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Julie F.

English - writing/reading/speaking. All ages. Learning is FUN!

English - writing/reading/speaking. All ages. Learning is FUN!

$60/hour

  • 392 hours tutoring

About Julie


Bio

I specialize in working with teens and adults to improve writing and speaking skills, especially where creativity meets clarity. I'm a certified coach and have an MA in Composition and Rhetoric, so my teaching style is not only rooted in mechanics, but also in understanding students' unique learning styles and passions. We learn best when we can enjoy our work. For those who experience writing anxiety, this is a must.
I enjoy moving students from frustration and angst to confidence and...

I specialize in working with teens and adults to improve writing and speaking skills, especially where creativity meets clarity. I'm a certified coach and have an MA in Composition and Rhetoric, so my teaching style is not only rooted in mechanics, but also in understanding students' unique learning styles and passions. We learn best when we can enjoy our work. For those who experience writing anxiety, this is a must.
I enjoy moving students from frustration and angst to confidence and triumph. Laughter plays a large part in learning, so having fun is also a key element in my teaching style. I love hearing stories and helping my students tell them in compelling ways. I'm exhilarated by witnessing thoughts flow into speech, then drafted to the page, and then out in the world via polished written or spoken word.
I'm skilled at helping students with all types of writing - everything from college essays, entrance essays, scholarship applications, technical writing, resumes, creative writing, speech writing, and writing for problem-solving, and even message writing for the purposes of job search and networking. Conversational English, public speaking, and live business communication (presentations, negotiations, interviews) are all topics in which I'm qualified and that come naturally to me.
When I work with younger students on improving reading, I have many techniques to make the process more fun. Reading should be a source of enjoyment and empowerment, not a chore.
Writing students won't find a red-penned revision with harsh criticisms scrawled on a page, we'll discuss the pieces and how to make each element fit together with a purpose. We'll talk about repeatable patterns and structures that work but don't stifle creativity. Writing must bring thought to life with a variety of words, so I encourage expanding one's vocabulary (by seeking meaning for unknown words) daily.
My experiences as a speaker, online trainer, and podcaster allow me to help students bring a literal voice to their written


Education

University of Illinois
BA Rhetoric
Northern Illinois University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $60
  • Rate details: For students willing to work together in same session, hourly rate drops down to only $35/hr per student. Cancellation charges apply to lessons not joined within 20 mins of scheduled start time.
  • Lesson cancellation: 8 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Career Development,

Career Development

Career exploration can be both an exciting and daunting task. While I have an MA in Composition and Rhetoric, my professional background (20+ years of life/career coaching combined with 10+ years resume work) is most helpful in guiding candidates as they explore and apply for career opportunities. My coaching style helps candidates to sift their experiences in order to glean the best of who they are. Together, we discover their transferrable skills that often open their eyes to possibilities that have been previously unexplored. From there, we highlight the candidate in writing. I've helped over 350 clients with crafting accomplishment-based resumes and/or LinkedIn profiles. I'm energized by working with clients to develop unique and authentic representations of themselves and what they may offer to any employer lucky enough to have them.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have spoken to large and small groups since I was 18. In that time I have written and presented on over 50 topics first in sales and corporate events, then as a life coach and motivational/educational speaker, and most recently online via digital courses, podcasts, and internet radio. I also have experience with both scripted and improv presentations given to passengers on holiday cruises.
Microsoft Word

Computer

Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

Career Development,

Career Development

Career exploration can be both an exciting and daunting task. While I have an MA in Composition and Rhetoric, my professional background (20+ years of life/career coaching combined with 10+ years resume work) is most helpful in guiding candidates as they explore and apply for career opportunities. My coaching style helps candidates to sift their experiences in order to glean the best of who they are. Together, we discover their transferrable skills that often open their eyes to possibilities that have been previously unexplored. From there, we highlight the candidate in writing. I've helped over 350 clients with crafting accomplishment-based resumes and/or LinkedIn profiles. I'm energized by working with clients to develop unique and authentic representations of themselves and what they may offer to any employer lucky enough to have them.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have spoken to large and small groups since I was 18. In that time I have written and presented on over 50 topics first in sales and corporate events, then as a life coach and motivational/educational speaker, and most recently online via digital courses, podcasts, and internet radio. I also have experience with both scripted and improv presentations given to passengers on holiday cruises.
Microsoft Word

Elementary Education

Reading,

Reading

Reading comprehension is tricky these days for readers of all ages. There's a tremendous amount of distraction in our lives that can prevent us from digesting what we read the first time through. I use several techniques to increase not only speed and comprehension but also interest in reading.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Finding the right word is about painting pictures, composing verbal music, and even smelling and tasting the description on the page. The process involves an imperfect conversation with yourself or with others that explores a menu of what might fit. I ask many questions of my students that have them digging deeper than just a thesaurus page. We learn new words. We find new ways to use old ones. By the end, we can see each other's mental pictures and neither of us is at all bored. This is the point of well-stocked vocabulary.

