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Grace S.

Portland, OR

$40/hour

Excellent English tutor for writing; research; grammar; literature

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5.0 average from 3 ratings

$40/Hour


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Indiana Unversity
English, Writing

Education

Indiana Unversity (English, Writing)

About Grace

I have taught high school English at both public schools (in Gary, Indiana) and a private Waldorf high school in Northridge, California. My degree is from Indiana University with majors in literature and creative writing (minors in comparative literature and psychology). I've worked as a social worker, practiced as a Gestalt therapist, and served as a "literary therapist" and editor for various writers, including Jimmy Komack (who once had seven shows on television at once). Most of all, however, I enjoy teaching English...literature, the essay, research papers, creative writing...and I was successful enough at it that the high school parent-association at Highland Hall Waldorf School paid me to return and teach a six-week literature course as their gift to the graduating Seniors.

I have some unique methods of working with students who are having trouble with their writing, and in fact, employed some of my techniques in a short SAT Prep class I conducted for only four twenty-five-minute sessions during the students' lunch-period. I was able to raise the students' scores an average of 100 points in that brief time, but NOT through concentrating on memorization of facts, reviews, or drills!

I have an abiding love of literature, and truly despair that students often leave high school or college with no joy in reading. So, it is always deeply satisfying when I am able to find the perfect assignment, topic, or book for my students, and then see them experience life-changing self-discoveries and a new-found belief in their own intelligence. Many of my former students still maintain contact with me, even in their late thirties.
I have taught high school English at both public schools (in Gary, Indiana) and a private Waldorf high school in Northridge, California. My degree is from Indiana University with majors in literature and creative writing (minors in comparative literature and psychology). I've worked as a social worker, practiced as a Gestalt therapist, and served Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Portland, OR 97209
In-person lessons
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

My college degree from Indiana University is in English and Creative Writing. I have taught high school English in both Indiana and California, served as an editor of Grove, a journal published by Pitzer College, and taught writing at a Southern California teacher-training institute. For the past several years, I have been a freelance editor for many authors. And my training as a Gestalt therapist as well as my many years of employment as a social worker have helped me to be a compassionate teacher. So, we can put my wide and varied experience to good use in helping you. At WyzAnt, I have received a 5-star rating for my work.

SAT Reading

I have taught the SAT prep-course at a Waldorf School in Northrdige, California, which resulted in an average increase of 100 points for the whole 11th grade class compared to prior years' scores at the school. I taught high school English there for three years, as well as creative-writing classes.

Previously, I taught several other English and reading classes in Gary, Indiana public schools. Serving as the grader for the English dept. at the L.A. Center for Enriched Studies, I and the rest of our department received National Blue-Ribbon School Awards from President Clinton. I also have a degree in English and Creative Writing from Indiana University, and currently work as an editor for a literary agency.

Most important, I employ a special approach that calms my students and helps them realize that the SAT is not a test of intelligence at all. Once I am able to prove that to them (which does not take long), they relax and do surprisingly better on the test!

SAT Writing

I have a degree in English (including majors in American Literature and Creative Writing from Indiana University); have taught English classes in high schools in Indiana and California; even trained one 11th grade Waldorf class in SAT test-taking; and currently work as a freelance editor for professional writers.

Indiana Unversity
English, Writing

Education

Indiana Unversity (English, Writing)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Grace will travel within 5 miles of Portland, OR 97209.