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Joan M.

Phillipsburg, NJ


Patient tutor with affinity for special needs students, SAT prep, etc

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 4/17/12
4.7 average from 21 ratings
Good tutor
— Elizabeth, Easton, PA on 4/16/13

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Thomas Edison State College


Thomas Edison State College (Journalism)

About Joan

I'm an experienced, published author with a BA/Journalism. I tutor students of all ages in reading, grammar, spelling, punctuation, content, help with writing assignments, and also proofread written papers. I am CRLA Certified College Reading Level
Association and I currently tutor at a local college and also tutor elementary school students. I like to help my students think and put their thoughts on paper; I help them formulate ideas and love to see their work through to fruition. My sense of humor is an added bonus.
I'm an experienced, published author with a BA/Journalism. I tutor students of all ages in reading, grammar, Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Good tutor"

- Elizabeth, Easton, PA on 4/16/13

"Very helpful"

- Sylvio, Bethlehem, PA on 3/28/13
Joan replied on 4/17/2013

Yes your wife and I work very well together! I am helping her with her writing assignments and showing her how to add content and make the paper as cohesive as possible!

"Very polite"

- Reena, Stewartsville, NJ on 3/25/13
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Microsoft Word
Criminal Justice
Microsoft Word

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Criminal Justice

I have several college students that I tutor in the criminal justice area. I am familiar with all types of crime, punishment, jail systems and the various studies that track criminal conduct and prosecution. Most recently I assisted a student with a paper about Fire and Arson and what would cause someone to become an arsonist or a serial arsonist. Much of the material requires careful reading and evaluation by the student so I can assist them to understand what they need to know for their class discussion, tests and papers.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a BA/Journalism and am a published author. Additionally, a certified substitute teacher, I currently tutor college level students. My personality, experience, and love of my students of any age make me a great tutor. I can teach students with special needs and those that do not speak English as a first language. I can relate to everyone and make the subjects interesting and fun while learning. Since I am a mother of two grown children, I know the challenges and rewards that come with learning and make it my mission to encourage and praise students.

My love of learning is lifelong and I keep current with all types of activity, including reading, writing, and current events.


Again, my background in writing and journalism gives me the experience to teach the proper use of the language and all of its variables.


Proper use of grammar in all types of writing. From verb tenses to proper nouns, I know what to do, how it should be written and am an expert.


There are so many books that are classics and should always have a place in our world.
They stand the test of time and are well written in addition to an example of great writing. I love to read and have many books in my home; I keep them to reread and consider them a comfort. A real book will never take the place of a computer in my opinion.


Most important is the finished format of the written report, proposal or email. Misspelled words or improper grammar is not a good thing and does not appear professional.


I have tutored several students in Psych over the last several years. I also know how to guide the student to write a cohesive research paper using proper APA formatting. Additionally I have tutored students in Abnormal Psych.


Reading is the basis for all we do in life. No matter what we need to read, we need to know how. I am a lover of reading; ever since I can recall I have read anything and everything that interests me. Examining content is important while reading and I can show you how.

SAT Reading

SAT reading prep is important to the student because they have to know how to read and comprehend the subject matter in order to answer the questions. I have reading comp exercises I provide to the student to help them study and succeed for the SAT reading portion.

SAT Writing

Writing is the basis for all things we do whether we realize it or not. Good writing is essential, especially in the technology age; emails, texts, etc. are a fast way to communicate and in the business world it is professional and needed to have good writing skills. I can help your child learn to write and write well. I am a published author and have experience with writing of all types, especially my college students, from research papers to fiction to thesis statements. I also have experience with elementary students and teaching them how to write.

Study Skills

I have helped college students with study skills for several years. I teach them how to take notes in class, how to use those notes to study for an exam and how to glean important subject information from their textbook. Study skills are the key to preparing and mastering the course and the test.

I help my students realize that the key to great study skills is notetaking as well as paying close attention to what is being said in class. I also tell my students that partnering with another student to study can also help them master the material.


I believe the more words one knows how to use properly, the more well-rounded one becomes. I still use the old fashioned dictionary in addition to spell check because sometimes I learn a new word or two.


As a writer for most of my life, I know how words work together for the best outcome. I am a published author with articles in Cat Fancy Magazine, a local newspaper, magazine and press releases. I love to write. I am passionate about the written word and how to help students master the skill. Writing is important to communicate whether it is via email or a written report or proposal.

Thomas Edison State College


Thomas Edison State College (Journalism)

Good tutor — Joan tutored my daughter for SAT English. She came prepared with vocabulary and was generally very helpful. My daughter liked her very much. ...

— Elizabeth, Easton, PA on 4/16/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Joan will travel within 25 miles of Phillipsburg, NJ 08865.