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A.J. N.

Princeton, NJ

$120/hour

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

100+ Hours
5.0 average from 43 ratings
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— Joe, Red Hook, NY on 7/24/17

$120/Hour


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McGill and University of British Columbia
Economics
University of British Columbia
J.D.
Columbia University
Master's

Education

McGill and University of British Columbia (Economics)

University of British Columbia (J.D.)

Columbia University (Master's)

About A.J.

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.
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
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Princeton, NJ 08542

"Great tutor"

- Joe, Red Hook, NY on 7/24/17

"Very helpful"

- Annabelle, Pennington, NJ on 10/23/16
Math:
Elementary Math, Prealgebra
Science:
PSAT
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling,
PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Language:
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

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.

McGill and University of British Columbia
Economics
University of British Columbia
J.D.
Columbia University
Master's

Education

McGill and University of British Columbia (Economics)

University of British Columbia (J.D.)

Columbia University (Master's)

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, Red Hook, NY on 7/24/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $120.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

A.J. will travel within 10 miles of Princeton, NJ 08542.