Elite Writing & Digital SAT Verbal Tutor
Elite Writing & Digital SAT Verbal Tutor

Elite Writing & Digital SAT Verbal Tutor

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Introduction: I am an elite reading and writing tutor for those who aim high. I am here to make my students excel. I work one-on-one to help you polish your essays, boost your test-taking skills, and help you reach your academic goals. I have over 1,000 5-star reviews on Wyzant, a national tutor website. I 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 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 for your class or for your applications. 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 know about the types of essays that the top colleges are looking for, and I can help you bring your essays to this level. I can help you craft 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 always 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 University, Brown, Cal Tech, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Emory, Fordham, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Harvard, MIT, NYU, Oxford, Princeton, Rice, St. Andrew's (Scotland), Stanford, Tufts, Tulane, U-Chicago, UNC, UPenn, USC, U-Texas, Villanova, Williams College, and 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 Middle School English, 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. My students do well on the PSAT and many have earned National Merit Scholarships. 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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Qudrat R.
Dec 11, 2023
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Olya Thompson tutored my son on his essays, and this is his opinion and his words about her work quality: "There is a saying that goes, “A Jack of all trades is master of none, but oftentimes better than master of one.” Most individuals, be they masters or up-and-coming apprentices, are often confined to becoming extremely skillful in one particular skill, trade, or craft. Ms. Thompson, however, from my experience as a student with her, was a master in everything related to putting together and perfecting college essays. You see, Ms. Thompson is not like many other people I came across on Thumbtack when searching for a writing tutor, many of whom would only be able to offer basic, surface-level services like sentence restructuring and grammar checking. Ms. Thompson is a person who is extremely well-versed in numerous literary elements, from those pertaining to creative non-fiction writing, like purposeful word choice, writing expressively, and creating complex ideas, all the way to literature’s more logical and arguably tedious qualities, like syntax, basic grammar, and the refinement and “trimming” of ideas. She makes sure however, to make the writing process a seamless and memorable experience. Most importantly however, I was very grateful for her ability to “get the wheels running,” for lack of a better phrase. For quite some time, I really struggled to even find a topic to write my essay about, and it was Ms. Thompson who helped me confidently settle on one idea, and this made her impact on my essays all the more noticeable and invaluable. In the realm of college essay writing and, in my opinion, writing in general, you cannot go wrong with having Olya Thompson work with you. She is the kind of intuition you have in your gut that you can trust–no questions asked; the guide that helps you compose the best college essays while helping you navigate around the mistakes other travelers (students) have made; a master in all essay and literature-related skills; she is the right person to go with for your college essays."

Details: Writing • Education • Fewer than 2,000 words • A single project • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Elvira M.
Oct 20, 2023
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Olya is one of the best tutors we’ve ever met. My son enjoys working with her. Now he is getting a perfect score in his writing and reading assignments. All his essays are graded with a high score. She is very thoughtful and punctual tutor. We are very grateful!

Details: Writing • Proofreading • Substantive or developmental editing • Education • Fewer than 2,000 words • A single project • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Jenny L.
Nov 14, 2023
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Olya is very professional and organized. She helped my son to learn an efficient way to practice new Digital SAT and PSAT exams recently. My son has achieved top 1% in both PSAT and SAT. He is qualified to apply for the semifinalist of National Merit Scholarship. Really appreciate the insights and guidance Olya provided. Truly grateful. I highly recommend her.

Details: 11th grade • SAT1 • Writing • Reading • Not yet scheduled • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Dimple M.
Aug 10, 2023
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Olya is an incredible tutor. She has been meeting with my thirteen year old for several weeks now, and his writing has drastically improved. It is very apparent that she is invested in seeing a student make strides in his or her writing. She actually involves him in the process of selecting a relevant topic that he is interested in writing about. She goes over his writing line by line and teaches him how to improve sentence structure and grammar. I am so pleased that he feels comfortable and confident in his writing ability!

Details: Middle school • Essay writing / review • Creative writing • Reading comprehension • General reading and writing • Basic • Learn new topics and techniques • Once a week • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet) • At the pro’s location

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Erik C.
Feb 24, 2023
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I needed an essay edited for one of my history classes. Olya was very prompt in getting back to me and very thorough. Her services are top notch and her knowledge is very impressive!

Details: Editing • Substantive or developmental editing • Proofreading • Academic papers and journals • Fewer than 2,000 words • A single project • Remotely (phone or internet)

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