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Olya T.

Accomplished Writing Tutor

Accomplished Writing Tutor

$200/hour

  • 1,691 hours tutoring

About Olya


Bio

I am a professional writer of commentary and literary essays. I have a very high level of skill and experience in the craft of writing, and I love the English language. 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 on a nonprofit website and in an international European forum.

I am multilingual and I taught...

I am a professional writer of commentary and literary essays. I have a very high level of skill and experience in the craft of writing, and I love the English language. 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 on 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. In addition to my record of achievement in writing and in teaching language and literature, I also have a strong background in international affairs, and I aced the qualifying exam for the Foreign Service.

I can help you improve your written and oral language skills and am gentle and encouraging of all student efforts. I can teach you just about anything about writing, language, or ELA that you would want to master. As an experienced writer, teacher, and editor, I can help you produce polished original writing in your own voice that you will be proud to submit. I can help you achieve on standardized tests and in your English classes. I work 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, personal statements, research papers; academic papers, theses, business writing, creative writing, and literary writing.

I can help you fine-tune your writing for applications to selective colleges; the common app; master's and doctoral programs; law schools, business schools, and medical schools; and internship, fellowship, and scholarship programs. I can help you craft compelling and original college essays and personal statements that will make you stand out. (After all, it is th


Education

City University of New York, Brooklyn College
English
Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $200
  • Rate details: $200-250 College Apps; $150 for MS or HS English; $150-200 College English; $150-200 ACT/SAT/ISEE/GRE; $150-200 GMAT/TOEFL; $150-200 ESL $150-250 Writing
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/8/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Art History

Business

GMAT, GRE

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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. I now teach ESL to students and adults professionals who already have a good command of the English language and who aspire to near-native fluency.
Grammar,

Grammar

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.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

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.
GMAT

Elementary Education

Common Core,

Common Core

I have worked on the state common core exams with several students at different grade levels. We emphasized reading comprehension, and we answered essay questions by referring to the text. I am happy to say all of my students did well on these exams. These tests serve as good prep for future testing.
Grammar,

Grammar

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.
Reading,

Reading

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.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

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.
Phonics, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I work with students attending demanding schools and applying to very selective colleges. My students report an average 10 point increase in their English score. I can not only teach strategies to help you move quickly through the test, but I can teach the concepts this part of the test is based on. These are grammar & usage, punctuation, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I work with students attending demanding schools and applying to very selective colleges. I can not only teach strategies to help you move quickly through the test, but I can teach the concepts this part of the test is based on. I help you dramatically increase your score. The questions include identifying the main idea, drawing conclusions, making inferences, understanding the logic of organization, or explaining words from the context. I can significantly improve your comprehension and vocabulary.
English,

English

I have taught writing, literature, and advanced writing classes on the college level. I can teach you to read critically and write well, no matter what your school level and no matter what your topic. I also help improve your comprehension, and I can help you master analytical writing. I teach organization, paragraphing, sentence structure or syntax, word choice. I am very patient explaining English grammar, usage, and essay structure. I can help you understand figurative language, such as image, metaphor, and personification in literature, and I can help you see how it relates to a literary work. I can help you master the art of clear, concise and thoughtful writing.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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. I now teach ESL to students and adults professionals who already have a good command of the English language and who aspire to near-native fluency.
Grammar,

Grammar

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.
Literature,

Literature

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.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

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.
Reading,

Reading

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.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I work with students attending demanding schools who want to apply to selective colleges. I not only teach study strategies to help you move quickly through the test and explain the answers, but I also teach the concepts you need to master for the SAT. All my students report a significant and dramatic increase in their score. I can improve your comprehension and vocabulary. I have perfect grammar. I am very patient explaining complex topics in a clear and simple way.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I can help you do well (and raise your score) on SAT Writing by helping you master the concepts this portion of the test is based on. As a college teacher of writing, and a professional writer and editor, I can clearly explain the grammar and usage points that you will be tested on and so help you ace this portion of the test. I can also show you some useful test strategies.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

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 help you increase your score by showing you how to most efficiently get through the reading, speaking, listening and writing portions of the test. I always develop an individualized plan for you to address your needs and meet your specific goals.
Writing,

