Ellen B.

Philadelphia, PA


Award-winning English Professor Who Tutors English, Writing, and More

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/13/14
5.0 average from 15 ratings
A great, passionate tutor
— Hani, Wilmington, DE on 12/25/14


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Art History


Wellesley (Art History)

Villanova (Master's)

Rutgers (PhD)

About Ellen

I am a versatile and highly experienced tutor who loves to teach. I began tutoring early in my teaching career, when I moved to Brazil and taught English in both an academic setting and a language school. Thus, I started out as both professor and tutor, and have remained so over the years.

I have been teaching English on the college level for over twenty years, and while I started out solely as an ESL tutor—teaching people of all ages from all over the world—I gradually expanded to academic tutoring, as well. Today, I tutor students in K-12, college, and graduate school, while at the same time teaching in the MA program in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.

I have an exceptionally strong background in English, Literature, Art History, and Writing. I am very adept at teaching high school and college students how to write a good English essay. At the same time, having taught research writing at West Chester University for many years, I am able to oversee writers in other areas, as well. I have assisted countless graduate students with their theses, dissertations, and literary reviews in a variety of fields.

One of my special areas of expertise is guiding students with personal statements. I help high school students write college essays and college graduates write essays for graduate school acceptance. I have worked with many medical students seeking residencies, and am pleased to say that they all attained unusual success.

I am also very good with creative writers of all ages. I am a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project (PAWLP) and the National Writing Project. Through PAWLP, I had the pleasure of teaching fourth graders at a Young Writers camp. I love encouraging young creative writers.

Needless to say, I am also good at helping students prepare for standardized tests of all types.

My teaching philosophy is that people learn best when they like what they’re doing, so I make sure that every session is enjoyable as well as informative. I devise games and projects for young children. For others, I find ways to make grammar and punctuation comfortable and painless, literature and art accessible and exciting, and writing of all types satisfying, challenging, and rewarding. I tailor classes around a person’s individual needs and interests. My teaching techniques are varied and never monotonous.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you reach new heights in whatever you’re pursuing!

Teaching Awards
- Recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award, COCE, Southern New Hampshire University
- Named an Outstanding Faculty Member by the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Council of West
Chester University, 2005.
I am a versatile and highly experienced tutor who loves to teach. I began tutoring early in my teaching career, when I moved to Brazil and taught English in both an academic setting and a language school. Thus, I started out as both professor and tutor, and have remained so over the years.

I have been teaching English on the college
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Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19130
Background Check: Passed

"A great, passionate tutor"

- Hani, Wilmington, DE on 12/25/14

"Knowledgeable and creative"

- Juliana, Philadelphia, PA on 9/28/17

"I loved it!"

- Jonathan, Philadelphia, PA on 9/28/17

"Smart, friendly, practical help with paper-writing"

- Gus, Philadelphia, PA on 1/26/17
Grammar, Literature,
Public Speaking, TOEFL,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development,
Art History,
Special Needs:
ADHD, Dyslexia
Elementary Education:
ADHD, Grammar, Vocabulary, Writing
Career Development,
GMAT, GRE, Law, Macroeconomics, Marketing,
Microeconomics, Public Speaking, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Art History

I majored in Art History at Wellesley College, a college with one of the best Art History departments in the country. I studied the Philosophy and Appreciation of Art at the Barnes Foundation, the world's largest private collection of Impressionist paintings, which offers courses in Aesthetics designed by the late Alfred Barnes. I taught a class on Impressionism at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Widener University. I enjoy tutoring students in Art History or using Art History to enliven classes about literature and/or writing.


I have experience teaching and tutoring business writing students at Penn State University, Temple University, and Strayer University. I have taught ESL and writing to business people--from entry level management through VP/CEO--in the U.S., Finland, and Brazil. I write blogs, web pages, and articles for many businesses; I recently published two articles in Advance Magazine and ghostwrote another for U.S. News and World Report.

Career Development

I am a college professor who has been running a business for seven years that involves career counseling. I have had many clients for whom I have written resumes and cover letters and provided career coaching. I believe that the combination of teaching experience, listening skills, and experience in this area qualifies me for tutoring in the area of career development.


