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Patrick O.

PhD with 25 years of experience in writing and teaching

PhD with 25 years of experience in writing and teaching

$45/hour

  • 4 hours tutoring

About Patrick


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I have 25 years of teaching experience at a range of large and small universities, and have worked with thousands of students to improve their writing. My students have gone on to higher education around the world, including Harvard and Georgetown, and landed Watson, Fulbright, and Luce Fellowships. I am also a successful textbook author at the college and high school Advanced Placement level, and so have ample experience with getting ideas across.

How I like to approach writing is at the...

I have 25 years of teaching experience at a range of large and small universities, and have worked with thousands of students to improve their writing. My students have gone on to higher education around the world, including Harvard and Georgetown, and landed Watson, Fulbright, and Luce Fellowships. I am also a successful textbook author at the college and high school Advanced Placement level, and so have ample experience with getting ideas across.

How I like to approach writing is at the "one thousand foot" level. Others might tinker with the choice of verbs or word order, sticking close to the ground of your writing. In contrast, what I believe is key is to see the entire landscape of your essay. That means looking from "up high" to discern the whole landscape of your experiences, in order to craft a path that can guide your reader and give them a sense of who you are as an individual. There is no one right way to write an essay, no one way to forge a path. You and I can reveal multiple ways in which you can share yourself to others, and then choose the approach that works best for you and your audience.

I have a powerful capacity to find the narrative in your work, and turn it from a laundry list of experiences into something that demonstrates what is unique about you. Contact me to learn more about how I can improve your writing and make your college, fellowship or job application rise to the top.


Education

University of Oregon
Political Science
Indiana University
PhD

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $45
  • Travel policy: Within 5 miles of Tacoma, WA 98404
  • Lesson cancellation: 1 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Elementary Education

Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a teacher and writer I have spent many years learning how to best manage my time and discover my own learning style. And I am not a naturally organized person who loves color coded planners and tidy lists! Rather, I have learned how to find a management style that works for each individual, through actively engaging the person. Through accountability and collaboration we can reveal the learning style that works for you.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Having written and published for over two decades, I have developed a strong command of the English language. I am able to help bolster your writing without overusing language that distracts the reader. I am able to deepen your communication skills while sharpening the clarity of your writing.
Reading

English

ACT English,

ACT English

With over two decades of writing, editing and teaching, I am able to convey knowledge and share those skills with you. I can identify pitfalls in writing and teach you to strengthen your own work. Clarity and concision are powerful tools that I can help you master!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

My own experiences writing, editing, and teaching can translate into your success on the SAT. I have the ability to help lay out a pathway to the correct answer--why a particular choice is the correct one. By looking at the bigger picture in a given passage, I will provide a strategy for discerning the correct answers.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I have over 25 years of experience writing in academic formats, from high school to professional work. In addition, I have taught writing in the social science to college students, working on various writing forms. I have an innate understanding of how to read and write for the SAT, giving you the edge you need to succeed.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Having written and published for over two decades, I have developed a strong command of the English language. I am able to help bolster your writing without overusing language that distracts the reader. I am able to deepen your communication skills while sharpening the clarity of your writing.
Writing,

Writing

I have over 25 years of experience writing in academic formats, from high school to professional work. In addition, I have taught writing in the social science to college students, working with everything from short briefs to honors theses and even video narration. I have both the writing and teaching background to improve all kinds of writing, and drawing out the narrative from the rough draft.
ACT Reading, Reading

History

European History,

European History

My doctoral work focused on modern European history and politics, and I regularly teach courses that focused on Western and Eastern European history, society, and political institutions. I have written and published on Eastern Europe and the European Union.
Political Science,

Political Science

My PhD is in political science and I have taught a wide range of political science courses, from the freshman to graduate level, for over 25 years. I am also the author of a best selling textbook in political science used at the AP and college level.
Social Studies,

Social Studies

I have extensive experience teaching in the social sciences, especially at the Advanced Placement and college level. I can help make difficult concepts clear and pull out the most important concepts in otherwise complicated material.
World History

World History

I have extensive experience with Advanced Placement, including training high school AP teachers. I am also the author of a best selling textbook in AP comparative government. I have a deep understanding of world history, including research and writing on Europe and the Middle East.

