Fulbright Scholar, Executive Functioning Coach, College Essay Coach
Fulbright Scholar, Executive Functioning Coach, College Essay Coach
I'm Maddy! I graduated from Pitzer College (of the Claremont Colleges) with honors; my degree is in Sociology, Organizational Studies, and Politics. I'm a Fulbright Scholar and completed a Fulbright fellowship teaching English in Malaysia. Subsequently, I taught Social Studies at a prestigious high school English Program in Thailand. Throughout this time, I worked with US students on college essay coaching, executive functioning, and writing. I'm back in the US and am excited to continue...
I'm Maddy! I graduated from Pitzer College (of the Claremont Colleges) with honors; my degree is in Sociology, Organizational Studies, and Politics. I'm a Fulbright Scholar and completed a Fulbright fellowship teaching English in Malaysia. Subsequently, I taught Social Studies at a prestigious high school English Program in Thailand. Throughout this time, I worked with US students on college essay coaching, executive functioning, and writing. I'm back in the US and am excited to continue working with students here!
Academics have the potential to be profoundly empowering or deeply disempowering and my goal as a tutor is always to work collaboratively with students to make the process as painless (and maybe even enjoyable!) as possible.
My expertise is in essay coaching and writing. My students have received Fulbright fellowships, and acceptances to top universities as well as graduate, medical, and law schools (such as Stanford, Duke, NYU, Pomona, and UCLA). While I don't see these outcomes as the most important part of the process, I've loved having the opportunity to work with students toward these successes.
I additionally do executive functioning coaching, subject-tutoring, and I love to teach and edit writing. My work with writers spans academic essays, theses, creative pursuits, applications, and resumes. I have worked with students ages six through sixty and I would be happy to work with you regardless of age and/or experience!
I spent four years working as a Head Fellow at Pitzer College's Writing Center, where I participated in 50+ hours of training regarding tutoring and writing strategies. Additionally, I have a breadth of experience tutoring elementary and middle school students and I am experienced with ESL students as a lead-teacher.
Above all, my aim is to forge positive connections with students, and to make the tutoring process as confidence-boosting as possible.
Feel free to reach out with questions, for references, or for a free consultation!
Compassionate and Skillful Study Coach
My daughter is a very bright girl, but her ADHD makes it so hard to stay focused while doing homework, if she can actually get herself to sit down to do homework at all. After many failed attempts to push/coax her to do a mountain of overdue homework, I turned to Wyzant and found Madeline. She was a God sent. Madeline connected with my daughter right away; it was amazing to see how the two of them talked the same way, how Madeline was able to nudge and encourage her to focus, and how they set out a plan that is clear yet not at all intimidating. My daughter was finally able to finish all overdue work and draw a conclusion to the school year. She was very happy with herself, not just for the work she has done, but for her capability to focus and finish big projects. That was priceless. We will definitely reconnect again.Li, 18 lessons with Madeline
You want Maddy to be your tutor.
I can not say enough great things about Maddy. I connected with her for help with graduate school admissions and our sessions have exceeded my expectations. I need a little hand-holding sometimes and Maddy is right there for it. She is kind and patient and has been SO helpful in helping me accomplish to-do's within my timeframe, which for me can be a bit of a struggle. I can ask her the same question ten times and she responds with patience every single time. Maddy has also been super helpful in giving me new and different ways to think about tasks that I'm struggling with, breaking them down so that they are easy and manageable. She is a rockstar.Danielle, 10 lessons with Madeline
From drab to fab - medical school personal statement
If you are still considering using Maddy for your tutoring services, stop considering and do it! I had reached out to Maddy for support and guidance with my medical school personal statement. I had written a draft before that read too much like a CV and my passion and interests were lost in writing about my qualifications. My first meeting with Maddy was incredible! She asked me a series of questions like the first time I thought about being a doctor, what that felt like, what some of the work that I do is like, what challenges I have experienced and so on. Maddy developed writing prompts for me that I could free write to, and as someone who has never been a particularly strong writer, I had never enjoyed the writing process so much. The classic "show don't tell" has been extremely challenging for me always, but Maddy pushed me to further describe my strengths through moments and stories of my work and experiences. I was so beyond proud of the personal statement we were able to write together - I have personally never felt so captured and never felt so represented than in that essay and it could not have been done without Maddy.Hannah, 2 lessons with Madeline
Seriously incredible executive functioning coach
I have struggled with executive dysfunction my entire life and recently it has become completely unmanageable. Just when I was on the verge of giving up completely, I found Maddy and she did literal wonders in helping me get back on track. She goes well beyond the expectations of a tutor/coach and has genuinely helped me turn my life around in just a few weeks. I have never had a more positive or impactful experience with an EF coach, and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking an encouraging, understanding, very motivating coach or tutor.Jordyn, 21 lessons with Madeline
My Teenager Approves
Teens can be a tricky audience, so finding someone who can speak their language and bring them along on a program is a gift. So thrilled that we have found Madeline to help our rising senior with getting college ready, and applying to colleges, etc. Such a weight off my shoulders!Erica, 8 lessons with Madeline
Madeline is taking my son through writing exercises to make him a more confident writer. The goal is to get him over his fear of getting started writing college papers. It is going well.James, 18 lessons with Madeline
Excellent coaching and feedback
I loved working with Maddy, she was so friendly, encouraging and had many good ideas and suggestions to help me with my college essay. I wish Madfy had taught my high school English class!Sally, 1 lesson with Madeline
I learned so much, and she makes everything sound so easy! Definitely going back for more lessons. One of the smartest people I’ve met, but not in a condescending way.Anthony, 1 lesson with Madeline
Knowledgeable and Extremely Helpful!
Hiring a tutor for the first time was nerve reckoning, especially when it's for your statement of purpose. I was afraid that Madeline and I would not be a good match, but I was wrong. She is such a phenomenal Tutor. Madeline listens to you and guides you in whatever direction you want your paper to go; she also gives a lot of feedback on how one can improve. I would recommend her if you are looking for some help with your statement of purpose.Luz, 5 lessons with Madeline
Madeline G. Was extremely attentive and really helped me brainstorm ideas for my personal statement for a Masters program! I was able to let her know what I was expecting out of my future essay and she really tailored my experiences to create great ideas for what I should write about! I definitely plan on using her services again in the near future!Jhaia, 3 lessons with Madeline
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