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Cincinnati, OH

$60/hour

WashU Senior: English, Writing, Latin, Film & Media Studies Tutor

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Washington University in St. Louis
English Literature

Education

Washington University in St. Louis (English Literature)

About Michael

Hi!

My name is Michael and I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. I double majored in English Lit. and Film & Media Studies.

I graduated from St. Xavier High School in 2008 and was born and raised here in Cincinnati.

As an English major, I have a strong grasp of the English language and can help with anything English-related. Whether you are learning English as a second language, looking for an editor/coach, preparing for a standardized test, or just trying to hone your reading or writing skills, I can help. I will help you master skills that apply to all forms of written and/or spoken English, including spelling, punctuation, grammar, vocabulary, composition, rhetoric, etc. We can also focus on writing, editing, and/or proof-reading specific works such as college application essays, papers assigned in school, your own personal poetry-- whatever you are working on!

I took Latin for seven years in Cincinnati (6th-8th grade at Summit Country Day, 9th-12th grade at St. X), and was the Vice President of St. Xavier's Latin Club from 2004-2008, so I know firsthand what is expected of Latin students at the grade school and high school levels (including AP classes). I have a command of the poetry of Virgil, Horace, and Catullus, and can help with building vocabulary, grammar, and sight-reading skills.

As a Film & Media Studies major, I can help with studying and/or writing for any film class you might be taking. I learned the hard way that film papers require a different kind of writing from any other type of essay, but I now know what college professors expect from an "A" film paper. I have completed the following Film & Media classes at WashU, and am especially well-equipped to aid you in these subjects: Introduction to Film Studies, History of American Cinema, History of World Cinema, History of Electronic Media: From Radio to Television to Digital, Introduction to Screenwriting, History of Chinese Cinemas, French New Wave, and Film Theory (I also completed a course on Transnational Cinemas at Trinity College, Dublin while studying abroad).

For reference, I scored a 215 on the PSAT, 2150 on the SAT, and a 34 on the ACT. I can help students with preparation for any of these standardized tests.
Hi!

My name is Michael and I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. I double majored in English Lit. and Film & Media Studies.

I graduated from St. Xavier High School in 2008 and was born and raised here in Cincinnati.

As an English major, I have a strong grasp of the English language and can
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Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Cincinnati, OH 45226
In-person lessons
Art:
Film
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Latin
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

I have strong writing skills and know what teachers expect from an "A" English essay. I can help students get the most out of literature and poetry by developing reading, writing, and critical thinking strategies. I have a particular fondness for James Joyce and can help with any English literature or poetry.

ESL/ESOL

I am one semester (two classes) away from completing an English Major at Washington University in St. Louis. I have a passion for language and a strong grasp of the English language. I scored a 34 on the English section and a 36 on the Reading section of the ACT and a 760 on the Verbal section of the SAT.

I also have a strong command of the fine points of the English language, especially its pronunciation, vocabulary, spelling, and grammar. I can help students who have a solid foundation in English, but would still like to hone their skills in these areas.

Film

I am one semester (2 film classes) away from having an undergraduate degree in English Lit. and Film & Media Studies (with a writing minor) at Washington University in St. Louis. I have successfully completed the following courses at WashU: Introduction to Film Studies, History of American Cinema, History of World Cinema, History of Electronic Media: From Radio to Television to Digital, Introduction to Screenwriting, French New Wave, History of Chinese Cinemas, and Film Theory (I also completed a Transnational Cinemas course at Trinity College, Dublin). I have learned what college professors expect from "A" papers. In addition to general writing skills, I will focus on developing writing skills specific to Film & Media Studies papers.

Grammar

I am one semester (two classes) away from completing an English Major at Washington University in St. Louis. I have a passion for language and a strong grasp of the English language. I scored a 34 on the English section and a 36 on the Reading section of the ACT and a 760 on the Verbal section of the SAT. I also have a Writing minor and have written professionally. I can help students master the "rules" of grammar and develop the skills necessary to write strong, clear sentences and paragraphs.

