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Maria L.

Herndon, VA

$50/hour

College Professor for Essay Writing and Reading/Writing Test Prep

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/23/14
4.7 average from 22 ratings
Did a great job
— Alexander, Clifton, VA on 9/5/15

$50/Hour


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University of Virginia
communication
Ohio State University
Master's
George Mason University
PhD

Education

University of Virginia (communication)

Ohio State University (Master's)

George Mason University (PhD)

About Maria

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.
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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required

For on-line tutoring sessions, rate is $50 per hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 3 miles of Herndon, VA 20171
Background Check: Passed

"Did a great job"

- Alexander, Clifton, VA on 9/5/15
Maria replied on 9/5/2015

It was a pleasure! Best wishes with all your college preparations.

"Very helpful"

- Amy, Mc Lean, VA on 10/30/15
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Study Skills
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

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.

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!

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.

University of Virginia
communication
Ohio State University
Master's
George Mason University
PhD

Education

University of Virginia (communication)

Ohio State University (Master's)

George Mason University (PhD)

Did a great job

Maria did a great job reviewing my college essays. She was also kind. She reviewed the grammar, edited the essays, and provided great suggestions to improve the format and message in the essays. I feel better about my essays after her review. I will definitely use her tutoring in the future.

— Alexander, Clifton, VA on 9/5/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

For on-line tutoring sessions, rate is $50 per hour.

Travel policy

Maria will travel within 3 miles of Herndon, VA 20171.