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A.J. N.

Expert Writing Tutor (Former Attorney and Ivy-trained Journalist)

Expert Writing Tutor (Former Attorney and Ivy-trained Journalist)

$130/hour

  • 199 hours tutoring

  • Princeton, NJ 08542

About A.J.


Bio

Writing well is the key to success in school and beyond. Whether you’re aiming for better grades in school, higher scores on standardized tests, college application essays that stand out, or better results in the workplace, improving your writing is the key to achieving those goals.

Despite the importance of writing well, most students are taught very little about how to do it. Their knowledge of grammar is minimal; their vocabularies are poor. They have little experience in writing...

Writing well is the key to success in school and beyond. Whether you’re aiming for better grades in school, higher scores on standardized tests, college application essays that stand out, or better results in the workplace, improving your writing is the key to achieving those goals.

Despite the importance of writing well, most students are taught very little about how to do it. Their knowledge of grammar is minimal; their vocabularies are poor. They have little experience in writing clearly-structured essays. As a tutor, my goal is not only to help students with their current classes and assignments, but to give students a better understanding of the techniques and rules that will improve their writing for the rest of their lives.

Finding the right tutor to help you achieve your goals can be challenging. Just as every student has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses, every tutor has a different style and approach. My approach is to discuss the student’s needs, identify the areas that a student needs to work on, and customize a plan that will not only address those weaknesses, but also build on areas of strength. To create an effective plan, I carefully choose materials that the student will find engaging. Some students like humor; some like sports or pop culture or some other topic. I tailor my tutoring to a student’s interests in order to bolster the student’s motivation and enjoyment. My extensive knowledge of language arts materials allows me to provide a customized tutoring experience for you or your child, one that can produce dramatic results in a very short time.

To fully understand my approach to tutoring, it helps to know a bit about my background. Writing is in my blood. I come from a family of writers--biographers, poets, novelists, historians and journalists. I grew up surrounded by books and writers. This instilled an enduring love of language and its beauty, complexity and precision. While living in Canada, I received degrees in Economics and Law. I practiced law in Canada and the US, before switching career tracks and receiving a Master's in Journalism from Columbia University.

Many years later I discovered my second passion--education. The education of my two children (currently in grades 5 and 10) has been my top priority since they were born. A tireless researcher, I looked into every one of the schools in my area, both public and private, and chose the best school that I could find. For a while I was satisfied, but over the years I became increasingly frustrated until one day I reluctantly realized that if I wanted my children to get an education that was a perfect fit, I would have to do it myself. That’s how I became a home educator. I’ve been homeschooling my older child for the past seven years with tremendous success. Through my years of experience as a home educator, I’ve become an expert in educational resources. I’m frequently called on to provide teachers with recommendations for curricular resources. I also advise parents on enrichment materials and activities. As a natural outgrowth of my interest in schools, education and writing, I started editing students’ essays for both college and high school applications. Application essays require a type of writing that is foreign to most students and can be particularly stressful, so I find it very satisfying to be able to help students to show their true talents and personalities.

I hope that this explanation gives you a general idea about how I approach tutoring. Of course every student is unique, and I would be happy to discuss your particular needs. I prepare thoroughly for every tutoring session and will work with you to come up with the most cost-effective ways to achieve your goals. Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have.


Education

McGill and University of British Columbia
Economics
University of British Columbia
J.D.
Columbia University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $130
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Princeton, NJ 08542
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Grammar, Vocabulary

English

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

English, SAT Reading, Writing

Most Popular

English, Writing

Other

College Counseling

College Counseling

This year my students have been admitted to Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Amherst, and Williams, as well as many other fine colleges. I have also advised students applying to selective high schools and a wide variety of graduate and professional schools. I can assist students at every stage of the application process, but the majority of my time is devoted to helping students with the part that they usually find the most difficult—writing the application essays. While the application essays can be a huge challenge to write, they are the student’s best opportunity to make his or her application come to life. To stand out in the crowded field of college applicants, students need to write essays that effectively showcase their unique personalities and accomplishments. The ideal time for a student to seek my input on college application essays is before choosing a topic fort he Common Application essay. However, I can help students regardless of whether they are just starting to think about topics or have already written a complete essay. I am a thorough and meticulous editor, but I believe that it’s essential that students’essays be written in their own authentic voices. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your particular needs.

Summer

Writing

Test Preparation

College Counseling,

College Counseling

This year my students have been admitted to Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Amherst, and Williams, as well as many other fine colleges. I have also advised students applying to selective high schools and a wide variety of graduate and professional schools. I can assist students at every stage of the application process, but the majority of my time is devoted to helping students with the part that they usually find the most difficult—writing the application essays. While the application essays can be a huge challenge to write, they are the student’s best opportunity to make his or her application come to life. To stand out in the crowded field of college applicants, students need to write essays that effectively showcase their unique personalities and accomplishments. The ideal time for a student to seek my input on college application essays is before choosing a topic fort he Common Application essay. However, I can help students regardless of whether they are just starting to think about topics or have already written a complete essay. I am a thorough and meticulous editor, but I believe that it’s essential that students’essays be written in their own authentic voices. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your particular needs.
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT

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Knowledgeable and efficient tutoring sessions

A.J. helped my son with his college application essay and she made the process as painless as possible. Her method of coming up with a topic was very effective and it made the transition from first draft to final draft relatively easy. She is a meticulous proofreader and really helped bring out the best in his writing. A.J. was super quick to respond to each and every question and email. I couldn’t have chosen a better tutor for the job!

Julie, 3 lessons with A.J.

Very fast response

AJ is great with turnaround. She understands the pressure of the application process and always seems to turn material around very quickly. We really appreciate it!

Karen, 5 lessons with A.J.

Wonderful tutor

I could not be any happier about the knowledge I gained in my 2 lessons with A.J. She helped me tremendously on my personal statement for graduate school. I would definitely recommend booking a lesson with her!!

Hannah, 1 lesson with A.J.

Great tutor

We are very happy with A.J. She really knows how this process works and she is very focused. A.J. has great skills in the interface with the student to bring out the insight and passion required to write an effective essay.

Joe, 5 lessons with A.J.

Very helpful

We went over my essay, and she pointed out my use of vocabulary is not good. It is very helpful. I look forward to have more lesson with her.

Annabelle, 15 lessons with A.J.
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$130/hour

A.J. N.

$130/hour

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