Accomplished Elite Writing & SAT/ACT Tutor
Accomplished Elite Writing & SAT/ACT Tutor

Accomplished Elite Writing & SAT/ACT Tutor

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Introduction: I am here to make my students excel. I work one-on-one to help you polish your writing, improve your test-taking skills, and help you reach your academic goals. I have over 900 5-star reviews on Wyzant, a national tutor website. I can offer a very high level of skill and experience in the craft of writing. I love the English language and can teach you just about anything you would want to know about ELA or writing. I am a professional writer of commentary and literary essays. I have worked as a columnist and essayist for Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications, including NPR, and have had my blog posts picked up by various online and academic outlets. My writing is also featured on a nonprofit website and in an international European forum I taught essay-writing, literature, and ESL at UNC. I have taught upper-level writing classes at other universities. I am also a judge of a literary essay contest. I can help you create stellar essays. I specialize in writing (both introductory and advanced). As a skilled writer, teacher, and editor, I can help you produce polished writing that you will be proud to submit I can help you craft college essays and transfer essays for selective colleges; master's and doctoral programs; law schools and medical schools; and internship, fellowship, and scholarship applications. I can help you develop your ideas to help you create compelling and original essays that will make you stand out. (After all, it is the essay that often makes the difference in college admissions.) My students tell me they get nice comments on their essays. I also help with additional questions and essays on the applications. Among the schools that my students have been admitted to are Amherst, Barnard, Boston College, Boston U., Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, N.Y.U, NYU-Stern, Oxford, Rice, St. Andrew's (Scotland), Stanford, Tufts, U-Chicago, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, UNC, UPenn, USC, Villanova, Williams College, Yale. I enjoy helping others improve their language and writing skills and I am gentle and encouraging of all student efforts. I have worked with elementary students, middle schoolers, high school students, college students, grad students, and adult professionals I also help with high school essays, college essay assignments, research papers, academic papers, theses, and business and literary writing. I provide support for High School AP English and for College Level writing classes. As part of my emphasis on college prep, I am a high-level tutor for ACT/SAT language, reading, and writing. My students are aiming for a target score for selective colleges. I not only teach test strategies but teach the actual concepts that are being tested. I can help you significantly raise your score. My ACT students, who began with a score in the 20s typically score in the 30s. My SAT students have an average 200 point increase in their verbal scores. I can also help you ace the optional essay. I also tutor TOEFL to high-achieving students who are applying to selective schools and who are aiming for a score of over 100. I tutor the GRE verbal and essay portion. I can help you excel in the CARS portion of the MCAT and in the verbal portion of the GMAT. I tutor for the Hunter College High School test, the ShSAT, the SSAT, and the ISEE test. I am happy to say my students have been admitted to their target schools. I also prepare students for the annual NYS common core ELA exams at all levels, I enjoy sharing my expertise and seeing my students succeed and grow in their knowledge of language and writing.

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Anna J.

College Admissions Counseling

Olya responded instantly and was extremely personable and easy to talk to! She provided college counseling for my son, a senior, beyond my expectations. She had vast knowledge of a multitude of colleges. She had laser focused abilities to direct us on how to perfect a personal statement. To say she’s superior in writing skills is an understatement! She’s on top of her game and her expertise opened up our horizons immensely. She also has such a rich and vast amount of knowledge that is absolutely priceless! She sincerely cares for the student…. You can tell it’s a her passion and purpose! I can’t recommend her enough!!! I did not expect so much invaluable help, insight and knowledge from any college counselor (and I’ve spoken to many)!!! If you want sincere, honest, stellar service, you will not regret her service!!! Thank you Olya for making this process so much easier and clear!!
Oct 19, 2021
Katlyn M.

College Admissions Counseling

I’ve been working with Olya for a month now and she’s amazing! I am meeting with her for SAT prep and college essays. She explains the concepts very thoroughly and is very patient. I really like working with her! She is also very knowledgeable and creative when it comes to writing.
Sep 24, 2021
Richa A.

College Admissions Counseling

Olya is one of the best writers I’ve had review my paper. She always has the best feedback and is always ready to help me or review any of my pieces.
Oct 12, 2021
Mayimuna P.

Reading and Writing Tutoring

Olya is quite amazing in her work with my 13-year-old daughter. She assists my daughter in developing test-taking skills and has a keen sense of the strategies to employ for higher scores. Olya also helps my daughter to write more concisely on school projects. I highly recommend Olya as she is knowledgeable, conscientious, has a lovely demeanor and communicates well.
Mar 2, 2021
Eileen C.

The Best Tutor I've Ever Worked With Olya has been helping me with my grad school essays and applications. She was diligent and made sure I answered every question perfectly and to a T! She was available any time through text when I needed her for had last minute questions or concerns. She was also just extremely knowledgeable, kind, and patient throughout the long, stressful, process of writing application essays. Olya is truly the best tutor I’ve ever worked with! I am happy to say I was admitted into into all my schools with scholarship aid, including Columbia and U Penn. At U Penn my interviewer commented on my writing and said it was beautiful and admitted me on the spot. I got a personal letter from Columbia, commenting specifically on my essay as a major factor in my admission Eileen, 32 lessons with Olya
Jul 7, 2020
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Olya Thompson


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

    I offer a very high level of tutoring. Therefore my prices reflect my skill and experience. I offer discounts for group lessons.

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

    I evaluate their strengths and build on them. I am always positive and goal-oriented.

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

    I have worked as a commentary writer and editor for major news publications. I have extremely polished writing and editing skills. I taught essay writing and literature at the University of North Carolina, and I have been invited to teach advanced writing classes at other colleges. I have an M.A. in literature from Indiana University. I Have a B.A. in English from Brooklyn College. I am multilingual and also have a background in international affairs and qualified for the Foreign Service. I am a tutor for Wyzant where I have over 900 5-star reviews. I am also a judge of an essay contest.

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