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Mark S.

Garland, TX

$45/hour

1,000 Students Know: My Goal Is Your Independence As a Writer

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$45/Hour


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About Mark

I’ve been working continuously as a Writing Tutor since 2009, at the Writing Center of North Lake College for the last eight years, and the W.C. at Collin College for two. In that time I’ve worked one-on-one with well over a thousand students. They represent the broadest imaginable spectrum of needs and abilities.

My work has centered on helping students write for Humanities courses (1300 and 2300 Level English, Art, History, Psychology and Philosophy), Developmental Writing, and ESL classes for International students, assignments that usually require MLA or APA formats. Each semester I’ve also advised students regarding admission essays for university programs, what those university readers might be looking for, and how to play to their strengths in what they choose to stress. During this time I’ve privately tutored junior high and high school students as well; occasionally served as a reader and consultant on doctoral dissertations; written feature articles for the web on music, aviation, and military history; and done freelance copy-editing.

I have a B.A. in Communications from Stephen F. Austin and a Masters in Theology (1995) from Austin Presbyterian Seminary, and Tutor Certification through CLRA. Before shifting my academic focus entirely to tutoring, I served as an Adjunct Faculty Professor for five years at three DCCCD colleges, teaching an Intro to World Religions class. This was preceded by full-time pastoral and ministry work for twelve years, made possible by my post-graduate work from 1992-94 in Austin.

Helping others become better writers has been my vocational passion and focus for years now, as I’ve seen how becoming a confident writer makes such a difference for students academically and personally. In community college, the gap between college syllabi expectations and personal writing skills can be a jolt, but an ongoing commitment working with a tutor on each assignment is often the key. My eventual goal for each student is personal independence as a writer. While my college tutoring schedule occasionally changes, I am currently available on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 6-9 pm. I look forward to working with you.

While my post-grad work with its heavy emphasis on academic research and writing helped me sharpen those skills, it is my life-long reading that has given me a broad appreciation of history, biography, politics, and fiction, and the flexibility of language to serve each of these disciplines; as importantly, the appreciation of different backgrounds and cultures it has yielded has often helped in establishing a connection for effective tutor-student relationships.

You may count on my commitment to help you succeed in identifying immediate needs and long-term goals as a writer. References are available upon request.
I’ve been working continuously as a Writing Tutor since 2009, at the Writing Center of North Lake College for the last eight years, and the W.C. at Collin College for two. In that time I’ve worked one-on-one with well over a thousand students. They represent the broadest imaginable spectrum of needs and abilities.

My work has centered
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Garland, TX 75044
In-person lessons
Science:
Philosophy
English:
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Reading
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Grammar
Business:
ESL/ESOL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mark will travel within 15 miles of Garland, TX 75044.