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Marilyn K.

College counseling and writing tutor with strong STEM credentials

College counseling and writing tutor with strong STEM credentials

$65/hour

About Marilyn


Bio

You have stories to tell! To your teachers, to colleges you plan to attend, to work colleagues, to others who need and want to hear from you. The world is a noisy place, though, and how you tell your story to the world will determine how effective you are at getting the world to listen. Helping people send a strong signal through their writing is my calling and my job, and I love every aspect of it. Whether you are in school, bound for college, or employed and looking for opportunities, I'd...

You have stories to tell! To your teachers, to colleges you plan to attend, to work colleagues, to others who need and want to hear from you. The world is a noisy place, though, and how you tell your story to the world will determine how effective you are at getting the world to listen. Helping people send a strong signal through their writing is my calling and my job, and I love every aspect of it. Whether you are in school, bound for college, or employed and looking for opportunities, I'd like to work with you.

As a talented middle or high school student (or the parents of one), over the next few years, you will tackle advanced coursework, standardized tests, job applications, your college application packet, and admission essays. If you dislike writing, your tasks may feel formidable, but you can conquer them. Planning and concrete goals are a first step. Giving yourself permission to have fun and be yourself is the next step. With blogs, speed writing, online book reviews, digital storytelling, free learning games, and other real-world tasks, becoming a skilled writer is neither hard nor costly.

Later, as you prepare college application essays, you will learn not only how to write for success at this stage of your life, but how to wordsmith with courage as you make your way later. As your partner, I will help you understand how admission counselors read your essays and how to present your best self to them when you respond to prompts.

The applicants I've worked with have been accepted to these colleges: Amherst, Babson, Bates, Berkeley, Boston College, Boston University, Browne, Bradley University, California Institute of Technology, Cambridge (UK), Carleton, Colorado State University, Columbia University, Drexel, Durham University (UK), George Mason, George Washington, Georgia Tech, Gettysburg, Highpoint, James Madison, Kings College London (UK), Marquette, Maryland Institute College of Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northeastern, Northwestern, Ohio State, Old Dominion, Pennsylvania State, Princeton, Radford, Rice, Richmond University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Sweet Briar, University College London, University of California Los Angeles, University of Cincinnati, University of Edinburgh (UK), University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Manchester (UK), University of Michigan, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Pittsburgh, University of Rochester, University of Sheffield (UK), University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Warwick (UK), Wake Forest, Wellesley, West Virginia U, William & Mary, WPI. More to come!

All done with school?

If you are an adult making your way in the world of work, I can help you write about your achievements and present them so well at conferences that you'll have a line of people waiting to talk to you afterwards. Maybe you just want to write more effective letters, email messages, persuasive reports, or other documentation? Maybe you've gone back for another degree? We can talk about how to become a better problem solver and a more adept communicator for 21st-century needs. In addition to massaging your words, we will discuss how organization and overall design of a message contribute to your effectiveness in print and on the podium. If you want to change jobs, I can help you customize your resume so that it's less of an attendance list and more of a story of the impact you've had on the world.

Now let's talk about me.

I come to tutoring with a master's degree in applied linguistics (focus on teaching), and I've taught English and composition with the American University, Georgetown University (as part of a program funded by the Agency for International Development), George Washington University, and the State University of New York. After spending 15 years in nonprofit publishing serving teachers, I now write and edit for scientists and engineers. Everything I teach you is something that I've tested in the marketplace, so everything works!

Each person learns differently. When we work together, I will customize my approach to your learning style. If you need access to resources, I know where to send you, and I have my own techniques and materials to share with you. Although writing feels very personal, it is a public act. For this reason, I work in public places--local coffee shops and public libraries within my travel radius. Online is just fine, too.

I respond to requests early in the morning and in the evening. If you don't hear from me during the workday, please be patient, and you'll hear back soon.

