One-on-One Peak Writing

Intensive, one-on-one writing programs for grades 6 and up

Does your student need to boost their fundamental skills of essay writing to prepare for high school? Is your student in high school and needs to master their analytical writing skills to prepare for AP courses, advanced English, or college-level courses?

In Summit’s Peak Fundamental Writing course (6 weeks), an expert tutor guides your student to learn the foundations of quality essay writing. In our Peak Analytical writing course (8-16 weeks), students learn how to study complex literature and write compelling analytical essays.

Students who have mastered these skills possess a rock-solid advantage over their peers — a competitive edge that extends throughout their scholastic careers. They approach writing tasks with greater confidence and less frustration, overcoming the fear and stress often associated with initiating such assignments.

Our Peak Writing programs are designed carefully to support the multi-level learning process of basic essay writing and advanced, analytical thinking. We are focused on helping students get to their highest level.

Middle school or high school is the perfect time

Expectations for student writing rise in grades 6 and up, but learning to write in a classroom setting can be challenging. Summit’s Peak Fundamental Writing program and Peak Analytical Writing program helps students sharpen this skill in a one-on-one setting.

Our typical program consists of either 6 or 8 weekly one-on-one sessions with a hand-picked tutor. Sessions are 90 minutes, with about an hour of homework assigned per session. Tutoring conveniently takes place either online or in-person in your home or locally, on your schedule.

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One-on-one instruction from professionals

Most of our Peak Writing tutors are current or former English teachers who have a talent for engaging students in a variety of age groups. They are experts at analyzing students’ writing and giving clear, actionable feedback on areas for growth. They are passionate about what they do and are committed to their students’ success.

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Peak Fundamental Writing: Provides students with a solid foundation of basic essay-writing skills

Students start the program by developing reading skills and examining how to communicate most effectively through writing. Together with their tutor, students then build an ideal model of how to write an essay. Students will finish their program with a strong knowledge of how to structure essays, write strong thesis statements, and support their arguments. By program’s end your student will fully research, plan, and write a great essay about a challenging topic.

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Peak Analytical Writing: A rewarding, rigorous curriculum boosts writing skills

The unique, scaffolded structure of our analytical writing program is key. Students will first sharpen their active reading skills while learning how to effectively analyze literature and engage with texts on a deeper level. From there, they’ll learn and practice how to create compelling thesis statements and develop thoughtful, well-supported arguments, By program’s end, your student will be producing cohesive, well-written analytical essays with confidence.

Peak Fundamental Writing Learning Outcomes

  • Sharpened problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities
  • Learning key reading strategies that are essential for writing skills
  • Developing the ideal model for structuring essays
  • Understanding how to communicate most effectively through writing
  • Writing strong thesis statements and learning how to support arguments
  • Editing and revision skills
  • Writing an effective 4-paragraph essay
  • Bonus sessions, including grammar lessons focused on parts of speech and elements of a sentence
  • Increased confidence for the rigor of high school essay writing!

Peak Analytical Writing Learning Outcomes

  • Analytical techniques for approaching a piece of literature
  • Close reading and making solid inferences
  • Multiple annotation techniques
  • Literary terminology
  • Creating strong, supportable theses
  • Consider situations, examine rhetoric, analyzing stories, essays
  • Creating cohesive, well-supported, analytical arguments
  • Editing and revision skills
  • Wiring an effective 5-paragraph essay, using evidence and citations
  • Confidence for writing in advanced English, AP classes, and college-level courses!
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Meet Some of Our Top Writing Teachers

Lauren Doolan

Lauren is from Peabody, Massachusetts and has worked as a tutor for Summit since 2012. Her teaching style is patient, encouraging, and positive. She loves helping students gain confidence and master new skills. She has a BA in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She’s worked in after school programs and adult education classes, doing everything from teaching grammar and punctuation to ESL students to showing seventh graders how to make tacos. In her spare time she enjoys reading, sewing, cooking, and traveling.

Lily Gordon

Lily Gordon graduated with a B.A. in Literature from Williams College. She has four years of tutoring experience and loves to get to know the people she tutors. Lily has a knack for making each student feel comfortable with her gentle, supportive teaching style while also pushing them to access their unlimited ability to learn and grow. She is a Spanish-speaker and hopes to make her career working with bilingual kids. In her free time she lets her creative spirit run wild making art, dancing, and reading lots and lots of books. College, degree obtained: Williams College, BA, Literature

Michael Singer

Michael joined Summit in 2015 and has happily tutored many one-on-one and classroom programs since then. Throughout his multi-decade teaching career, Michael has taught reading to children and adults of all ages, religious school to children and teens, ESL/ELL to undergraduate and graduate students of all ages, and biblical studies to adults. He holds a BA in History from Franklin & Marshall College (go Dips!), an MA from Brandeis University, and has completed work toward a PhD, also at Brandeis. When not sharing his love of learning with people of all abilities and ages, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, reading, cooking, listening to podcasts, classic video gaming, and playing sports.

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