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I love helping students improve their spoken and written communication, because effective personal interaction is a major key to success. I also find language mysterious, puzzling, and quirky, and want to help students have just as much fun as I do figuring it all out. I've had a great time working with students as young as 10 and as senior as their mid-'70s. I got an AB in German at Dartmouth College, and I hold an MS in Information Science from the University of Michigan. I tutor in English, German, public speaking, spelling, and all aspects of writing. Although I'm a native English speaker, German is my favorite subject to tutor. It's always fresh and new to me, the pronunciation is a full-contact sport, and the language takes me back to the days when I was lucky enough to live in Germany. My teaching style tends to be very casual and use a lot of humor (I also work as a stand-up comic and storyteller), with a focus on what the student already does well. We build on that foundation, starting with content -- what we want to say, structure -- how we want to say it, and details -- the grammar, spelling, word choice, and punctuation that will serve us best. If I'm tutoring public speaking (another favorite), my style is very physical, with lots of focus on body language, posture, gesture, and breathing. When I'm not tutoring, I work as a design researcher and spend time with my two kids and two cats. I've recently picked up gardening, but I'm not sure how successful I'll be with it!

Gretchen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Dartmouth College - Bachelor in Arts, German

Graduate Degree: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Master of Science, Library and Information Science


Exercise, reading, cats, voiceover

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

American Literature


Business Writing

College English

College Level American Literature

Conversational German

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing


German 1

German 2

German 3

German 4

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay


Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Public Speaking

Spelling Bee