What a Session Looks Like

My Coursework
As a professional tutor I have my own coursework of exercises, literature, and assignments for students to do in order to help them become excellent writers. I also work with students on their in-class papers and essays. I find that a mix of both works the best. I work with students on whatever area they need the most help with. My exercises and coursework includes:

  • Understanding the expectations of the audience
  • Comma usage
  • Semi-colon usage
  • Dash usage
  • Weekly vocabulary
  • Writing in the formal voice
  • Using passive and active voices effectively
  • Tense agreement
  • Writing devices and phrases to avoid
  • Excellent vs. average conclusions
  • Using quotations correctly
  • Understanding and refining connotations
  • Understanding metaphors, symbolism, and themes
  • Dangling and misplaced modifiers
  • Paragraph transitions
  • Writing an effective thesis and introduction
  • Understanding the tone, style, and structure of literature
  • Knowing about obfuscation
  • Learning how to write literary commentary on elements of style
  • Going above and beyond the expectations of the teacher

High School Literature
Like most colleges, high schools have a standardized literary canon; this is essentially a body of literature common to most schools. I have worked with these texts as well as many others. Some of these I have listed below for your convenience.

  • The Joy Luck Club
  • Macbeth, King Lear, Hamlet, etc
  • Of Mice and Men
  • The Giver
  • Brave New World
  • Lord of the Flies
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • The Odyssey
  • Night
  • Heart of Darkness
  • A Separate Peace
  • Oedipus Rex
  • The House on Mango Street
  • Cry, the Beloved Country

College Level Papers
Below is a sample of the quality of writing I expect my students to develop.

High School Rate
      I charge $60/hr.

Grad Rate
      I charge $75/hr.

Private tutoring sessions are
usually at the student's home.

Sessions may also be at
the local library.