Help for Hire Tutors

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Kay Robin Alexander

I have more than 20 years’ experience editing all kinds of writing, from simple correspondence to dissertations. My rates are affordable and I’m willing to work with your schedule, including long-distance consultations.

Andrea Applebee

I offer Individual sessions for writers who want to build their confidence, flexibility, and independence in their work. For the past six years, I have taught university-level courses in writing, the last three at an Ivy League school. I have over ten years of experience coaching creative and critical writing projects at all levels–from the application essay to the dissertation and book manuscript. My qualifications include an MFA in nonfiction and poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, a certificate in Rhetoric and Composition, and a BA in English from Davidson College. I have a deep commitment to making writing an accessible and meaningful practice. Please contact me at to make an appointment.

Laura Augustine

I offer one-on-one tutoring and editing to help you express your ideas in a clear and effective way. I’m available to meet in Chapel Hill or online– whatever works best for you. I’m comfortable with ESL writers and I’m familiar with standards for academic papers and business writing, including emails, marketing collateral, and project documentation. Contact me at for a free quote.

Marv Axelrod

Marv Axelrod, specializes in Accent Reduction for foreign students. Often, the situation is one where the student has a considerable vocabulary and a more than average command of grammar. However,when it comes to correct pronunciation there is work to be done. By working with the foreign student, it is possible in a short time to reduce their foreign accent and as a result understand and be understood with greater authenticity.

Justin Baumann

I offer editing services for abstracts, papers, essays and presentations. I cater especially to scientists, but am happy to work with anyone. In addition to editing I can also help with preparation of academic presentations, speeches to the public, press releases, or even lesson plans. I have experience publishing, presenting, and teaching science and would like to share my expertise. Willing to meet in person or work online. I also offer earth science, marine science, and biology tutoring.

Mary K. Brown

I specialize in helping students and faculty – especially those whose first language is not English – improve dissertations, reports, proposals, articles, journal submissions, and similar documents. My clients have been extremely pleased with my editing and appreciative of my help in improving the readability of their papers.

Eileen Burton

Are you looking for a friendly, experienced ESL instructor to help you succeed in school or business? My experience teaching international students spans 30 years. I design individual lessons based on my students’ needs.

Katie Caprino

Katie Caprino is a freelance editor who is interested in helping high school students, undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals improve their writing. Katie has composition teaching experience at the university, community college, and secondary levels and offers clients explicit revision suggestions. Previous clients have been pleased with the quick and effective feedback Katie provides. Katie is excited to start helping you with your writing! Email to schedule a revision session now!

Rene Caputo

Are you an international student, visiting scholar or researcher? We can work together to improve your skills in American English. I have nearly 15 years of experience in teaching and tutoring non-native speakers in writing and conversation. We can have face-to-face private tutoring sessions or conduct coaching or editing sessions via Skype or email.

Christopher Catanese

As a Durham-based editor with experience in academic and literary publishing, I work primarily with academic writers who are preparing work for journal publication, conference presentation, or submission to their committee. I also have experience with grant-writing for the non-profit sector, literary fiction and non-fiction, as well as editing professional and academic genres like application essays, personal statements, and cover letters. Please be in touch to discuss your project!

Antoinette V. Corsentino

I have been teaching college English composition courses for five years. My speciality is assisting native English speakers and international students, from high school juniors to post-doctoral candidates, to find their writing voice. My experience includes: scholarship essays, research for public health policy papers, dissertations in engineering, resumes, and cover letters. I can help you at any stage of the process, whether it is formulating a thesis statement for your term paper or completing final edits on your dissertation.

Clifton Coufal

I am focused on helping international students, specifically Business, Law and Engineering grad students with presentations, including their thesis and conference presentations, and focus on helping them with their oral and written material and preparing them for publication. I can also provide advice to students in areas such as how to mingle and introduce themselves in academic/business/social events, can assist with developing their public speaking skillsets and can provide general information on acclimation to the U.S. My qualifications include being a certified ESL instructor who also obtained a JD and an LLM from Duke Law, an MS in marketing/int’l business and attended Tsinghua’s IMBA program in Beijing, China.

Sarah H. Cross

Writing doesn’t have to be a struggle; it can be something to enjoy and look forward to! I love working with graduate students and non-native English writers to find more freedom, creativity, and confidence in their writing. With my friendly encouragement, you will improve the mechanics of your writing (style, structure, and grammar) and develop skills to write with more power and clarity. A Duke alum, I have a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing, ten years of experience coaching writers and academics, and I have tutored students from around the world in English and writing.