Writing

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.
Spelling, Vocabulary

History

Art History

Homeschool

English,

English

I have taught writing, literature, and advanced writing classes on the college level. I can teach you to read critically and write well, no matter what your school level and no matter what your topic. I also help improve your comprehension, and I can help you master analytical writing. I teach organization, paragraphing, sentence structure or syntax, word choice. I am very patient explaining English grammar, usage, and essay structure. I can help you understand figurative language, such as image, metaphor, and personification in literature, and I can help you see how it relates to a literary work. I can help you master the art of clear, concise and thoughtful writing.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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. I now teach ESL to students and adults professionals who already have a good command of the English language and who aspire to near-native fluency.
Reading,

Reading

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.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I work with students attending demanding schools who want to apply to selective colleges. I not only teach study strategies to help you move quickly through the test and explain the answers, but I also teach the concepts you need to master for the SAT. All my students report a significant and dramatic increase in their score. I can improve your comprehension and vocabulary. I have perfect grammar. I am very patient explaining complex topics in a clear and simple way.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

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.
Writing,

Writing

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.
Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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. I now teach ESL to students and adults professionals who already have a good command of the English language and who aspire to near-native fluency.
TOEFL

TOEFL

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 help you increase your score by showing you how to most efficiently get through the reading, speaking, listening and writing portions of the test. I always develop an individualized plan for you to address your needs and meet your specific goals.

Most Popular

English,

English

I have taught writing, literature, and advanced writing classes on the college level. I can teach you to read critically and write well, no matter what your school level and no matter what your topic. I also help improve your comprehension, and I can help you master analytical writing. I teach organization, paragraphing, sentence structure or syntax, word choice. I am very patient explaining English grammar, usage, and essay structure. I can help you understand figurative language, such as image, metaphor, and personification in literature, and I can help you see how it relates to a literary work. I can help you master the art of clear, concise and thoughtful writing.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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. I now teach ESL to students and adults professionals who already have a good command of the English language and who aspire to near-native fluency.
Reading,

Reading

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.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

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.
Writing

Writing

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.

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have helped numerous high-achieving students with the application process to selective colleges and grad schools. I have helped my students choose colleges, boost their scores to meet their target, and to craft and fine-tune successful college essays/personal statements and applications. 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 have also helped students applying to master's and doctoral programs; law schools and medical schools; and for internship, fellowship, and scholarship programs. 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 graduate students report excellent results. My medical students have been granted numerous interviews on the basis of their essays.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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. I now teach ESL to students and adults professionals who already have a good command of the English language and who aspire to near-native fluency.
Study Skills

Study Skills

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.

Special Needs

Study Skills,

Study Skills

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.
Phonics

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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. I now teach ESL to students and adults professionals who already have a good command of the English language and who aspire to near-native fluency.
Reading,

Reading

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.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

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.
Writing,

Writing

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.
GED

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I work with students attending demanding schools and applying to very selective colleges. My students report an average 10 point increase in their English score. I can not only teach strategies to help you move quickly through the test, but I can teach the concepts this part of the test is based on. These are grammar & usage, punctuation, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I work with students attending demanding schools and applying to very selective colleges. I can not only teach strategies to help you move quickly through the test, but I can teach the concepts this part of the test is based on. I help you dramatically increase your score. The questions include identifying the main idea, drawing conclusions, making inferences, understanding the logic of organization, or explaining words from the context. I can significantly improve your comprehension and vocabulary.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have helped numerous high-achieving students with the application process to selective colleges and grad schools. I have helped my students choose colleges, boost their scores to meet their target, and to craft and fine-tune successful college essays/personal statements and applications. 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 have also helped students applying to master's and doctoral programs; law schools and medical schools; and for internship, fellowship, and scholarship programs. 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 graduate students report excellent results. My medical students have been granted numerous interviews on the basis of their essays.
Common Core,

Common Core

I have worked on the state common core exams with several students at different grade levels. We emphasized reading comprehension, and we answered essay questions by referring to the text. I am happy to say all of my students did well on these exams. These tests serve as good prep for future testing.
ISEE,

