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Gemma C.

Support for Writers of All Ages and Abilities!

Support for Writers of All Ages and Abilities!

$75/hour

  • 445 hours tutoring

  • Syracuse, NY 13203

About Gemma


Bio

I guide writers through the development of their work — from academic writing to fiction, from application essays and test essays to plays. I have a sub-specialty in working with individuals with disabilities, including executive functioning disorders (such as ADHD), learning disabilities, and anxiety disorders; my unique coaching system supports all writers of all ages and skill levels, from high school students to doctoral candidates, by focusing on the individual's specific writing...

I guide writers through the development of their work — from academic writing to fiction, from application essays and test essays to plays. I have a sub-specialty in working with individuals with disabilities, including executive functioning disorders (such as ADHD), learning disabilities, and anxiety disorders; my unique coaching system supports all writers of all ages and skill levels, from high school students to doctoral candidates, by focusing on the individual's specific writing process. I conduct in-person coaching sessions in the greater Boston area; for those farther-flung, I am happy to arrange sessions via phone or Skype.

I received my master's in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2010, and since then I have worked as a writing coach in various capacities, with a focus on supporting students with disabilities. I have been in residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and with the Boston Teacher Residency, providing writing coaching to students in both programs, and I conduct a private business as a writing coach based primarily in Boston and Cambridge.

As a practicing writer myself, I understand how intense and personal the writing process can be, and how much is at stake for writers. I am also a merciless taskmaster who can introduce structure into a process that may seem oppressively difficult. I am eager to provide structure, scaffolding, and support for the way you write.


Education

University of Chicago
undergrad
Harvard Graduate School of Education
MEd

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $75
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Syracuse, NY 13203
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/6/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Theater

Theater

I worked in theater for more than ten years, as a playwright, director, and stage manager. My work has been produced in New York and Chicago. I have trained with a wide range of prestigious playwrights and directors in multiple cities and am the founder of the Ghana Sustainable Aid Project's Theater and Performance Club in Pokuase, Ghana.

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

I spent two years working as an editorial assistant for an educational publishing company and two years as a private copyeditor. I'm an obsessive grammarian who enjoys helping people unearth the patterns beneath language, both "conventional" grammar and the way we actually speak. As a writing coach, I excel at helping non-native English speakers unearth the grammatical challenges in their writing. (I also won the National Language Arts Olympiad first-place medal when I was in fifth grade.)
Proofreading

Proofreading

I spent two years working as an editorial assistant for an educational publishing company and two years as a private copyeditor. I'm an obsessive grammarian who enjoys helping people unearth the patterns beneath language, both "conventional" grammar and the way we actually speak. (I also won the National Language Arts Olympiad first-place medal when I was in fifth grade.)

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

I spent two years working as an editorial assistant for an educational publishing company and two years as a private copyeditor. I'm an obsessive grammarian who enjoys helping people unearth the patterns beneath language, both "conventional" grammar and the way we actually speak. As a writing coach, I excel at helping non-native English speakers unearth the grammatical challenges in their writing. (I also won the National Language Arts Olympiad first-place medal when I was in fifth grade.)
Reading

English

English,

English

I am a professional writer who also develops literature curricula for a private education company. I've been working as a writing coach for the last five years and am devoted to student support.
Grammar,

Grammar

I spent two years working as an editorial assistant for an educational publishing company and two years as a private copyeditor. I'm an obsessive grammarian who enjoys helping people unearth the patterns beneath language, both "conventional" grammar and the way we actually speak. As a writing coach, I excel at helping non-native English speakers unearth the grammatical challenges in their writing. (I also won the National Language Arts Olympiad first-place medal when I was in fifth grade.)
Literature,

Literature

I am a widely published writer of poetry, plays, and fiction who has worked with students of literature for many years. I received my Master of Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. My students always come away with a stronger knowledge of, and deeper engagement with, literary work!
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I spent two years working as an editorial assistant for an educational publishing company and two years as a private copyeditor. I'm an obsessive grammarian who enjoys helping people unearth the patterns beneath language, both "conventional" grammar and the way we actually speak. (I also won the National Language Arts Olympiad first-place medal when I was in fifth grade.)
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

For the last five years, I've helped guide students through the SAT process. I specialize in particular in the essay, in helping students develop a workable formula for the process, and in helping them distinguish good "test essay" writing from the essay writing skills they need in high school and college. I'm happy to help you crack the code.
Writing,

Writing

I am a widely published writer who has been working as a writing coach since 2009. I've supported students as a resident writing coach for a number of schools and programs while simultaneously working with other clients on an individual basis. I structure the writing process in a manner that allows you to do your best and most committed work.
Reading

