Every student deserves a dedicated mentor to help them master the craft of writing.
Table of Contents
- How our schools fail student writers
- My teaching background
- What writing classes do you offer?
- Do you teach essay writing?
- Do you offer classes in literature?
- Do you offer academic support on school assignments?
- How do we design a class?
- Do you teach classes virtually/on Zoom?
- What grades do you teach?
- When can we schedule our classes?
- Do you offer in-person classes for local students?
- Do you offer group classes or group rates?
How our schools fail student writers
For decades, schools have failed to provide effective writing instruction. According to the New York Times, the majority of 8th and 12th graders lack writing proficiency. College students arrive on campus unprepared for the rigorous writing and analysis required of them.
Worse, students feel discouraged and disconnected from the value of writing. They view writing as a formulaic chore. They come to believe “I’m not a good writer.”
My students master the craft of writing. They learn to compose powerful essays, narratives, and editorials. They write podcasts, speeches, video essays and more. They embrace writing as a vital tool to chart their unique paths to success.
“Jane is affectionate but firm, demanding but fair. Among her gifts is her ability to swiftly assess and meet her students’ needs with exercises specially crafted to engage them. She wants her hours with students to matter—and they do.”
My teaching background
I honed my teaching skills at Phillips Exeter Academy, one of the world’s most selective private schools. In their rigorous pre-college program, I taught writing seminars in “Craft of the Essay” and “Writing Process” as well as workshops focused on the college essay. My teaching is based on Exeter’s world-famous Harkness method, which encourages students and teachers to learn collaboratively through open inquiry.
Since 2008, I have been teaching talented students across the United States and around the world. Working 1-on-1 or in small groups, I deliver dynamic, personalized classes that prepare students for advanced-level courses in high school and college.
“What a wonderful teacher! Fearless, determined, and upbeat. Broadly interested in contemporary literature as well as the classics. She will help and protect her students with stamina and dignity.”
The classes I teach focus on 2 critical areas: essay writing and literary analysis. Each student’s class is uniquely adapted to their age, grade level, and ability.
With the student’s input, I design a personalized curriculum that targets specific writing skills, develops their interests, and prepares them for advanced-level coursework. In each class, we work on readings and writing assignments specially curated and customized for the student.
Yes! Essays are the most vital, important form in contemporary discourse. Students need strong foundational skills in research, analysis, thesis development, revision, and citation. They need to master persuasive, argumentative, and narrative forms.
Schools today drill the basic 5-paragraph essay formula — but they do very little beyond that. I move students to more sophisticated forms of inquiry and analysis required in AP, IB, and college-level courses.
Yes! Critical analysis of literature is essential to success across humanities courses — in high school and college. To prepare students for advanced, honors-level work, I recommend a personalized literature class that develops strong analytical skills.
Click to read more about Jasmine’s literature class, in which we read and analyzed 8 short stories and 1 classic novel.
Yes — I work with many students whose English classes aren’t meeting their needs. In general, schools do not allow students to learn at their own pace, and do not encourage independent, self-directed learning (SDL) skills. Many students need the opportunity to explore skills and topics in greater depth — without the pressure of grades, competition, and ranking.
Designing a class is easy! During our free consultation, we’ll discuss the student’s specific goals and interests. What areas are you seeking to improve? What topics do you enjoy exploring? After an assessment of writing samples and a short questionnaire, I will propose 2 or 3 dynamic options for our classes. Whatever excites you, this is your opportunity to explore it — and become a whip-smart writer in the process.
I primarily use Zoom, but I’m comfortable using Google Meet, FaceTime, Skype, WeChat, and other video conferencing apps.
Our virtual classes will go way beyond simple video lessons and lectures. With over 12 years experience teaching online, I am adept at creating a personalized experience that empowers each student to think, write, and act beyond the frame of a virtual Zoom call. I’m not going to bore you with lectures or cookie-cutter lessons. Writing is a real-world activity, and we will create opportunities for hands-on, eyes-open projects, designed just for you.
I work mainly with students in grades 8 through 12, preparing them for college-level writing, AP and IB courses, capstone and other special projects. I have worked with talented younger writers, college students, and adults too — so please inquire!
I ask new students to share writing samples with me, so that I can assess their strengths, goals, and style. Every writer develops at their own pace — my job is to guide every student to the next level.
Classes can be scheduled mornings, afternoons, or evenings, on weekdays or weekends. I work with most students for a 60-minute, 75-minute, or 90-minute class period, between 1 and 4 days per week. Your class schedule is completely up to you — and we can adjust it as needed.
I live in Boston, on Eastern Time, and I reserve certain hours each week to accommodate students in different time zones.
I love teaching in person! However, to protect the health of my students and our communities, I am currently offering virtual classes only.
Yes! I do offer small group classes (of up to 4 students) at a discounted rate. Please contact me for details.
I work with a limited number of students so that I can invest personal attention in each one.