City University of New York, Brooklyn College (English)
Indiana University - Bloomington, IN (Master's)
I am a professional writer of commentary and literary essays. I have worked as a columnist and essayist for Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications, including NPR, and have had my blog posts picked up by various online and academic outlets. My writing is also featured in a nonprofit website and in an international European forum.
I am multilingual and I taught essay-writing, literature, and ESL at UNC. I have taught upper-level writing classes and writing workshops at other universities. I am also a judge of a literary contest, sponsored by a nonprofit.
I enjoy helping others improve their written and oral language skills and am gentle and encouraging of all student efforts. I offer a high level of skill when it comes to writing. As an experienced writer, teacher, and editor, I can help you produce polished writing that you will be proud to submit. I have worked with elementary students, middle schoolers, high school students, college students, graduate students, and adult professionals.
I specialize in writing (both introductory and advanced), including essays, college essays, research papers; academic papers, theses, business writing, creative writing, and literary writing.
I can help you craft and fine-tune applications to selective colleges; the common app; master's and doctoral programs; law schools and medical schools; and internship, fellowship, and scholarship programs. I can help you create compelling and original college essays and personal statements that will make you stand out. (After all, it is the college essay that often makes all the difference in admissions.) My students have gained admission to their first choice colleges, such as Princeton, Yale, Columbia, NYU, Cornell, Williams College, U of Chicago, Georgetown, and Barnard.
I also advise my students about colleges and help them with their applications and the secondary essays, and make such each application is polished and highlights the student in the best possible way.
I tutor ESL to professionals who want to improve their language skills for the workplace, and I help students who are aiming for a high TOEFL score to get into selective colleges.
I also tutor high-achieving students for the ISEE, SAT, and ACT, and I focus not only on strategies but teach the underlying concepts the students are being tested on. I can also help you do well on the writing portion of these tests.
In teaching writing, I stress clarity, organization, and support as a basis for all good writing. I include lessons on style and grammar when applicable. I relate these methods to all forms of writing and to all the disciplines. My goal is to help students develop the ability to think and write analytically, no matter what the topic and to enable them, through writing, to take part in a larger dialogue about the world.
My students show concrete improvement in their analytical skills and an improved ability to present a unified and tightly structured argument. Improvement is also reflected in their understanding of the writing process and in their own evaluations of their work. My students also report an enhanced interest in and a renewed excitement about the field of writing.
I am also a member of the New York Learning Specialists Group. I am a professional writer of commentary and literary essays. I have worked as a columnist and essayist for Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications, including NPR, and have had my blog posts picked up by various online and academic outlets. My writing is also featured in a nonprofit website and in an international European
Students with whom I have classes on a regular basis have the opportunity to call me whenever they need to, with no extra charge, if they encounter an issue with which they need immediate help.
Olya, is a fabulous editor and writer. She is experienced, accommodating, and caring. She is well worth her rate. I highly recommend Olya for help with writing!
Olya worked on writing essays with my daughter who is 10 to prep for middle school exams. She was fun, engaging and pleasant to work with. My daughter read aloud very proudly her essay at the end of the lesson.
Olya digs deep to help you tease out experiences and views you can use for essays, and helps you write pointed specific essays that meet the expectations of business schools
Olya did a fabulous job helping my daughter with college admission essays, both the Common Application and the supplemental essays. Both essays are perfect and I am recommending her to anyone who needs help with college admission.
After seeing another tutor, I came to Olya. Olya told me exactly what I needed to do to improve my common app and college essay. I learned a lot and I am really happy with the result. I'm grateful I was able to work with Olya. She really cares about her students.
She focused a lot on how to structure an essay of this type, and make it come alive! She brings a journalist's viewpoint and perspective to the college essay process.
Greate! Lesson. Will be continued. We went over a few articles. Olya corrected all mistakes have done by me.. we worked on my pronunciation and comprehension.next time we will put more effort and I hope it will be same outcome
Olya is a very patient and knowledgeable tutor and brings her invaluable expertise and experience to our sessions. Through her guidance, I learned how to become a better writer and identify my weaknesses in writing. She helped me from the initial stages of generating ideas to the final touches of my personal statement that I am proud to submit to medical schools. I am amazed at the quality of the finished product and I look forward to future sessions with Olya!!
I highly recommend Olya. She's so kind and helpful! I came to her for editing help and she's an amazing editor! She was always doing above and beyond in helping me with the admissions essays. I'm grateful I found her! As a result of the sessions, I feel my essays are finished, polished, and ready to submit!
Very nice and great teacher, she knows how to prepare students for Toefl and Ssat tests. She has a lot of experiences!!!