English

English,

English

I have both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English (specifically in Rhetoric and Composition). I have enjoyed the power and freedom of written and spoken communication since I was a child. I have written formally for business purposes, have created marketing copy, short stories and speeches, and have helped over 350 clients craft their job search documentation. My most impressive qualification is that I have moved non-writers to be writing LOVERS.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have spoken to large and small groups since I was 18. In that time I have written and presented on over 50 topics first in sales and corporate events, then as a life coach and motivational/educational speaker, and most recently online via digital courses, podcasts, and internet radio. I also have experience with both scripted and improv presentations given to passengers on holiday cruises.
Reading,

Reading

Reading comprehension is tricky these days for readers of all ages. There's a tremendous amount of distraction in our lives that can prevent us from digesting what we read the first time through. I use several techniques to increase not only speed and comprehension but also interest in reading.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Finding the right word is about painting pictures, composing verbal music, and even smelling and tasting the description on the page. The process involves an imperfect conversation with yourself or with others that explores a menu of what might fit. I ask many questions of my students that have them digging deeper than just a thesaurus page. We learn new words. We find new ways to use old ones. By the end, we can see each other's mental pictures and neither of us is at all bored. This is the point of well-stocked vocabulary.
Writing

Writing

I have a Master’s degree in Composition and Rhetoric. I enjoy working with others to efficiently and creatively communicate in various genres of writing - creative, academic, professional, marketing, expository, memoir, and even job search documentation. My decades of life coaching experience help to glean from my students the topics that they find worth exploring. When a subject ignites us, the writing flows with ease.

Homeschool

English,

English

I have both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English (specifically in Rhetoric and Composition). I have enjoyed the power and freedom of written and spoken communication since I was a child. I have written formally for business purposes, have created marketing copy, short stories and speeches, and have helped over 350 clients craft their job search documentation. My most impressive qualification is that I have moved non-writers to be writing LOVERS.
Reading,

Reading

Reading comprehension is tricky these days for readers of all ages. There's a tremendous amount of distraction in our lives that can prevent us from digesting what we read the first time through. I use several techniques to increase not only speed and comprehension but also interest in reading.
Writing

Writing

I have a Master’s degree in Composition and Rhetoric. I enjoy working with others to efficiently and creatively communicate in various genres of writing - creative, academic, professional, marketing, expository, memoir, and even job search documentation. My decades of life coaching experience help to glean from my students the topics that they find worth exploring. When a subject ignites us, the writing flows with ease.

Most Popular

English,

English

I have both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English (specifically in Rhetoric and Composition). I have enjoyed the power and freedom of written and spoken communication since I was a child. I have written formally for business purposes, have created marketing copy, short stories and speeches, and have helped over 350 clients craft their job search documentation. My most impressive qualification is that I have moved non-writers to be writing LOVERS.
Reading,

Reading

Reading comprehension is tricky these days for readers of all ages. There's a tremendous amount of distraction in our lives that can prevent us from digesting what we read the first time through. I use several techniques to increase not only speed and comprehension but also interest in reading.
Writing

Writing

I have a Master’s degree in Composition and Rhetoric. I enjoy working with others to efficiently and creatively communicate in various genres of writing - creative, academic, professional, marketing, expository, memoir, and even job search documentation. My decades of life coaching experience help to glean from my students the topics that they find worth exploring. When a subject ignites us, the writing flows with ease.

Other

College Counseling

College Counseling

Preparing entrance essays and sifting through college choices can be both an exciting and daunting task. While I have an MA in Composition and Rhetoric, my professional background (20+ years of life coaching combined with 10+ years of career counseling and resume work) is most helpful in guiding students as they explore and apply for post-secondary opportunities. I've helped over 350 clients with crafting accomplishment-based resumes and/or LinkedIn profiles. I have also helped dozens of students as they sift their experiences to glean the best of who they are. I'm energized by working with students to develop unique and authentic representations of themselves and what they may offer to any university lucky enough to have them.

Summer

Reading,

Reading

Reading comprehension is tricky these days for readers of all ages. There's a tremendous amount of distraction in our lives that can prevent us from digesting what we read the first time through. I use several techniques to increase not only speed and comprehension but also interest in reading.
Writing

Writing

I have a Master’s degree in Composition and Rhetoric. I enjoy working with others to efficiently and creatively communicate in various genres of writing - creative, academic, professional, marketing, expository, memoir, and even job search documentation. My decades of life coaching experience help to glean from my students the topics that they find worth exploring. When a subject ignites us, the writing flows with ease.

