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English

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

My subjects are English, ESL, English Literature, Scholarly and Creative Essay Writing, Creative Writing (I am a published short story author), test prep for ACT and SAT in reading/verbal/essay are my specialities, my students get higher scores - I also teach humanities - history and social science. My students are from all over the world and every age category 6- 65. What sets me apart is my dedication and determination to see you improve! I am passionate and love what I do and that reflects into positive energy in teaching for you. My students love the support they get from me, the personalized lesson summaries at the end of every session, the personalized audio files for pronunciation practice, and the positive support! We will be creative together in making you shine. I have now been teaching 1:1 online to students all over the world for 5 years and I love what I do.

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About

Amanda delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2003

Learning always takes on a new exciting flavor when you're working with someone who is truly passionate about seeing their students succeed, and that's me! I have been teaching all ages for about 16 years and I love my work.

My passion is English, English literature, writing (I am a published fiction author), and helping people acquire English through ESL instruction. I have students from Hong Kong to Houston and I love it! I also teach SAT and ACT verbal and essay writing sections and scored a perfect 6 on the essay for the GRE exam. I am a supportive and insightful writing coach and editor. I worked at the Paris Review just out of college in the editorial department and great works of English literature and non-fiction excite me profoundly. I have students now from middle school through to their 50's and I love them all.

I work with adult business people on written presentations and research projects, from all over the world. Also many college level students work with me editing and perfecting essays for their classes and on research paper construction, development and editing in subjects areas as diverse as mapping genomes for olfactory function in mice to French literature theses or film studies papers.

I have a number of middle school kids working with me on creative writing currently as well.

I only teach online using Skype which is the easiest and most flexible way for me to work with my students from all over the world.
I work out of the EST time zone.

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Experience

Teacher
Jan 2002 - Present
Me

I teach students of all ages all subjects in the humanities with a special emphasis on English, ESL and English literature and writing instruction. I specialize in test prep for the SAT and ACT English and reading sections and written essay section. High school and college level academic writing assignments are also within my expertise.

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Education

Cinematic Arts
Aug 1997 - May 2000
Columbia University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

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This is one of my top 3 favorite authors of all time.
If you can guess who she is, I will give you a 30 minute free lesson.

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This author grew up as an outcast in a home riddled with domestic violence and became one of the most genius writers of the 20th century.

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Play them my friend!

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is featured 19 times on the AP English exam.  Find the passion in Charlotte Bronte!
My students in China winning trophies in their essay contest!
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25 Reviews

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Zhen Jul 14, 2019
English · Online

I have been working with Amanda since last December to improve my speaking English and writing skill for my doctoral thesis. These lessons are my favorite part in the week. I am learning so much also about art and poetry and health in my exercises with Amanda and we already working on my thesis too. She is very patient with me, it's not easy to understand me my native language is Chinese. A great teacher!

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Rafe Jul 6, 2019
SAT · Online

I worked with Amanda for 8 weeks, 2 hours a week when I needed to get my SAT score up. I just got my score back with a 150 point improvement. Also got 3 more points on my essay. Thank you Amanda!
Got a huge amount of encouragement she made me believe I could do it.

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Maliha S. Jun 29, 2019
SAT · Online

As of now 5 Stat from my daughter.
Thanks

Minh May 21, 2019
Essay Writing · Online

English is my second language so I work with Amanda on my essays for history in college at University of Toronto. My grade has raised as a result of the last two papers I worked on with Amanda, worth the money. She works efficiently.

Isis G. May 5, 2019
SAT · Online

Really helped me be confident in writing essays.

Greer Apr 2, 2019
Social Sciences · Online

Needed to get to work on my capstone project in social history, had no idea where to start. Amanda literally put me on course, had an outline in an hour and a list of 10 philosophers to look into for my topic, she has encyclopedic knowledge of philosophers and literature. I scored finding her will be back for editing.

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Priyana Mar 30, 2019
English · Online

ESL I have been through several teachers and she is definitely the best.

Priyana Mar 29, 2019
ESL · Online

Really getting a lot out of lessons with Amanda. She diagnosed my level and is working directly on the problems to help me improve what I need. Big thing is I am getting practice to do as well between lessons. Highly recommend.

