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Martha S.

Gloucester, VA

$65/hour

Learn to Write Effectively -- Essays, Research Papers, Resumes +

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Background check passed as of 12/2/15

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United States Military Academy
English Literature
Duquesne University
Master's
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College School of Advanced Military Studies
Master's

Education

United States Military Academy (English Literature)

Duquesne University (Master's)

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College School of Advanced Military Studies (Master's)

About Martha

My background. I have a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in English, have taught effective writing for the past 4 years for the Army, have published two articles in Military Review, the Army's Professional Journal, and am the volume author of the 2015-2016 How The Army Runs Manual used by the U.S. Army War College and read by over 3,000 students annually across the Army.

My promise. I can assist anyone of any age in improving their writing skills quickly through steady application of writing tips and frequent evaluated practice for all writing disciplines from the development of a thesis statement, to proper spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation, to effective format and organization of introductions, topic sentences, supporting paragraphs, and conclusions.

My qualifications. I have assisted public school students with private school applications and essays, high school students with college applications and essays, college graduates with resumes for job applications, Army Officers with argumentative essays, information papers, and research paper manuscripts (eight students went on to publish manuscripts in professional journals), and I have written one-hundred speeches for the top 4-star general of the Army at the Pentagon.

My offer. Contact me and schedule your initial tutoring session today for any of the following writing or editing needs: essays, letters to the editor, information papers, research papers, college applications, college essays, resume building, job searching, articles for publication, standard operating procedures, manuals, or books. Whatever you need to write, I can help you write it effectively
My background. I have a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in English, have taught effective writing for the past 4 years for the Army, have published two articles in Military Review, the Army's Professional Journal, and am the Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Gloucester, VA 23061
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Test Preparation:
SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar

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English

I have a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY (1990) and a Master's Degree in English from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (1997). For the past four years, I have taught effective writing to Army Officers, from the rank of Captain to Lieutenant Colonel, at the Army Force Management School, Fort Belvoir, VA. My effective writing instruction has included content, accuracy, grammar, spelling, punctuation, usage, format, organization, and packaging.

Grammar

As the daughter of a College English Teacher, I learned correct grammar at a very young age. In fact, one summer, I wasn't allowed to go out and play until I had written a descriptive paragraph and had it corrected by my mother. I have further developed my expert knowledge, skills, and abilities in grammar as an Effective Writing Teacher for the Army and as a twice-published author in the professional Army journal, Military Review.

Proofreading

I am able to quickly and frequently find grammatical errors in any document, article, or book I read based upon my many years of experience reading, writing, and editing. Over the past four years, I was the volume author, editor, designer, and publisher of the U.S. Army War College Manual, "How The Army Runs," (600+pp) and assisted with the authoring, editing, and publishing of Army Regulation 71-32 (100+pp). I am routinely asked to proofread and edit the work of subordinates, peers, and supervisors because of my superior editing skills.

SAT Writing

Having taken the SAT in high school and the ACT for graduate school, I am familiar with standard testing methods for effective writing. As an effective writing instructor, I focus heavily on the development of a thesis, topic sentences, and supporting paragraphs that flow sequentially and progressively to thoroughly address any topic. I can assist with concise and error-free argumentative, expository, and researched writing, as well as coach the best way to outline and organize thoughts in advance of writing.

Writing

Equipped with a Bachelor's and Master's in English, I have become an accomplished writer twice-published in Military Review, one of the Army's Premier Professional Journals. I also wrote an 86-page persuasive research paper required by my Military Arts & Science Master's Degree from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. I have taught effective writing for the Army for the past four years, and eight of my students have gone on to publish their research papers in professional journals.

United States Military Academy
English Literature
Duquesne University
Master's
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College School of Advanced Military Studies
Master's

Education

United States Military Academy (English Literature)

Duquesne University (Master's)

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College School of Advanced Military Studies (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Martha will travel within 30 miles of Gloucester, VA 23061.