Search

Jill M.

Experienced Writing, SAT/ACT, ESL & College Application Tutor

Experienced Writing, SAT/ACT, ESL & College Application Tutor

$55/hour

  • 1,057 hours tutoring

  • Katy, TX 77449

About Jill


Bio

Helping people achieve their own goals is one of my favorite things about teaching. As a university professor, I've had the opportunity to work with hundreds of students over the past decade in subjects ranging from literature to history and philosophy.

I specialize in tutoring English (both Pre-AP/Honors, AP, and non-Honors), writing, reading, and the Russian language, as well as essay writing, and standardized tests (ACT, SAT, GMAT, GED and GRE exams). As a tutor my goals are to help...

Helping people achieve their own goals is one of my favorite things about teaching. As a university professor, I've had the opportunity to work with hundreds of students over the past decade in subjects ranging from literature to history and philosophy.

I specialize in tutoring English (both Pre-AP/Honors, AP, and non-Honors), writing, reading, and the Russian language, as well as essay writing, and standardized tests (ACT, SAT, GMAT, GED and GRE exams). As a tutor my goals are to help you master your subject and to feel confident in the skills you are developing. I assign challenging but interesting homework assignments and review them with you to make sure you understand the assignment. I provide feedback for improving in addition to correcting work.

One of my areas of expertise is proofreading and editing college application essays. This experience comes from my time working at college writing centers, and sitting on admission committees for various college programs. In addition to correcting grammar, spelling, and logic errors, I also focus on structure, argument, and flow. I help my students write their college and graduate schools essays so that they stand out from the crowd and avoid the common pitfalls that plague most application essays. My mission is to help you obtain your goals as you grow as a writer.

I have over a decade of teaching experience at both the high school and college levels. Currently, I teach Writing and Composition at a major research university. I love helping students learn how to turn their ideas into papers. Since I teach writing I know both what teachers and professors expect of their students when they assign papers, and how difficult it can be to meet those goals at times.

One of the advantages to working with me is that I will adjust to your unique situation. After assessing your strengths, weaknesses and specific concerns, I'll focus on what you need to learn. This means that your lessons with me are tailored to your needs rather than a general prescribed lesson plan. While I'll strive to help you achieve your goals as efficiently and quickly as possible, we will take as much time as required to do the job. I'll also continually monitor your progress and adjust your study program as necessary.

I approach all of my students with kindness, patience, and understanding. As a tutor my goal is to break information down into easy to understand terms and concepts, and then to give students helpful tips on how to remember and retain information. I hope to give my students the tools to succeed beyond our work together.

I look forward to working with you!


Education

Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Russian Area Studies
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Masters
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $55
  • Rate details: Special online rate for the month of June! Message me for details! Cancellation Policy: Half rate charged if less than 36 hrs notice. Full rate charged if less than 12 hrs or no notice is given.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Katy, TX 77449
  • Lesson cancellation: 36 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/31/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Schedule

Loading...

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat


Subjects

Business

GRE

GRE

My background in GRE teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the GRE. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the test so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have five years of experience working at a university writing center. In this role I proofread writing from a variety of disciplines and fields. When I work with a client I carefully proofread all documents and offer tips for future assignments.
Russian,

Russian

I earned my PhD in Slavic Languages & Literatures in 2015 from the University of Virginia. I have over eight years of experience teaching Russian literature and language courses at the university level. I've also lived in Russia for extended periods of time.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have over six years of experience tutoring elementary aged school children. Specifically, in 2016 I taught fifth and sixth grade classes, and I have experience creating lesson plans for gifted and talented students through my work with enrichment programs. As a tutor I have created individualized lesson plans for students from third grade to eighth grade, and I focus specifically on helping Texas students prepare for the STAAR exam.
Homeschool,

Homeschool

My experience working with homeschool students comes from my background creating lesson plans for gifted children. I develop individual lesson plans based on your student's strengths and weaknesses. I have also worked closely with student athletes and have created lesson plans tailored to their schedule.
Reading,

