Will Ardery, M.A., University of Chicago
Will began his teaching and writing tutoring career at Hamilton College, where he worked with student writers to help build confidence and develop the skills needed to write successfully and independently.

While at Hamilton, Will also served as a “First-Year Experience Mentor” for Hamilton’s history department, teaching incoming students writing and time management skills. Besides earning the highest GPA among American History students and the highest GPA in Hamilton’s history concentration, Will was awarded Hamilton’s Cunningham Essay Prize for his honors thesis on Abraham Lincoln.

After graduating magna cum laude with honors, Will continued to work with Hamilton professors to craft a comprehensive thesis-writing guide. He also co-authored Hamilton’s “Writing Longer Papers.” At the same time, he created an in-depth guide for Darien, Connecticut’s Historical Society titled “Darien’s Golden Age of Arts & Design” and served as a substitute teacher in the Darien public school system.

As a writing tutor, college application counselor, and college application essay writing specialist, Will specializes in pinpointing areas of difficulty in student writing and then providing constructive and easy-to-apply techniques to ensure writing success and the development of student writing skills and confidence. His teaching approach is cheerful, encouraging, and patient, with an emphasis on collaborating with students to optimize college admissions chances and to foster long-term writing growth. He is committed to empowering students with the writing skills they need to write stronger essays and to become more successful college applicants and writers.

“By improving critical thinking and problem solving skills, writing tutoring helps students advance in all subject areas.”

As a Writing Specialist in the University of Chicago’s Humanities Core, Will teaches new college students the ins and outs of academic writing; his seminars cover every part of the writing process, from research, to argumentation, to revision. As a Lector in the University’s Academic & Professional Writing course, he helps undergraduate students develop the writing skills needed to write a B.A. thesis, apply to graduate school, and apply to professional school. During the summer, Will serves as a Writing Instructor for the University’s Academic Achievement Program (CAAP) where he teaches incoming students the basics of college level writing.

M.A., University of Chicago, Social Sciences
B.A., Hamilton College, History, with minor in Literature
Recipient of the Cunningham Essay Prize, Darling Prize in American History, and Graves Prize in History
Member, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta
Advanced Certificate in Tutoring and College Counseling, The Writing Center of Princeton

“I had to leave school for a year and when I came back, I wasn’t sure I could get through all the writing. But Will was a godsend. He saw what I needed right away and within a few short weeks I was writing independently and getting all As.”

Sabrina, 9th grader, The Hotchkiss School

Reading and Writing Fundamentals

Reading Comprehension

Time Management

Language Arts

Essay Writing

High School English

Middle School English

High School Social Studies

Middle School Social Studies

High School Philosophy

College Application Essays

Confidence Training

Primary and Secondary Research Skills


Christina found her vocation as a writing teacher and college admissions counselor at Columbia University where she taught for several years while completing her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in English & Comparative Literature.


After coming to Columbia from the University of Florida, where she received the Outstanding Four Year Scholar award for her original research while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, Christina taught undergraduates as an instructor of both composition and literature courses in Columbia’s Core Curriculum.

She helped students write in a range of genres from personal essays to formal research papers, earning stellar student evaluations and a competitive Core Preceptor Fellowship. She also earned a certificate from Columbia’s Innovative Teaching Summer Institute for her dynamic and engaging approaches to writing pedagogy. 

Now, as a college admissions essay writing specialist and writing tutor, Christina cultivates the writing skills that students need to optimize their college admissions chances and thrive in elite academic environments. She challenges college applicants and writing students to think deeply and perceptively while arming them with the strategies they need to transform their ideas into compelling and well-organized essays.

What makes college applicants stand out from their competitors? Good writing. Well-written personal statements and supplemental essays are the best way for applicants to distinguish their applications from all the others.” 

As a college admissions specialist and writing tutor, Christina tailors her instruction to the particular needs and goals of each individual learner and applicant. Her approach is warm, empathetic, and collaborative; her goal is to empower students and college applicants with the tools they need to build sophisticated arguments and tell memorable and compelling stories.  


Ph.D., Columbia University, English & Comparative Literature

Frederic Zeller Memorial Fellow, 2017-2018

Columbia Core Preceptor, 2016-2018

Marjorie Hope Nicolson Doctoral Fellow, 2011-2017 

M.Phil., Columbia University, English & Comparative Literature

M.A., Columbia University, English & Comparative Literature

B.A. (summa cum laude), University of Florida, English, minor in Classics, Medieval & Early Modern Studies

Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Outstanding Four Year Scholar

Advanced Certificate in Tutoring and College Counseling, The Writing Center of Princeton

“Christina guided my son with warmth and intelligence through all the really difficult parts of writing his college application essays. Her help on the Common App essay was invaluable. She also helped him create an extracurricular capstone project that helped define and represent his character. We can’t recommend her highly enough.”    

