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I am an educational therapist who combines educational and therapeutic approaches in evaluation and remediation for clients with learning difficulties. I also work with high school seniors on their personal statements for college admission.
My son is also 14 now, a freshman at BHS. He had a very difficult time explaining his ideas and putting them together in order. I decided to go for an assessment which explained his difficulties, he needs special accommodations (additional time mostly) to be able to complete his assignments. One of the recommendations we got was to have him work with a writing coach. He has been working with a wonderful, very capable coach for the last 2 years. Her name is Jamie Keller M. Ed, Educational Therapist/Professional 510 524 8697 office , 510 847 2505 cell www.LearnWithMe.com, I highly recommend her. My son has improved a lot thanks to all the work he's done with Jamie.
Hi - My son also was identified at age 9 to have dyslexia. He worked with Jamie Keller, an educational therapist located in Berkeley. She taught him how to read and write. And he loved his sessions with her. They were fun, and she’s very kind and supportive. He’s now a sophomore at Oakland Tech and in their Padeia English/social studies program and is doing very well with advanced curriculum. You can get Jamie’s contact info on her website: www.learnwithme.com
Our son was looking for some feedback as he was writing his college essays and was extremely happy with his work with Jamie Keller. He started with some decent ideas about what he wanted to write about and drafts of a few essays but, even after the first meeting, he felt much more confident about the whole process. Jaime helped him weed out some of the more ordinary topics he'd been considering and focus in on topics and perspectives that would communicate something unique about him and would stand out in the piles of applications that would be read at each school. From his descriptions, she did a great job pushing him to think more deeply about each topic, focus on what is important, and get rid of any fluff in his writing. Despite the fact that they only met four times (with some email contact in between meetings), he felt like he walked out a much better writer. I think this deeper learning came from the fact that, instead of editing his essays, she helped him think through the writing process and arrive at a better place himself. He's convinced his essays were an important part of his success in the whole application process, resulting in acceptances at all his top choice schools.
Jamie Keller is an excellent writing coach who works via Skype and Zoom. I highly recommend her, especially for college essays. My son worked with her with great success when he was applying for college.You can reach her at: jamiekeller1 [at] gmail.com
Jamie has been working with our daughter for about 4 months. Her writing has improved quite a bit and the efforts have influenced her reading level (improved) as well. In addition, Jamie is flexible to work remotely with students which is ideal in times of public health crisis or times of traffic overwhelm- her flexibility is appreciated and her pride in her work with kids is genuine.
We have used Ms. Keller's services to help our son with his college application essays and it has been a very pleasant and beneficial experience. Ms. Keller was very approachable, patient and showed a genuine interest to find out about our son's personality and interests and used that information to connect with him. She empowered him to think independently and encouraged him to be different and unique.
She used to have interactive sessions with our son giving him feedback on his work but making him do his own edits which helped him by making his writing stronger. The quality of work that we see from him is now at a different level. She was able to bring out his inner thoughts and get them reflected in his essays in his own voice. We really appreciate her help and would definitely recommend her to others.
Jamie worked with our middle school son for several years. He loved it, and became more engaged with his schoolwork. We loved it, as we had to spend a lot less time hectoring him about his school work. She did a wonderful job cultivating his mind, and his interest in it.
Hi - A reading specialist / educational therapist could be very valuable. My middle schooler has worked with Jamie Keller. His reading and writing have really improved, and he loves his sessions with her. (Her contact info: www.learnwithme.com) You may also want to figure out what's going on, either through a school or private evaluation. Bad handwriting can be a sign of a learning difference. (We have our son type whenever possible. His handwriting is unreadable. And instead of pushing him to get better at something that his brain isn't wired for, we use the keyboard as his tool for written communication instead of handwriting. That really improved his self-esteem around writing. We do need to remind his teachers each year to allow him to keyboard, and they have been supportive.)
Best of luck to you, Laura
My son worked with Jamie on his college application essays. Jamie really helped my son, through her guidance he was able to write essays that really reflected who he was. She is very patient and she worked very well with my son who is a reluctant writer. We thank Jamie for all her help and credit her with having a hand in my son getting into his first choice college, UC Berkeley.
