Trent University (English)
Western Michigan University (Master's)
I am a professional writer with an MFA in fiction. I taught college writing for four years while I was getting my master's (a three-year degree, and I taught for one year after that). This extensive experience as a teacher, as well as a passion for writing, helps me create thoughtful lesson plans that stimulate students and improve their skills. Paragraph structure and logical flow within an essay are two of my main areas of focus, but of course, it's important to rid the writing of any other technical problems that would interfere with a reader's enjoyment. All of this takes effort and concentration, but it does for any writer -- one of my themes is that writing isn't easy for anyone, so feelings of discouragement are normal.
Writing well comes from reading consistently, so I encourage students to read a wide variety of texts, from pop culture articles to serious literature. Reading widely helps develop vocabulary and awareness of grammar and other conventions. I always try to find material to match individual students' interests -- this is one of the pleasures of tutoring, helping to introduce students to writers that inspire them and prove that writing well is worth all the hard work it takes. I am a professional writer with an MFA in fiction. I taught college writing for four years while I was getting my master's (a three-year degree, and I taught for one year after that). This extensive experience as a teacher, as well as a passion for writing, helps me create thoughtful lesson plans that stimulate students and improve their skills.
Kristy is a very sophisticated writing tutor who helped with editing and organizing a piece of writing. She helped with focus of argument, appropriate word choices and polishing the overall flow of the piece. She is a very good listener and facilitates the student in crafting his/her own argument. She also helps with incisive comments in situations where a student needs a second opinion on a piece that he/she has already written. She is also extremely punctual and works well with teenagers.
Kristy thinks of interesting writing assignments. She always comes to the lesson with an assortment of different ideas. She is fun, energetic, and very knowledgeable. Her lessons go beyond "SAT prep". She is teaching my daughter to be more aware of different ways of using language, and different writing styles.
Kristy is very kind hearted and such a great listener. She pays attention to details and helped me construct my assignments with innovative ideas and words of encouragement. She gave a lot of examples, critiqued my angle of approach, and complemented on my progress. With her guidance, I was able to complete my business writing assignments early, and with positive results. I highly recommend Kristy for any college or professional level business writing work.
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As a professional writer with an MFA in creative writing, I bring plenty of experience when helping students prepare their college application essays. For two years while getting my master's, I taught Freshman Composition, laying out the guidelines for effective essay structure. I help students produce essays that don't rely on generalizations or cliches, but dig deeply into their own ideas and experience. Discovering an exciting theme to develop, and working until the essay is error-free and polished, is a satisfying and obtainable objective.
I tested in the 97th percentile in Verbal on the GRE (the SAT for graduate school) and in the 94th percentile for the Subject test, in English. My writing and literature knowledge is exceptional, and I also have a good understanding of the strategy behind the SAT (and GRE). I believe I can give a very strong foundation with which to approach the writing section of the test.
I am a published writer (New York Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, Time Out New York, and many other places) and also a teacher of writing. I have an MFA in fiction and am constantly involved with writing -- helping students to improve theirs, or working on my own. Teaching writing has been a true love of mine, and I have found many techniques to help students feel more engaged by their subjects and more confident in their writing skills. More than anything I try to transfer my passion for working with words, and the deep meaning writing can have for you if you find the patience to conquer its complexities.