Advanced Placement (AP) English teachers focus on teaching you how to read carefully and with insight. But little if any time is spent teaching you how to write. And almost no attention is paid to preparing for AP exams.

AP teachers are required to teach an enormous amount of content. As a result, there is simply not enough time in a semester to teach writing. In fact, even the best AP teachers tell me that they’ve not been able to devote any time to writing instruction, let alone to preparing students for the AP exam.

Why take the AP exam then? Two reasons: First, when you apply to college, admissions officers will count the number of AP courses you’ve taken and compare that number to the number of AP courses offered by your school. The more you’ve taken, the better your chances of gaining college admission. Second, good scores on AP exams are rewarded by colleges and universities worldwide. According to the College Board, 90% of four-year colleges and universities in the United States grant credit, placement, or both on the basis of a student’s AP exam scores.

At The Writing Center of Princeton, Susan takes the worry out of AP exam prep by giving you the skills you need to get the scores you want, in class and on the exam.

Her Strategic Approach Teaches You

• What AP teachers and exam readers look for
• How to use the exam prompt to help build your argument
• Techniques to target your reading and focus your writing
• Five easiest rhetorical devices to write about
• Ready-to-use formulas for writing about ethos, pathos, logos
• Ready-to-use thesis statements for all AP prompts
• Formulas for writing information-rich sentences
• Three quick ways to write conclusions
• How to refine your close reading skills

How is Susan’s approach different from other AP test prep services?

• Susan holds a Ph.D. in English literature with a specialization in rhetoric and composition. In other words, she gets it. She really knows close reading, literary analysis, and constructing evidence-based interpretations of literature.

• No wasting time with instruction that hasn’t been designed for you. Instead, Susan builds on your unique learning strengths and style to show you how to get the scores you want.

• Susan teaches you how to prepare for writing AP responses using essay formulas.

• Susan shows you how to use your essay formulas on the day of the AP exam.

• She shows you how to improve your scores by developing exam-day confidence.

Susan offers one-on-one instruction at The Writing Center of Princeton or in your home. Online tutoring is available via Skype. All lessons customized to meet the unique needs of each student. All instruction is available as individual lessons or discounted packages.

All instruction is conducted in a private, distraction-free environment.

from the parents


“A month before the exam, my son had no idea to write for the test. Susan quickly discovered the gaps in his in-class education, and developed an intensive program for success. In the end, he scored a 5!”
– Sashi V., parent of 11th grader

“Susan’s dedication and support for my son was boundless. Words don’t express for the appreciation and respect we have for her.”
– Roopa and Aarav A., parents of 11th grader

“Though the number of sessions we had with Susan was limited, the outcome was amazing. She is a very patient and understanding writing tutor. Not only did she help my son improve his writing skills and strategy, she gave him the confidence to achieve his target.”
– Lakshmi, parent of 11th grader