Reading

I have worked with a large variety of students from school age up to university students. My goal is to help you or your child develop close reading skills so that the meaning of the text becomes obvious. I help students with skills such as analysis, meaning, understanding plot, themes, character development, etc.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a university professor, I have worked with students for 10 years in the classroom and during office hours to develop study skills. I work with students to process information efficiently, and to then understand what type of response their teachers are asking for. Understanding how to interpret questions is key to studying and doing well. My background in working in a Writing Center also informs my ability to help students understand how think about the material presented to them and how to recall that information quickly and precisely.
Elementary Math, Grammar

English

ACT English,

ACT English

My background in ACT English tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

My background in ACT Reading teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the reading section of the ACT. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
English,

English

I have been teaching at the high school and university levels for 10+ years. I have worked with over 80 students through Wyzant on papers, college essays, study skills and general support.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
Literature,

Literature

Not only is reading one of my favorite hobbies, it's my career. I received a PhD in literature in 2015, and I love talking and writing about books. I have over 1,000 hours of lecturing experience, and helping others understanding complicated texts and analyze documents is one of the best parts of my jobs. My goal is to make reading fun and to help others become as excited about it as I am.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have five years of experience working at a university writing center. In this role I proofread writing from a variety of disciplines and fields. When I work with a client I carefully proofread all documents and offer tips for future assignments.
Reading,

Reading

I have worked with a large variety of students from school age up to university students. My goal is to help you or your child develop close reading skills so that the meaning of the text becomes obvious. I help students with skills such as analysis, meaning, understanding plot, themes, character development, etc.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

My background in SAT Reading teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the reading section of the SAT. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Over four years of experience tutoring students on SAT writing and reading. I have worked with students at both the high school and college level to help them improve their standardized test scores. Additionally, I have experience grading standardized tests, and understand the expectations of these tests.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

I work with TOEFL test takers in the Houston area. I have experience helping students prepare quickly for all areas of the TOEFL exam. I offer specialized lessons in each area with a particular focus on the speaking section.
Writing,

Writing

I have an advanced background in teaching writing. I taught Composition & Academic Writing for two years at the university level. I also worked for five years at a university writing center where I conducted one-on-one tutoring sessions focused on grammar, proofreading, logic, clarity & ESL concerns.
Grammar

History

European History

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have over six years of experience tutoring elementary aged school children. Specifically, in 2016 I taught fifth and sixth grade classes, and I have experience creating lesson plans for gifted and talented students through my work with enrichment programs. As a tutor I have created individualized lesson plans for students from third grade to eighth grade, and I focus specifically on helping Texas students prepare for the STAAR exam.
English,

English

I have been teaching at the high school and university levels for 10+ years. I have worked with over 80 students through Wyzant on papers, college essays, study skills and general support.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
Reading,

Reading

I have worked with a large variety of students from school age up to university students. My goal is to help you or your child develop close reading skills so that the meaning of the text becomes obvious. I help students with skills such as analysis, meaning, understanding plot, themes, character development, etc.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

My background in SAT Reading teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the reading section of the SAT. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a university professor, I have worked with students for 10 years in the classroom and during office hours to develop study skills. I work with students to process information efficiently, and to then understand what type of response their teachers are asking for. Understanding how to interpret questions is key to studying and doing well. My background in working in a Writing Center also informs my ability to help students understand how think about the material presented to them and how to recall that information quickly and precisely.
Writing

Writing

I have an advanced background in teaching writing. I taught Composition & Academic Writing for two years at the university level. I also worked for five years at a university writing center where I conducted one-on-one tutoring sessions focused on grammar, proofreading, logic, clarity & ESL concerns.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
Russian,

Russian

I earned my PhD in Slavic Languages & Literatures in 2015 from the University of Virginia. I have over eight years of experience teaching Russian literature and language courses at the university level. I've also lived in Russia for extended periods of time.
TOEFL

TOEFL

I work with TOEFL test takers in the Houston area. I have experience helping students prepare quickly for all areas of the TOEFL exam. I offer specialized lessons in each area with a particular focus on the speaking section.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have over six years of experience tutoring elementary aged school children. Specifically, in 2016 I taught fifth and sixth grade classes, and I have experience creating lesson plans for gifted and talented students through my work with enrichment programs. As a tutor I have created individualized lesson plans for students from third grade to eighth grade, and I focus specifically on helping Texas students prepare for the STAAR exam.
English,

English

I have been teaching at the high school and university levels for 10+ years. I have worked with over 80 students through Wyzant on papers, college essays, study skills and general support.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
Reading,