Hi - My 13-year-old son has dyslexia and he works with Jamie Keller, an educational therapist. Writing has been his greatest challenge, and she has helped him so much. He now easily does his homework. And is able to use class time for writing assignments, rather than sitting there overwhelmed and stuck. Mostly gone are the hours of tears whenever an assignment required writing. And Jamie is so kind and patient and fun. He loves working with her. She also helped him with reading. She is located in North Berkeley. Her contact info is at www.learnwithme.com. Best of luck to you! Laura
I can also recommend Jamie Keller- www.learnwithme.com. She worked with both of my reluctant readers in the elementary years. They are now in fifth and eighth grade and both reading above grade level and more importantly they LOVE reading. She was great at figuring out the specific skills they were struggling with. She also made it fun with games, found the right books and topics that engaged them. She is super positive and I think they felt like she was their "biggest fan" which struggling readers really need. As a parent, it was a huge relief to off source the support so that I could just enjoy reading with them and not feel like I also needed to be the tutor and the reading enforcer.
She is an experienced reading specialist with a lot of training and years of working with all different kinds of learners. I highly recommend her!
Hi - My son started working with Jamie Keller as his reading tutor / educational therapist starting when he was 9. She has been great with him! Now in 8th grade, his reading is way above grade level. He now works with her on his writing, plus he just likes meeting with her so we keep it up, but with less frequency than at first. She did a lot of games to increase fluency. And she gave us a very do-able at-home program. She is very kind and patient, which is a very good fit for our son. You can find her contact info at www.learnwithme.com. She's in North Berkeley, so not far from Albany. Best of luck to you! Laura
Both of my kids have worked with Jamie Keller of Berkeley on their college entance essays.
Jamie Keller M. EdEducational Therapist/Professional510 524 8697 office510 847 2505 cellSkype: jamieskeller www.LearnWithMe.com
Jamie has a gentle way of guiding kids through the thought process of finding a compelling topic, intro psragraph and multiple drafts if necessary.
I found her coaching took me off the hook for critiquing and nagging on a very sensitive process. My daughter’s college applications succeeded at all but one of 13 colleges. My son is a high school senior now and writing drafts with her now.
Hi - I highly recommend Jamie Keller as a child writing coach. She has worked with my son for several years and is fantastic -- kind, fun, and great at building skills and helping kids find their voice. She also specializes in working with kids as they write their college essays. www.learnwithme.com
I strongly recommend Jamie Keller for reading and writing tutoring (educational therapy). She has helped my son move forward in both these areas ... all in a fun, caring way. He loves his time with Jamie! She has helped him gain the confidence to produce writing, when before he was so overwhelmed and just stuck. She also helped him with his d'rash for his bar mitzvah, where she coached him to really find his own voice and perspective on something that isn't so easy to analyze. Most importantly, he is happy to work with her and eagerly goes to his appointments. I am so thankful we found Jamie for our son to work with!
This is what my daughter, BHS class of 2018, has to say about working with Jamie.
“I worked with Jamie over the course of several weeks to draft and finetune my personal statement. She helped me through the brainstorming process and, noting that two different experiences were central to my personality and passions, suggested a way to combine them into one essay. After Jamie helped me arrive at a topic, she also guided me as I revised many versions of my statement. With her insights, what was originally a stiff essay became a thoughtful story. Ultimately, I credit Jamie’s support throughout the writing process with helping me gain admission to my top choices, including an Ivy League school and several UCs.”
