My PhD is from UC Berkeley's English department. I now work at an NPO, so to supplement my income I help people with writing and editing. My academic specialties are linguistics, narratology, and composition, and I've won several teaching awards. As such, I usually assist with the following things:
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- School applications. I can help you to plan, organize, or improve your materials, in terms of content, structure, rhetorical effectiveness, and economy of writing. A lot of people think university applications are just about showing how qualified you are, but that's only part of the story -- even as an applicant with the highest grades and scores, you also need to demonstrate a good fit for the school or program. Right now I'm seeing mostly the last few law and MBA applications and early medical school primaries, but I'm happy to help with almost anything.
- Academic editing. If your master's thesis, dissertation, or article is almost ready, I can ensure that there are no composition errors, make the writing more eloquent and natural, and offer suggestions regarding any weaknesses in organization or argument. Obviously I'm no expert in many fields, but I can still tell if information is presented clearly and effectively.
- Assisting with the composition and argumentation of humanities papers, project proposals, miscellaneous essays, and similar items. If you're struggling with your writing, I can help you organize your content and present it properly.
- Proofreading or editing pretty much anything for grammar, punctuation, clarity, and brevity. I'll fix errors, make sure your document reads well, and offer suggestions for improvement. (Also, most of the rules of grammar and punctuation are simple once someone actually explains them to you, so I'd be happy to do that as well if you like.)
What I will NOT do is write your graded academic assignments for you. I'll HELP you with a paper or assignment, but I'm not doing it for you.
For most projects it would be best to avoid meeting in person right now, but we can send documents over e-mail, or talk by phone or video. My rates for individuals (not businesses) are usually $40 to $80 per hour, depending on what you need. All of my work is confidential. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.