Andrea Simons

Andrea S.

Brooklyn, NY

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About

Andrea delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
2013

I am a comedy writer and screenwriter based in Brooklyn, NY.

I specialize in creative writing, academic writing, and college admissions essays. Whether you or your child wants to improve their writing, loves writing but experiences writer's block or an inability to actually DO the writing, or wants to workshop essays for a class, application, or personal project, I am excited to work together with my students and help them achieve their goals.

At Tufts University I studied English with a focus in creative writing. In school I wrote a mix of analytical papers and creative works, culminating in a fiction thesis. In school I taught a successful weekly creative writing class to homeschooled students, helping them improve their writing and create new and engaging stories that they later submitted to contests and magazines around the Northeast. Since graduating from school, my writing has appeared in RIOT Writers Lab, Elite Daily, Refinery29, WhoHaha, and more publications.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

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Education

B.A. in English
Sep 2011 - Jun 2015
Tufts University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

6 Reviews

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Lisa Jul 24, 2018
Essay Writing · In studio

Andrea works at the Writing Center at Grace Church School, a leading independent high school in lower Manhattan. I've taught there for the last couple years and make a point to send my students to the Writing Center (and her specifically, whenever possible) if they are struggling with any areas of their writing.

I've observed her in the Writing Center on a number of occasions, and she always does a great job navigating the difficult balance between helping students directly, and creating a path for them to work through questions on their own. She is direct, but supportive. She also is very perceptive of students' anxiety levels - many are kids who tend to stress about college and grades often - and how to change her tone, or comment with a personal anecdote, when what the student needs most is a moment to laugh or calm down.

Andrea's best skill in my opinion is teaching her tutees to adjust their priorities based on a deadline. She consults students whose papers are due in a couple of hours, and others who have a whole week left, and without being preachy gets across realistic expectations of what can be done within the timeframe.

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Tom Jun 19, 2018
Creative Writing · In home

Andrea connected with my daughter right away, encouraging her to push her writing in more creative directions. Andrea brought her bright personality to each lesson, making the writing process fun for my daughter. Together, they worked on her college admissions essay and a few English class assignments. Andrea helped my daughter overcome her writer's block and anxiety about writing to craft more personal, thoughtful essays. We are very pleased with the results!

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Josh Jun 19, 2018
Essay Writing · In home

My daughter had a great experience with Andrea as a writing tutor. Andrea helped her with her college admissions essay and she is attending Vassar in the fall - very pleased. Andrea is very patient, punctual, and has helped Claire gain confidence in her writing.

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Alex Jun 18, 2018
Essay Writing · In home

Andrea is so personable and makes the entire experience not only educational, but fun too! She helped me with a few of my essays for school and I found my writing much improved after the lesson, and she gave a few tips that I will definitely be using every time I sit down to write. I highly recommend!

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Hannah Jun 18, 2018
Creative Writing · In home

Not only was Andrea an excellent teacher, she was really funny, and made the lesson engaging and fun! There was a marked improvement in my creative writing after working with Andrea--she asked the right questions to guide my stories in the right direction while keeping my voice and ideas in tact, which has since made it easier to edit my current work. I loved Andrea!!

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Kate Aug 14, 2017
Creative Writing · In studio

My son had a wonderful creative writing experience with Andrea. She used fun prompts and writing exercises and provided extensive feedback. We loved that she encouraged the students to submit their writings for publication which resulted in our son getting one of his stories published in a national kid's literary magazine last summer.

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