Kind words from one of the wonderful people I worked with before Wyzant:

"I just heard that I was accepted early decision, and I'm really, really happy! I think that my essays really made a difference. I don't think I would have gotten in without your help. Thank you so much, and my parents and I are so grateful." 2014 high school graduate matriculating to Virginia Tech, where she was accepted early decision (also accepted to Drexel [with scholarship], George Mason, James Madison, Old Dominion [with scholarship], Virginia Commonwealth University [with scholarship])

What is the outcome that YOU want? Let's work together to achieve success.


Education

University of Colorado
History and English
Georgetown University
Masters

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Business

Career Development,

Career Development

My specialty is re-engineering resumes and the related correspondence so that they demonstrate the impact you have had on the world. Good resumes and cover letters are not lists--they are stories about choices that you've made and problems that you've solved. For the past 15 years, I've worked successfully with high school students applying to college, colleagues changing jobs, clients changing careers, and, most recently, military veterans returning from theater who want to enter the civilian marketplace. We always start from this premise: a resume is not a job application. It is a request for an interview. Let's write the story of your life together!
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

At one time or another, we have all been subjected to tedious death-by-powerpoint presentations that do neither the speaker nor the audience any service. It doesn't have to be this way. My specialty is helping you tell your story with beautiful slides and a well-paced narrative. I have worked extensively on high-impact professional briefs for the past 12 years as a presenter, editor, and conference organizer. Keys to success include understanding your professional culture, your audience, and the craft of storyboarding. Excellent published and online resources complement the process of building a compelling story that resonates with the audience long after you've stepped away from the podium.

Corporate Training

Career Development,

Career Development

My specialty is re-engineering resumes and the related correspondence so that they demonstrate the impact you have had on the world. Good resumes and cover letters are not lists--they are stories about choices that you've made and problems that you've solved. For the past 15 years, I've worked successfully with high school students applying to college, colleagues changing jobs, clients changing careers, and, most recently, military veterans returning from theater who want to enter the civilian marketplace. We always start from this premise: a resume is not a job application. It is a request for an interview. Let's write the story of your life together!
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have worked as an editor and publishing manager for more than 25 years. The requirements for pristine writing have changed, but clean work is still important when you create resumes, college essays, and professional products. If you need a partner or ghost writer, I'm an excellent, efficient resource. If you want to learn the trade, I can teach you the difference between substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading and how to approach each level of review.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

At one time or another, we have all been subjected to tedious death-by-powerpoint presentations that do neither the speaker nor the audience any service. It doesn't have to be this way. My specialty is helping you tell your story with beautiful slides and a well-paced narrative. I have worked extensively on high-impact professional briefs for the past 12 years as a presenter, editor, and conference organizer. Keys to success include understanding your professional culture, your audience, and the craft of storyboarding. Excellent published and online resources complement the process of building a compelling story that resonates with the audience long after you've stepped away from the podium.

Elementary Education

Reading

Reading

Good readers become good writers, and the two skills enrich one another constantly in practice. In addition to being a voracious reader personally and professionally, I taught reading to second-language learners at the university level for more than a decade. My experience working with children is limited to friends and family, but I enjoy working with children, and they usually enjoy working with me.

English

Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have worked as an editor and publishing manager for more than 25 years. The requirements for pristine writing have changed, but clean work is still important when you create resumes, college essays, and professional products. If you need a partner or ghost writer, I'm an excellent, efficient resource. If you want to learn the trade, I can teach you the difference between substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading and how to approach each level of review.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

At one time or another, we have all been subjected to tedious death-by-powerpoint presentations that do neither the speaker nor the audience any service. It doesn't have to be this way. My specialty is helping you tell your story with beautiful slides and a well-paced narrative. I have worked extensively on high-impact professional briefs for the past 12 years as a presenter, editor, and conference organizer. Keys to success include understanding your professional culture, your audience, and the craft of storyboarding. Excellent published and online resources complement the process of building a compelling story that resonates with the audience long after you've stepped away from the podium.
Reading,

Reading

Good readers become good writers, and the two skills enrich one another constantly in practice. In addition to being a voracious reader personally and professionally, I taught reading to second-language learners at the university level for more than a decade. My experience working with children is limited to friends and family, but I enjoy working with children, and they usually enjoy working with me.
Writing

