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As a tutor, my goal is to enable kids to become stellar students by demystifying the writing process. From mastering basic study skills to writing a killer college application essay, I want students to feel confident with their ability to communicate ideas effectively. My experience as a tutor, mentor and editor has provided me with the opportunity to help a variety of students, from kindergarteners just learning to read, to high school seniors writing the essays that will gain them access to top-tier universities. In my years as a teacher's assistant for college freshmen, a workshop teacher at 826 Chicago and a literacy tutor with at-risk kids in a low-income elementary school in Ohio, I have turned students who professed to hate Reading and Writing into confident and creative writers. I have also helped students excel in History, Mathematics and particularly enjoy helping students exceed their own scoring expectations on the SAT.

As a graduate of the Oberlin College Creative Writing Program, I believe that every writing assignment, from historical essays to Japanese poetry to science term papers, has the possibility to enthrall and fascinate. I believe that all writing is creative writing, and that in every assignment can be approached with equal measures of enthusiasm and diligence. I am an excellent teacher of the building blocks of language, including Phonics and Grammar. As Joan Didion once said, "Grammar is a piano I play by ear." I have helped dozens of students view grammar not as a stifling set of rules but instead, a toolbox for self-expression.

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Allie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Oberlin College - Bachelor in Arts, Creative Writing

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1470

SAT Verbal: 770

SAT Writing: 730


Writing fiction, reading everything I can get my hands on, biking around Chicago

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