Sylvie N. - Published, In-Depth Editor and Proofreader with MA in English

UC Berkeley Sylvie N. Tutors UC Berkeley Students in Berkeley, CA
$55 / hr
San Francisco, CA
15 miles Travel Radius
Often, people have something they need to say and are unsure how to say it most effectively. I am passionate about helping others to express their ideas as clearly and eloquently as possible.
I specialize in editing academic papers, college admission essays, cover letters, business emails, and creative writing. My education in literature has given me a firm, intuitive grasp of the language. During my MA, I received a grade of A+ for 5 out of 8 seminar papers, and one of those was published in...
Sylvie is a knowledgeable and supportive tutor. I needed her help with my final portfolio for a creative writing course and she provided excellent feedback and some very helpful edits. She is well-versed with grammar, language, and structure but also the fundamental elements of storytelling. She went above and beyond to help me with my final edits when she was on a trip with a bad WiFi connection, which just comes to show you how dedicated she is to her students. I highly recommend Sylvie. You won't be disappointed!
- Sarah L. from Irvington, NY
Sylvie is the best proofreader I have ever worked with. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is seeking help in writing. She works efficiently, patiently, and makes my experience very educational and uplifting. Efficient: We came up with a way to work together efficiently. We usually have two rounds of review per school?s essay. I sent my first draft full of comments to get her opinions on the contents to ensure that I?ve addressed the prompts thoroughly. She?d return the revised version with clarifying questions and some edits. It is essential to have a second pair of eyes on the content as sometimes I?d assume people know the backstories without being aware. Then I?d respond to her questions and she?d return her final edits with all levels of issues fully addressed. The final version looks 100x better than the first draft as my stories are fully expressed and razor-sharped. She usually returns things in one day and always communicates in advance if things come up. This is precious since it was around the holiday season by the time I applied. Patient: I?ve applied to six schools plus three scholarships, even I get frustrated for having to tailor the same stories over and over to meet different schools? styles. But Sylvie treats every application as if she saw it for the first time and can always find ways to improve. In addition, Sylvie is clearly very experienced working with ESL (English as Second Language) students and can think from our shoes, which to me is incredibly helpful. Educational: This process is not just about proofreading, but a systematic way to revamp my writing. Not only does she help me improve lower-level concerns (word choice, grammar?), she would spend time explaining the reasons behind some edits and give more context about American English. I used to avoid English writing as much as possible. After working with her, I definitely feel more confident and comfortable in writing. Uplifting: It is cheerful to have Sylvie as a champion through the application process as it requires quite a bit of soul-searching and can be grilling. I sometimes have to fight against self-doubt and Sylvie has been very supportive throughout. I can tell that she is truly passionate about writing and genuinely cares about my success. Thanks to Sylvie?s support, I?m admitted to some of the world?s best programs (E.g. Harvard, Duke), which I could not have imagined without her support in this tough application season. If you are still choosing among hundreds of proofreaders on Wyzant, look no further as working with Sylvie is such a rewarding experience.
- Carol J. from Raleigh, NC
We went over a cover letter that I wrote as a first draft. I emailed it to her a few days prior to our meeting so we would both be ready to discuss it. She had already made reviews and was ready for suggestions and a lesson in mind
- Therese J. from Sacramento, CA
Sylvie is an incredible and attentive tutor who genuinely cares about helping her students. The feedback and suggestions she gave me on my MBA essays were immaculate. Her eye for proofreading is truly unparalleled. Sylvia is a master of the English language and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their essay or writing skills in general. Her assistance allowed me to feel confident about my applications and for that, I am eternally grateful! Thank you, Sylvie!!
- Dyala A. from Dallas, TX
Sylvie has an approach to how she reviewed my essays that allowed me to reshape my narrative which worked out well. She will work with you and take the time to receive feedback on her work. Her response time is quick and she hit our deadlines
- Erica W. from New York, NY
Sylvie can always catch my grammar errors and patiently explain the rationale behind them. As a non-native speaker, my English writing has improved a lot with her help. Sylvie was also very pleasant to work with since she gave me a lot of encouragement. I would recommend her tutoring to anyone.
- Zoe L. from Columbus, OH
She asked me a variety of questions that I could speak more naturally. Meanwhile, she also suggested me the corrections and better expressions. It helps me a lot!
- Joonwoo K. from Long Island City, NY
Sylvie is very organized. She keeps notes of my mistakes and makes sure to go through them again. I'm an advanced speaker and yet she's able to spot the little mistakes that I make whether it's pronunciation, word usage, or awkward phrasing. Other teachers have a hard time spotting those but Sylvie has a great ear.
- Lawrence T. from San Francisco, CA
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