Homeschool

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

My own experiences writing, editing, and teaching can translate into your success on the SAT. I have the ability to help lay out a pathway to the correct answer--why a particular choice is the correct one. By looking at the bigger picture in a given passage, I will provide a strategy for discerning the correct answers.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a teacher and writer I have spent many years learning how to best manage my time and discover my own learning style. And I am not a naturally organized person who loves color coded planners and tidy lists! Rather, I have learned how to find a management style that works for each individual, through actively engaging the person. Through accountability and collaboration we can reveal the learning style that works for you.
Writing,

Writing

I have over 25 years of experience writing in academic formats, from high school to professional work. In addition, I have taught writing in the social science to college students, working with everything from short briefs to honors theses and even video narration. I have both the writing and teaching background to improve all kinds of writing, and drawing out the narrative from the rough draft.
Reading

Most Popular

Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a teacher and writer I have spent many years learning how to best manage my time and discover my own learning style. And I am not a naturally organized person who loves color coded planners and tidy lists! Rather, I have learned how to find a management style that works for each individual, through actively engaging the person. Through accountability and collaboration we can reveal the learning style that works for you.
Writing,

Writing

I have over 25 years of experience writing in academic formats, from high school to professional work. In addition, I have taught writing in the social science to college students, working with everything from short briefs to honors theses and even video narration. I have both the writing and teaching background to improve all kinds of writing, and drawing out the narrative from the rough draft.
Reading

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I strategize with students to both find the ideal college and make certain their application rises to the topic. This includes work on the Common Application and reviewing each element, including the college essay, to present the student in the strongest manner possible. I have over two decades of experience in college advising, and my students have gone on to a wide variety of public and private schools, including Harvard, Georgetown, Washington, George Mason, Minnesota, Berkeley, UCLA, Indiana, and UT Austin. I also have experience helping with scholarship and graduate school applications, including law school, MBA, MPA/MPP, MPH, and PhD programs
Study Skills

Study Skills

As a teacher and writer I have spent many years learning how to best manage my time and discover my own learning style. And I am not a naturally organized person who loves color coded planners and tidy lists! Rather, I have learned how to find a management style that works for each individual, through actively engaging the person. Through accountability and collaboration we can reveal the learning style that works for you.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

As a teacher and writer I have spent many years learning how to best manage my time and discover my own learning style. And I am not a naturally organized person who loves color coded planners and tidy lists! Rather, I have learned how to find a management style that works for each individual, through actively engaging the person. Through accountability and collaboration we can reveal the learning style that works for you.

Summer

Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a teacher and writer I have spent many years learning how to best manage my time and discover my own learning style. And I am not a naturally organized person who loves color coded planners and tidy lists! Rather, I have learned how to find a management style that works for each individual, through actively engaging the person. Through accountability and collaboration we can reveal the learning style that works for you.
Writing,

Writing

I have over 25 years of experience writing in academic formats, from high school to professional work. In addition, I have taught writing in the social science to college students, working with everything from short briefs to honors theses and even video narration. I have both the writing and teaching background to improve all kinds of writing, and drawing out the narrative from the rough draft.
Reading

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

With over two decades of writing, editing and teaching, I am able to convey knowledge and share those skills with you. I can identify pitfalls in writing and teach you to strengthen your own work. Clarity and concision are powerful tools that I can help you master!
College Counseling,

College Counseling

I strategize with students to both find the ideal college and make certain their application rises to the topic. This includes work on the Common Application and reviewing each element, including the college essay, to present the student in the strongest manner possible. I have over two decades of experience in college advising, and my students have gone on to a wide variety of public and private schools, including Harvard, Georgetown, Washington, George Mason, Minnesota, Berkeley, UCLA, Indiana, and UT Austin. I also have experience helping with scholarship and graduate school applications, including law school, MBA, MPA/MPP, MPH, and PhD programs
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

My own experiences writing, editing, and teaching can translate into your success on the SAT. I have the ability to help lay out a pathway to the correct answer--why a particular choice is the correct one. By looking at the bigger picture in a given passage, I will provide a strategy for discerning the correct answers.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I have over 25 years of experience writing in academic formats, from high school to professional work. In addition, I have taught writing in the social science to college students, working on various writing forms. I have an innate understanding of how to read and write for the SAT, giving you the edge you need to succeed.
ACT Reading

Examples of Expertise


Patrick has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 2 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Great college essay tutor

He had helped me achieve great results from my college essays. He was good at helping Standard English conventions, paragraph structure as well as grammar. He helped me connect my claims.

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$45/hour

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Response time: 4 hours