Mary W.

Mary W.


Newton, NJ 07860

Will travel 7 miles

$80 per hour.

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5-Star Tutor / English & Writing Specialist / Invest in the Best!

MY SERVICES I offer private tutoring for American and international students from elementary school through postgrad studies at all levels of proficiency. Whether you need regularly scheduled sessions throughout a semester, short-term assistance preparing for an exam, or a single meeting to complete an assignment, together we can devise a plan to help you achieve your scholastic goals. I offer a safe, non-judgmental environment. I facilitate unique approaches to the material, suggest techni... [more]


Limited vocabulary leads to a lower level of reading comprehension and a thwarted ability to communicate in general. It is imperative that we know the meaning of the words we read, hear, and speak. When we don?t, messages are misconstrued. As a private vocabulary tutor, I focus on the types of words appropriate to the individual with whom I am working. An adult student would likely need career-specific vocabulary?mathematical terms or sales and marketing verbiage, for example. A high school student preparing to take the SAT needs a wider set of scholarly words in his vocabulary. For an ESL student, everyday phrases, common verbs, and nouns for identifying surroundings are crucial. Tutoring sessions will consist of breaking down the structure of words into their roots, prefixes, and suffixes. We will make word associations from the perspective of synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms. I will encourage you to make friends with a dictionary and a thesaurus. Index cards will be handy study tools, and drills will be part of our vocabulary practice.


"Grammar Queen," that's me! There are numerous aspects of grammar to be considered in any language, and with English, they can be particularly cumbersome. I have prepared countless lessons specifically designed for my students? most vexing challenges. Here are a few: indefinite pronouns, modifier placement, prepositional phrases, proper punctuation, sentence structure, and verb tensing. If you struggle with these or other areas of English grammar, I can help. We will discuss, study, and practice grammatical rules until your newly acquired skills become habits in your writing and in your speech.


I have experience with several categories of writing and their various genres. I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in professional/technical writing. As a lyricist, I had seven songs published on a professionally recorded album. I won a campus-wide poetry contest. Whether it?s a personal letter you?re working on, a simple essay, a poetry explication, or a research paper, I can help. As your writing tutor, I would start by reviewing a sample of your work or a first draft of an assignment. Depending upon the goals we've set for your tutoring sessions, I would proofread, edit, or offer a line by line critique of your piece. I would plan lessons targeting the weakest areas of your writing. Perhaps it?s structure, tone, grammar, or citations you need help with. I am here, eager to serve.


I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at the University of Tampa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee where I served as vice president of the English Society. I also served as vice president of my local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. I have a solid understanding of the content of American English in its various forms of communication. Whether you are an ESL student or a native English speaker, together we can improve the skills you most want to work on. I can help you boost your vocabulary, elevate your conversation ability, enhance your reading comprehension, sharpen your spelling, or advance the effectiveness of your writing.


My detail-oriented and A-type personality, combined with my English and writing background, makes me the perfect proofreader! I have experience with the deeper levels of editing as well. In writing workshops, I have offered line by line critiques of aspiring authors? works. In my roles as substitute teacher, teaching assistant, fellow student, and private tutor, I have read students? essays and suggested revisions. I refined the manuscript of a writer?s romance novel being prepared for self-publishing. Having had my own thesis work edited on a monthly basis by professionally published authors, I learned what to look for in others? writing and appropriate ways to comment. I pass that knowledge on to the students I tutor.

SAT Reading

Let me show you how to master the SAT reading section by introducing you to my unique fourfold approach to standardized test prep! The ?Reading Test? is one part of the SAT?s ?Evidence-Based Reading and Writing? section. It consists of fifty-two multiple-choice questions that you must complete within sixty-five minutes. In that time, you must also be able to read and understand multiple passages on a variety of topics. In our tutoring sessions, we will review many sample questions like the ones you?ll see on the actual test. We will learn to distinguish between the main idea of a passage and its author?s attitude toward the subject. We?ll learn to identify word components that will help you determine the meanings of words you might not have heard before. I?ll help you identify not only the facts of what you read, but the implications as well. We?ll also learn to choose passage evidence upon which to base your answers to questions, which will be key on the latest version of the SAT. I?ll offer you general test-taking strategies, too, for earning your best possible score. Contact me today to get started on your path toward SAT success!

SAT Writing

Let me help you master the SAT by introducing you to my unique fourfold approach to standardized test prep! The ?Writing and Language Test? is one part of the SAT?s ?Evidence-Based Reading & Writing? section. You?ll be expected to answer forty-four passage-based multiple-choice questions in thirty-five minutes. Along with the passages, you can expect to see some graphics as well. You?ll have to read, find a mistake, and fix it. The errors might be rhetorically, mechanically, or grammatically based. But don?t panic; I?m here to help! In our tutoring sessions, we will try many sample questions like the ones you?ll see on the actual test. We?ll learn to evaluate syntax, style, and tone. We?ll review the rules of grammar, including run-ons, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent issues, parallel construction, verb tensing, and more. The SAT also poses an optional essay prompt. If you plan to take the essay test, I will introduce you to what's expected. You won't be writing your own argument. You?ll have to read a 650-750-word passage and write a multi-paragraph analysis of it, explaining how the author builds an argument to persuade his/her audience. You will not be doing the persuading. In our tutoring sessions, I?ll teach you to identify evidence, reasoning, and stylistic elements?the three persuasive areas the current version of the SAT requires you to consider. I?ll help you hone your comprehension, analysis, and writing skills, as these are the three qualities your essay score will be based upon. Together, we?ll practice outlining and writing the type of essay you will have to produce on test day. I?ll also offer you general test-taking strategies for earning your best possible score on the SAT. So, contact me today to get started on your path toward SAT success!


