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I received my Ph.D in English from Binghamton University, worked on an MA and DEA at the University of Chicago and Paris VIII, and completed my BA in English and Art History at Rutgers College. I have been a teacher and a tutor for over 20 years working with high school and graduate school students. My passion for reading and writing started very early, and because I am interested in all forms of literature and had a strong French language background, I moved towards Comparative Literature and became a "generalist." I get a great deal of pleasure from empowering students to discover new perspectives and understand new things.
I believe that everyone can learn and that we all learn in different ways, at different speeds, and with different goals and results. This makes creativity when teaching and tutoring all the more important. I believe that learning to express yourself effectively and increasing your ability to understand and interact with the world around you meaningfully is more important than the skills and strategies used to increase scores on standardized tests, but the skills needed for these tests are not inimical to genuine learning. Not always trying to see things in conventional ways and with conventional results can help you to better appreciate set standards and norms in a new way, both for their flaws and qualities.
Learning can be a fun, even pleasant, and certainly an empowering process, but it isn't always so. Learning can also include painful frustration, and you need to be ready and accept that as part of the process.
I tutor essay and creative writing, literary reading skills and writing about literature, and test prep for SAT and AP English. My favorite form of tutoring is helping students to understand and appreciate different forms of literature as well as helping them to work their way towards understanding difficult concepts and connecting those concepts to their own life. My tutoring style varies depending on the students. For beginning students I tend to be a little more directive and with more advanced students I ask many more questions. In any case, the student's ownership of the learning process is my goal.

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Walter’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers College - Bachelor in Arts, English, Art History

Graduate Degree: SUNY at Binghamton - Doctor of Philosophy, English

State Certified Teacher


When I am not teaching or tutoring I, in no particular order, write, read, take photographs, travel, walk, play and listen to music, appreciate good food, try to stay current with events in the world, learn about new ideas and approaches, and fix things.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

British Literature

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry


Medieval Literature

Persuasive Writing

Poetry Writing


SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Short Novel

Test Prep



World Literature


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