I highly recommend Jamie Keller, of LearnWithMe for help with college essays. My son, a senior, isn't a strong or confident writer. Thus he kept putting off his college essays, not knowing what to write about, or how to present himself to stand out at the competitive UCs and private liberal arts colleges he was applying to. After just a session with Jamie, I was struck by the energy and focus he had found for the first time in his attempts at essay writing, and which he applied to incorporating her suggestions into his writing process. And when I subsequently read his UC and Common Application essay drafts, they were night and day above his initial version. Impressively, Jamie didn't have him use her words or narrative, but somehow found a way to calm and motivate him, to pull HIS voice and HIS story out and put on paper in a compelling, personal and convincing way. My son not only enjoyed working with Jamie, but the experience boosted his confidence about the broader college application process, and in his ability to show his best self. Jamie was very efficient and flexible working around a busy senior's schedule, and was able to successfully counsel over Skype which was key as we live on the Peninsula and couldn't get over to Berkeley for in-person counseling.
Jamie helped all three of my children with their college essays. My son, the oldest of the three, was accepted to Swarthmore College, his first choice. My daughter, who, of the three, struggles the most with writing, was accepted at most of the schools she applied, and chose George Washington University. My youngest is a sophmore at UC Berkeley. Jamie deserves some of the credit for the wonderful college options they each had. Jamie is an insightful and supportive college essay coach. Each of my children enjoyed working with her and found her suggestions to be extremely helpful. Her guidance to each of them regarding the topic and story they would tell in their essays was invaluable. Jamie does not write the essays for her students -- she is able to prompt them, to support them, and to guide them to do their best work. She is an excellent editor and is able to point out grammatical, structural, organizational and stylistic issues that her students can then address and learn from. Each of my children left their meetings with her feeling calm and focused on the work ahead. We all recommend her! Jamie's email address: jamiekeller1 [at] gmail.com phone# (510)524-8697 mobile# (510)847-2505.
Jamie Keller (jamiekeller1 [at] gmail.com, 510-524-8697) helped both of our sons with their college essays and everybody was pleased with the results (one got into UCLA and the other into Harvard). She is patient and reassuring, helping each young person find his or her own voice and emphasizing the importance of telling a story through the essay process. We highly recommend her.
I highly recommend Jamie Keller. My son worked with Jamie Keller when he was applying to colleges. As Jamie put it, and she is so right! he came to her with a term paper, and came out with at thoughtful, honest and beautifully written essay. Writing was often a grueling process for him and he had difficulty working with people on it. But Jamie's way with him was terrific: relaxed, very positive and supportive and yet she helped him to see that he needed to make major changes to bring out his personality in his essays. He's very happy at Caltech now.
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Jamie Keller has been nothing but helpful with our son! Our son has always struggled with writing and expressing his inner thoughts on paper. We love her teaching approach. She was very flexible with times and scheduling, making her ideal for seniors with a busy workload. Jamie has helped both our eldest and younger son get into their top choice for college - MIT. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for help with the essay! Jamie email address: [email protected] phone# (510)524-8697 mobile# (510)847-2505
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I have to sing the praises of Jamie Keller who coached my daughter on her college essays. Jamie had a gentle way of coaxing my daughter to think about a unique way to tell her story. I think they met three times, for a reasonable hourly rate and my daughter was accepted to 12 out of 13 schools she applied to. grace
Hi - My 5th grade son sounds very similar. He struggles so much with generating ideas and then writing them. He has been working this year with a wonderful writing tutor and we've seen great improvement. He will now actually do a writing assignment. Granted, he still has far to go ... but it is so much better. He has worked this year with Jamie Keller. She started with games (roll the dice, write that many words, etc.), and now they read interesting articles together and write about it. He works on homework with her sometimes, and she is teaching him writing structure as well as tools for creating and organizing ideas. He enjoys going to each session, so I know she's good for 10-year-old boys! Her contact info: Jamie Keller, www.learnwithme.com Best of luck! Laura
My son, then in 5th grade, had a great experience with writing tutor Jamie Keller. He was a very reluctant writer, but she really brought out his creativity and got him on track with fun games and methods of teaching. She has developed a wonderful board game where kids roll dice and do different writing exercises. I was so surprised and relieved when I saw him respond that I got teary. She's a gem. Check out her site at www.learnwithme.com. Grateful
As the parent of a senior in high school, I would like to highly recommend Jamie Keller at learnwithme.com. She is a gifted essay coach who understands the challenges her students meet and knows how to gently guide them through their struggles. She has worked with my son on his personal essay and has managed to connect with him instantly while making him feel confident about his voice as a writer. Jamie is patient, flexible, and very knowledgeable about college essay writing. I can't recommend her enough. A very happy parent
For college essay help, I highly recommend Jamie Keller. She is a skilled teacher who helps students find their authentic voice that is unique among all the applicants. Jamie really listens to and cares for her clients and this attention shines forth in their writing. I worked with Jamie at Berkeley and saw the students in her class really achieve. To reach her, either call her at 510 847-2505 or email her at jamiekeller1 [at] gmail.com. Julie H.
