Josh Bicknell | Tutor, Writer, Editor
Josh Bicknell | Tutor, Writer, Editor

Josh Bicknell | Tutor, Writer, Editor

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Introduction: Welcome! My name is Josh, and I am a certified secondary English teacher turned business owner, proudly operating under my one-man (for now) operational LLC, Next Generation English. My roles include both professional freelance writer/editor of which I am building on six years of professional experience, and language arts or reading and writing private tutor. I have my BA in English from University of Missouri in Columbia and am currently weeks away from my first year of Masters credit and my TEFL certification to teach English as a foreign language beyond the secondary level. I taught for five years in the classroom, tutored for ten including local colleges, and I have worked for publishers and managing editors - from poetry anthologies to literary magazines. I work closely with doctoral candidates, undergraduate students, professors, and creative writing instructors and students from institutions such as UCLA, the University of Houston, University of Texas, University of Missouri, University of Florida, Liberty University, and of course, Lone Star College right here in Houston. My method of teaching is built on years of instructional practice in Houston’s top districts, and the essential skill of building meaningful relationships with students and giving them choice and ownership of their own learning. I do not teach the same way I teach in the classroom, however. Otherwise, students wouldn’t need me one-on-one! Instead,I focus on a mix of proven learning skills and approaches and rigorous probing questioning strategies to push students (of any age) past the “I don’t know” phase they limit themselves to. Every student and adult has the ability to think critically, the skill which language arts is founded upon. They just need the right instructor asking the right questions, and eventually they will gain the confidence and ability to think through these processes themselves. Specifically, I teach 6th-12th grade, college, and adults in: reading comprehension (basic to advanced) and literary analysis/literary theory, writing/composition, and intensive, rigorous test preparation, both online through Zoom and in-person. Clients often find themselves “hooked” once they attend a session at my office. It allows for one to two students (or up to nine in a conference room for group ESL), a massive library of materials I’ve hand-picked and generate, all materials and supplies, tablets for students to use, activities for little ones while families wait, mints and healthy snacks to motivate student’s brains, and most importantly - a quiet, safe, and cozy space to stay as short (or as long!) as needed - even if just to study, and have an adult to ask questions every now and then. Located off Washington Ave in the arts district in a historical church building recently renovated into office space, it is a perfect environment for critical thinking and reflection. For editing/writing: My area of expertise is in both academic editing and copywriting as well as line editing for fiction and non-fiction, or content/substantive editing. I will guide you as much as you need along the way in terms of understanding the editing process, and you will have total agency and choice in all final decisions. My goal is to maintain an author's distinct voice and show them the power of their voice by illuminating it through appropriate adjustments to word choice and content while improving overall flow and rhythm or fluency at the level of the sentence, paragraph, and page. I also offer basic copyediting and proofreading as well as developmental, large-scale editing and manuscript reviews. I am currently an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and the National Association of Independent Writers & Editors (NAIWE), as well as the National Freelancers Union. Overall, I believe in lifelong learning, and I love that I always learn something new from every client or student I work with. A bit of humor, lightheartedness, and building a meaningful (no matter how short-term) relationship is the key to any success.
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4 years in business

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Eli C.
May 19, 2021
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Josh is an excellent writer. He is professional, responds back quickly and most importantly he genuinely seems to care about you. I highly recommend him for any writting projects you may have.

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

Josh Bicknell | Tutor, Writer, Editor's reply
Thank you so much Eli! I really appreciate that coming from you. Can't wait to see you continue to succeed.
Writing and Editing Services
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Vivi M.
Apr 1, 2021
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Excellent tutor. I feel that he knew exactly what I needed to achieve my goals in English. I love that he provides tools to work with as well as work during the session.

Details: 45 - 64 years old • Intermediate • Professional or academic verbal comprehension • 60 minutes • I travel to the ESL tutor

Josh Bicknell | Tutor, Writer, Editor's reply
Oh, thank you so much for your kind words! You are a true joy to work alongside, and I love that I am learning just as much from you as you are from me. Thank you again!
ESL (English as a Second Language) Lessons
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Naga R.
May 14, 2021
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Gave more effort than what was actually planned. Really made a big difference in my son's essay skills.

Details: High school • Essay writing / review • Creative writing • Reading comprehension • General reading and writing • Intermediate • Learn new topics and techniques • Once a week • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

Reading and Writing Tutoring
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KT G.
May 13, 2021
Josh is a hidden gem. He has a wonderful personality, an AWESOME tutor, and goes above and beyond to help a student in need. My daughter would not have gotten through her freshmen year of college English without him.
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Jesus L.
Aug 21, 2020
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This guy is professionalism with his service! I recommend this tutor 100% percent. Very satisfied with the help he gave me.

Details: 18 - 25 years old • Intermediate • Full fluency • 30 minutes • Phone or internet (no in-person meeting)

ESL (English as a Second Language) Lessons
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    For Tutoring: Generally, on-level junior high and high school tutoring sessions are $40-$50 per hour. Advanced, Dual Credit, and college composition and literature courses may range from $50 - $60 per hour. Editorial Services: Please inquire for pricing as each assignment may differ. However, rates are in alignment with industry rates as set by the Editorial Freelancers Association. Hourly rates are generally between $30-50 per hour if hourly billing is used in place of "by-the-word" editing. Short (500-750 words) samples of edits on your particular project may be provided on a case-by-case basis, and will allow for more accurate estimates. Please do note that after acceptance of a quote, a 25% deposit is required for writing and editing projects before work will officially commence.

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

    For Tutoring: Clients and/or students must first discuss their specific needs with me either over the phone, via Zoom. I will get to know the student on both a personal and an academic level. I have several research-based diagnostic tools which are quick and efficient ways to identify exactly which areas the student needs the most growth if it has not already been clearly identified. Any student samples will help this as well. I will then talk to both parents and the student (if applicable) to develop a collaborative set of goals, and we will create an outline and a plan of how we will achieve that goal within a given time frame. For Editing and Writing: Google Docs, Microsoft Word are both used and may be used to track changes and edits, compare documents, interact, and more if the client chooses to play a more involved role in the process. Non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, and service agreements will be provided to ensure the protection of client and instructor intellectual property.

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

    I am a Texas SBEC certified teacher for English Language Arts in grades 6-12 with a certification in English as a Second Language (ESL). I have ten years of prior tutoring experience, five years of classroom teaching experience, and previously worked at Lone Star College as a professional writing tutor. There I developed a program specifically for ESL students which targeted improvement in their conversational English skills as well as accent reduction. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from University of Missouri with an emphasis in Creative Writing. I was nominated for Region IV’s Teaching Intern of the Year in 2016, and Teacher of the Year in 2019. I have worked for St Luke’s Hospital as a freelance writer for five years creating web copy, newsletters, press releases, and assisting in development coordination as well as SEO marketing. I have worked for two literary journals as an associate editor including The Missouri Review and Persea Publishing for poetry. I am an active contributing member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA).

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