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Grace S.

Excellent English tutor for writing; research; grammar; literature

Excellent English tutor for writing; research; grammar; literature

$40/hour

  • 3 hours tutoring

  • Northwest Portland, OR 97209


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About Grace


Bio

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,...

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.


Education

Indiana Unversity
English, Writing

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 5 miles of Portland, OR 97209
  • Lesson cancellation: 6 hours notice required
  • No background check

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

English,

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.
Literature,

Literature

Having taught English and American literature and writing to both high-school students and adults for many years, I've gained not only compassion for my students but immense experience and helpful teaching-techniques as well. My decades of freelance editing for a variety of writers (from Ph.D. candidates to professional writers) have taught me so much about the pitfalls of writing for publication and, more important, the methods for addressing such issues. But perhaps most significant is my delight and love for literature of all kinds...from not only the United States, but from the many new countries that have now appeared on today's writing scene.
SAT Reading,

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,

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.
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

English,

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,

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!
Reading, Writing

Most Popular

English,

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.
Reading, Writing

Summer

Reading, Writing

Test Preparation

SAT Reading,

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

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.

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$40/hour

Grace S.

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