Karen, mother of NYU freshman



Independent Extracurricular Capstone Project Development

Essay Writing

Close reading and literary analysis

College Composition

High School english

AP Capstone

AP English literature

Ap english language

Reading and writing fundamentals

Research skills

time management

Writing anxiety management

Schedule your free 20-minute phone consultation with Dr. Osborn to learn how The Writing Center of Princeton can help your child.

Melissa Walsh, M.A., Rider university

During the past decade, Melissa Walsh has served as a writing tutor to elementary, middle, and high school students and to adult students and professionals.

As a writing tutor, Melissa’s main goal is to help students see writing as a communication tool that can be used to develop an academic edge and to express their unique thoughts and ideas. With young students, Melissa works to ensure present levels of proficiency are maintained and developed. With adults, she works to improve and refine writing skills so that professional and personal goals are met.

As an academic and creative writing tutor, Melissa always places the individual student’s interests and learning style at the forefront of her instruction. She approaches each student with their writing strengths in mind, as she works to build confidence and writing skills. Melissa excels at getting her students to express their thoughts by breaking down the writing process into manageable tasks. She patiently works with each student writer until personal confidence, independence, and academic excellence are achieved. Melissa also works with college-bound ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders to help them hone the kind of personal writing skills they need to write compelling and memorable college application essays.

Melissa also works with college-bound ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders to help them hone the kind of personal writing skills they need to write compelling and memorable college application essays.

“All writing instruction should be personal, designed with the individual student’s needs in mind.”

Melissa is a certified general and special education teacher dedicated to supporting her district’s Child Study and Intervention and Referral Services teams. Melissa’s vast knowledge of special education and learning disabilities make her an excellent resource for students, parents, and colleagues. Melissa’s expertise helps parents decipher IEPs and 504 plans, and she works with families to develop strategic and implementable accommodations. In addition, she excels at approaching learning differences with creative solutions and patience. Melissa’s writing instruction for students with learning differences is tailored specifically for them so she can build on the foundation of their existing strengths.

Also an expert on the impact of psychological trauma on learning and writing, she frequently speaks to educators and parents about the need to incorporate social and emotional learning into all aspects of educational systems. She has also contributed to Whole School Health Through Psychosocial Emotional Learning, authored multiple blog posts about teaching, learning, and health for special education law firms, and presented at statewide conferences on education, communication, and technology.

Melissa is also a talented voice actor who gives voice to key educational projects for the University of Maryland’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation.


M.A, Rider University, Special Education with Distinction
Graduate Level Teacher Certification, Elementary Education, Rider University
B.A., College of Saint Elizabeth, Psychology and International Relations, minor in French
Advanced Certificate in Tutoring and College Counseling, The Writing Center of Princeton

“Melissa is an expert at planning lessons that focus on the educational needs of the individual. She provided insightful weekly summaries on my daughter’s progress and well thought out objectives for upcoming lessons.”

Hien O., parent of West Windsor, NJ 5th grader

Reading and Writing Fundamentals

Reading Comprehension

Remote Learning Loss

Time Management

IEP review

Executive Functioning Skills

Public Speaking

Language Arts

Private School admissions

essay writing

Goal setting and progress monitoring

High school English

Middle school English

College Application Essays

Math fundamentals

Self-advocacy skill building

Jacob Demree, B.A., Swarthmore College

Jacob grew up around textbooks, chalk dust, and lesson plans—both his parents are teachers–but pencils, score sheets, and test-prep workbooks have surrounded him for the last eight years as he prepared for the SAT, the LSAT, and the bar exam.

Jacob began his teaching career at Swarthmore College where he taught elementary and middle schoolers. He also worked as a substitute teacher in Mount Laurel, NJ.

While at Swarthmore, Jacob was awarded High Honors as well as the Bramson Prize for Sociology and Anthropology. Now a third-year student at Georgetown Law, Jacob was a staff editor and senior submissions editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, and has worked closely with professors and colleagues to assist with the first-year legal research and writing curriculum.

Over the past few years, Jacob has published papers in academic journals on labor law, legal ethics, and health systems. He has also researched and written on healthcare, legislative processes, employment discrimination, forced labor, and international law.

“Everyone takes tests differently, but strategic practice helps everyone improve.”

Jacob knows that taking standardized tests is a skill every student can master. His approach is to help establish concrete, achievable goals and then to pinpoint and build on a student’s test-taking strengths. By mindfully working through actual test questions step by step, Jacob helps students develop new, effective strategies to augment ones already intact. His ability to tailor practice sessions to each student’s learning style and his patient guidance moves students quickly and efficiently toward test-taking success.


J.D. (anticipated May 2022), Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., Swarthmore College, Medical Anthropology, with minors in Peace & Conflict Studies and Latin American & Latino Studies
Recipient of High Honors and the Bramson Prize for Sociology and Anthropology
Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Advanced Certificate in Tutoring and College Counseling, The Writing Center of Princeton

“Once Jacob told me how to use process of elimination, my test taking really improved!”

Tiffany C., NJ 11th grader

SAT prep

LSAT prep

Reading and writing fundamentals

Reading comprehension

Language arts and close reading skills

Time management