Writing

In addition to my education and teaching background, I write and edit for a living, every day. Sometimes I publish under my own name, sometimes I ghost write, and sometimes I just fix the writing of my colleagues. My particular specialty is science and technology writing--as an excellent technical translator, I can help you acquire the same skills or just help you with translations and technical stories that you need quickly. In terms of process, situation, or audience: We can work with blog posts to help you find your voice, college applications for admissions officers, essays for your teachers, resumes for the job you want (and that will make it through a computer filter), letters and messages that appeal to their targets, and reports that make the right case. Most important, I can help you develop a process so that you can manage your own writing without having to depend on a tutor.

Homeschool

Reading,

Reading

Good readers become good writers, and the two skills enrich one another constantly in practice. In addition to being a voracious reader personally and professionally, I taught reading to second-language learners at the university level for more than a decade. My experience working with children is limited to friends and family, but I enjoy working with children, and they usually enjoy working with me.
Writing

Writing

In addition to my education and teaching background, I write and edit for a living, every day. Sometimes I publish under my own name, sometimes I ghost write, and sometimes I just fix the writing of my colleagues. My particular specialty is science and technology writing--as an excellent technical translator, I can help you acquire the same skills or just help you with translations and technical stories that you need quickly. In terms of process, situation, or audience: We can work with blog posts to help you find your voice, college applications for admissions officers, essays for your teachers, resumes for the job you want (and that will make it through a computer filter), letters and messages that appeal to their targets, and reports that make the right case. Most important, I can help you develop a process so that you can manage your own writing without having to depend on a tutor.

Most Popular

Reading,

Reading

Good readers become good writers, and the two skills enrich one another constantly in practice. In addition to being a voracious reader personally and professionally, I taught reading to second-language learners at the university level for more than a decade. My experience working with children is limited to friends and family, but I enjoy working with children, and they usually enjoy working with me.
Writing

Writing

In addition to my education and teaching background, I write and edit for a living, every day. Sometimes I publish under my own name, sometimes I ghost write, and sometimes I just fix the writing of my colleagues. My particular specialty is science and technology writing--as an excellent technical translator, I can help you acquire the same skills or just help you with translations and technical stories that you need quickly. In terms of process, situation, or audience: We can work with blog posts to help you find your voice, college applications for admissions officers, essays for your teachers, resumes for the job you want (and that will make it through a computer filter), letters and messages that appeal to their targets, and reports that make the right case. Most important, I can help you develop a process so that you can manage your own writing without having to depend on a tutor.

Other

College Counseling

College Counseling

I bring to this work 10+ years of experience teaching writing at the university level, 25+ years in nonprofit publishing and communications, and 5+ years coaching high school and graduate students one on one. I can show you how to tell a coherent, compelling, and true story to busy admissions officers, and give you the tools to write your essays yourself, in your own words. Together, we'll explore moments in your life that showcase your sparkle, wit, drive, caring, and intelligence so that the story you tell is entirely yours. The students I've worked with have been accepted to schools of their choosing when their essays complement excellent grades and scores, and activities appropriate to their applications.

Summer

Reading,

Reading

Good readers become good writers, and the two skills enrich one another constantly in practice. In addition to being a voracious reader personally and professionally, I taught reading to second-language learners at the university level for more than a decade. My experience working with children is limited to friends and family, but I enjoy working with children, and they usually enjoy working with me.
Writing

Writing

In addition to my education and teaching background, I write and edit for a living, every day. Sometimes I publish under my own name, sometimes I ghost write, and sometimes I just fix the writing of my colleagues. My particular specialty is science and technology writing--as an excellent technical translator, I can help you acquire the same skills or just help you with translations and technical stories that you need quickly. In terms of process, situation, or audience: We can work with blog posts to help you find your voice, college applications for admissions officers, essays for your teachers, resumes for the job you want (and that will make it through a computer filter), letters and messages that appeal to their targets, and reports that make the right case. Most important, I can help you develop a process so that you can manage your own writing without having to depend on a tutor.

