Ace The Essay

Ace The Essay

5.0 (4)
Best of 2022
2 hires on
1 employee
4 years in business

About this tutor

I began tutoring seriously during my fall quarter of 2018 through a service learning program at University of Washington. In this program I was connected with a community of Eritrean immigrants at the Eritrean Kidisti Selassie church. Here I lead tutoring sessions during the church’s weekday after school program, which typically had somewhere between 5 and 10 students ranging in ages from K to 12. As one of two tutors participating in this program, I had to learn how to balance time and teaching styles between each student. I learned a lot by shifting from helping a student with an essay, to tutoring algebra, to helping a kindergartener read all within the same day.

During this program I was approached by a few parents to help tutor their children individually outside of the typical church schedule. I now provide private sessions for these children and since then other clients, with math and essay help. Many of these parents are interested in prepping their children for private high school entry exams, so my focus has been to pass down test-taking strategies and reinforce organizational skills that will help them achieve these goals. 

After finding how much I enjoyed being a part of these students' progress I decided to pursue tutoring full time. I was hired to work at Lehman Learning solutions.

Through all of these experiences, I've learned that the most important part of being a tutor is to first recognize each youth as a person rather than simply a student working on a math assignment for example. I've found the better I'm able to connect with the student's experience as a whole, the better I'm able to help them with the problem that we're currently working on.  

What I enjoy the most about tutoring is the opportunity to get to know each student I work with and assess their strengths and challenges individually. No two students are the same. I love the fact that I get the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with my students that will go on to inform the learning process as a whole.

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4 Reviews


  • Seth Aaronson

    Tom was an easygoing tutor who accommodated our family’s schedule and did an excellent job matching his teaching style to our child’s needs. I would recommend Ace The Essay highly to anyone.

  • Sara P

    Tom was excellent with our daughter who is in 8th grade. She was struggling with reading comprehension and essay composition. Tom not only had great activities which targeted these areas, but also connected with her in a way that kept her engaged throughout the process.

  • Cameron Coupe

    Tom was an extremely patient, engaging writing coach for my son who is in 7th grade. We were concerned at first with the challenge of virtual tutoring, but Tom made it easy and fun. He had excellent oratory skills and had great guidances on expository essay structure and creative writing tips! Great tutor- we intend to continue working with Tom!

  • Eden Negassi

    He is patient and always ready to help. He helps me with three different classes and I got good grades.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I start by having a conversation about what the goals are for these sessions. If possible, this happens prior to our first lesson. Then I begin developing a lesson plan that fits the students needs. This could mean supplemental vocabulary work or generic outlines for an expository essay. I provide my students with resources and a lesson structure that I feel will best target our goals.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

While working at Lehman Learning Solutions I was trained on Brain Based approaches to learning. At Lehman we approached learning challenges by starting at the root of these challenges. Often this means first enhancing attention and memory through various activities. A program that we used regularly at Lehman was Processing And Cognitive Enhancement (PACE). This program was comprised of various activities that combined cognitive function with physical and visual elements. By first tracing learning issues to attention or memory we noticed enormous improvements in our students, both behavioral and academic.

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