Test Preparation

Career Development,

Career Development

Career exploration can be both an exciting and daunting task. While I have an MA in Composition and Rhetoric, my professional background (20+ years of life/career coaching combined with 10+ years resume work) is most helpful in guiding candidates as they explore and apply for career opportunities. My coaching style helps candidates to sift their experiences in order to glean the best of who they are. Together, we discover their transferrable skills that often open their eyes to possibilities that have been previously unexplored. From there, we highlight the candidate in writing. I've helped over 350 clients with crafting accomplishment-based resumes and/or LinkedIn profiles. I'm energized by working with clients to develop unique and authentic representations of themselves and what they may offer to any employer lucky enough to have them.
College Counseling

College Counseling

Preparing entrance essays and sifting through college choices can be both an exciting and daunting task. While I have an MA in Composition and Rhetoric, my professional background (20+ years of life coaching combined with 10+ years of career counseling and resume work) is most helpful in guiding students as they explore and apply for post-secondary opportunities. I've helped over 350 clients with crafting accomplishment-based resumes and/or LinkedIn profiles. I have also helped dozens of students as they sift their experiences to glean the best of who they are. I'm energized by working with students to develop unique and authentic representations of themselves and what they may offer to any university lucky enough to have them.

Examples of Expertise


Julie has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Enthusiastic and accessible

Julie helped me to work on my resume. I could tell she has experience helping other people. I like how she guided me through the whole process and all the tips she suggested helped me a lot.

Martha, 1 lesson with Julie
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Martha! It was a pleasure working with you. I'm glad our session helped you move forward! Let me know when you land that job! Julie

Excellent and enthusiastic teacher

Julie is an excellent tutor. She helped my daughter with English reading comprehension and grammar. She is fun and makes the lesson very interesting. Highly recommended

Vera, 4 lessons with Julie
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Vera! It was great to work with Michelle. She lights up when she connects the concepts. It's such a joy to witness! Looking forward to seeing her again soon. Thanks again, Julie

Great tutor for college essay

Julie is a great tutor for English. especially for essay writing in college application. I have done a few lessons with her, she is very knowledgeable and patient.

Dennison, 6 lessons with Julie
Tutor responded:

Dennison, Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your perseverance and honesty as you work to improve your writing. And I must thank you for sharing what has become my favorite essay prompt so far... the woodchuck essay! Either someone in admissions finally hit a breaking point, or they've finally seen the light - I'm still deciding! Happy to be of help in the future. Let me know where you choose to go! Julie

Very Thoughtful and Intuitive

Julie has been a wonderful ray of sunshine in my day to day life. Every tuition is extremely thoughtful and is always followed up with detailed notes. I also love how the advice is always tangible and something I can practice day to day :)

Tulika, 5 lessons with Julie
Tutor responded:

Tulika, thank you! I'm so pleased that you're gaining value to move you forward with your speaking goals! Working with you is a joy. Julie

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Julie is very knowledgeable and patient tutor. She answered all my questions. I learned a lot of new things today. I’m looking forward for a new lesson. It was my pleasure to e-meet her.

Silvia, 2 lessons with Julie
Tutor responded:

Silvia, Thank you for letting me know that you're enjoying our work. You make my job easy because your sense of humor is a delight and makes the time fly! Looking forward to next time, Julie

very insightful

Done many sessions with Julie and she is always on her A game with helping write a final essay from start to finish. HIGHLY RECOMMEND her for any paper writing assignments even for collegiate level work

Patrick, 4 lessons with Julie
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Patrick. You have done such tremendous work this semester. It was a pleasure watching it unfold. Looking forward to witnessing what's next. Congrats on a job well done! Julie

Knowledgeable tutor

She is very knowledgeable and helpful during the editing process. She helped me correct grammar errors and improve my word choice to make the essay sound more professional.

Elizabeth, 3 lessons with Julie
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Elizabeth. Let me know when they accept you with open arms! They would be just silly not to have you as an incoming freshman. Best to you, Julie

More than just a tutor!

Julie is a wonderful tutor and demonstrated an amazing ability to connect with my introspective son. She is seamless with her on-line teaching, presentation, and personality. Julie is a gem!

Erika, 6 lessons with Julie
Tutor responded:

Thanks, Erika! I appreciate your kind words. Sometimes my coaching experience takes the lead to bring out the writers in my students. It was an absolute pleasure helping your son. Julie

Excellent teacher!

We had 4 lessons with Julie already, and we will definitely continue taking lessons with her. Julie is very engaging, knowledgeable and energetic. My son enjoys his writing lessons with her, and I am grateful for that :-)

Ruzan, 26 lessons with Julie
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much, Ruzan. It's been a pleasure working with both of your kids. They are so creative and ready to learn! Julie

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