I enjoy tutoring any age, from first grade and up, from English Language Learners to speakers whose first language is English. I've had success tutoring multiple family members at once. Current and recent clients include high school students writing college essays and elementary and middle school students. Thus far, all of my high school clients have been accepted at their first-choice college. If you are interested in finding out more about tutoring, please contact me at laura@lauragabelhartman.com. I offer special rates or even pro bono tutoring for first-generation immigrants and students in need. References available upon request.

I've taught college-level English, including English Composition and Basic Writing, and have experience working in high school and university writing labs, where I discovered my preference for working with students one on one to working in a classroom setting. My tutoring style is to teach students how to revise for themselves, looking first for big-picture issues and focusing last on punctuation and grammar. We look for patterns of punctuation/grammar errors so that students can self-correct in future. As a nurturing tutor with a sense of humor, I believe in pointing out young writers' good instincts and successes. I enjoy helping students generate ideas, understand organization, ensure clarity, and strengthen writing through specific detail. Success for me is when my students get to the point when they no longer have a resistance to writing, and they burst in, eager to write their stories.

 

"Laura was a bright spot in the college application process." —parent of rising senior, 2018

"Laura saved our marriage." —parent of rising senior, 2018