Jung Mar 27, 2019
ESL · Online

Amanda is working with our son on his English and his grammar and writing skill. We are in Korea but we will live in the US starting next year and his skills are coming along very quickly with her help. He especially loves the writing exercises in creative writing she gives to help him improve understanding of grammar, he is in 6th grade.

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Kristy R. Jan 15, 2019
ESL · Online

She is the best 😍

Day L. Jan 13, 2019
ESL · Online

Hi everybody!!!
Amanda is one of the most amazing teacher I have been working in this process of learning a second lenguage. She is very professional, and she is always looking for the best methods to teach you!! I recomend her with all my heart.

Hassan Dec 12, 2018
ESL ·

Excellent experience!

Calvin Dec 12, 2018
SAT · Online

Just got my 1530 SAT score back and it never would have happened without this kick a** teacher! She knows her stuff she's got strategy I worked with her exclusively for 4 months after my older SAT score tanked and I got 150 more points. Thank you!

Davis Dec 8, 2018
Essay Writing · Online

I'm working with this tutor on all my papers for my film studies class at NYU. It's going great was pure coincidence she was a cinema studies student at Columbia she knows pretty much every film every director and screenwriter and every novel a film was ever made from. Hacks for writing your best paper.

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geneva Dec 7, 2018
English · Online

I'm a sophomore at Howard and I get help with English and political science from Amanda. Lots of writing support, incredible research tips, brainstorming and editing and she's fun to talk to. Have gotten As on my last 3 assignments. :-)

Carolyn Dec 2, 2018
Essay Writing · Online

I came to Amanda because I had turned in an English essay twice and it got rejected twice by my professor. I was blown away how much we got done in an hour. I'm working with Amanda for the rest of the school year on my papers. She's a very strong writer!

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Elan Dec 1, 2018
English · Online

I work with this teacher to get better spoken English skills and we also work on my college writing assignments together, I attend a US university. She doesn't charge enough for how much benefit I get out of the sessions. My grade is 20% higher than before and it's always a pleasure to get through the lessons.

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Jessica Nov 20, 2018
Essay Writing · Online

Started with SAT essay writing practice for weeks. My junior year started doing all my essays for AP English lit and APUSH with her everything got better and I got so much more confident in writing essays. She's patient and a really good writer!

Jan Nov 19, 2018
English · Online

She's a good teacher, knows exactly what she's doing and has a plan in place already for helping me improve. Looking forward to the next lesson.

David Nov 17, 2018
SAT · Online

SAT prep for 6 months. It made a big difference for my score, I got a 1530 which was huge for me. It was enjoyable working with Amanda on this every week.

Alina Nov 15, 2018
ESL · Online

Learning more spoken English with Amanda has been great and easy I live in Dubai and work in Geneva and I can make classes where ever I am. The teaching is conversational and very proficient I have practice work and personal made audio files every week made by Amanda to help me practice every time between lessons.

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Anja Nov 15, 2018
ESL · Online

I do ESL and English for school with Amanda. Have been with her for over a year. I can't get through my assignments without her help and my skill in speaking has gone way up working with her.

Saanvi Nov 15, 2018
English · Online

I started out prepping for the PSAT with Amanda and have moved into general English tutoring and writing help. It has helped me a lot to be able to have one on one discussion about the novels I am reading for class and I get a lot of depth working with Amanda that way and my essays and assignments are coming back as As since I understand more.

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Amanda S. Nov 15, 2018
Essay Writing · Online

I was with Amanda for SAT prep and most of all practice for the essay writing portion of the exam. We worked together for 6 months getting ready. My essay skill went up a lot. I wrote about 15 essays with Amanda practicing and English is not my native language. By the end I could do it with a blindfold. I got 1510 on the SAT and a perfect score for my essay. It was worth the hard work and I looked forward to working with my tutor every week.

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Joey Nov 14, 2018
English · Online

Amanda teaches and has been teaching our 6th grade son a variety of subjects in school. Chinese is his first language so he is mastering speaking English as well as learning subjects in English at school, social studies, science, history and writing in English. His skills have improved a great deal since working with Amanda 2 times a week over the last year. Any time she is assigning him English practice homework she keeps him engaged with the subject matter that is interesting to him: go karts, insects, Warriors basketball. She really gets it with kids this age.

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