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Cara K.

Freehold, NJ

$55/hour

Attorney, English Professor who enjoys working w/ H.S. students

20+ Hours
4.9 average from 17 ratings
Excellent Tutor!
— Nonna, Morganville, NJ on 4/22/15

$55/Hour


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Hunter College
language arts
Brooklyn Law School
J.D.

Education

Hunter College (language arts)

Brooklyn Law School (J.D.)

About Cara

Greetings,

Here is an experienced attorney (licensed in 1 state, 1 U.S. territory and Federal courts) who has specialized in writing decisions for judges and motions for other attorneys for many years -- eventually branching out into writing full-time. After revising two complete Federal government regulations and working as Speechwriter, I returned to the United States as a published author and professional editor to teach ENGL 095, 121 and 122 for more than four years at Brookdale Community College. I have also taught Business Law at Strayer University as well as different Legal courses at Middlesex County College in New Jersey and Legal Writing at the University of Memphis School of Law.

College and High School Students -- I work with high school students on writing assignments as well as their university entrance essays, college students in U.S.A. and other countries who seek to use proper English on different academic subjects and younger students who simply need help to improve their spelling and grammar. Indeed, one Monmouth County high school student with whom I worked for several months was chosen for early acceptance at her first choice university!

Law -- I help law students focus on core principles. I also edit professionally for all kinds of writers -- from doctors to record producers. Easy to work with, sophisticated yet friendly, I am the right choice if you or your student needs help finding the 'inner voice,' formulating thoughts and expressing them properly on paper.

English as a Second Language -- A pan-cultural writer who believes that literacy is the first and most important step to success in all facets of life, I have lived around the world and been exposed to many different cultures and languages. I understand how difficult English is to learn for non-native speakers. I have developed my own methods for teaching how to grasp the most important concepts of speaking and writing English with ease.

Adult Spelling Bee Champion.
Greetings,

Here is an experienced attorney (licensed in 1 state, 1 U.S. territory and Federal courts) who has specialized in writing decisions for judges and motions for other attorneys for many years -- eventually branching out into writing full-time. After revising two complete Federal government regulations and working as
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Policies
Cancellation
5 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Freehold, NJ 07728

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Nonna, Morganville, NJ on 4/22/15
English:
ACT English, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, Bar Exam,
LSAT, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Writing
History:
Criminal Justice,
Government & Politics, Political Science,
Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Spelling,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Law,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Bar Exam

I graduated from a prestigious law school within three years while working for a law firm both part-time during the academic years and every summer. I passed both the New York State and Territory of Guam Bar Exams on my first attempts. I believe the key to success on most bar examinations is reading comprehension and one's ability to choose between two of the best answers, when only slight difference exists. With some exceptions, this is more important than one's actual knowledge of specific laws, which bar examiners know graduates will learn once they begin actual practice of law. It is one's ability to hone in carefully on those fine points of difference in multiple choice answers that guarantees success.

Criminal Justice

An attorney for many years who is licensed to practice both in State and all Federal District Courts, I am quite familiar with basic and advanced concepts taught in Criminal Justice courses. Beginning with Constitutional rights and guarantees, such as Sixth Amendment right to counsel, Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate oneself and to confront one's witnesses, entire history of the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure, 'fruit of the poisonous tree,' 'in plain view,' to permissible behavior for law enforcement officers, such as: what is a "Terry stop?", what constitutes a confession obtained under duress?, arrest procedure and rules of evidence.

English

Published author, former Speechwriter, 5 years teaching both remedial and basic English Composition at college level.

ESL/ESOL

I have been teaching English as a Second Language to people since I was 20 years old. In full disclosure, I have not trained for and am not certified to teach ESL. I have helped friends, colleagues and small groups in USA and other countries learn and improve their spoken and verbal English skills, including proper pronunciation. It helps that I have lived all around the world and do speak a smattering of about ten languages.

Grammar

You don't need to know the phrases we English 'geeks' use to identify parts of speech: predicates, participles, subordinate conjunctions. Your basic English vocabulary will help you build proper grammar and syntax habits, so that you get your point across with clarity, saying what you mean in a way that your reader, teacher or intended audience will understand what you have to say. I've got tips and tricks and have been doing this for a very long time; I am one of those people who love grammar!

Law

Well-rounded, experienced former Federal government attorney who has worked in Washington, DC as well as overseas. Has taught Legal Writing at U. Memphis School of Law. Able to simplify complex subject matter into comprehensible form -- avoids legalese at all costs.

Political Science

I have been a former U.S. attorney for many years. I have taught Political Science at Middlesex County College and Business, Law and Corporate Governance at Strayer University. I am an expert in the legislative process (including legislative intent); how bills become law; 3 branches of government; history of political parties, theory and history of governance systems in modern world.

Proofreading

After decades of writing and editing for self and others, it is said about me, and correctly, that "I can catch a typo" at 1000 yards. When I teach English Composition at the college level or tutor younger students, I advise against relying on spell check or grammar check.

Spelling

Adult Spelling Bee Champion.... I owe my excellent spelling skills to a life-long love of reading anything and everything, from classics to milk cartons to 'wet floor' signs, and not always in English. Having more than a little knowledge of Romance and Northern European languages as well as having lived in the Pacific Rim, I have great respect for good spelling, knowing as I do that it does not come naturally to most students because English is such a hodgepodge of so many older languages. In fact, I sometimes discourage my students from using Spell-Check because I find it causes more harm than good to writers.

Vocabulary

Extremely well-read attorney, published writer and instructor of both English Composition and Legal Writing. Tips for building vocabulary as well as why you should not use spell check ever.

Writing

A noticeably good writer since I was young, I did not know when graduating from law school that I would specialize in helping other attorneys and judges in providing good writing for them. Sadly, the legal profession does not have a monopoly on poor writing skills, and they should not hold you back from success in your academic or business career. I have taught both English Composition and Legal Writing for many years, can teach any-aged person from any background, so that you will soon see improvement in the clarity and coherence of your written work. No question is dumb -- I realize that writing is hard to do, I do it for a living.

Hunter College
language arts
Brooklyn Law School
J.D.

Education

Hunter College (language arts)

Brooklyn Law School (J.D.)

Excellent Tutor!

Cara is a very conscientious tutor. She is very easy to interact with and goes above and beyond to help our daughter improve her writing skills. She is very patient, encouraging and thorough and provides valuable guidance to help our daughter write polished essays while keeping her voice preserved. I would highly recommend Cara as a writing tutor.

— Nonna, Morganville, NJ on 4/22/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cara will travel within 15 miles of Freehold, NJ 07728.