The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is designed for students who wish to gain entrance into private school establishments, particularly in a part of the world other than their home residence. The test is administered in English and helps administrators decide upon student admission. Your grade level determines whether you will take the elementary, middle, or upper level exam. I can help you prepare for the mid-level exam! Regardless of which level of the exam you need to take, the purpose of the SSAT is to measure basic verbal (analogies and synonyms), quantitative (math), reading, and writing skills. Your performance on the exam provides admission officers with an idea of your academic ability and "fit" for their schools. The best way to ensure success is to become familiar with the format of the test, get acquainted with the types of questions that will be asked, and try practice questions similar to those you will see on the exam. I am familiar with all of these areas and have helped students just like you properly prepare.

ACT Reading

As your private ACT tutor, I will give you hints and offer strategies to make the seemingly impossible task possible and doable. Together, we will practice sample questions and target the aspects of reading comprehension you struggle with most. Reading is one of five sections included on the ACT in addition to English, math, science, and an optional writing section. Within a 35-minute block, you?ll be expected to read four college-level prose passages of approximately 1,000 words each (or a pair of shorter passages) and answer 40 multiple choice questions based on them. You?ll read from a variety of genres ? fiction, social studies, the humanities, and natural sciences. Expect to see detail questions as well as inference questions. If all of that sounds overwhelming, it needn?t be. Contact me today to get started on the road toward mastering the ACT reading section!

ACT English

As your private ACT tutor, I will not only practice sample questions with you, but I?ll also offer general test-taking strategies. We will review concepts that underlie the types of questions you struggle with most, which will lead you to your best possible score. Together, we can do this! English is one of five sections included on the ACT in addition to math, reading, science, and an optional writing section. In 45 minutes, you?ll be expected to answer 75 multiple choice questions based on five prose passages of varying lengths. Your mechanical and rhetorical skills will be tested. You will need familiarity with proper punctuation, grammatical rules, and effective organization, among other items. But don?t worry! I am here to help you with all of that. Contact me today to get started on your path toward ACT success!

ACT Science

The science section of the ACT requires that you answer 40 multiple-choice questions in 35 minutes. If science is not your best subject, this might sound scary. Let me tell you a secret: this section is more about reading comprehension than it is about science knowledge. There are a few basic scientific concepts that it might be helpful to know before taking your exam, but that?s all. All 40 science questions can be answered based upon the information presented to you in 6 different passages, some of which will contain graphics. As your private ACT tutor, I?ll help you develop an effective system for tackling each question. We?ll talk about focusing your reading, zeroing in on what?s being asked, and using a process of elimination to get rid of wrong answer choices. All of these tactics will help boost your ACT science score.

College Counseling

Over the past several years, I have helped numerous high school students prepare for college. I?ve done this on a for-hire basis and as a volunteer mentor. I?d be happy to walk you through the process as well. There is more to getting ready for higher education than simply taking the ACT and SAT exams, which I can help you study for. There is also the academic r?sum? that needs to be crafted, the personal essay that needs to be drafted, and the numerous prompted questions that need to be answered. Don?t forget preparing for the interview, too. If you?re feeling overwhelmed by one or more of these necessary tasks, please allow me to assist you. I?ll help you present to potential colleges the best version of yourself. Together, we can do this!


The HSPT is meant to be taken only once. If taken more than once, the lower score will be recorded; so, it?s important that your child be prepared to do well on the first try. That?s where I can help, as your child?s private, certified HSPT tutor! As an English and writing specialist who has helped prepare numerous students for a wide range of standardized exams, I can offer your child general test-taking strategies along with specific assistance with the HSPT. We?ll not only try sample test questions, but we?ll review the academic concepts behind the questions your child struggles with most. I have experience teaching in middle school, high school, college, and university classrooms as well as outside of them in the private arena. I?d be happy to be part of your child?s success story!


So, you?ve decided to go to nursing school. Hooray for you! First, you?ll have to pass the TEAS, Test of Essential Academic Skills. This multiple choice exam will measure your proficiency in four areas: reading comprehension, English language usage, math, and science. As your private TEAS tutor, I will help you master how to draw inferences and conclusions, determine the main idea, and identify important details of passages you?ll have to read. I?ll also teach you the rules of punctuation and grammar, and help you improve your spelling and vocabulary. I?ll offer general test-taking strategies you can apply to the TEAS or most any standardized test. I look forward to helping you succeed!