Latin

I took Latin for over seven years, including AP Latin Vergil. I was the Vice President of the St. Xavier Latin Club from 2004 to 2008 and know what is expected of Latin students at the grade school and high school levels. I have not taken Latin since my freshman year of college, so I am a little rusty, but I can help with high school Latin classes. I have a strong familiarity with the poetry of Vergil, Catullus, and Horace especially. I can help students develop vocabulary, grammar, and sight reading skills.

Literature

I am one semester (two classes) away from completing an English Major at Washington University in St. Louis. I have strong writing skills and know what teachers expect from an "A" English essay. I can help students get the most out of literature and poetry by developing reading, writing, and critical thinking strategies. I have a particular fondness for James Joyce and can help with any English literature or poetry.

Proofreading

I am one semester (two classes) away from completing an English Major at Washington University in St. Louis. I have a passion for language and a strong grasp of the English language. I scored a 34 on the English section and a 36 on the Reading section of the ACT and a 760 on the Verbal section of the SAT. I also have a Writing minor and have written professionally. I can help students master the "rules" of grammar and develop the skills it takes to write strong, clear sentences and paragraphs.

I take great pleasure in helping authors realize their potential in any kind of writing-- poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, college application essays, school-assigned essays, novels, screenplays, etc. I believe that everybody has a great writer inside of them, whether they believe it or not. I will focus on making writing enjoyable and developing pre-writing, writing, and editing strategies customized to each student. We will also pay close attention to the audience and context of a student's writing— who is reading this, and what is the best way to convey a specific meaning or experience to him/her/them?

Reading

I am one semester (2 classes) away from completing an English Major at Washington University in St. Louis. I have a passion for language and a strong grasp of the English language. I scored a 34 on the English section and a 36 on the Reading section of the ACT and a 760 on the Verbal section of the SAT.

I can help students master the "rules" of grammar and develop the skills it takes to get the most out of reading any kind of writing. We can focus on developing reading comprehension skills for standardized tests or reading skills specific to a medium, genre, or work (poetry, literature, non-fiction, short stories, etc.). We will work on developing critical thinking skills that will bring out more than just the plot or "basic meaning" of a piece of writing.

Spelling

I have a Writing minor and have written professionally.

I can help students develop skills that will help with spelling difficult words, focusing on mnemonics customized to each student. I believe everybody learns differently and will work hard with students to find what works best for them. English spelling does not match up perfectly with English pronunciation and that can make spelling difficult. Rather than just memorizing specific words, we will focus on the "rules" that govern English spelling (of whole words and parts of words) and how and where spelling does translate to specific pronunciations.

Vocabulary

The English language has an exceptionally large number of words, so expanding one's vocabulary can be very intimidating-- but it doesn't have to be! Rather than just memorizing lists of words and their definitions (though some memorization may be necessary), students will develop strategies to "figure out" what unfamiliar words mean. We will focus on learning "root words" and breaking up words into smaller parts of meaning. The emphasis will be on learning the "rules" that govern how words are formed and matching up parts of words with words that are familiar. I took Latin for seven and a half years and have a strong grasp of the "root words" of many English words (especially the kinds of words that standardized tests like to throw at students).

I believe everybody learns differently and will work hard with students to find what works best for them.

Writing

I have a Writing minor and have written professionally. I can help students master the "rules" of grammar and develop the skills it takes to write strong, clear sentences and paragraphs.

I take great pleasure in helping authors realize their potential in any kind of writing-- poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, college application essays, school-assigned essays, novels, screenplays, etc. I believe that everybody has a great writer inside of them, whether they believe it or not. We will focus on making writing enjoyable and developing pre-writing, writing, and editing strategies customized to each student. We will also pay close attention to the audience and context of a student's writing— who is reading this, and what is the best way to convey a specific meaning or experience to him/her/them?

Emphasis will also be placed on developing skills and techniques to jump-start the writing process at every step. I know all too well how frustrating writer's block can be, but it can be overcome (or at least sidestepped)!

Washington University in St. Louis
English Literature

Education

Washington University in St. Louis (English Literature)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Cincinnati, OH 45226.