Tutoring

All levels — elementary, high school and university. Through in-class exercises and homework assignments students learn how to write:

  • Essays: comparative, personal narrative,  expository, and persuasive

  • Stellar introductions and conclusions

  • Short stories, flash fiction, and poetry

  • Metaphors, similes, personifications, etc.

  • Timed essays for standardized tests (e.g., MCAS, SAT)

 

Students also learn basic skills such as how to:

  • brainstorm, outline and draft and rewrite research papers and essays

  • write in first, second and third person voice

 

Writing tools, not rules!

Goals

  • Sharpen writing & analytic skills

  • Explore imagination and develop a personal “voice”

  • Examine structure and style

 

Fees

Tutoring for individuals or small groups is $60 to $75 per session

Contact our editor at wordwise.cambridge@gmail.com with details about your needs.

Coaching

Many of the best students become muddled when writing. With so much to include — literature reviews, background, facts, theories, findings, quotations —  it's easy to get frustrated.

Even with the best outlines, writers can get lost. You may know what you want to say, but where to begin, or how best to say it, or which word tense to use can be overwhelming. Feeling sunk, some writers avoid writing; others cope by writing oceans of words and then drowning in the draft. Others surf the Internet or Facebook for escape!

Coaching sessions can help you identify obstacles and map out a workable outline to complete your project. As a coach, I listen carefully, reflect ideas and:

  • Explore issues that might be blocking you

  • Identify your writing habits, increase the good and drop the bad

  • Help you clarify your thesis, primary points

  • Help you identify:

    • ambiguities and roadblocks

    • supports — faculty, friends, family, writing groups

    • additional research and writing steps

    • tasks to do when blocked (e.g., add references, freewrite)

    • what to cut and what to keep

    • strategies to help move you forward

    • when “enough is enough”

 

Outlines are key to successful writing. In coaching, I help you:

  • Write, or review or revise an outline

  • Create a workable schedule to complete the outline

 

Coaching provides a nonjudgmental "ear" and support and encouragement so you can focus and move forward.

 

Fees

Coaching is $55 per 1-hour session.

Contact our editor at wordwise.cambridge@gmail.com with details about your needs.