College counseling and writing tutor with strong STEM credentials
College counseling and writing tutor with strong STEM credentials
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.
Very thoughtful patient and organized
We are so glad to have worked with Marilyn. She made the process of developing and editing the college essay very approachable for our daughter. The time they spent together was always productive organized and well thought out. My daughter thinks Marilyn is very nice and easy to work with. We are very happy with the final results and recommend Marilyn without reservation.Katherine, 6 lessons with Marilyn
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
Response time: 3 hours