Search

Erika V.

Mercer Island, WA

$70/hour

K-12 Reading and Writing, SAT/ACT, Marketing and Professional Writing

500+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/29/16
5.0 average from 228 ratings
Great lesson - Erika was great at determining exactly what was needed
— Jeanmarie, Bellevue, WA on 8/29/17

$70/Hour


Send a message explaining your needs and Erika will reply soon.

Response time: 1 hour

Contact Erika

Bachelor of Arts - University of Washington
English

Education

Bachelor of Arts - University of Washington (English)

About Erika

Let's get you past the various blocks and on to better test scores, better written correspondence and essay creation, and a better understanding of the English language and how to make it work optimally for you.

Tutoring is a joy for me; awarding so much of what I love doing in one package: teaching, sharing, and connecting. I have decades of cumulative experience as a marketing copywriter, local newspaper reporter, and freelance copywriter & editor. I am looking to share my love of and expertise in all forms of writing, grammar, proofreading, and the art of persuasion. I enjoy working with people of all ages and getting tasks accomplished together...specifically, you accomplishing them with my help.

I offer assistance in the following:

Writing
Good writing is efficient. It packs a punch and engages your reader. From writing assignments in school, to college applications, to being able to write a solid email in the workplace, it all matters, and is cornerstone to expressing yourself academically, professionally, and personally. I can help with all aspects pertaining to the written word -- paragraph and essay construction, thesis writing, how to edit your own writing, and beyond. You will develop brainstorming and outlining technique that gets you started comfortably, so you avoid the dreaded blank piece of paper or monitor staring back at you.

Reading
Reading comprehension is vital to success in all areas of academia. Regardless of school subject, if you’re unable to glean key information from directions and passages, you could easily fall behind. Reading comprehension is included in most standardized tests and is critical to strong scholastic development. Being a solid reader sets a foundation for a lifetime of learning, and of interpreting information swiftly and accurately. I approach reading with my students by first getting a sense of your comfort level and aptitude and building from there. You will learn how to read critically, absorbing key information the first time while effectively disregarding outside distractions so, with practice, you’ll be able to read any given piece just once. Vocabulary development goes hand in hand with reading comprehension. Your vocabulary stays with you for life and helps you better understand and communicate with the world. It enhances your writing in school and the workplace, and makes reading more seamless and enjoyable. We’ll mark words you’re unfamiliar with and go over them together. We’ll solidify pronunciation and usage, as well as dig into variants of the word, so you not only recognize it, but have a thorough understanding of its application.

Test Prep
Taking tests is nerve-wracking for most people, but it doesn’t have to be! Nerves associated with taking standardized tests can be alleviated by one simple detail: preparation. I will help you prepare for the SAT, GRE, or any state-based assessment test by grade. I will assess where you are currently at in your writing, vocabulary, and reading comprehension ability and we’ll develop a plan of attack. We’ll go over study tactics so you are able to spend your preparation time efficiently, covering information relevant to the test itself. Additionally, you will complete at least one practice test to increase your comfort level and alleviate any elements of surprise on the big day. We will discuss ways to minimize test day stress and outsmart test-taking intimidation. All in all, our work together will arm you with honed skills and strong preparedness, and give you the confidence to tackle the section head-on.

Still have questions? Send them my way!
Let's get you past the various blocks and on to better test scores, better written correspondence and essay creation, and a better understanding of the English language and how to make it work optimally for you.

Tutoring is a joy for me; awarding so much of what I love doing in one package: teaching, sharing, and connecting. I have
Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Mercer Island, WA 98040
Background Check: Passed

"Great lesson - Erika was great at determining exactly what was needed"

- Jeanmarie, Bellevue, WA on 8/29/17

"Knowledgeable and Efficient"

- Margaret, Bellevue, WA on 8/28/17

"Came prepared and followed up promptly!"

- Elizabeth, Mercer Island, WA on 8/23/17

"Very Knowledgeable and Understanding"

- Pulith, Seattle, WA on 6/20/17

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Sushama, Mercer Island, WA on 6/2/17

"Knowledge and kind tutor"

- Eric, Bellevue, WA on 3/12/17

"Excellent Writing Tutor!"

- RC, Kirkland, WA on 2/5/17

"Intuitive"

- DONALD, Bellevue, WA on 12/22/16

"Knowledgeable and Helpful Tutor"

- Bo, Bellevue, WA on 11/26/16
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing

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.

Writing

Together, we'll make you a stellar, skilled writer who tackles projects with insight and ease -- or get you awfully close! I have an extensive background in academic, journalistic, and PR copywriting. I will help you speak to your audience, whoever they are.

Bachelor of Arts - University of Washington
English

Education

Bachelor of Arts - University of Washington (English)

Great lesson - Erika was great at determining exactly what was needed

Great lesson - Erika was great at determining exactly what was needed. You could tell she has been a tutor for years and knows what each student needs in order to do a great job at school.

— Jeanmarie, Bellevue, WA on 8/29/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Erika will travel within 10 miles of Mercer Island, WA 98040.