Lightsey Darst

I can help you with essays and creative writing projects (poetry, fiction, or nonfiction). My specialty is helping writers see strengths and opportunities in early drafts, but I’m also a very sharp copyeditor, and I will work with you to polish up your final drafts without changing your voice. I have over ten years of experience teaching college courses, and I am a published poet, critic, and essayist, with two books and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Email me at for rates and to make an appointment.

Brenda Ellison

Does giving oral presentations or perhaps speaking in class cause you to fear? Do you need help organizing your speeches in a thoughtful organized manner? Do you just need help with basic speaking skills? I have nearly 30 years’ experience teaching all levels of public speaking, writing, and presentation skills. I am willing to work one-on-one or two-to-one to coach you to be a better speaker or writer. I am happy to work with international students and visiting scholars as well as native English speakers.

Dr. Julie Fann

Want success without all of the stress? Email Dr. Julie Fann at With my help, you can achieve your goal: earn an A, get a grant, finish your dissertation, edit your manuscript, break writer’s block, and gain confidence. I love the hard work that is weighing you down, so unburden yourself and contact me. I will listen to your needs and offer personal, professional solutions or mentoring that you can afford.

Ilene Freedman

I’m an experienced ESL instructor/tutor, graduate of the Duke Certificate Program, with a love for teaching international students (individuals and small groups). Let me help you improve your oral communication, grammar, writing and presentations. I’d enjoy giving you more tools to enjoy your life in The Triangle to its utmost.

Heidi Scott Giusto, PhD, CPRW, CEIP

I offer highly customized editing and tutoring services to individuals ranging from high school students to CEOs. I have a strong academic tutoring background and welcome the opportunity: to work with writers whose native language is not English, to help prepare students for the college and graduate school application processes, and to edit a range of documents that span dissertations to conference papers to resumes to business websites.

Julia Green

Julia Green has been an editor, writer, and teacher for 15 years. She has helped college students work on term papers, graduate students finalize their dissertations, high schoolers write college application essays, and adults craft resumes and articles. Over the years, Julia has helped many people hone their voice and express themselves clearly and intelligently on the page. She enjoys all the interesting people her work has brought her in contact with and the challenge of helping them become better writers, editors, and thinkers.

Margy Thomas Horton, Ph.D.

With my experience teaching and publishing in a university setting, as well as my passion for working one-on-one with students, I am just the person to help you with your difficult writing project. I provide a variety of support services to academic writers at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including editing and consultation. Check out my website,, for a free self-help guide to academic writing, as well as for more information about my services.

Patrick Inman

I edit articles, grant proposals, papers, theses, dissertations, and books in the humanities, social sciences, and medicine. I can help an author find his or her way, develop ideas, structure an argument, and present it persuasively. I also coordinate collaborative projects, coach scholars and nonfiction authors in writing, research, and stress reduction, translate Spanish and German, and research and write grant proposals. I work frequently with foreign students.

Derek Keever

I have been a freelance editor for 5 years, helping writers to express themselves more clearly and effectively. My specialty is editing academic essays, theses, and journal articles for non-native English speakers. I lived in Asia for 10 years and have been teaching ESL and EFL for 15 years. I have an MAT in TESOL and a CELTA certificate.

Roni Klass

As an experienced Writing Center tutor for the last 18 years in Miami, FL, and Raleigh, NC, a former professor of Freshman Comp, Developmental and ESL Writing, a SAT tutor, an online tutor, and an editor of graduate student papers, theses, dissertations, as well as book chapters, online articles, and The Naked Truth about Publishers Clearing House, I am well skilled to help you with your writing/tutoring needs. My rates and hours are flexible, and I am happy to work with writers at all levels, from high school students to ESL learners to professionals. Students come away pleased with the friendly, knowledgable help I provide.

John Manuel

Is your head full of ideas that you can’t put into clear, concise writing? As a former instructor at the Duke Young Writer’s Camp and the Center for Documentary Studies, I can help you. My special skill is helping people organize their thoughts. Having worked with engineers, I’m also good at helping people translate technical ideas into plain language. My rates are flexible and I’m available at short notice.

Christine Mojica

I’ve earned a M.S in English and have fifteen years combined experience editing, tutoring, and teaching college level writing, literature, and humanities classes. I am happy to work with writers at all levels, including ESL students and professors. My favorite pastimes include fastidiously proofreading and editing the works of others. I am dedicated to helping people improve their written communicate skills and believe that with patience, practice, and coaching , writing can be as evocative and effective as the most well-spoken words.

