“Mr. Crum offered me crucial support in reading and writing, and gave me hope to succeed in English during the most frustrating period of my life.”
—P. Shen, ESL Student
“I returned to school after over ten years away from a traditional academic environment. Dana worked with me on a stringent review of grammar and writing fundamentals that are essential to being a successful writer and communicator in all areas of life. I am fortunate to have worked with him as working with him gave me the strong foundation I needed to achieve my goal of finishing a graduate degree.”
—Tina Bates Baldera, a graduate student at Goddard College
“Dana put tremendous energy and care into working with our students. He was a creative and devoted teacher who spent considerable time meeting with students to give them individual assistance. It is clear that he cares deeply about teaching and learning.”
—Monika Giacoppe, Associate Professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey
“Dana Crum was my colleague at Ramapo College of New Jersey for a year. Because we taught a similar course—College English, a required General Education course—we shared curriculum ideas and syllabi. I can say without reservation that I developed a great deal of respect for Mr. Crum's sensitivity towards students and his professionalism as a teacher of writing.”
—Peter Scheckner, Professor of Literature at Ramapo College
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Prose Wizard’s primary English tutor, Dana Crum, has a history of success. Under his tutelage an ESL student from China went from getting D’s on papers to getting A’s. Crum is a Princeton alum with 18 years of experience as a teacher and tutor of English and creative writing. Horace Mann, Prep for Prep, Ramapo College of New Jersey, the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Virginia Commonwealth University are some of the institutions where he has taught. He tutors middle-school, high-school, college and graduate students as well as working professionals. Crum knows what skills colleges expect of incoming freshmen and what challenges high-school students encounter as they strive to master and demonstrate these skills.
What further sets him apart from the competition is his career as an award-winning poet, essayist and novelist. Every day he faces the blank page and writes under the pressure of high expectations and unyielding deadlines. As a result, he knows exactly what students go through when they sit down to write. Under his tutelage, students have won Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the same awards Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates and Truman Capote won as teens.
How It Works
Crum tailors his tutoring to each tutee’s idiosyncratic, ongoing needs and to her specific needs on that day. And he offers guidance and insight not just in essay writing and creative writing but also in literature, reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, conversational English, public speaking and performance poetry. Lessons are conducted in person, or online via Skype and similar applications.
Key Aspects of Prose Wizard's Approach
Adults Who Need a Tutor
Are you embarrassed by, or simply dissatisfied with, your writing or speaking skills? Do you long to express yourself more clearly and effectively when writing e-mails to your boss, reports and memos, cover letters and résumés, or creative work (fiction, nonfiction or poetry)? Would you like to speak more articulately at the office, in everyday social situations or while giving that important speech or toast? Prose Wizard can help you achieve these goals.
Maybe you have a college degree — or even an advanced degree. Maybe you never attended college. Or maybe you’re learning English as a second language. Whatever your educational level, whatever your level of familiarity with English, poor writing or speaking skills may be impeding your career advancement or causing you embarrassment in social situations. The good news is you can learn to write and speak better. And Prose Wizard can show you how.
Don’t let substandard writing and speaking skills hold you back any longer. Hire Prose Wizard today.
Our hourly rate is typically $100.