We went over my application and other writing assignment. It was extremely helpful. I enjoyed our class very much. Olya was patient and thoughtful, and her office is beautiful as well. I look forward to working with her again in the future.
Olya is a very experienced, patient, and responsible English tutor. She can explain any detail about the English language in a way that I will not forget. Not only does she teach me strategies for the TOEFL, but she also helps me to improve my language skills. She is an excellent writer and I really enjoy my writing lessons with her.
Olya is a very knowledgeable teacher, writer and editor.
It's a pleasure to have classes with her because she adapt each class to my needs.
She always makes me feel comfortable and she is an adorable person.
I truly recommend Olya
Olya was very helpful with my MBA admission essay creation process. I worked on three essays with Olya & as a result, all essays are solid, concise, and strong. Olya asked the perfect questions to gather information on my background to add into the essays. Because of her help, I was able to fully capture my career, education, and extracurricular background in my essays.
I would definitely work with Olya again should I ever need assistance on future essays.
I am glad that Olya is my tutor.
Olya is paying attention to every single word that I say or write and this exactly what I was looking for. She helps me to understand different writing techniques by reading good articles and opinions from the NY Times. Also, she helps me to organize my thoughts that I can express them in a simple way.
Thank you very much!
I am a graduating senior at Barnard College, Columbia University, and Olya helped me structure and edit my senior thesis. When I first came to her, I had an overload of writing and information, and Olya promptly set me on track in our first sessions. She helped me with my writing skills and emphasized cohesive structure and clear, unambiguous writing. I highly recommend Olya and am grateful for her incredible help, patience, and kindness in the writing process. Olya hits the ground running, arrives on time, makes space in her schedule for her students, and guides them to a finished product.
Olya is always punctual and prepared. Also, she has lots of knowledge base about various topics. I improved my writing and reading skills in a very short time with her. She challenges me and encourages me. Now, I am enjoying speaking, reading, and writing in English. Thank you!
I did feel very well working with Olya. She is a very knowledgeable, capable professional who knows how to combine her teaching skills with a gentle touch of humility and generosity in her interaction with her pupils. While working with her, she infused in me her passion for good English authors and a more proper reading of the press, both of which were not readily accessible to me having been raised and having graduated from college abroad. She taught me how to communicate my ideas in English in a more organized and transparent way in the work environment, and for that I will be always grateful. I truly recommend Olya
I worked with Olya only three times, but I learned so many things from her. She is freindly, patience,and well knowledge. If I can take her class at school, I will take class with her. I am looking forward to see her next year to improve my English skills! I am sure that if I can work With her, my English definitely develop a lot. I will recommend her!!!!!!!! Love her!!
Olya and I did a final edit of my personal statement for an internship program. She was very attentive and made sure everything in the essay was stated in a clear way that also highlighted me. Olya was very good at hearing me explain what I wanted and translating it onto paper, which was just what I needed. Olya is very talented and very efficient, and I really enjoyed working with her. I am happy to say I ended up getting the internship. Olya was so great and helpful and I couldn't have done it without her!
Olya did not just correct my essay, but she also taught me what the reader would expect from reading it. She is a very detailed and patient teacher. She brought me several interesting articles from The New York Times, and we did 2 readings. She explained to me the words that I did not understand. I enjoyed the lesson a lot :)
I had a great time working on my TOEFL with Olya. She was very patient and knowledgeable regarding what I needed to do in order to be prepared for my TOEFL test! I highly recommend her! Thank you Olya.
Great tutor! Olya is great. She is a very nice woman. She is also very patient. She really cares abut her
My first sessions with Olya were immediately beneficial. I look forward to continue working with her on my reading and writing.
Olya is very professional and smart. She understands your needs. She is the best! She always makes you feel comfortable, and has you do much more than you ever thought that you can do. I really recommend her!
Olya helped me with studying for the TOEFL. She also helped me improve my writing by teaching me some strategies that made it easier to organize my ideas. She explained some new vocabulary words and made them very easy to understand. She is so nice, and friendly, and it was so comfortable to study with her. If anyone is looking for a good tutor, I highly recommend Olya.
Olya has the talent to simplify language. She speaks slowly and clearly. She is always congenial and makes it so easy to learn English. She is very competent, always on time, and always very patient. I am very happy that I found her as a tutor. Thank you!
Olya is an excellent listener, planner and an executer. She listened carefully what parents' goals are for the lesson, examined the student affectionately to plan an individualized lesson suited for the student with the parents' goals in mind. As a result, my daughter loved Olya's class, learned very effectively while enjoying herself and got one step closer to the goal in just one lesson!
