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Ben F.

Metuchen, NJ

$55/hour

Ivy grad, adjunct prof, adcom expert -- I help you write better!

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 10/16/14
4.0 average from 1 ratings

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Wesleyan University
Film
Columbia University
Master's

Education

Wesleyan University (Film)

Columbia University (Master's)

About Ben

Worried about your college or grad school application? Struggling with essays or short answers? Tired of reviewing vocab flashcards on a four-inch iPhone screen? Hire a tutor with a lifetime of experience in making writing better -- but also making it fun! I've been writing nonstop since the fourth grade, when I wrote a poem (and had my middle school English teacher accuse me of plagiarizing it!). Since then, I have coached rising entrepreneurs, professional Hollywood screenwriters and students from every conceivable walk of life, always with the same focus -- making writing better.

Clear, persuasive writing doesn't come out of a textbook -- it comes from the mind of the student. As a tutor, my role is to strengthen critical thinking and close reading skills which can then be applied to any test or problem. I pride myself on being friendly but firm, having fun without losing sight of the bottom line -- we're here to learn. I promise to do my very best for your student, because nothing puts a smile on my face like watching a student excel for the first time.
Worried about your college or grad school application? Struggling with essays or short answers? Tired of reviewing vocab flashcards on a four-inch iPhone screen? Hire a tutor with a lifetime of experience in making writing better -- but also making it fun! I've been writing nonstop since Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Metuchen, NJ 08840
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development,
College Counseling,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Video Production
History:
American History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development,
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Career Development

I have worked at an educational consulting firm for over five years, during which I reviewed many professional resumes and consulted on career arcs, advancement, and leadership development. I also coach resume writing for volunteer organizations through NY Cares.

College Counseling

I have worked for the last five years for an educational consulting firm called Forster-Thomas. In that time I have worked on thousands of essays with hundreds of candidates to business school, film school, law school and college.

English

My five years as a professional educational consultant have made me extremely efficient at improving grammar, using the active voice instead of the passive voice, eliminating run on sentences, et cetera.

I am also an award-winning creative writer with numerous completed film and television scripts, as well as non-fiction pieces. Finally, I studied English and film theory at Wesleyan University and Columbia MFA and graduated cum laude.

Film

I have produced dozens of films, both freelance and as part of larger companies like Sony Pictures and Nickelodeon. I produced an independent feature film, which debuted in 2012. My screenplays have placed in national competitions a half dozen times, and my short films have screened at dozens of film festivals. I have taught film at Columbia University and Curry College, and hold an MFA from Columbia and a film BA from Wesleyan.

Video Production

I have produced dozens of videos, both freelance and as part of larger companies like Sony Pictures and Nickelodeon. I produced an independent feature film, which debuted in 2012. I have taught film at Columbia University and Curry College, and hold an MFA from Columbia.

Writing

My five years as a professional educational consultant have made me extremely efficient at improving grammar, using the active voice instead of the passive voice, eliminating run on sentences, et cetera.

I am also an award-winning creative writer with numerous completed film and television scripts, as well as non-fiction pieces. Finally, I studied English and film theory at Wesleyan University and the Columbia MFA program and graduated cum laude.

Wesleyan University
Film
Columbia University
Master's

Education

Wesleyan University (Film)

Columbia University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ben will travel within 20 miles of Metuchen, NJ 08840.