I've worked with students in grade 4 through the Ph.D. level, and I'm always happy to work with anyone who wants to be a stronger writer. I think my job as a tutor is to help students think through problems or frustrations and come to their own solutions - I usually do a lot of asking questions and understanding what the student's own goals for his/her paper are. I really enjoy helping students figure out what work each part of an essay is doing and how to organize and connect ideas to make a strong argument in their papers.
I'm comfortable with the formal academic essay style, but I'm also mindful that isn't always the best way to make a particular point - I'm a writer myself, but I definitely don't write any 5-paragraph essays in my day job!
I do have a lot of students who ask for help with spelling and grammar, and I'm happy to help with those as well, but I don't just "fix the paper" for students - if you ask me about a grammar mistake, you're going to get an explanation of the concept and then we're going to work together to find the correct wording.
I'm a professional writer with a background in tutoring at the high school and college level. Right out of college (Cornell University, BA in Classical Civilization), I took a job as a test prep tutor; for the next two years, I worked on SAT/ACT prep with a side of subject tests for flavor. Then I worked as a freelance writer to put myself through my MA program at the University of Chicago. As a grad student, I was really involved in the UChicago writing center - I worked as a tutor in the first-year writing program and helped out with a lot of special projects, like helping STEM students with their grant proposals. After I graduated, I took a "real job" as a legal/technical writer, which is where I am right now. I'm also an assistant editor at a writing center studies journal, so I've kept up with the fine art of leaving feedback that makes an essay better without being discouraging for the writer.
Cancellations 24 hours in advance are fine - we can just reschedule. If you cancel less than 24 hours in advance, I may charge you for the lesson if it imposes a significant inconvenience on me, if it's becoming a regular thing, or if it's hard to reschedule.
B.A., Classical Civilization
Cornell University, 2011
University of Chicago, 2016
Legal/Technical Writer – (Employer redacted) July 2016-Present
Draft scientifically accurate immigration petition materials (e.g., recommendation letters, petition letters) for researchers and other STEM professionals
Independently conduct research to support clients’ petitions
Discuss technical aspects of scientific research in easily understandable language
Ghostwriter & Content Developer– (Employer redacted) March 2012-Present
Research and develop written content (regular blog posts, weekly newsletter, recipe descriptions, and promotional copy) for a popular diet and lifestyle website
Work research findings into a compelling narrative that resonates with readers; present scientific information in an understandable and relevant way
Writing Tutor – University of Chicago Writing Program (Chicago, IL) September 2014-June 2016
Provided one-on-one tutoring to University undergraduates and prospective students.
Worked with STEM students to refine and polish grant applications
Contract Video Lesson Writer – (Employer redacted) December 2013-September 2017
Wrote text and video lesson scripts for an online test-prep provider. Content included middle-school math, elementary school science, and standardized test-taking strategy
Collaborated with editors on curriculum design
Program Coordinator and Test Prep Instructor – (Employer redacted), June 2011-May 2013
Hired, trained, and assessed new tutors; supervised ~30 part-time tutors
Created, edited, and compiled all course materials and other curriculum documents for several classroom test preparation programs, including online/video-based programs
Independently overhauled tutor training program and materials; developed new worksheet curriculum
Communicated with local schools to deliver in-classroom instruction
Assistant Editor – (Journal name redacted), May 2017-Present
Developed the journal’s system for managing records and tracking manuscripts from submission to publication
Communicate with authors regarding deadlines and extensions; coordinate author timelines with Associate Editors
Ensure follow-through on all submissions and author questions
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