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Janet S.

Essay coach, art tutor & portfolio advisor

Essay coach, art tutor & portfolio advisor

$90/hour

  • 23 hours tutoring

  • Fairfax, VA 22032

"Clearly highly gifted in addition to her training,a delight to work with"

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About Janet


Bio

Writing: Personal essays can be daunting when you don't know where to begin. I've worked with dozens of juniors and seniors as they prepare to apply to colleges. I've helped students get into Ivy leagues and land scholarships. I do not write the essays for students. I give thoughtful, helpful guidance that shows how to begin to find a topic, how to structure the essay, and how it might best be written so that it stands out. Most students, believe it or not, find that they like writing for the...

Writing: Personal essays can be daunting when you don't know where to begin. I've worked with dozens of juniors and seniors as they prepare to apply to colleges. I've helped students get into Ivy leagues and land scholarships. I do not write the essays for students. I give thoughtful, helpful guidance that shows how to begin to find a topic, how to structure the essay, and how it might best be written so that it stands out. Most students, believe it or not, find that they like writing for the first time when we brainstorm and make decisions together.

Art portfolios: I've been a professional artist for 30 years. I've published 25 picture books, and won several national awards. But these are not my best qualifications for tutoring and evaluating portfolios. My own art career helps, but being able to connect and communicate is much more important. I know exactly how to clarify art goals and show you how to expand your vision to include more of who you are as an artist.

I love to paint and to teach. If you are just a beginner or an artist in mid-career, I can help you develop your painting and drawing so that it allows you to feel that you are in charge of the final product. I have probably had many of your experiences already, and can guide you around being stuck, struggling with a problem, or even re-imagining your vision.

Some of the schools that responded positively: Virginia Tech, UVA, JMU, VCU, u of Mary Washington, William and Mary, Tulane, U of Pittsburgh, UPenn, UCLA, Columbia U, Cornell U, U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Elon, Georgia Tech, UCDavis, Pratt, MICA, Hamilton College, Bucknell, Rutgers, Colgate U, George Washington U, George Mason U, Frostburg, Longwood, Swarthmore, RISD, Kenyon and Penn State.


Education

Colgate University
Fine Arts andEnglish
Geo Washington U
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $90
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Fairfax, VA 22032
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Drawing,

Drawing

With a master's degree in Painting, and several years teaching fine arts, I am certainly qualified to instruct drawing classes. I can teach shading, texture, life drawing, perspective, color theory and abstract drawing.
Painting

Painting

I've been teaching painting for four years, have an MFA in teaching, and an undergrad degree in Fine Arts as well. I have helped students prepare their portfolios for art colleges, and taught beginners to explore their options as they delve into the art world. I will meet you where you are in your art exploration, and guide you toward new and exciting avenues of expression.

Corporate Training

Proofreading,

Proofreading

I've worked with college-bound students for 5 years, helping them craft their essays for admission. I have also published 25 books (for children, just to be clear!)
Grammar

Elementary Education

Handwriting,

Handwriting

I am a patient and thorough teacher who believes that good penmanship (printing as well as cursive) has many advantages. It allows the writer to easily scan their writing for main ideas and points. Writing quickly and legibly can increase grades when writing prompts are timed. I also teach calligraphy.
Grammar, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I have 24 books published, am an excellent editor and have worked with professional writers for 13 years. Their books went on to be published with my corrections and ideas.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I've worked with college-bound students for 5 years, helping them craft their essays for admission. I have also published 25 books (for children, just to be clear!)
Writing,

Writing

I've published 25 books. Okay, they are all for children, but still ... my editing skills are top notch!
Grammar, Literature, SAT Writing, Vocabulary

Homeschool

English,

English

I have 24 books published, am an excellent editor and have worked with professional writers for 13 years. Their books went on to be published with my corrections and ideas.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

I am a patient and thorough teacher who believes that good penmanship (printing as well as cursive) has many advantages. It allows the writer to easily scan their writing for main ideas and points. Writing quickly and legibly can increase grades when writing prompts are timed. I also teach calligraphy.
Writing

Writing

I've published 25 books. Okay, they are all for children, but still ... my editing skills are top notch!

Most Popular

English,

English

I have 24 books published, am an excellent editor and have worked with professional writers for 13 years. Their books went on to be published with my corrections and ideas.
Writing

Writing

I've published 25 books. Okay, they are all for children, but still ... my editing skills are top notch!

Summer

Writing

Writing

I've published 25 books. Okay, they are all for children, but still ... my editing skills are top notch!

Test Preparation

SAT Writing

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$90/hour

Janet S.

$90/hour

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