Olya is a very patient tutor. She understands my concerns. She is always prepared and she works hard to help me improve my writing skills.
Olya has been helping me improve my writing and English skills. What I like about Olya is that she puts in extra effort in making her students understand the assignments and writing process and that she wants her students to succeed. I've also improved my confidence and got A in my English class and A in my Art History class, working with Olya.
Our sessions have been so far really productive in the pursuit of my studies. Not only in her specialized field, but also in general culture, she is very knowledgeable.
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The English portion of the ACT consists of 75 questions to be answered in 45 min.
I can teach the concepts this part of the test is based on. These are grammar & usage, punctuation, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style.
I can also teach strategies to move quickly through the test, and the explain the reasons for the correct answers. I can point out the questions the recur.
The reading portion of the ACT consists of 40 questions in 35 minutes. This section has several long passages to test reading comprehension. The questions include identifying the main idea, drawing conclusions, making inferences, understanding the logic of organization, or explaining words from the context. I can teach you strategies to quickly get through the test. More important, I can also explain the reasoning behind the types of questions you will be tested on.
I have helped numerous students craft and fine-tune successful applications to very selective colleges. I have helped these students with their college essays for the common app; for master's and doctoral programs; for law schools and medical schools; and for internship, fellowship, and scholarship programs. I helped them create compelling and original college essays and personal statements that made them stand out. (After all, it is the essay that often makes all the difference in admissions.) I am very knowledgeable about the format of the applications to selective colleges and I have shown students how to successfully direct their responses to the questions on them.
I am pleased to say that the students I have worked with got back to me and reported outstanding results in getting into the college programs they were applying to. I have an outstanding admissions rate: most of my students get into their early decision colleges or into their "reach" colleges. My medical students have been granted numerous interviews on the basis of their essays.
I have taught writing, literature, and advanced writing classes on the college level. I can teach you to write well and to read critically, not matter what your school level. I am very patient explaining English grammar and usage. I also help with comprehension and writing. I can teach organization, paragraphing, sentence structure or syntax, word choice, I can show you how to understand and use figurative language, such as image, metaphor, and personification. I also emphasize rhetorical techniques, such as alliteration, repetition, and rhyme.
I taught intensive English as a Second Language classes at the University of North Carolina. I taught grammar, reading, writing, conversation at all levels (from introductory to advanced), and TOEFL prep. In addition I also taught English to groups of adult professionals and individuals. I also specialize in speaking skills and accent reduction.
Have taught writing, including grammar, on the college level. Am a writer. Worked as an editor. Have perfect grammar. Am very patient explaining English grammar and usage.
I have a degree in English, and a Master's in Comparative Literature. I taught writing and literature on the college level. Have helped undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty with academic writing, ranging from papers or essays, to theses, to published articles and books.
I have taught writing and advanced writing at the college level. I have also worked as a writer and as a skilled editor of deadline prose. I can quickly edit and proofread your writing to get into shape.
Perhaps the best way to master reading is to become a "reader." I ask students to read aloud. I then ask questions about what they read, to ensure comprehension, and I go over new vocabulary words.
I taught writing on the college level. Have perfect grammar. Am very patient explaining complex topics in a clear and simple way. Can not only teach study strategies, but the concepts your child needs to master for the SAT.
I taught writing and advanced writing on the college level and worked as an essayist, an editor, and a student mentor. I can help you do well on the new SAT, by not only teaching strategies but by helping you master the concepts behind them.
In addition to the reading test, the new SAT includes a writing and language test and an optional essay. (I can clearly explain the conventions of writing and language and its usage that you will be tested on, and I can show you how to structure your essay.)
I taught writing, English, and literature on the college level. I also have helped many high school and college students do well in their high school or college classes by scheduling regular study sessions, where I emphasize planning, regular note-taking/review, and ensuring comprehension. In writing-intensive classes, I also emphasize the writing process and show students how to sequentially put together a paper. My students consistently report increased confidence and higher grades.
I taught TOEFL classes at a university training institute. I now help students who already have basic fluency and need to pass the test at a high level (100+) in order to get into selective colleges or graduate schools. I can not only prepare you for the test format, but also teach you much about the English language. I can also help you increase your score by showing you how to most efficiently get through reading, speaking, listening and writing portions of the test.
I taught writing on the college level. I initially taught introductory composition essays. My academic focus of interest was the essay. I helped establish a writing program at a college together with the editor of the Best Essays series of books that come out every year. I went on to become a commentary writer, editor, and essayist, teaching the occasional advanced nonfiction writing class, and am now also working on a book.