Have other ideas? Let's talk them over! If The Denim Beret Writing Program doesn't meet your needs, you might prefer the Mentoring program instead. This means that I walk alongside you and your student, providing guidance on essays and papers that you assign your student. I use rubrics to evaluate each project, and I provide detailed feedback in addition to the rubric scores. If I feel that your student is not mastering an important concept, I will discuss the need for a formal lesson (priced separately).
How it works: 1. Through either a free email or telephone consultation, we will discuss your student's needs and goals. When we have developed a satisfactory plan, you may complete the registration form on the "tuition and registration" page.
2. After I have received the completed form, your student may then begin sending me essays or papers to evaluate. When I receive a project, I will prepare an invoice and send it to you via email. All payments are due within eight days, and the specific date will be given on your invoice. If you are certain that you would like me to evaluate several drafts, I can provide monthly billing.
3. I try to evaluate each project within three full business days of receiving it, but complex projects may require more time. If the student is under a deadline and lets me know, I will do my best to honor it.
4. When you have received my evaluation, you may work through a revision with your student without any further assistance from me, or your student may submit the revised draft. When I receive the new draft, I will send you a new invoice and evaluate your student's revision within three days.
Below is a sample of a mentored paper by a high school student (used with permission), provided for you in two parts. The first part with red comments is his first submission to me. The second with green comments is his revision. Note: The rubric used for this student has since been revised.
A note about mentoring evaluations: As a mentor, I tailor my evaluations to the individual student as much as I can. By working closely with parents/guardians, I try to meet students where they are as writers and provide an appropriate amount of challenge. My evaluations include comments within the document itself and on a rubric, so that students understand what their strengths and weaknesses are. I do not provide number scores, percentages, or letter grades, except upon request. Instead, I use my own grading scale, which is more subjective and measures mastery.
Finally, because a key component of excellent writing is revision, several drafts may be needed to bring a writing project to its polished form. I will recommend revisions when appropriate, and I charge the same price for revisions as I do for rough drafts; however, families may choose to discontinue working with me on a project at any time. They may also use my evaluations as a tool for working through revisions together.
But what if you really need a traditional tutor? Perhaps you don't want your student to work on specific projects but instead need focused, personalized instruction for your student in another English discipline--literature, grammar, or study skills, for example. I can help with this, as well. Sessions are held online through Skype or Google Hangout. I do not offer live, local tutoring at this time. Contact me for a free consultation! You can view prices and register on the "tuition and registration" page.