly from the pages of the AP test), and the important ideas of rhetoric, constructing an argumentative essay, terms used in literary analysis, and reviewing common grammar errors. The most interesting and often difficult task to tackle is writing process and style. Here, I focus on ways to approach a writing assignments, warm-up exercises, how to come up with a good idea, a solid thesis statement, and how to express ideas in a powerful way that conveys the author's personality and is engaging for the reader. Work with me involves dedication to doing assignments and keeping a writer's notebook. While I will focus on current assignments with student, I do not see my role as an editor of essays. My goal is to help the student become a stronger writer through guided practice.

Summer

Spanish,

Spanish

I have a BA in Foreign Languages from Yale University, and am a candidate for a MFA in Creative Writing (2018) at The University of the South. I've taught Spanish language, grammar and literature for 24 years, 17 of those at the University level. Specialties: Spanish for health care providers and educators. We establish goals together, and I personalize your class so that you reach them. Studying language is good for your mind!
Writing

Writing

My work with aspiring writers, be they adults or young students, focuses on process, grammar , structure, vocabulary enhancement and style. I help young students prepare for AP English by learning the parts of speech, important vocabulary (taken directly from the pages of the AP test), and the important ideas of rhetoric, constructing an argumentative essay, terms used in literary analysis, and reviewing common grammar errors. The most interesting and often difficult task to tackle is writing process and style. Here, I focus on ways to approach a writing assignments, warm-up exercises, how to come up with a good idea, a solid thesis statement, and how to express ideas in a powerful way that conveys the author's personality and is engaging for the reader. Work with me involves dedication to doing assignments and keeping a writer's notebook. While I will focus on current assignments with student, I do not see my role as an editor of essays. My goal is to help the student become a stronger writer through guided practice.

Ratings and Reviews


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Amazing tutor

Amazing! That is the best way to describe my lessons with Dorothy. Her positive attitude is contagious. Her lessons are easy to understand, and she is a great listener. I am looking forward to more lessons with her.

Josh, 4 lessons with Dorothy
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much, Josh. Being part of your Spanish journey is a privilege.

Excellent tutor for students passionate about learning

Extremely qualified tutor with excellent teaching techniques in both language and interpersonal skills. Patient, witty, encouraging and challenging. 5 stars.

Jere, 4 lessons with Dorothy
Tutor responded:

I thank you, Jere, for this lovely comment. You are a motivated and talented student of language, and therefore a complete joy to work with. :)

I really liked the method used to spark my conversation.

Thanks for the rules regarding what to do and not to do. I really enjoyed the practice and discourse review.

Monica, 2 lessons with Dorothy

Excellent; Highly Recommended

My son has worked with Dorothy for the past two school years. She is excellent and I would highly recommend her. She probes, (sometimes cajoles) and truly teaches. He leaves each lesson with not just how to do a particular assignment, but rather with something much more important- how to further his thinking. She is always prepared and takes an interest in his development.

Andrew, 103 lessons with Dorothy
Tutor responded:

Thank you very much, Andy! I hope that he is loving his first semester at MIT! Kind regards,

Fabulous Tutor!

Dorothy is an excellent teacher of Spanish. The classes are interesting, intellectually stimulating, and the time passes too quickly. She is highly recommended!

Ann, 26 lessons with Dorothy

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