Too many students graduate high school believing that they can't write, when the truth is they just haven't learned simple writing skills. You don't have to be Stephen King to succeed as a writer. But you do need to understand the basic concepts of composition to create the kind of essays that your teachers want to see. And writing those essays can be tough if you don't understand the basics of thesis writing, paragraph structure, syntax, and punctuation. Once you understand that, just like mathematics, there is a formula to academic writing, you can walk yourself through even the most difficult writing assignment.
About me. I've made a successful career of writing, acquired an MA in English (with emphasis on writing), published several books, worked as both an editor and publications director, but I must be honest: I didn't truly learn how to write until I began tutoring. The writing techniques I teach my students--brainstorming, free-writing, and thinking outside the box--have made me a better writer, and a better tutor.
Tutoring has been a learning process for me, starting with my tutor certification through Oklahoma State a University-OKC, where I assisted in the creation of the college's first Writing Lab; to my years with Tutor.com, where I learned to tutor effectively online using text and voice; to my current work as an independent, tutoring a variety of students, including ESL, the deaf, those in transition from high school to college.
Modern technology gives me the flexibility to work with students one-on-one, whether in my office in north OKC, online via audio and video applications, asynchronously through email using Microsoft Word, or any combination of the three. I am also available to travel to a student's residence, if appropriate. My hourly rate is adjusted according to the tutoring needs of the individual student.
Communication by writing is essential to your success, not just in school, but throughout the career you choose. It's also important that you know that tutoring does not mean giving answers or editing a class assignment, but teaching you important writing concepts that will stick with you for life. My job as a tutor is not just to make your writing better, but to make you a better writer!
My students make me a better English tutor. I learn from them every day.
Feel free to contact me to discuss your particular needs. Together we can come up with a schedule that works well for both of us. Too many students graduate high school believing that they can't write, when the truth is they just haven't learned simple writing skills. You don't have to be Stephen King to succeed as a writer. But you do need to understand the basic concepts of composition to create the kind of essays that your teachers want to see. And writing those essays
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I am qualified to tutor ACT Reading because I have five years of experience tutoring high school students prior to their taking requisite college entry exams. I stay current with changes in all standardized exams in order to better prepare my students.
An obvious benefit of tutoring both English and English Comp for five years is a strong vocabulary. Teaching vocabulary is a major part of teaching writing. I encourage my writing students to turn off any computer spell-check features, and rely on either an online or hard cover dictionary until they have completed a first draft of an assignment. This method ensures that students will not only choose words that strengthen their sentences, but can add those words to their vocabulary.