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Patty K.

Knoxville, TN


Winning Writing Skills

Background check passed as of 9/24/12
5.0 average from 120 ratings
Patty is Great
— Angela, Knoxville, TN on 8/17/15

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Saint Xavier University
Saint Xavier University


Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University (Master's)

About Patty

With over twenty years experience as a writer and educator, I bring both passion and practicality to my students. Writing is both art and skill. I give my students both critical thinking skills, as well as, a clear perspective on artistic expression. As the adage suggests, "The pen is mightier than the sword."

With an MA and BA in English from Xavier University, I have taught English on both the college and secondary levels. My master's thesis focused on How to Teach Writing. My passion is to provide students with an excellent writing foundation.

Wherever life leads, excellent writing skills will help along the way! Whether a student desires to write impressive tweets, learn how to analyze literature or write a better sales proposal, I can help them to reach their respective goal.

For the past five years, I have tutored both college and high school students. In addition, each year I assist nearly twenty self-publishing authors in the preparation of their manuscripts for publication.

As I writer, I have co-authored a best-seller, written nationally broadcast radio shows, as well as, written speeches and news articles for corporate executives. Whether students need to perfect grammar, hone their writing skills or refine their critical thinking skills, I can help.
With over twenty years experience as a writer and educator, I bring both passion and practicality to my students. Writing is both art and skill. I give my students both critical thinking skills, as well as, a clear perspective on artistic Read more

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Travels within 25 miles of Knoxville, TN 37920
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"Patty is Great"

- Angela, Knoxville, TN on 8/17/15

"passionate, dedicated, trustworthy excellent tutor!"

- Gretchen, Knoxville, TN on 6/16/15

"Patty is an excellent tutor. She is knowledgeable, patient, and always prepared."

- Susan, Oak Ridge, TN on 6/8/15

"Very Pleased with the Great Service"

- Sean, Knoxville, TN on 2/26/14

"Best fit for my learning needs"

- Sara, Knoxville, TN on 4/12/13

"Amazing help with graduate school essays!!"

- Sadonya, Knoxville, TN on 4/2/13

"Patty Saved our Son's Life!"

- Adrian, Houston, TX on 3/20/13
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Adobe InDesign
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,

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Adobe InDesign


I provide publishing services for self-publishers. I use In-Design, Photoshop, and Illustrator to provide both cover designs and the interior layout of books. I have been providing this service for over 10 years.

I use all Adobe products and submit finished designs to both Lightning Source, as well as CreateSpace.

Prior to that I have worked for many major corporations providing both writing and design services. I have won awards of excellence for both writing and design in four industry sectors.


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Study Skills

For over 20 years, I have tutored students in helping them acquire improved study habits. I am a certified reading specialist, in addition to serving as a teacher in secondary school and an instructor at junior colleges.

I have helped students improve study skills by employing the following methodology.


1. I work with reading skills to help students learn how to glean the central thoughts quickly. This is accomplished through methods.

I use Eye-Q which trains the eye to grasp main thoughts while reading. I teach students to outline main ideas as they read.


Eye Q is also helpful by using eye exercises to scan paragraphs to capture central concepts. Short passages are presented and the student's reading speed is tracked. Questions are asked following the reading to be sure comprehension was not compromised to build speed. This is critical to help students use their time more efficiently

Increase Students Critical Thinking Skills

I help students develop deductive reasoning ability. I accomplish this by presenting short excerpts from literature which provide clues to character development, theme or plot. I then ask questions which are not directly told but can be inferred from the passage. This helps them to learn to read beyond the literal level and see how informed opinions and decisions are made.

I also use a free computer program available on-line to develop cognitive ability to expand thinking and reasoning skills.


I teach students to become much more aware of how they use their time. I present a planner and show them how to take their class syllabi and break down each of their classes requirements and turn them into daily goals they can reach.

This helps them to focus time and be aware of how long it takes them to accomplish specific tasks. By reaching daily goals, students gain confidence and begin to become more successful and take a more active role in their education.


Many students do not know how to take notes during lectures. I teach them to stay ahead of the professor, have the chapter that is being presented outlined using only a half of an 8.5 sheet of paper. As the teacher teaches on parts of the chapter, they place the teachers notes along side the outline that speaks on the same subject.

Most often what the teacher emphasizes is what is tested. Any area that is considered important in the textbook and by the teacher is most definitely going to be tested. This process reinforces learning, helps students to remember better because of the repetition and keeps them focused during class.

Saint Xavier University
Saint Xavier University


Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University (Master's)

Patty is Great — Patty is a great teacher. She takes time and explains well. She is very nice and makes you feel comfortable asking questions. ...

— Angela, Knoxville, TN on 8/17/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Patty will travel within 25 miles of Knoxville, TN 37920.