Jamie Keller helped my daughter Jasmin on her college application essays last year. She is a great mentor and has an excellent approach to kids making them feel comfortable. Jasmin was accepted by many universities including her ultimate choice, Georgia Technology University, in an extremely competitive admissions environment. Now Jamie is helping my younger daughter to craft her essay. I am very confident that Allison, like her sister, will also be accepted to high caliber school. I highly recommend Jamie to any students that need help. She was a great help throughout the process, whether your child has no topic to start with or simply needs to refine their essay. Jamie email address:jamiekeller1 [at] gmail.com phone#(510)524-8697 mobile/(510)847-2505 work
My son also needed writing support at age 10, but we couldn't find a summer or after school program that worked for us. I was at my wits end when I was referred to writing tutor/ed therapist Jamie Keller. She is an experienced, kind and motivational tutor who completely turned around my son's attitude toward writing and his writing skills.
She has devised some wonderful games that get kids writing and having fun with it. With Jamie's help we discovered what an amazingly creative and humorous writer my son is. Although my son didn't want to bring his school writing projects to her (which of course she will help with), she helped to unlock his creative writing which flowed over into his school writing. He no longer lags behind his peers and I don't have to spend hours trying to get him to write a few meager sentences.
My son is now in middle school and I am so glad we invested the time and resources with Jamie to help him succeed at this vitally important skill.
You can learn more about Jamie Keller and get her contact info thru her website: www.learnwithme.com. A Happy Parent
I'd like to recommend Jamie Keller very highly as a writing coach for college application essays. Her email is: jamiekeller1 [at] gmail.com She worked with our daughter to produce multiple essays. Jamie has been doing this for a long time and truly understands how to advise without overwhelming the students own voice. Jamie's guidance is kind but honest, so that our daughter actually enjoyed the process! Margaret C
I would like to recommend Jamie Keller as the best tutor that I have ever hired for my daughter. She helped my daughter write two wonderful essays for her college applications. My daughter was so worried about the essays and had no idea how to get started. Jamie was able to help her calm down and then guided her through the writing process which resulted in two wonderful essays. My daughter felt that the essays represented her and were in her voice. I highly recommend Jamie. You may contact her at JamieKeller1 [at] gmail.com or at 510-524-8697. JC
College admission essays are very stressful for both the student and the parent. Jamie Keller helped my daughter write the two essays that are required for the UC application. She made the process so smooth and stress free for both my daughter and I. Jamie and my daughter met once, discussed topics and then they met via Skype to continue the conversation and within a few weeks, two wonderful essays were written. My daughter was concerned about ensuring the essays represented her individuality and Jamie was able to help her succeed in attaining that goal. I would definitely recommend Jamie Keller to anyone who is looking for help and guidance for their teen in this process. mm.c
Fabulous College Essay Coach
I write to wholeheartedly recommend my daughter's college essay coach, Jamie Keller. Jamie was a huge help throughout this process, and really took most of the stress out of it. My daughter was having trouble getting started, and Jamie worked with her brainstorming essay topics, and then asked the right questions to flesh out the topic. She reviewed drafts and offered insightful and constructive comments, always making sure that my daughter was the author and that the essay was in her voice. My daughter ended up with several lovely, well-written essays that really expressed her personality. Jamie has a very gentle and supportive manner and put my daughter immediately at ease. We also recommended Jamie to my niece, who lives in Las Vegas. She worked with Jamie entirely remotely and was also very pleased. Jamie can be reached at jamiekeller1 [at] gmail.com Emily
