Olya T.


Olya T.

Tutor

New York, NY 10024

Will travel 5 miles

$175 per hour.

5.0 397 ratings

Accomplished Writing and College Essay Tutor

I am a professional writer of commentary and literary essays. I have worked as a columnist and essayist for Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications, including NPR, and have had my blog posts picked up by various online and academic outlets. My writing is also featured in a nonprofit website and in an international European forum. I am multilingual and I taught essay-writing, literature, and ESL at UNC. I have taught upper-level writing classes and writing workshops at oth... [more]


Vocabulary


Grammar

Have taught writing, including grammar, on the college level. Am a writer. Worked as an editor. Have perfect grammar. Am very patient explaining English grammar and usage.


Reading

Perhaps the best way to master reading is to become a "reader." I ask students to read aloud. I then ask questions about what they read, to ensure comprehension, and I go over new vocabulary words.


Study Skills

I taught writing, English, and literature on the college level. I also have helped many high school and college students do well in their high school or college classes by scheduling regular study sessions, where I emphasize planning, regular note-taking/review, and ensuring comprehension. In writing-intensive classes, I also emphasize the writing process and show students how to sequentially put together a paper. My students consistently report increased confidence and higher grades.


Writing

I taught writing on the college level. I initially taught introductory composition essays. My academic focus of interest was the essay. I helped establish a writing program at a college together with the editor of the Best Essays series of books that come out every year. I went on to become a commentary writer, editor, and essayist, teaching the occasional advanced nonfiction writing class, and am now also working on a book.


English

I have taught writing, literature, and advanced writing classes on the college level. I can teach you to read critically and write well, no matter what your school level and no matter what your topic. I also help improve your comprehension, and I can help you master analytical writing. I teach organization, paragraphing, sentence structure or syntax, word choice. I am very patient explaining English grammar, usage, and essay structure. I can help you understand figurative language, such as image, metaphor, and personification in literature, and I can help you see how it relates to a literary work. I can help you master the art of clear, concise and thoughtful writing.


ESL/ESOL

I taught intensive English as a Second Language classes at the University of North Carolina. I taught grammar, reading, writing, conversation at all levels (from introductory to advanced), and TOEFL prep. In addition, I also taught English to groups of adult professionals and individuals. I also specialize in speaking skills and accent reduction. I now teach ESL to students and adults professionals who already have a good command of the English language and who aspire to near-native fluency.


Literature

I have a degree in English, and a Master's in Comparative Literature. I taught writing and literature on the college level. Have helped undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty with academic writing, ranging from papers or essays, to theses, to published articles and books.


Proofreading

I have taught writing and advanced writing at the college level. I have also worked as a writer and as a skilled editor of deadline prose. I can quickly edit and proofread your writing to get into shape.


GED


SAT Reading

I work with students attending demanding schools who want to apply to selective colleges. I not only teach study strategies to help you move quickly though the test and explain the answers, but I also teach the the concepts you need to master for the SAT. My students report outstanding results. I often assign additional materials, other than just test prep. I can improve your comprehension and vocabulary. I taught writing and literature on the college level. Have perfect grammar. Am very patient explaining complex topics in a clear and simple way.


SAT Writing

I taught writing and advanced writing on the college level and worked as an essayist, an editor, and a student mentor. I can help you do well on the new SAT, by not only teaching strategies but by helping you master the concepts behind them. In addition to the reading test, the new SAT includes a writing and language test and an optional essay. (I can clearly explain the conventions of writing and language and its usage that you will be tested on, and I can show you how to structure your essay.)


TOEFL

I taught TOEFL classes at a university training institute. I now help students who already have basic fluency and need to pass the test at a high level (100+) in order to get into selective colleges or graduate schools. I can not only prepare you for the test format, but also teach you much about the English language. I can help you increase your score by showing you how to most efficiently get through the reading, speaking, listening and writing portions of the test. I can also develop an individualized plan for you to address your needs and meet your specific goals.


Art History


PSAT


SSAT


Spelling


ACT Reading

I work with students attending demanding schools and applying to very selective colleges. I can not only teach strategies to help you move quickly through the test, but I can teach the concepts this part of the test is based on. The questions include identifying the main idea, drawing conclusions, making inferences, understanding the logic of organization, or explaining words from the context. I can significantly improve your comprehension and vocabulary.


ACT English

I work with students attending demanding schools and applying to very selective colleges. I can not only teach strategies to help you move quickly through the test, but I can teach the concepts this part of the test is based on. These are grammar & usage, punctuation, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and style.


College Counseling

I have helped numerous students craft and fine-tune successful applications to very selective colleges. I have helped these students with their college essays/personal statements for the common app; for master's and doctoral programs; for law schools and medical schools; and for internship, fellowship, and scholarship programs. I helped them create compelling and original college essays and personal statements that made them stand out. (After all, it is the essay that often makes all the difference in admissions.) I am very knowledgeable about the format of the applications to selective colleges and I have shown students how to successfully direct their responses to the questions on them. I am pleased to say that the students I have worked with got back to me and reported outstanding results in getting into the college programs they were applying to. I have an outstanding admissions rate: most of my students get into their early decision colleges or into their "reach" colleges. My graduate students report excellent results. My medical students have been granted numerous interviews on the basis of their essays. PLEASE NOTE: The Common App has already announced the 2018-2019 essay prompts, which are the same as last year's. An ideal time to work on the common app essay is when you are not burdened by school work. It's always a good idea to plan ahead. I only have a few spots left for summer essay writing, so if you are interested, please let me know as soon as possible.


ISEE

I tutored for the ISEE, including the writing portion, and I am pleased to report my 4th Grade student and 7th Grade student got into the private schools of their choice.