Homeschool

English,

English

I am a professional writer who also develops literature curricula for a private education company. I've been working as a writing coach for the last five years and am devoted to student support.
Writing,

Writing

I am a widely published writer who has been working as a writing coach since 2009. I've supported students as a resident writing coach for a number of schools and programs while simultaneously working with other clients on an individual basis. I structure the writing process in a manner that allows you to do your best and most committed work.
Reading

Most Popular

English,

English

I am a professional writer who also develops literature curricula for a private education company. I've been working as a writing coach for the last five years and am devoted to student support.
Writing,

Writing

I am a widely published writer who has been working as a writing coach since 2009. I've supported students as a resident writing coach for a number of schools and programs while simultaneously working with other clients on an individual basis. I structure the writing process in a manner that allows you to do your best and most committed work.
Reading

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

Since 2009, I have been a writing coach at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Office of Access and Disabilities Services, as well as coaching students independently. I have consistently supported students with executive functioning disorders, including ADHD, in their written work. I am well-read in the disability, but focus on working from a student or client's skills and strengths.
Dyslexia

Dyslexia

Since 2009, I have been a writing coach at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Office of Access and Disabilities Services, as well as working as an independent coach. I have consistently supported students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, in their written work. I am well-read in the disability, but focus on working from a student or client's skills and strengths.

Summer

Writing,

Writing

I am a widely published writer who has been working as a writing coach since 2009. I've supported students as a resident writing coach for a number of schools and programs while simultaneously working with other clients on an individual basis. I structure the writing process in a manner that allows you to do your best and most committed work.
Reading

Test Preparation

SAT Writing

SAT Writing

For the last five years, I've helped guide students through the SAT process. I specialize in particular in the essay, in helping students develop a workable formula for the process, and in helping them distinguish good "test essay" writing from the essay writing skills they need in high school and college. I'm happy to help you crack the code.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Exceptional Tutor

The college application process had started and my daughter was wrestling with the college essay. A friend, who works in a local school, recommended Gemma. My daughter and I met with her one afternoon in September and it was an incredibly positive experience from that first meeting. Gemma was fantastic, she helped my daughter organize the application process, clarify her goals, find her voice and focus on the multiple college essays. As their time together progressed, my daughter began to feel feel more confident, and ultimately wrote a number of exceptional essays. They also connected on a personal level. Gemma was a sounding board for the issues and stressors that inevitably emerged, and in the process, taught my daughter a set of writing and organizational skills that will help her through college and beyond. Gemma’s updates after every session were thoughtful and thorough and helped to keep me calm throughout the 5 month process. When all was said and done, Gabi got into her first choice school. She could not have done it without Gemma. I cannot recommend Gemma highly enough. She is exceptional, not only a gifted and talented teacher but also a kind and generous person. We are so fortunate to have her in our life.

Anne, 17 lessons with Gemma

Excellent writing instructor

Gemma is helping me prep for a writing assessment test. Her feedback is helpful and she is very knowledgeable about writing. Would recommend highly for help with writing.

Ed, 5 lessons with Gemma

Great for master's or PhD student seeking publication

So far Gemma sets reachable weekly goals that have helped me a leave a serious year or two of writer's block. She's also been great with visualizing the presentation of qualitative data in diagrams and figures.

Abra, 18 lessons with Gemma

Tutor session

Gemma was wonderful. She provided me the direction to properly form my paragraphs to provide strength to my content.

Lisa, 3 lessons with Gemma

Helps teach you how to write a paper

She was excellent in helping me learn how to write a paper, not doing to much work for me. Thanks Gemma.

Lorraine, 6 lessons with Gemma

She asked really good questions

Gemma's goal with my son was to develop a habit of mind with regard to essay writing and develop a strategy for outlining his argument and choosing relevant quotes in the text. My son said she asked really good questions and made him "dig deep" to think about the text as it relates to the prompt.

Cathy, 13 lessons with Gemma

Creative and efficient tutor

My son has been working with Gemma since last Fall with the goal to become an independent and effective writer. I believe that in great part because of Gemma's creativity, professionalism and ability to engage our son was able to significantly advance himself. Gemma is always prepared and always works on a "bigger picture" not being limited to the assignment at hand. It is very important that while coaching our son on a particular homework she always makes a step toward achieving a bigger goal. We certainly plan to continue working with Gemma over the next school year.

Vladimir, 50 lessons with Gemma

A Very Special Tutor

We are so appreciative to Gemma for everything she has been doing to help my daughter! The two of them have a really good connection, and my daughter no longer loathes writing as she used to. Gemma has really gotten to know my daughter and her way of working. It's all going in the right direction for her, and we really have Gemma to thank for that. She is a very special "find" for us!

Connie, 53 lessons with Gemma

$75/hour

Gemma C.

$75/hour

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