My daughter Danielle worked with Jamie Keller who assisted Danielle in writing her college application essays. Although we live out of state, Jamie was able to communicate using Skipe. She was insightful, focused, intelligent, and creative as she assisted Danielle develop excellent thoughtful essays. Jamie was able to illuminate those concepts within the essay that would be most interesting to a prospective evaluator. Jamie has a professional, constructive approach which avoids simple criticism in favor of helpful recommendations to solidify ideas and clarify language. Danielle found this attitude to be collegial and non judgmental. Danielle would recommend Jamie to any college applicant without reservation and with respect and admiration for her skills, personality and professionalism. Grateful parent
I would like to recommend Jamie Keller for anyone looking for a writing coach. My son has been working with Jamie on his college essays and he and I are very pleased with the results. Jamie provides guidance on how to develop, structure, and refine these essays in a way that allows for improved writing skill, not just a completed essay. jamiekeller1 [at] gmail.com satisfied mother
I highly recommend Jamie Keller. Jamie is an excellent college application essay coach who really understands how to help students make their personal statements pop. My daughter Erin had some ideas about what she wanted to write about. Jamie listened to Erin, and helped her choose and develop her topics for UC, the Common Application, and the many supplements the colleges required. She encouraged Erin to believe in the power of her own voice, guiding her through the process until her finished essays were unique stories only Erin could tell. Jamie showed her that by using vivid language and creating images that would stay in the reader's mind, her essays would be memorable and stand out from the rest. Jamie was right. Erin is now a freshman at Vassar, and I am sure that her powerful essays were a major factor in her acceptance to the school. Jamie's contact information: Jamie Keller, MA Education Educational Therapist/Professional www.LearnWithMe.com 510 524-8697 510 847-2505 cell
Jamie Keller is an excellent college essay tutor! She helped my daughter 3 years ago and my son this year. She has gently guided them to create a unique statement, reflecting their personality and voice. With my son, in order to work around his schedule after meeting in person a couple of sessions, they worked online via Skype and Word Docs. Each of my children have different ways of working and Jamie was able to encourage each of them to excel and succeed. Jamie Keller (510) 524-8697 Pat H.
I want to recommend great assistance with college essay writing! (Jamie Keller: Jamiekeller1 [at] gmai.com) My son had a writer's block, especially having to write about himself which is hard for anybody. I hired the highly recommended (by the moms in my book group with 3 seniors this year working with her):, Jamie Keller. She worked with a painfully rough first draft and somehow got him motivated to address her feedback and come up with other drafts. He absolutely would not listen to any adult feedback so her skills working with him were admirable. I am happy to say that he got into his first choice college. He did finally write a personal and revealing essay for the Common app, which he was able to break into two parts to address the UC apps. Yeah Jamie! I highly recommend her to anyone with a kid is who is resistant to writing. smartsalgal
To the parents looking for writing help for their fifth-grade student: Jamie Keller has been working with my 5th grade son for six months. During that time, she has taken a child who wouldn't get out of the car and turned him into a child who doesn't want to stop writing when he's with her and can't wait to read what he's written to me and to his father. Her website for more info is www.learnwithme.com. Constance
RE: High school writing tutor
My son recently worked with Jamie Keller, a writing coach whom he highly recommends. Jamie's fee was reasonable and her services were more valuable than the private college counselor's. He Says:
I'm a senior at BHS, and I was accepted Early Decision at Swarthmore College. My grades weren't good enough to make the cut, but I hoped to sell the college with my writing, my passion since childhood. But I couldn't write a college essay. After about ten failed drafts, I realized I needed help. We found Jamie. We met 5 times in total, working through numerous drafts of my essay. 5 searing, painful, drafts. It was the first time I realized how difficult writing is. Jamie cut, cut, cut my essay, and then we rebuilt it, this time on a solid foundation. She knows that every persuasive essay must tell a story, so we gutted the blatant pleas in mine and replaced it with a humble, honest tale. I firmly believe this essay made the difference. Jamie made the difference to me. Aside from getting me into college, she was a pleasure to work with.
