Every parent dreads hearing that their child is struggling with writing in school. You want to help but feel helpless in the face of inappropriate behavior and urgent messages from school.

If your child is struggling with writing or English language arts, we can help.

Students struggle with writing for many reasons. Some students have trouble organizing their thoughts, others have trouble getting their ideas down on paper, and some struggle with writing because they don’t understand the assignment. But most students struggle with writing because of inadequate instruction. In fact, over 70% of American English teachers report that they have had no training in writing instruction, that they don’t teach writing, and that they avoid writing whenever they can.

What this means is that for most American students writing instruction ends the day they graduate elementary school.

That’s where we come in.

During the past 15 years, we have helped elementary through high-school and college students become more competent, persuasive, and independent writers. How do we do it? Through our research-backed and highly individualized approach to writing and English language arts instruction.

At WCP, we advance your child’s English language arts and writing skills by:

• Improving your child’s ability to think and write clearly
• Teaching your child the skills needed to write effective, well-organized, and grade-winning essays
• Developing your child’s ability to write independently and with confidence

“I was concerned about my son’s ability to qualify for honors English. His GPA in language arts was 78%. His writing was so disorganized! But his grade improved as soon as he started working with Susan. While working with her, he became much more confident and his attitude toward writing assignments got much better. He’s now got a solid A, and he’s taking honors English next year!”

Seema and Raj, mother of eighth grader

What Makes Us Different from Other Writing and English Language Arts Tutors?

1. The Experience of Our Founder and Head Tutor
• Susan Osborn, Ph.D., has spent over 30 years in education, in the Writing Program and English department at Rutgers University, in the lab at The New Jersey Center for Research on Writing, in admissions at Vassar College, and as a private tutor.

• Dr. Osborn is also an award-winning writer and scholar and she brings both her education smarts and her writing smarts to every student relationship.

2. Individualized service
Because we know that every child is unique and brings a unique set of strengths and weaknesses to each learning situation, our work with your child is tailored to serve your child’s individual needs.

3. Our Reputation for Quality and Commitment
Our mission is to help your child learn to think and write clearly and independently and we will do whatever it takes to get the job done.

4. Emotional Support
We know that helping your child through school can often be frustrating and we want you to share your concerns with us. One of our most important responsibilities is to be here for you and we take that responsibility very seriously. Whether you need to vent or just need to talk things over, we want you to rely on us to support you.

Writing Services for Elementary School Students

for Elementary School Students

Starting in first grade, we show your child how to:

• Master grammar and punctuation
• Develop an advanced vocabulary
• Improve thinking and organizational skills
• Develop inferential skills
• Break down a prompt
• Develop sentence variety
• Detail and elaborate a written response
• Improve performance and grades by working with and around learning disabilities (LD)
• Develop confidence and motivation
• Prepare for the writing challenges of middle school

We are also always happy to meet with you, your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, and school administrators to discuss your child’s progress and learning situation

for Middle School Students

Starting in your child’s first year of middle school, we teach your child how to:

• Advance learned skills
• Write grade-winning thesis and topic sentences
• Develop sentence flexibility and variety
• Reinforce organizational skills
• Break down and strategize a prompt
• Locate and use textual evidence
• Develop persuasive, narrative, argumentative, and analytical writing skills
• Detail and elaborate a written response
• Use teachers’ grading rubrics to improve performance and grades
• Prepare for honors and AP courses
• Prepare for the PSAT
• Improve performance and grades by working with and around learning disabilities (LD)
• Prepare for the writing challenges of high school

We are also always happy to meet with you, your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, and school administrators to discuss your child’s progress and learning situation

for High School Students

Starting in ninth grade, we show your child how to:

• Advance writing skills to the next level
• Solidify good writing practices
• Improve reading comprehension
• Advance organizational skills
• Improve depth and clarity of thinking and writing
• Detail and elaborate a written response
• Write advanced-level persuasive, narrative, argument, and literary analysis essays
• Improve performance and grades by working with and around learning disabilities (LD)
• Prepare for AP exams and the PSAT, SAT, and ACT
• Write high-scoring AP, SAT, and ACT essays
• Prepare for the challenges of college-level writing
• Write college admissions essays that become the talk of admissions committees

We are also always happy to meet with you, your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, and school administrators to discuss your child’s progress and learning situation

What to Do Next?

Schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation with our founder and head tutor, Dr. Susan Osborn.

I look forward to speaking with you about the many ways we can advance your child’s writing and English language arts skills!

Susan Osborn, Ph.D.

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

FROM THE PARENTS

“Susan’s dedication and support for our son was boundless. Words don’t express the appreciation and respect we have for her. While working with her, our son gained confidence not only in his writing but in himself.”
– Padma and Aarav S., parent of 8th grader
“Susan is awesome. She really cares about the kids she tutors and it shows in their performance.”
– Anaya D., parent of 9th grader
“Susan is an exceptional tutor. She has a great passion for what she does and that passion helps motivate the kids who study with her. Her engaging techniques helped my son organize his thinking and put his thoughts on paper in a meaningful way. I highly recommend her.”
– Susanna L., parent of 10th grader
“When we called Susan, we were frustrated by my son’s English grades and by his teacher’s comments. But Susan broke everything down. She quickly ‘diagnosed’ our son’s areas of frustration and translated the teacher’s comments so that we finally understood what the teacher wanted and how to help our son.”
– Jackie S., parent of 8th grader
“My son was getting high Bs and low As in English, but I knew he could do better. Susan engaged him in a stress-free program to accelerate his writing strengths and develop the areas where he struggled. My son loved working with her, and he’s now getting solid A’s.”
– Devi A., parent of 8th grader
“Susan is talented, respectful, and compassionate. She creates individual lesson plans for each student, and gently shows students how to exceed their own expectations. She really cares about their intellectual growth and their emotional growth.”
– Amy D., parent of 11th grader
“Susan is an inspirational writing tutor. She builds skills and confidence.”
– Sandy R., parent of 11th grader
    
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