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I am an experienced and friendly tutor who specializes in reading and writing in many different subject matters. I enjoy tutoring the writing process from start to finish - brainstorming to final editing.
I believe that all students can benefit from speaking about their assignments and letting themselves think freely with a tutor! This conversational tutoring is my favorite method because it gets students to think without having their “editing brain” constantly overriding their first intuitions.

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Mary’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Whitman College - Bachelors, Philosophy


seeing visual art and dance, reading and writing, spending time with animals (really any animals)

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



Social Sciences

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

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

In a typical first session, I like to take a moment for introductions - get to know the student, their interests, their struggles and strengths, and their hopes for the tutoring meetings. Afterwards, I find it most effective to dive right in, reading over an assignment and brainstorming, or reading together a finished draft of writing that can be edited.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I teach and tutor with the aim to develop each student's independent reading and writing skills. I make a concerted effort to work with students in ways that help them find their best study style, writing voice, and reading strategies.

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