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Elizabeth C.

Drexel Hill, PA


Highly Effective Writing/English teacher; Essay Specialist

Background check passed as of 10/21/11
4.9 average from 206 ratings
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Sarah Lawrence College
Liberal Arts
University of Iowa, MFA
AP English trained instructor, ACT test writer, SAT prep


Sarah Lawrence College (Liberal Arts)

University of Iowa, MFA (Other)

AP English trained instructor, ACT test writer, SAT prep (Other)

About Elizabeth

I am an experienced and passionate English teacher. Currently, I teach high school English and college level Writing, and I've been a teacher for 12 years. My teaching subjects include American Literature, AP English Literature, AP English Language and Composition, Journalism and Creative Writing, as well as Science Writing, basic and advanced Composition, and post-Cold War European politics.

For academic work, I specialize in critical reading and writing, though I can also help with subjects such as social studies, biology, and philosophy.

Study skills are important to me: I help students learn to read faster, remember what they read, and improve their comprehension and literary analysis skills. I have many tips to help my students manage their time, overcome procrastination, take quality notes, and become lifelong learners.

I especially like to help students with papers, college application essays, and SAT essays.. My own writing has been published in prominent literary journals and I have also won writing awards (I also have two books out). A few of my college essay students got into Harvard (not to brag…but we worked on their essays for two months. I love working with students helping them tell their personal stories and shape their essays into sophisticated, memorable pieces that will get the attention of admissions committees).

For SAT and ACT prep, I help students master the Writing and Verbal sections, and I have taught and still teach fast-paced, serious SAT classes in a private enrichment academy. My SAT/ACT essay class is especially popular, and I help many students who begin the course with shaky English writing skills to write excellent timed essays.

Remember me if your student needs essay help, SAT prep, or to get ahead in English class! I look forward to your inquiry and will respond as soon as I can.
I am an experienced and passionate English teacher. Currently, I teach high school English and college level Writing, and I've been a teacher for 12 years. My teaching subjects include American Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Background Check: Passed

"College Essay Tutor"

- Karen, West Hartford, CT on 8/28/16

"great help"

- Maggie, Wynnewood, PA on 5/19/16

"Explained things in a way my daughter could understand"

- Suzanne, Springfield, PA on 11/24/15

"Connects well"

- Jen, Havertown, PA on 6/3/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Dina, Havertown, PA on 3/23/12

"Great tutor on writing"

- Wendong, Berwyn, PA on 12/29/11

"A Great Tutor!"

- Lynn, Media, PA on 10/26/11

"Provided real life examples to take my daughter to the next level to increase her SAT Scores"

- Beth, Wynnewood, PA on 10/10/11
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, College Counseling,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills,
GRE, Public Speaking

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ACT English

I am an experienced ACT tutor and, in fact, have written portions of these exams for ACT.

College Counseling

I have helped hundreds of high school students decide where to apply to college, how to complete their college essays and other important application questions, and I have pointed many students in the direction of colleges they hadn't known about that turned out to be excellent fits for them.


My years of experience as an English teacher (American Lit, AP English Language, AP English Literature, creative writing and Journalism) enable me to help students in a wide variety of grades. I love to discuss and assign books, and I can teach anyone how to be a more effective writer.


I have worked with many English Language learners (ESL) in the enrichment school where I teach a few times a week. Most of my students are Chinese, Korean, or Indian, although I have also worked with ESL students from Scandinavia. I work on reading comprehension, idioms, homonyms, and other vocabulary, and spend much time explaining how to see writing in English as a predictable process.


Literature is my passion, and as an experienced Literature teacher at both the high school and college level (I also help middle schoolers in tutoring sessions), I have the skills and the background to help all my students understand what they read and learn how to write effective papers about works of literature.


I was a Philosophy major in college, and I love to help students understand the big ideas in life.


Not only do I tutor in the SAT, but I also tutor for the PSAT (of course). I have helped countless students get ready for these standardized tests, and I have had much success and many satisfied customers.


Helping my students to become avid readers is one of my goals as a teacher. With wider reading comes increased comprehension and greater appreciation of the written word. Reading is a joy, and this is a lesson I always impart to my students. Remembering what is read is also a secret that I can effectively teach.

SAT Reading

I have been tutoring for SAT Verbal sections for several years, helping both advanced and remedial students increase their SAT scores. I know the strategy, and I know what students need to learn and study, and when I take the SAT--as I often do--I always get a top score.

SAT Writing

Teaching the SAT essay is one of the things I do best. I have also worked as an SAT essay grader. Therefore, I know the secrets to success on the SAT essay and the SAT writing multiple-choice questions!

Study Skills

I have seven years of teaching experience in total, and I always taught study skills to the college freshmen I taught. Learning how to take notes while listening to a lecture or while reading, how to review for a test or exam and how to manage time are issues I always teach. I find that the transitional years (just beginning high school or college, for example) are times when students need instruction in or to refresh their study skills. I can also teach students how to "bounce back" from poor test performance or how to manage their test-taking anxiety. I see this problem often with the high school students in teach in my regular job, and I believe that the ability to take responsibility for one's school performance is an essential life skill.


As a professional writer, I teach writing to others of all ages. I can help anyone learn how to be more expressive, clear and creative in writing.

Sarah Lawrence College
Liberal Arts
University of Iowa, MFA
AP English trained instructor, ACT test writer, SAT prep


Sarah Lawrence College (Liberal Arts)

University of Iowa, MFA (Other)

AP English trained instructor, ACT test writer, SAT prep (Other)

College Essay Tutor — Elizabeth is just terrific overall!!! I would highly recommend her to for help with college essays and other writing needs. Elizabeth was prompt in responding, prompt in scheduling and beyond helpful and insightful in working with my son. Our hope as the school year approaches, Elizabeth can continue to work with my son. Elizabeth is a 10+. Thank you Elizabeth for your guidance. ...

— Karen, West Hartford, CT on 8/28/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Elizabeth will travel within 10 miles of Drexel Hill, PA 19026.