I have taught English for more than thirty years, as both a college professor and a tutor. In both contexts, I have worked with many students who have learning disabilities, and have found that a confidence-building approach invariably makes a huge difference. I have also found that, with dyslexia, as with other learning disabilities, it's important to identify the precise issues that are causing the student to feel hampered.

Fortunately, my experience teaching writing has given me special insight into how dyslexia works. I can see patterns in writing that tell me what's going wrong, and this helps diagnose and treat reading issues. My work as an ESL tutor has given me further insight into the syntactical issues of language as they exist in conversation and reading; indeed, the challenges of learning English are quite similar to those that occur with dyslexia.

Dyslexic students are often held back by the fear of not being able to perform adequately. This exists even at the graduate school level. Thus, making a class fun and giving a student pride in accomplishment are two centrally important elements. Similarly, teaching a student how to concentrate and put effort into learning specific tasks sets a precedent for life. It is no surprise to me that many of my most accomplished students are those who have learned how to address the challenges of having dyslexia.


I have been teaching and tutoring English for many years. As a college English professor and an experienced tutor of children K-12, I work with students of all ages. I love teaching, and am able to tailor my teaching methods and strategies to the precise needs of the individual. I am equally comfortable with and knowledgeable in literature, writing, and ESL.


Do you want to perfect your English?

I will help you with: conversation, fluency, pronunciation, accent reduction, grammar/punctuation, American idioms, and phrasal verbs.

I will teach you to write in English, as well.

I am an experienced English professor and ESL teacher/coach. I have lived abroad, and know how hard it is to really learn a foreign language.

Let me help you speak with confidence!


Are you intimidated by the subject of literature? Would you like to be able to analyze literature while still experiencing the joy of reading? Would you like to learn how to write effectively about fiction, poetry, and drama? If so, you've come to the right person!

I've taught undergraduate literature for many years at a number of universities, including: West Chester, Penn State, Villanova, Rutgers, and Widener. I am presently teaching at Fairleigh Dickinson (my eighth year there), and at Southern New Hampshire University, where I've been an online professor of graduate English for the last two years.

I began tutoring K-12 students in English several years ago. I absolutely love teaching students in this age range how to read, analyze, and write about literature with confidence and skill.

I teach all periods of British, American, and Global Literature. I also teach creative writing to people of all ages, and in fact taught a group of enthusiastic fourth graders at a summer writing camp.

I received an Outstanding Professor Award at West Chester University and the Margaret Esmonde Award for Excellence in Scholarship at Villanova University. I am a fellow of the Pennsylvania Writing and Literacy Project and the National Writing Project.


I have done marketing for a number of companies. I regularly write and edit blogs, press releases, and websites. I am knowledgeable of SEO and digital marketing.


I am an experienced English professor and editor. Much of my work as an undergraduate and graduate English professor has been oriented around writing. I work frequently with graduate students on editing, revising, and designing literature reviews, theses, and dissertations. Through my company, I have done extensive editing for DNR, a subsidiary of Lexis-Nexis, and professional writing for a variety of businesses. I recently won the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award for the online division of Southern New Hampshire University.


I have been teaching English as a Second Language on a private basis (often on Skype) for over twenty years, helping students around the world improve their fluency and understanding of English. I am also an experienced English professor with a complete command of grammar, punctuation, and writing. I have successfully prepared a number of students for standardized tests including TOEFL, SAT, and GMAT, giving them the confidence and know-how to raise their scores significantly.


I am a very experienced writing tutor/teacher. I have taught writing of every type and in many different contexts--school, business, and every day. I have tutored students of all ages and from all walks of life. Because I teach college English, I can help with homework in English composition/literature and research papers, as well as business writing and creative writing. I also work with ESL students, helping them develop confidence writing in English.

I am a fellow of the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project and the National Writing Project.

Art History


Wellesley (Art History)

Villanova (Master's)

Rutgers (PhD)

A great, passionate tutor

I had the pleasure to work with tutor Ellen B., on literary works. As a professional Tutor, her clarity and analytical skills were very notable. Always on time, very dedicated. I learned a great deal from her effective feedback. I really can’t express my admiration. Thank you

— Hani, Wilmington, DE on 12/25/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ellen will travel within 5 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19130.