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Mary R.

Columbia, SC

$30/hour

If you need help with school, I can probably help you.

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Clemson University
English
University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D.)
J.D.

Education

Clemson University (English)

University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D.) (J.D.)

About Mary

I love to read good, interesting books. (I try not to make the blanket statement, "I love to read" because I actually do not enjoy reading instruction manuals, technical manuals, or boring, poorly written prose.) I do love to read good, well-written books, from the classics to popular fiction. I was never much for poetry, although I've studied and read more than my share. I do know I can help figure out what the poet is saying and how you can write a good paper about it. Even if you don't really like the poem. I know - - I've done it myself with good results in a subject I didn't enjoy.

I don't have any formal experience tutoring. However, over the years I have helped relatives study and pass tests when all hope was lost. My parents were both teachers and I have always been something of a teacher on the side. I have enjoyed making history interesting; getting a non-reader to read and enjoy good books; and helping with many papers and themes. I like explaining things, making the material approachable and the goal less daunting - - no matter how desperate the situation appears.

My "experience" with tutoring has been almost exclusively in emergencies, i.e.,
"Your ____________ (Fill in the blank with niece, nephew, brother, sister, roommate, friend's child, etc.) is going to fail English or history or whatever subject, because they have not kept up and there's no way he/she can learn this in time for the test." I'm the one they call; I don't think anyone I have helped has ever failed despite my efforts.

I am unflappable and patient in the face of disinterest and obstacle-creation from the would-be learner.

I was in AP English at Irmo High School and an English major in college before completing law school and devoting my career to writing legal briefs and motions. I have a very strong vocabulary and writing ability. I excel at editing and proofreading.

If you need help with school, I can probably help you. I'm best at English/history/writing, but I've saved someone from flunking High School science before - - even though that wasn't my favorite subject. I believe I can help a willing student understand and succeed at just about any subject. It isn't the material, it's the effort, making it as fun as possible, and refusing to give up.
I love to read good, interesting books. (I try not to make the blanket statement, "I love to read" because I actually do not enjoy reading instruction manuals, technical manuals, or boring, poorly written prose.) I do love to read good, well-written books, from the Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Columbia, SC 29212
In-person lessons
English:
English, Literature, Proofreading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Vocabulary

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Clemson University
English
University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D.)
J.D.

Education

Clemson University (English)

University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D.) (J.D.)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 15 miles of Columbia, SC 29212.