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Refined Writing Tutoring and Editing
Refined Writing Tutoring and Editing

Refined Writing Tutoring and Editing

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Introduction: *Named a ‘Top Pro’ by Thumbtack for 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018* Hi! My name is Vicki, and I tutor high schoolers, college students, and professionals in all things English. I am a graduate of Pomona College, and I am currently working on my master’s at Harvard. I am also a member of Mensa of America. I can help with research papers, resumes, fiction/non-fiction writing, and essays (including college application personal statements). I am skilled with document structure, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary. *I edit documents with fewer than 2,000 words only.* Currently, I offer online tutoring in grammar, reading comprehension, and every type and level of writing. Lessons are tailored to each student’s needs, from the fundamentals of writing to mastering the personal narrative. Tutoring is available for ages 14 and up (9th grade and beyond). **SAT, ACT, PSAT, and AP Language and Composition test prep tutoring is also available. ** My schedule is flexible, so please contact me for availability. Hope to hear from you!

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Serves Melrose, MA

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9 years in business

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Nadia A.

Writing and Editing Services

I can’t thank you enough Vicki for your help in editing my admission essays. You really helped me perfect it and I’m sure you spent a great deal of time on them. You helped me shape my content and give me ideas on top of the editing work. I feel confident now in my application to graduate school and couldn’t have done it successfully without your help. I look forward to working with you on future projects! 😀
Dec 8, 2020
Shawn B.

Writing and Editing Services

Vicki was genuinely exceptional! She was patient - and, at the same time, pushed me when needed. I felt confident after two sessions with her.
Jun 28, 2020
Adaeze N.

Reading and Writing Tutoring

I worked with Vicki at Refined Writing for a month, and she was an incredible collaborator. I joined Thumbtack in search of a writing tutor who could help me refine my writing and express myself in a concise manner for some high stakes grad school applications. After 10+ sessions of working with Vicki, I can truly think of no better tutor to have helped me meet my goal. I was greatly impressed by her professionalism and responsiveness. Moreover not only did she produce high quality work but she also really cared to get to know me and my background. This collaborative spirit only made for excellent deliverables and has really given me the 'boost' I need to set myself apart from other candidates. I highly recommend Refined Writing to anyone who seeks a professional tutor that can help you organize all your thoughts and distill them down to the essentials.
Oct 2, 2019
Rafael A.

Writing and Editing Services

I really enjoyed working with Refined Writing. Her work was superb, her timing was in accordance with the estimate she provided me, and she exceeded my expectations.
Sep 1, 2019
Ana S.

Reading and Writing Tutoring

I am so happy that I hired this pro to help me with my final project. She is very knowledgeable and very professional. She has guided me and given me the peace of find that I will do very well once I complete my final assignment in writing.
Aug 2, 2019
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Victoria Calef


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My online tutoring rate is $60/hour. I also offer remote editing services; prices vary by project.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I like to discuss the student’s needs and expectations via text or a phone call. Then we schedule a time to meet for an online lesson.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I graduated cum laude from Pomona College and then studied counseling psychology at the University of Southern California. I have tutored for over ten years, and also have experience as a literacy teacher for teens and adults. I am currently working on a master’s degree at Harvard.

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