Molly Mullin

If you need help getting your message across, I can help. I have more than 20 years’ experience as a college writing professor, lecturer, and published author. I have a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and specialize in making complicated ideas clear.

Barbara Nagler

Are you frustrated because you can’t easily send and receive messages in English? With extensive experience serving internationals since 1989, I can help you achieve your personal and professional communication goals. Here and abroad, I’ve taught teacher-trainees, as well as graduate, undergraduate, and K-12 students.

Jason Santoro

Personalized English classes, Tutoring, Editing/Proofreading, Translation
I offer English classes, tutoring and proofreading/editing services. With a master’s degree in English and 13 years of experience teaching English to non-native speakers of the language, I can help you achieve your personal language goals. Private and small group courses available. Spanish-English translation service also offered. Contact Jason at

Sam Schuth

I am a CRLA certified writing tutor, and have a Master’s degree in History from the College of William and Mary. I also have two years of experience working as a writing tutor at UNCW, where I taught students majoring in the humanities and the sciences. I specialize, though, in tutoring historical researching and writing. I can be reached by e-mail at to schedule an appointment.

Amanda Shapiro

I’m a word maven with an MFA in Writing and a passion for clear prose. I’m also a listener; it’s important to take the time to understand my students’ goals before diving in. I’ve worked in writing centers, as a writing coach, and as a freelance editor for the past six years. I specialize in application essays, personal statements, and academic writing in the humanities and social sciences. My rates are flexible, and my turnaround is fast.

Ben Shedlock

I use your writing project as a tool to build your skills as a writer. To make the most of sessions, I ask you to submit projects ahead of time and send you away with a session recap and revision plan. The preparation helps me focus on areas that most obscure your ideas, and the recap focuses your continued revisions on those same areas. I have helped undergraduates as well as experts in their field strengthen their writing by learning and leveraging the genre expectations every writing project has, from engineering journal articles to PowerPoints. I earned my MA in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. As a tutor, I helped nearly 200 writers and researchers clarify their ideas at Carnegie Mellon University’s Global Communication Center. I have particularly enjoyed helping non-native English speakers understand the culture behind our language.

Elizabeth Shestak

After receiving an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, followed by a Master’s of Journalism degree from the University of Maryland, I am well-equipped to coach, edit, and review any kind of writing on whatever level the client so chooses. I have worked with ESL clients on numerous occasions. To date I have revamped resumes, proofed grants for grammar, and edited book chapters for flow and consistency. I am also well-versed at workshopping fiction and poetry, and am happy to guide non-fiction writers in terms of their reportage and direction.

Cristina Smith

I am a graduate of the master’s program at the School of Journalism at UNC. Over the past 15 years, I’ve worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, done magazine writing and editing and worked for public radio as a producer. I now focus mainly on editing and writing, and most recently have edited lengthy research reports for social justice groups, magazine pieces for an online literary magazine, and personal essays. I have a flexible schedule and am available for quick turnarounds.

Theresa Stone

I have a M.Ed. in Global Education Policy, a B.A. in International Education and I am TESOL certified, with adult ESL instruction and tutoring experience through the Orange County Literacy Council. I am happy to help with English tutoring, editing, and writing skills development for non-native speakers. My extensive work history in academic administration and human resources also makes me qualified to assist with the review of your academic application materials, essays, cover letters, and other job placement documents.

Silvia Villar

I am a Fiction and Non-Fiction Literature published Writer, Translator, and Proofreader (Random House, Mondadori, Barcelona-Spain) with a Master’s in Creative Writing by the University Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona. I am finishing my Ph D Dissertation in Teaching Languages and Literatures by the University of Barcelona. I have taught Composition, Essay, Literature, and Spanish Language at all levels, last three at a Ivy League University in North Carolina . Likewise, I am English as a Second Other Language K-12 Certified teacher, and have assisted an important number of non-English speaking students to achieve their goals in reference with their command of Academic, and Technical English (reading and writing). Lately, I have added a field to my specialties as a tutor: English Literature. I am in love with languages (I speak four, being bilingual from birth), and I believe in their potential to make an outstanding statement about one’s abilities, and potential particularly by a correct command, and mastery of the language in all type of texts. I do live very close to UNC, and can teach anywhere in campus, or close to campus. Just contact me for a non-committment conversation at, or at 919 520 7591. I’ll be waiting to assist you.

Sean Wellington

I currently teach two public speaking classes as well as an advanced grammar/writing course. I am available to assist international students and visiting scholars with public presentations and written work, particularly dissertations.