ISEE

I tutored for the ISEE, including the writing portion, and I am pleased to report my 4th Grade student and 7th Grade student got into the private schools of their choice.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I work with students attending demanding schools who want to apply to selective colleges. I not only teach study strategies to help you move quickly through the test and explain the answers, but I also teach the concepts you need to master for the SAT. All my students report a significant and dramatic increase in their score. I can improve your comprehension and vocabulary. I have perfect grammar. I am very patient explaining complex topics in a clear and simple way.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I can help you do well (and raise your score) on SAT Writing by helping you master the concepts this portion of the test is based on. As a college teacher of writing, and a professional writer and editor, I can clearly explain the grammar and usage points that you will be tested on and so help you ace this portion of the test. I can also show you some useful test strategies.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

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 help you increase your score by showing you how to most efficiently get through the reading, speaking, listening and writing portions of the test. I always develop an individualized plan for you to address your needs and meet your specific goals.
GED, GMAT, GRE, PSAT, SSAT

Examples of Expertise


Olya has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 73 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Excellent Tutor in Graduate Application in Nursing

Olya gave great direction in helping me pursue my Graduate degree personal statement. She has an insider approach and knows exactly what the school's are looking for when it comes to this process.

Melissa, 2 lessons with Olya

Amazing English language tutor!

Olya really knows how to teach the English language, and her commitment to teaching is amazing. She makes sure that I learn very complicated lessons in a simple way. She is always on time and gives timely followup on assignment. She makes every class interesting.”

Sundarahari, 12 lessons with Olya

Highly Recommended!

We have had a wonderful experience working with Olya as our son's tutor. We are very pleased with our son's improvement in his writing skills and with his excellent SSAT score. We have also noticed his increased confidence. Olya has been very professional and very patient. Olya even spent extra time to get familiar with our son's curriculum and reading list, so that she could best help our son with his assignments, and she always personalized each lesson to focus on our son's areas of need. She showed our son how to focus on details in both his reading and writing. She taught him how to strive for excellence. Olya is extremely competent and has a lot of enthusiasm. We will definitely continue working with her. Jennifer and Ray S.

Ray, 59 lessons with Olya

Best knowledgeable tutor

Olya is a blessing. She is the best and most helpful tutor I've ever met. She is really knowledgeable about English grammar and writing. She really helped me with my application essays for nursing school and resume. She helped me get my application done on time and look professional. She also worked with me on my grammar issues and to perfect my essay writing. I would highly recommend Olya.

Tatiana , 5 lessons with Olya

The Best Tutor I've Ever Worked With

Olya is currently helping me write MSW applications. She is diligent and makes sure every question is answered perfectly and to a T! We have worked over our scheduled time a a few times and she refuses to charge for it! She really wants the best for me and I assume all her students! She is available any time through text when I need her for last minute questions or concerns. She is also just extremely knowledgeable, kind, and patient throughout the stressful, long, process of writing application essays. Olya is truly the best tutor I’ve ever worked with! I am happy to update this review to say I admitted into into all my schools with scholarship aid, including Columbia and UPenn. At UPenn my interviewer commented on my writing and said it was beautiful and admitted me on the spot. I got a personal letter from Columbia, commenting specifically on my essay as a major factor in my admission

Eileen, 32 lessons with Olya

Impressive and experienced tutor

Olya was great , knowledgeable and incredibly informative. Looking forward to continue scheduling lessons with her. I now have the confidence going forward knowing there is someone knowledgeable helping me along the way.

Serhii, 2 lessons with Olya

Expert writing tutor!

We highly recommend Olya as a writing instructor. She is a very knowledgeable, engaging, and motivating instructor. I would not hesitate to recommend her to students who need help improving their writing skills.

April, 1 lesson with Olya

Professional, talented and kind Tutor

We're grateful to have Olya review our daughter's college essay. She is not only a kind and caring person but also an expert editor. She went above and beyond to make sure all the details being addressed in the essay. She even spent her own time to do extra research and guide our daughter to complete the essay on time. We are very pleased with the final result.

Hannah, 3 lessons with Olya

Very helpful tutor for college application essays

Olya helped me edit my common app essay and a few supplemental essays. Her comments helped to improve my essays without losing the main point. After I made a few of her suggested changes to my common app essay, I showed my AP English teacher. He did not have one comment except that I should "be confident to submit!" Olya was patient, very flexible in scheduling and showed a genuine interest in me as a student. She also spent a lot of her own time reviewing my essays prior to our meetings so that our sessions were very productive. I highly recommend Olya.

Cade, 3 lessons with Olya
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