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 has 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