Reading

I have worked with a large variety of students from school age up to university students. My goal is to help you or your child develop close reading skills so that the meaning of the text becomes obvious. I help students with skills such as analysis, meaning, understanding plot, themes, character development, etc.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a university professor, I have worked with students for 10 years in the classroom and during office hours to develop study skills. I work with students to process information efficiently, and to then understand what type of response their teachers are asking for. Understanding how to interpret questions is key to studying and doing well. My background in working in a Writing Center also informs my ability to help students understand how think about the material presented to them and how to recall that information quickly and precisely.
Writing

Writing

I have an advanced background in teaching writing. I taught Composition & Academic Writing for two years at the university level. I also worked for five years at a university writing center where I conducted one-on-one tutoring sessions focused on grammar, proofreading, logic, clarity & ESL concerns.

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

As part of my service experience I have sat on numerous admission committees for colleges and university-led programs. I know what colleges are looking for when they read application essays. Additionally, as a writing professor I know the pitfalls of student writing, and how to write a persuasive essay that will get a university's attention. My job is to help you draft an essay that best represents you as an applicant and can help you stand out from the crowd. For the 2017-2018 application cycle I worked with over 60 students, and my tutoring clients were accepted into such universities as: Texas A&M (honors & engineering), UT Austin, University of Illinois-UC, Waseda University (Japan), University of Virginia, University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, Temple University, Seton Hall, Purdue University, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Les Roches International (Switzerland) and Polimoda International Institute (Italy). Please contact me for the full list! For the 2016-2017 application cycle my tutoring clients were accepted into such universities as: Baylor University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, University of Southern California, University of Louisville, George Washington University, George Mason University, Marymount University and Marist College.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
Study Skills

Study Skills

As a university professor, I have worked with students for 10 years in the classroom and during office hours to develop study skills. I work with students to process information efficiently, and to then understand what type of response their teachers are asking for. Understanding how to interpret questions is key to studying and doing well. My background in working in a Writing Center also informs my ability to help students understand how think about the material presented to them and how to recall that information quickly and precisely.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

As a university professor, I have worked with students for 10 years in the classroom and during office hours to develop study skills. I work with students to process information efficiently, and to then understand what type of response their teachers are asking for. Understanding how to interpret questions is key to studying and doing well. My background in working in a Writing Center also informs my ability to help students understand how think about the material presented to them and how to recall that information quickly and precisely.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have over six years of experience tutoring elementary aged school children. Specifically, in 2016 I taught fifth and sixth grade classes, and I have experience creating lesson plans for gifted and talented students through my work with enrichment programs. As a tutor I have created individualized lesson plans for students from third grade to eighth grade, and I focus specifically on helping Texas students prepare for the STAAR exam.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

My qualifications for ESL include 3 years of tutoring ESL students from all over the world. I also specialized in ESL tutoring at a university writing center where I focused on language acquisition concerns including grammar, vocabulary, structure and usage. I specialize in conversation skills, writing and the TOEFL exam.
GED,

GED

My background in GED teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the GED. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
Reading,

Reading

I have worked with a large variety of students from school age up to university students. My goal is to help you or your child develop close reading skills so that the meaning of the text becomes obvious. I help students with skills such as analysis, meaning, understanding plot, themes, character development, etc.
Russian,

Russian

I earned my PhD in Slavic Languages & Literatures in 2015 from the University of Virginia. I have over eight years of experience teaching Russian literature and language courses at the university level. I've also lived in Russia for extended periods of time.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a university professor, I have worked with students for 10 years in the classroom and during office hours to develop study skills. I work with students to process information efficiently, and to then understand what type of response their teachers are asking for. Understanding how to interpret questions is key to studying and doing well. My background in working in a Writing Center also informs my ability to help students understand how think about the material presented to them and how to recall that information quickly and precisely.
Writing

Writing

I have an advanced background in teaching writing. I taught Composition & Academic Writing for two years at the university level. I also worked for five years at a university writing center where I conducted one-on-one tutoring sessions focused on grammar, proofreading, logic, clarity & ESL concerns.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

My background in ACT English tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

My background in ACT Reading teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the reading section of the ACT. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

