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I first understood the power and importance of tutoring as a student who, though always acknowledged at intelligent, struggled with courses and homework in high school. With the help of talented and invested tutors I was able to get back onto an educational track that eventually led me to receive my BA in English from the University of Southern California, and my MFA in Poetry from Washington University of St. Louis, where I also taught undergraduate poetry workshops for two years.

As someone who benefited enormously from tutoring, I think it's important to pay that benefit forward, and I spent two years between undergrad and grad school tutoring high school English, writing, and history, as well as test prep for the PSAT, SAT, and ISEE/HSPT.

As a tutor and writing teacher (as well as a student myself) I think the best outcomes are achieved when students are really engaged with the material at hand and have an investment in understanding it. If a student's having difficulty with a concept I like to draw analogies to other things either I or the student are interested in order to demonstrate other approaches, and to show that the skills they're developing are applicable outside the assignment. In teaching poetry at the university level I've often reached beyond my knowledge of literature to my interests in movies, music, photography, theater, and nature to bolster lessons on poetic craft and interpretation. I've found that this approach creates "aha!" moments for students that have a lasting impact on their work in my classes.

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Billy’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern California - Bachelor in Arts, English

Graduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing


Reading, writing, photography, movies

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

American Literature

College English

College Level American Literature


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing


Middle School Writing

Public Speaking

SAT Writing and Language

Social Studies

Test Prep

World History


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