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Maria L.

College Professor for Essay Writing and Reading/Writing Test Prep

College Professor for Essay Writing and Reading/Writing Test Prep

$50/hour

  • 95 hours tutoring

  • Herndon, VA 20171

About Maria


Bio

I have worked as a college professor in communication for over 20 years. This includes a lot of experience with people challenged by reading and writing. I can make the process more pleasant for those who don't naturally embrace writing, and I can help all writers polish their work and show real improvement. I also teach oral communication and tutor public speaking and interpersonal communication.

We can work on a range of writing skills including grammar, organization, style: whatever a...

I have worked as a college professor in communication for over 20 years. This includes a lot of experience with people challenged by reading and writing. I can make the process more pleasant for those who don't naturally embrace writing, and I can help all writers polish their work and show real improvement. I also teach oral communication and tutor public speaking and interpersonal communication.

We can work on a range of writing skills including grammar, organization, style: whatever a student needs. Sessions are personalized to address the particular needs of each person. We can tackle school assignments, college application essays, and/or writing skills that apply to a variety of situations.

My approach to test prep is to cover reading and/or writing in general terms but to spend the majority of the time focusing on areas where the student needs improvement. Personalizing the test prep makes it more efficient for students and more cost effective for families. In addition, it reduces the boredom factor since students don't have to spend excessive time on material they already understand.

Just as relevant as my professional background, I have three children, two of whom have successfully gone through the college application process. I know that teens and parents can be both excited and anxious about applying. Writing the application essays seems to be an area that even good students often find daunting. While parents are an important source of support and encouragement, it often helps for students to work with an adult outside their family. I have had good results working with students, and I bring a calm, reassuring approach that helps students feel secure and helps them get their essays in solid shape.

I can meet with students in their home or a nearby public library, and we can also use WyzAnt's on-line tutoring platform and document sharing as appropriate.


Education

University of Virginia
communication
Ohio State University
Masters
George Mason University
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Rate details: For on-line tutoring sessions, rate is $50 per hour.
  • Tutor’s lessons: Online
  • Travel policy: Within 3 miles of Herndon, VA 20171
  • Lesson cancellation: 6 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/23/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Schedule

Maria hasn’t set a schedule.


Subjects

Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have been a professor in the Communication Department at University of Maryland University College since 1997 and at NVCC since 2014. I have a Ph.D. in communication, which included oral communication. My experience as a professor and a trainer involves many hours of public speaking. I can help students prepare and deliver speeches. We'll have fun!

Corporate Training

Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have been a professor in the Communication Department at University of Maryland University College since 1997 and at NVCC since 2014. I have a Ph.D. in communication, which included oral communication. My experience as a professor and a trainer involves many hours of public speaking. I can help students prepare and deliver speeches. We'll have fun!
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Study Skills,

Study Skills

My qualifications include a Ph.D. in education. I have over 20 years of teaching experience and helping students. My approach for test preparation includes things like targeted practice, review with a partner, recall aids and when appropriate, memorization techniques. For bigger picture study skills beyond test prep, I work with students on organization, time management, breaking up projects into smaller pieces, and other approaches as needed.
Grammar

English

Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have been a professor in the Communication Department at University of Maryland University College since 1997 and at NVCC since 2014. I have a Ph.D. in communication, which included oral communication. My experience as a professor and a trainer involves many hours of public speaking. I can help students prepare and deliver speeches. We'll have fun!
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing

Homeschool

Study Skills,

Study Skills

My qualifications include a Ph.D. in education. I have over 20 years of teaching experience and helping students. My approach for test preparation includes things like targeted practice, review with a partner, recall aids and when appropriate, memorization techniques. For bigger picture study skills beyond test prep, I work with students on organization, time management, breaking up projects into smaller pieces, and other approaches as needed.
English, ESL/ESOL, SAT Reading, Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL

Most Popular

Study Skills,

Study Skills

My qualifications include a Ph.D. in education. I have over 20 years of teaching experience and helping students. My approach for test preparation includes things like targeted practice, review with a partner, recall aids and when appropriate, memorization techniques. For bigger picture study skills beyond test prep, I work with students on organization, time management, breaking up projects into smaller pieces, and other approaches as needed.
English, ESL/ESOL, Writing

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have two years experience as an academic services counselor at a university, and as part of my job I had to become familiar with the admissions and transfer processes and policies of colleges in general and some colleges in particular. Also, I have over 20 years of higher education work experience. I have had three of my own children go through the college application process, and, unlike most parents, I really enjoyed it. I estimate I have read about 15 books on college admission. I have learned a lot about how the system works and what students should consider when selecting colleges to apply to.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

My qualifications include a Ph.D. in education. I have over 20 years of teaching experience and helping students. My approach for test preparation includes things like targeted practice, review with a partner, recall aids and when appropriate, memorization techniques. For bigger picture study skills beyond test prep, I work with students on organization, time management, breaking up projects into smaller pieces, and other approaches as needed.
ESL/ESOL

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

My qualifications include a Ph.D. in education. I have over 20 years of teaching experience and helping students. My approach for test preparation includes things like targeted practice, review with a partner, recall aids and when appropriate, memorization techniques. For bigger picture study skills beyond test prep, I work with students on organization, time management, breaking up projects into smaller pieces, and other approaches as needed.

Summer

Study Skills,

Study Skills

My qualifications include a Ph.D. in education. I have over 20 years of teaching experience and helping students. My approach for test preparation includes things like targeted practice, review with a partner, recall aids and when appropriate, memorization techniques. For bigger picture study skills beyond test prep, I work with students on organization, time management, breaking up projects into smaller pieces, and other approaches as needed.
ESL/ESOL, Writing

Test Preparation

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have two years experience as an academic services counselor at a university, and as part of my job I had to become familiar with the admissions and transfer processes and policies of colleges in general and some colleges in particular. Also, I have over 20 years of higher education work experience. I have had three of my own children go through the college application process, and, unlike most parents, I really enjoyed it. I estimate I have read about 15 books on college admission. I have learned a lot about how the system works and what students should consider when selecting colleges to apply to.
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Ratings and Reviews


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4.7 (22 ratings)
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Very helpful

Maria is very helpful and responsive. She focuses on grammar, format and the message of the essays. My son appreciated her feedback and the assistance with his essays.

Amy, 9 lessons with Maria

$50/hour

Maria L.

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