Test Preparation

Career Development,

Career Development

My specialty is re-engineering resumes and the related correspondence so that they demonstrate the impact you have had on the world. Good resumes and cover letters are not lists--they are stories about choices that you've made and problems that you've solved. For the past 15 years, I've worked successfully with high school students applying to college, colleagues changing jobs, clients changing careers, and, most recently, military veterans returning from theater who want to enter the civilian marketplace. We always start from this premise: a resume is not a job application. It is a request for an interview. Let's write the story of your life together!
College Counseling

College Counseling

I bring to this work 10+ years of experience teaching writing at the university level, 25+ years in nonprofit publishing and communications, and 5+ years coaching high school and graduate students one on one. I can show you how to tell a coherent, compelling, and true story to busy admissions officers, and give you the tools to write your essays yourself, in your own words. Together, we'll explore moments in your life that showcase your sparkle, wit, drive, caring, and intelligence so that the story you tell is entirely yours. The students I've worked with have been accepted to schools of their choosing when their essays complement excellent grades and scores, and activities appropriate to their applications.

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Knowledgeable and supportive tutor

Marilyn helped my daughter with college application essays. She provided necessary guidance to convey the thoughts in a clear way, add more detail to the essays and I feel that the essays are stronger after working with her.

Su, 17 lessons with Marilyn

Excellent and experienced tutor

Marilyn has been a great help to my son’s college application essays. She is very experienced in mentoring college application essays. My son benefits from her encouraging coaching style and was effective completing edits for a number of essays. We will definitely recommend her to our friends with similar needs.

Eve, 9 lessons with Marilyn

Great guidance and creative ideas

Marilyn has been a great guide so far. She has been able to turn my thoughts into good ideas for my college application essays. She is patient, and we get a lot done during our appointments.

Colleen, 6 lessons with Marilyn

Extremely and helpful tutor!

I have used Marilyn's services several times and she has been so very helpful! She responds quickly when you need her and works diligently. Marilyn assisted me with my dated and unpolished resume, and turned it into a master piece. I was able to get an interview right away with her assistance. I felt she did such a good job with my resume I hired her again to help with my girlfriend's resume. Marilyn is one of a kind and a master of her craft!

Christopher, 5 lessons with Marilyn

Very efficient editor

Marilyn helped my son editing his common app essay. It was too long to start with but she edited down to 650 words but still kept essential part and did it in efficient way. Very pleased with her work and how she spends her time. Thank you, Marilyn!

Soojin, 6 lessons with Marilyn

Highly experienced writing tutor!

Marilyn helped me to transform my resume and cover letter into compelling career story by intertwining my personal life journey with my professional experience. She asked just the right questions to direct me through the editing process and helped me to submit great documents that I am confident will stand out to recruiters. She was also very cognizant of my time and efficient with her feedback and made herself available for the most part of her Sunday. I can't express enough my gratitude for her help and I look forward to hearing back from the recruiters. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for an experienced tutor for any writing/editing projects not just resumes and cover letters!

Tula, 2 lessons with Marilyn

Excellent tutor, great advice

Marilyn is helping me update my resume; I’m a career changer. Marilyn provided excellent feedback, just the kind of feedback and advice I needed. She helped me see how to distinguish myself from other job applicants. She gets right to the heart of the matter quickly and efficiently.

SUZANNE, 5 lessons with Marilyn

Great instructor, very patient

Marilyn helped me edit my personal statement. It was my first time with Wyzant and with Marilyn but it was beyond my expectations. She was thorough and patient. I definitely would love to work with her again in the future.

Melissa, 1 lesson with Marilyn

Patient and Knowledgeable Tutor

Helped me review my writing and editing process to make better use of my time and draft a better product. I appreciated the tools and resources she provided. She spent a lot of time getting to know me and how I worked so that her feedback was better tailored to my style and the school program.

Stephanie, 5 lessons with Marilyn
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$65/hour

Marilyn K.

$65/hour

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Response time: 3 hours