Harvard University (English)
Washington University in St. Louis (Other)
I'm an English professor at James Madison University and before moving to Virginia in 2016, I taught for 5 years in the Stanford English Department. I received a BA in English from Harvard University (Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors) and an MFA in Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Over the past twenty years, I've been a private tutor; a writing consultant at the Harvard Writing Center; a lecturer in writing at Washington University in St. Louis and Stanford University; a teacher of AP English and middle school English, pre-algebra, and geography; and an SAT writing coach. I've even taught yoga at a homeless shelter!
Here is what I focus on:
* College and Graduate School Personal Statements: from brainstorming to final draft
* SAT/ACT: Writing, Reading, Essay, Science
* GRE: Analytical Writing; Verbal Reasoning
* Middle School / High School Reading and Writing
I look forward to hearing from you! Greetings!
I'm an English professor at James Madison University and before moving to Virginia in 2016, I taught for 5 years in the Stanford English Department. I received a BA in English from Harvard University (Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors) and an MFA in Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Over the past twenty
Greg has been so helpful with my daughter's college essay and college applications. He was extremely patient and gave my daughter the confidence she needed to write her essay. He was very diligent and encouraging. He is very knowledgable and crafted his teaching. He also revised each section on her college application. This brought so much relief to us as parents and my daughter. We couldn't be happier with Greg as a tutor. He is the best!!!
Teenage boys are often known to answer their parent's questions in monosyllabic answers, but recently, my son gave me a "He's wonderful, Mom. I'm learning a lot." I do not think there is a higher compliment. Thank you Greg!
Greg is a fantastic tudor. My daughter is a tough tudor critic and she thought he was awesome. Greg is very knowledgeable and he presented the subject material in a way that she could easily understand. I highly recommend him!
Greg is highly accomplished and able to easily engage his students in a dynamic learning environment. Credentials are impeccable, super easy to approach both from a parent's prospective as well as a student's.
Mr. W. is very knowledgeable and patient. If you have trouble writing your Personal statements, he is definitely a good tutor for you. He was a professor in Stanford and he worked in creative writing center. So he can inspire you and give your creative ideas about your personal statements. Even though the tutor fee is a little high, it is still worthy. My suggestion is that it is better to proof-reading and edit your personal statements several times. After that, you can schedule time with Mr. W. It will be more efficient. Hopefully, everyone can get into their own dream universities! Again, thank you, Mr. W.
Mr. W. was a great help in my personal statement for the UC system and I greatly admire his friendly attitude. He is very intelligent and knows exactly what is needed to construct a well-thought out personal statement. The tutoring price is high but it is definitely worth it and I highly recommend him.
My son's tutoring session with Greg was terrific! Being a math and science kid, he was having a hard time writing his college essay. They did a lot of brainstorming and outlining which he found extremely helpful.
Greg helped me to sort out a very detailed outline so I can get started with my PS! Very helpful!
Greg is an incredible asset to the creative process and is a great resource during brainstorming. His personable style is one that helps students discuss essay ideas with ease.
Greg really took my essay to the next level. He has a lot of insight and is extremely creative. Definitely went the extra mile in helping me! Great tutor
After receiving a deferral letter from my early decision school and going on winter break, I was caught in a disheveled, helpless situation. I imagine a number of deferred early decision applicants experience this too when they realize that they have to submit 15 more applications or so. For me, it was nightmarish. No one had reviewed my essays other than a few teachers I had received minimal help from at my school. I was not sure where I was going wrong.
When I told my Mom about this, she did an intensive search on WyzAnt and showed me the names of a few tutors, whom she immediately emailed regarding college essay help. I was most impressed by Mr. Greg W from the very start not just because of his credentials and background in creative writing but because of his prompt responses to our emails. He would always reply within 30 min-1 hr. I knew this was the kind of speedy help I would need to submit the best college applications possible within the short period of time that I had.
I worked with Mr. W from December 27th to January 4th--a total of 9 days--and submitted a total of 15 applications! This was miraculous because I had not expected to submit that many applications within such a short period of time. Mr. W and I worked almost on a daily basis, using Google docs, Skype video chat, and screen sharing to discuss and refine my essays, resume, and common application activity list. During my sessions with Mr. W, I learned the importance of using “insanely specific details”, “geeking out”, and “avoiding platitudes” in my essays in order to bring out my voice and personality.
I am forever indebted to Mr. W because of the countless hours he devoted to helping refine my college applications during the holiday season—even on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day. Our Skype sessions often went on to last as long as 6-7 hours and I am gracious for his extensive support.
Mr. W has been the most flexible tutor I have ever had and is one of the most cheerful, understanding, and passionate people I have ever met. I was not only able to open up to him about my life but was able to share personal details that I had never shared outside of my family. I would strongly recommend Mr. W to any student seeking college application help or help in any area that Mr. W specializes in.
I consider Mr. W to have been the best tutor I have ever had because he made sure that all the hard work that my parents and I had put into my education was maximally reflected in my applications.
I am sure that you too will find 100% satisfaction and regain your confidence with Mr. W as your tutor.
It was an honor and privilege to work you -- a talented, brave, brilliant young woman who will go on to do great things. I am so proud of you! Thank you for your lovely review of our work together.
Greg arrived to the session on time. He was very professional and friendly. He worked well with my son. Now, my son has a new approach how to brainstorm his writing for college essay. He is looking forward to his next session which makes me very happy.
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I have been helping students craft their college and graduate school application essays for over fifteen years, beginning as a tutor in the Harvard University Writing Center. I teach writing at Stanford and in addition to writing letters of recommendation for my students, I help them with their own personal statements for graduate school. I have even designed and taught a college essay workshop at the Kumon Writing Center in St. Louis, MO.
* Lecturer in Writing at Stanford University (currently)
* 15+ years as an essay writing coach
* MFA in Writing from Washington University in St. Louis
* Former AP English teacher / middle-school English teacher
* Former tutor at the Harvard University Writing Center