Andrea Simons
Brooklyn, NY
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Andrea Simons

Andrea S.

Brooklyn, NY
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Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
Hello! I offer Creative Writing lessons as well as tutoring in academic essay writing and college admissions essays. I have experience working with a range of writers, from beginners to gifted students who just need a little more direction. I believe that everyone has a story to tell, and I work with each student to find the method that will unlock their full writing potential. I approach my classes and tutoring sessions with humor and work with each student to improve their writing, leading to clearer, more engaging work.

About Andrea S.

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.
I also tutor Spanish and have helped students raise their grades by teaching the material in a patient manner that focuses on clear note taking and comprehension that makes the application much easier.

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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Lisa
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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.

Posted Jul 24, 2018
Tom
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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!

Posted Jun 19, 2018
Josh
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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.

Posted Jun 19, 2018
Alex
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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!

Posted Jun 18, 2018
Hannah
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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!!

Posted Jun 18, 2018
Kate
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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.

Posted Aug 14, 2017

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Experience

Writing Consultant
Sep 2017 - Present

Grace Church High School

I help students work on their writing including idea ideation, thesis formulation, outlining, grammar, proofreading, and more. I help students strengthen their writing in order to become clearer and stronger writers.

Tutor
Sep 2014 - Present

Self-Employed

I privately tutor students in writing, English, and Spanish. I focus on the individual student's needs and learning styles and work with them to hone the material and excel.

Education

B.A. in English
Sep 2011 - Jun 2015

Tufts University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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