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I have a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. My area of concentration as an undergraduate was English literature, but what I gained experience in most of all was writing. This continued in my professional career. While not a formal part of my job description, I have been assisting business people with their writing for over twenty years - everything from proposals to resumes and executive communications. A part of my formal role has included writing articles, creating newsletters, interviewing executives, and designing and writing content for marketing materials around the insurance and employee benefits industry.

I'm a big advocate of learning how to write well. Two guideposts on writing for me have been 1) George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language", an essay he wrote in 1948 that speaks to the repercussions of fuzzy writing, and 2) Strunk and White, "The Elements of Style". Both of these are not only entertaining, but timeless and worth reading and rereading. Both speak to the importance of making every word count. Becoming a strong editor of your own work is something I will teach you!

Outside of work and tutoring, I sing in a couple of groups and play jazz piano. I also love art - all kinds, particularly public art. I love the murals and sculpture that are part of the landscape of Chicago, where I live. I read all different kinds of materials, but especially American literature, both North and South.

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Lisa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Kansas - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: University of Missouri-Kansas City - Masters, English


Music - Jazz piano, choral music & classical; art; books - love Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Herman Melville, Wallace Stegner, among others

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills


ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP United States History

AP US History


Art History

British Literature

CLEP English Literature

CLEP History of the United States I

CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

Fiction Writing

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing


Introduction to Fiction


Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Persuasive Writing



Public Speaking

SAT Writing and Language


Social Studies

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Find out what your key strengths are and then set some goals - and an attainable timeframe.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

We will identify the words that you are struggling with and develop an ever-expanding vocabulary list, which will be reviewed in each session.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

With almost any subject, there is something that relates to you and your life or interests. We will find out what this is!

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