Reading/Writing/Language Arts/English Tutor
    Elementary, Middle School, High School Students and Adults, too



    I work with all types of learners.


    We go at the pace and level that feels comfortable for the student (not by the grade level, not by other kids their age, never by leveled reading) and then advance together from there.


    We work on the craft of writing, the structure for a particular essay form, and the grammar and style rules you need to know to be successful. I use mentor texts to show what good writing looks like and how many different forms it can take. We learn that revision is the key to good writing. We read, read, read, read, and read some more. We read together, we read out loud, we read by turns. We then discuss our thoughts, ideas, feelings, and understanding about what we have read.

    Help With Any Writing Project
    In person or online with Google Docs
    ESL Speaking and Conversation
    for Adults
    Creative Enrichment Projects



    In person lessons:
    Bergen and Essex Counties in N.J.
    Parts of Rockland County in N.Y.

    Also available via Skype

  • Reading, Writing, Language Arts, and English

    Elementary School Students

    Middle School and High School Students

    Reading and Writing


    Using well written picture books and interesting non-ficition children's books, my lessons are personalized for each individual student to match their ability and help them grow to the next level.


    Students are encouraged to read aloud to promote pronunciation, vocabulary development, pacing, and comprehension.


    For K-2 students, reading is followed by a writing assignment or creative project focusing on the themes of the book.


    For students in grades 3-5, we might compare two books in terms of subject, writing style, or form. Writing projects include eveything from crazy stories, to how-to essays, to poster boards filled with information about a subject they love.


    My students and I read, discuss, write and think about books. Some of these books are fiction with important themes that they can relate to while others are about different subjects they never even heard of before. 


    Here is a small sample: skyscrapers,how to make a catapult, jellyfish, maps, hawks in Central Park, Eleanor Roosevelt's childhood, the instruments in an orchestra, animal teeth, what's a sculpture, Olympic gold medalist Sammy Lee, gargoyles, and Mt. Rushmore.

    Language Arts and English

    Grades 6 and Up

    We focus on mentor texts to explore writing styles and structures. We look at how good writers write well in many different ways. 


    Instead of drilling on a specific essay form, we delve into the craft of writing. Then we learn how to use those skills for all essay forms and writing assignments.


    We tackle writing in many different styles: narrative, opinion, persuasive, informative, argumentative and expository.


    We learn how to state our opinions with clear reasoning and details. We learn how to summarize and not simply repeat. We learn how to draw the reader in with an introduction and how to clarify our points in the conclusion. We learn how to express our own voice in our writing style just as we do in our speaking style. We write funny or quietly, 1st person or 3rd person, pro and con for any arguments.


    In addition to structure, we spend time on grammar, spelling, and incorporating new vocabulary into our analysis and writing.


    We never just practice for standardized tests. We learn to write so much more creatively and confidently than any test can measure. So when we face the essay questions on the test, we know we can do it. And we do it well.


    Help With Any Writing Project

    Have a one time writing project that is important to you? Everyone should have at least one second reader. I will make suggestions and help you revise until you are satisfied the paper is ready to submit.


    My assistance includes:


    Reading a full or partial draft of your paper.


    Help with your organization, construction, and clarity of ideas.


    Help figure out how to construct your argument, provide detailed supportive evidence, and write persuasively.


    Help correct grammar errors, spelling, sentence structure, and vocabulary choice.


    Give you honest feedback. 

    Enrichment Projects Using Critical Thinking

    For inquisitive kids who are interested in learning beyond the classroom.


    Creative projects allow kids to research a subject in depth and tackle a large scale project for the sheer joy of learning.


    I also have lesson plans and unit themes for ongoing projects for groups such as homeschoolers or afterschool classes.




    Mock Trial


    Debate Club


    Graphic Novel Book Club


    Philosophy through Children's Literature








    ESL Speaking and Conversation. American History and Current Events

    For first generation adults living in America who would like to learn about America's history and culture.  We also discuss hot topics in current events so that speaking to other Americans for the first time comes more easily and naturally. 


    We cover basic history that is taught to most public school students plus more interesting facts and stories. We also discuss current events, have lively conversations, and encourage each person to express their own opinions in English.


    Private or group lessons

  • From My Students

    "Linda made learning into something completely different that is called 'FUN!'" D., 4th grader



    "I learned a lot from the books I read. Reading these books and our assignments out loud has also taught me to be more confident." B., 4th grader



     "So, a teacher needs to be fun but they still discipline the students. Now what could that mean? Well, simple. It's almost like there is two sides to them. Although they like to joke around and have fun, they still make the students work hard when they need to. I have had this experience with a teacher, and who was it? You!" J., 5th grader



    "What I see in a good teacher is one who is able to combine a good learning experience with a fun one. I cannot say who was my best teacher, because all of them educated me well. All of these qualities I see in you." E., 5th grader



    "He got his progress report back and he went up a grade in English. Right away he said, 'That's because of Linda." mom of V., 4th grader




    "The lessons were really fun and I learned a lot from you. I feel more confident in my writing because of you, so thank you." B., 6th grader





    "When I seeked guidance regarding my  personal essay for a graduate studies program I contacted Linda. She responded back to me that very day! Since then she has been able to help me clearly organize and structure my thoughts into an outline, construct a well written essay, and continued to keep contact with me, revising and perfecting my paper. Without Linda I would have been lost! While working with Linda I realized she is not only  very knowledgable and good at her job,  but is also very generous and passionate about helping others succeed and achieve their goals. I plan on working with Linda again in the future!" G., graduate school applicant



    Fairleigh Dickinson University



    Certificate of Eligibility With Advanced Standing in Elementary Education


    Certificate of Eligibility With Advanced Standing in Social Studies


    Brooklyn Law School



    Barnard College, Columbia University


    BA History


    Reading and Writing and Enrichment:

    $50/hr for private lessons

    Pay in advance for 10 lessons, get one lesson free!


    Need based special pricing is

    offered at specific times, in my home, to students in middle school and older.

    (Please contact me directly)





    $40/ hr private lessons

    $20 per person for 1 1/2 hr. class with 2 or more students.

    Pay in advance for 10 lessons, get one lesson free!



    One Time Writing Projects:

    One fee per project, revisions included

    (Please contact me directly)