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. 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 Agency for International Development, American University, Georgetown University, 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. 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.
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We didn't know what to expect, but Marilyn has brought the best out of our daughter in just a short amount of time. Marilyn is thoughtful, organized, and helps the student take control of the process. Highly recommend!Tina, 6 lessons with Marilyn
My daughter had her first session with Marylin to begin the college application process. Marilyn is organized, knowledgeable & has a kind & calming disposition. She has a system in place & coupled with her creative writing skills, organization of material, & expertise in the college application process, she is a god sent. We will see her again next week for another 2 hours. Thanks Marilyn for your help & guidance. My daughter really enjoyed working with you.Shanna, 4 lessons with Marilyn
Marilyn has been coaching Nina from around beginning of 2017. She understands her need and structures her lessons around her need. That is very important for child to learn. We look forward to her coaching Nina and building her English reading and writing skills under her guidance. Thank you.Neil, 22 lessons with Marilyn
Helping college applicants find their voice
Marilyn provided our son with the freedom to write with his own voice and the encouragement to express it, while all the while guiding him on the path to doing so effectively and efficiently. Our son looked forward to his sessions with Marilyn and it reduced the stress for the whole family during the always stressful college application season. The essays ended up being a place where our son could articulate many things about himself that he had never said before. And many things we had never heard. High recommended.Eric, 24 lessons with Marilyn
A great tutor and mentor
I've been working with Marilyn for almost two years now, and it's been both a fun and eye-opening experience. We've done cool writing exercises unlike anything I've been assigned at school. Marilyn showed me how even a formal voice can still be funny and interesting, an idea that I've started applying to school assignments and everyday interactions. She's also helped me with college essays and my resumé, and has even helped me land my first internship at the MITRE Corporation. All in all, she's a great tutor and mentor.LuLu , 56 lessons with Marilyn
Knowledgeable and patient tutor
I liked how patient and creative she was with my son. Made him feel comfortable and explained things in a funny way that made perfect sense.We're looking forward to our next session.Cleo, 4 lessons with Marilyn
Informative and Helpful Session
Marilyn and I worked together on my last paper for my college music class. She consistently teaches me how to both see new, more colorful ways of writing but also how to implement her lessons in my own writing. Regardless of the topic, Marilyn is incredibly knowledgeable and adaptive. She's helped me cultivate a strong foundation in writing that I can translate to whatever subject I'm writing about.Mini, 23 lessons with Marilyn
Effective writing tutor
Marilyn helped me overcome writer's block after I was offered to guest blog for an Ivy League school. We used mind maps to help structure the story I needed to convey which helped me develop an interesting non-linear approach to the task. She is quick yet thorough. I would highly recommend Marilyn for any writing assistance you need!Emily, 1 lesson with Marilyn
Patient and great tutor
Marilyn provides the right guidance and structure needed in order for my student to organize and write his paper.Jenny, 10 lessons with Marilyn
Excellent help with college essays
Marilyn has helped my son develop more cohesive college application essays. At times when he is stuck with an essay, she helps him by asking questions which would unlock his flow of writing. She is flexible, prompt and very efficient with the time that is billed. I am very happy with the help my son got from Marilyn and highly recommend her.Bhavani, 25 lessons with Marilyn
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