As part of my service experience I have sat on numerous admission committees for colleges and university-led programs. I know what colleges are looking for when they read application essays. Additionally, as a writing professor I know the pitfalls of student writing, and how to write a persuasive essay that will get a university's attention. My job is to help you draft an essay that best represents you as an applicant and can help you stand out from the crowd. For the 2017-2018 application cycle I worked with over 60 students, and my tutoring clients were accepted into such universities as: Texas A&M (honors & engineering), UT Austin, University of Illinois-UC, Waseda University (Japan), University of Virginia, University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, Temple University, Seton Hall, Purdue University, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Les Roches International (Switzerland) and Polimoda International Institute (Italy). Please contact me for the full list! For the 2016-2017 application cycle my tutoring clients were accepted into such universities as: Baylor University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, University of Southern California, University of Louisville, George Washington University, George Mason University, Marymount University and Marist College.
GED,

GED

My background in GED teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the GED. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
GRE,

GRE

My background in GRE teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the GRE. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the test so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
PSAT,

PSAT

My background in PSAT teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the PSAT. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the test so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

My background in SAT Reading teaching and tutoring comes from my experience teaching at the university and high school level. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching English language and literature, and in my classroom work on close reading and analysis skills--these two skills are crucial for doing well on the reading section of the SAT. As a tutor I help my students focus on how to approach the reading and writing sections so that they learn how to tackle each question quickly and accurately.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Over four years of experience tutoring students on SAT writing and reading. I have worked with students at both the high school and college level to help them improve their standardized test scores. Additionally, I have experience grading standardized tests, and understand the expectations of these tests.
STAAR,

STAAR

I have been working with students on STAAR and state issued standardized tests for the past four years. I work one-on-one with students to help them understand how to answer the questions, and to know how to read the questions quickly and accurately. I have brought students up to the mastery level on the STAAR exam in reading and writing.
TOEFL

TOEFL

I work with TOEFL test takers in the Houston area. I have experience helping students prepare quickly for all areas of the TOEFL exam. I offer specialized lessons in each area with a particular focus on the speaking section.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (281 ratings)
5 star
(270)
4 star
(8)
3 star
(0)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(2)

Reviews


great tutoring!!

Great tutor! Really helped me with the verbal and writing section for my GRE! Would highly recommend. Really understands what she’s teaching!

Summer, 8 lessons with Jill

Help with MCAT personal Statement.

Jill was a great assistance to my son. My son wanted someone to help him in editing his personal statement and Jill helped him in doing so. My son was really thankful for her help.

Niketa, 1 lesson with Jill

Knowledgable, efficient, effective and very, very helpful.

Jill is a wonderful resource. Do not hesitate to ask her for help. She made daunting essays seem doable - and were done well - before my daughter knew what hit her! Recommend wholeheartedly.

Mary, 1 lesson with Jill

Angst extinguisher!!

Once again, it was Jill to the rescue with helpful and time saving advice that cuts down on the pressures of a heavy workload that can cause writers block. Her reminders of what a professor looks for in an essay are so helpful.

Eileen, 8 lessons with Jill

Excellent tutor

She’s helped me write my common application and guided me in the steps towards a good essay. Was very honest and efficient with our time together. Would recommend her to any high school senior looking for guidance.

Monica, 3 lessons with Jill

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

She helped me build up my essay, corrected my resume and was very nice and clear about what I needed to write my personal statement.

Martha, 1 lesson with Jill

Another Awesome Meeting!

Another great prep session with Jill! Hannah has learned so much already. Can’t wait to see how much see improved on the ACT English and Writing sessions.

Tammy , 6 lessons with Jill

excellent teacher

We are so lucky to have found Jill. She helped my son with ACT and with college applications. When Jill first started working with him, he was making 29 in english. He ended up making 34 on the exam. Cannot say enough good things about the coaching that she has provided

Suruchi, 32 lessons with Jill

Thorough and kind tutor

Jill helped me to effectively organize my admissions essay and allow me to represent myself in a way that was true to who I am. I look forward to working with Jill again in the future.

Alexandra, 1 lesson with Jill
Contact Jill

Response time: 22 minutes

$55/hour

Jill M.

$55/hour

  • No subscriptions or upfront payments

  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

Contact Jill

Response time: 22 minutes