Tutoring Services


I have availability for short-term students who need extra support while schools are closed during the COVID-19 emergency. Rates are flexible during this timeframe.

I work primarily via Skype or Zoom for video sessions; for text-only sessions, I use Google Docs. I use Google Drive to store and organize texts and assignments, and I use Google Docs to comment on students’ writing without taking over. I can work with other platforms like Microsoft Office Online or Google Hangouts, depending on individual need.

My teaching style emphasizes individual learning and writing needs. Sessions consist of a combination of activities based on each student’s individual strengths:

  • lecture
  • discussion
  • writing-to-learn activities
  • collaborative note-taking
  • formal writing.

Sessions for middle-school students usually last one hour, two or three times per week. Sessions for high school students usually last two hours, twice a week. Texts, goals, and focus of our sessions are determined in consultation with student and parent(s) / guardian(s). 

Areas We might Cover:

Expository Writing

  • paragraph construction
  • introductions and conclusions
  • transitions
  • supporting details
  • organization
  • various genres (narrative, descriptive, persuasive, argumentative, etc)

Grammar & Mechanics

  • parts of speech
  • sentence structure
  • applied grammar
  • spelling
  • vocabulary building

Creative Writing

  • analysis of published short stories
  • analysis of published novels
  • analysis of published poetry
  • outlining skills
  • drafting skills
  • revising skills


  • texts traditionally taught in middle schools and high schools
  • texts tailored to student’s interests
  • themed units
  • annotation skills
  • literary analysis and essay-writing

Research Essays

  • building a research topic / question
  • finding sources
  • note-taking
  • synthesizing sources
  • outlining and drafting skills
  • revising skills

College Writing

  • understanding your professors’ assignments
  • time management
  • drafting skills
  • revising skills
Dainy has been an absolutely transformative teacher for my 11-year-old daughter. They combine academic rigor and discipline with warmth, support, and encouragement. My daughter has blossomed as a writer, and has discovered new confidence and pride as a student.
Creative writing Student, age 11
My daughter was very excited to show me her "new" way of organizing information. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your methodology and how grateful we are to you for your work. I am amazed at her rate of improvement. She feels so much more confident and feels like she is really learning. I can't thank you enough for your approach - what you are accomplishing with her is so beyond what I could have hoped.
Expository Writing Student, Age 10

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