Experienced and Patient Writing, Literature and Humanities Coach
Experienced and Patient Writing, Literature and Humanities Coach
I have been helping students of all abilities learn how to succeed since 1985. My experience teaching and developing college writing and literature courses, tutoring in a university writing center, helping found another and serving for over a decade as director of an after-school non-profit learning lab providing academic support in all subjects for high school students has enabled me to develop a variety of programs, strategies, courses and workshops designed to help students from all...
I have been helping students of all abilities learn how to succeed since 1985. My experience teaching and developing college writing and literature courses, tutoring in a university writing center, helping found another and serving for over a decade as director of an after-school non-profit learning lab providing academic support in all subjects for high school students has enabled me to develop a variety of programs, strategies, courses and workshops designed to help students from all walks of life succeed. With special expertise in writing, literature, language and the humanities, I understand that the best learning results from patient coaching and clear instruction rather than judgmental criticism.
As an academic coach, my goal is to develop independent learners. I help students understand how to approach projects and assignments so that their success with one challenge can lead to success with new tasks. My students learn to understand clearly what assignments are asking them to do and to organize their notes, classroom materials and study strategies to anticipate exactly what will be on the test. I love to see my students develop confidence and build a set of tools they can use in school, on the job and in life.
As a college professor I have taught students of all abilities, from struggling basic writers and English as a second language students to advanced literature scholars. Having studied Latin, Germanic, Romance and Celtic languages and literatures, I understand how to use language to create great writing. As a long-time writing teacher, my superpowers are organizing, revising, editing and proofreading--all practical skills any student can learn to do well. Because I have written tests and other academic assessments, I understand from the inside how to best anticipate and to prepare for them.
Please contact me to learn more and to schedule customized lessons from a writing, language and literature expert. During regular business hours, you can expect a prompt response.
Wonderful tutor, great to work with
We highly recommend Steven for tutoring in English: writing, editing reading comprehension, literature. He is superb! Steven has worked with our high school son and on occasion our college daughter. He has helped with all kinds of writing for different classes, English, vocabulary, grammar, SAT, ACT, college admission essays, presentations, editing, resumes, building self confidence and more. Spending many hours with Steven, in person, on the phone, and online, we can vouch for his excellent character as he is kind, patient, knowledgeable, honest, dependable, and really takes an interest in his clients. He has gone the extra mile for our son. We have used many tutors over the years and Steven by far surpasses all of them. He has gone beyond our expectations. Our son who always hated writing and English said, "Writing is fun." and "I've learned more this semester from Steven than in all my years of school in English." Steven has made himself completely available to our children 24/7 and they feel extremely comfortable calling on him. Our children will continue to call on Steven for help through college and through their journey in life.John, 143 lessons with Steven
In my first meeting with Steven as we kick off a more thorough and in-depth course of study, he very effectively summarized the high points of literary history necessary to get me current to our starting point. With simple detail and choice language he not only covered significant substantive ground, he made the lesson interesting and memorable. I'm sort of snobby and I was very impressed. I am looking forward to working with him much more.Lindsay, 4 lessons with Steven
Knowledgable and caring.
Steven is an amazing tutor. His individual lessons blend together to provide an overview on the building blocks of writing. His analysis and examples help my son understand how his own voice can be found and put down on paper.Jonathan, 11 lessons with Steven
My daughter was happy after her first lesson with Steven. He is enthusiastic and encouraging. He takes her interests into account for his lesson plan. I am glad that my daughter has the chance to learn with StevenTram, 24 lessons with Steven
Knowledgeable and Flexible
We reached out to Steven to help my daughter during college application process. First off he is very prompt and accommodating when we requested his time. His skills as an English tutor are excellent - organizing content, revising, editing, proof reading are top notch. He polished her drafts with such good recommendations that my daughter who is a perfectionist, was totally happy. We definitely recommend Steven as a tutor.Neelima, 9 lessons with Steven
Steven is an excellent teacher, and my son quickly got into the state of class. After the class, he told me that Steven taught very well and he was very willing to continue the following courses.Jessie, 97 lessons with Steven
Steven exceeds my expectations every time we call upon him for tutoring. He is engaging, technical, and theme focused. Could not ask for more. Thank you, Steven.Alicia, 15 lessons with Steven
Ex excellent beginning !!!!!
Excellent beginning,Made the process simple. Thank you very much. I certainly hear trepidation about even starting the writing process but now I’m more confident to this processNaomi, 129 lessons with Steven
Absolutely Fantastic Tutor
Steven has been working with our son who is a junior at college. He needed work on reading comprehension, organizing and planning papers, and strengthening his writing ability. Steven has made an enormous difference and our son is not only learning quickly but showing marked improvement in his work. He has been getting great grades and receiving strong, positive feedback from his professors. Steven is flexible, available when needed, and has formed a wonderful working relationship with him. Our son feels he is learning every time they work together. I cannot recommend Steven highly enough. We feel lucky to have him a part of our son's college life and helping to prepare him to be a really excellent writer once he is out in the working world.Sally, 22 lessons with Steven
Steven is a very professional, determined English teacher-professor. Not only he reviews regular SAT passages, he also helped our son in Scholastic and JFK award essay competition.INGA, 33 lessons with Steven
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