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Lori Sostock
from 8 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Dan F.
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Great job. Always delivered in time! Recommend her as efficient writer!

Tutor for Excellence
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    Adam B.
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    First off, Melissa helped me earn an A in my college Calculus class. My experience with her was nearly life-changing, in terms of academics and my approach to my classes. I wasn't doing well in my university and did not have the motivation to put effort into my studies, but Melissa changed all of that. She motivated me and guided me, with the utmost care, kindness, passion, and effort I have seen from a person. When we first started our classes, she explained to me why tutoring was so valuable to her in her life, and that helped me gain positivity about the experience I would have with her. Melissa was unbelievably helpful, she pushed me in all the right ways to do well, and puts all the effort and energy she has into assisting her students. I truly believe she wants everyone to be successful and to realize that they really can achieve things; and now I believe I can succeed and do better than ever in my academics because of her. I highly encourage any student whether in elementary school, high school, or college to tutor with her. Her personality is great and you will get so much out of lessons with her. You will succeed more, improve in the ways that you want to, and maybe even find a passion for those subjects you once used to really struggle with. Thank you so much for your help, Melissa! I am so grateful to you. P.S. She's not only excellent in Math, she's a wonderful writer, so take advantage of that and ask her to help you with your essays or literature classes because she's excellent in those areas as well.

    • 6 years in business

    I love to communicate and provide excellent graphics designs and editorial support. My degree in Journalism and over 15 years' experience in PR and graphics design makes me a great choice for: - news releases - website and social media content - flyers and newsletters Over 12 years' experience as a marketing director for an electronics design firm: - marketing strategy - selection of media and target markets - analysis I love the creative and analytical aspects of marketing and communication. - connecting with people - analyzing the market and best methods for outreach - developing marketing products, such as websites, flyers and newsletters - writing the copy for social media Most of all, I enjoy working with the business owner to develop the best marketing strategy and methods to reach their potential clients and improve sales.


    Quality service and quality products to meet the needs of the client I like to be a problem solver. There are unique situations that require more expertise to find a solution


    I have experience writing on multiple topics, but specialize in creative writing and medical professional experience.

    • 3 years in business

    My work stands out because I'm not trying to teach you how to do your work. I try to help you find your inner writer and develop your skills based on you. I love how I can take my passion for writing and use it to help others improve their skills. We all win

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