(Jamie Keller's number is 510-847-2505. Her e-mail is jamiekeller1 [at] gmail.com.) Carol
My daughter, Courtney, went to Jamie Keller, www.learnwithme.com or (510)524-8697, for help with her college application essays. Jamie did a wonderful job of gently coaching her to bring out her own voice in her essays. Here is Courtney's recommendation:
My name is Courtney, and I am a freshman at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon (go Pioneers!); I went to Jamie last year in September when I was having trouble composing my personal statements for UC and private schools. Jamie Keller helped me more in the space of a single hour than my Lit teacher had in an entire month! In two sessions (one hour each, one week apart due to scheduling conflicts on my part) at Jamie's house in Berkeley, we had written a 700-odd word essay, which I was able to use for most of my 16 college applications. In another hour, I had a shorter essay (300-odd words) which I was able to use for a few other applications. Jamie helped me pull up creative ideas and ferret out those which I was most passionate about, suggesting a more dynamic verb here and a change in syntax there, leading me to create a written masterpiece which, despite my poor math scores, earned me a place on an Ivy League waitlist (colleges nation-wide were positively inundated with applications this year, and admissions abruptly became intensely selective and difficult). With so many qualified applicants jockeying for position, personal statements are often the only way to distinguish oneself against the crowd nowadays. I'm certain that Jamie Keller's help afforded my own distinction, and a place on the second-most-beautiful campus in America! Patricia
My son had a great experience with a college application essay tutor, Jamie Keller (jamiekeller1 [at] gmail.com www.learnwithme.com). ''Writing college essays can be really stressful - like any of of need more stress in our lives - and Jamie made it fun while helping draw out the best of him. Here's what my son had to say about her: When I started the college essay writing process, I really had no Idea how to approach it. Jamie helped me play with ideas and words and I ended up writing one of the best things I've ever written, which I think helped get me into Brown.''
For parents who are looking for writing help for their teens, I'd like to recommend Jamie Keller. My son went to Jamie because he wanted to be a better writer, with the added goal of improving his writing score on the ACT. By giving him short, relevant writing assignments, and reviewing them together, Jamie helped my son understand how to translate what was in his mind into the written word. She also showed him how to organize his essays and how to include specific information to make his writing clearer and easier to understand.
My son looks forward to his weekly sessions with Jamie. She is lively, patient, and non-judgmental, and after working with her, my son scored a 10 out of 12 on the ACT essay. He now has more confidence in his writing and is motivated to keep improving. Jamie can be contacted at jamiekeller1 [at] gmail.com, or by phone at 510-524- 8697.
I would like to recommend an educational therapist to work with the girl who needs Making Math Real. Jamie Keller is patient, kind, and funny and has been trained in MMR. I have seen her work successfully with many different types of children. You can reach her at 510-524-8697. Jenifer
RE: Literacy tutor to get son to grade level
Our family has been blessed to find Jamie Keller to work with our son. He needed a great deal of help with his literacy issues. She is patient, caring, intuitive and most importantly, my son loves working with her. check out her site at www.learnWithMe.com and you will see just how qualified she is (and creative too!) My son is doing great and we are now working with Jamie on study skills to prepare him for middle school. She has a great summer program that I highly recommend. You can email her directly at jamiekeller1 [at] gmail.com michelle
A while back, someone posted a recommendation for a woman who helped with the college admissions essay process. I think her name was Jamie? I can't find her in the archives, and would be grateful if someone could post her name and contact info again. Thanks! parent of high school senior
Jamie Keller is the person who helped my daughter so much with her college essay writing. Her number is 524-8697 and she also has a website: learnwithme.com
My daughter struggled with her college essay last year. She is a good enough writer but had enormous trouble talking about herself. Mid-summer, she consulted with a very expensive and well-known tutoring service. She got a sense of where to start and a ''hook'' for the essay and then got bogged down and remained there for months, despite more sessions with the original tutor. With the deadlines coming up, she found another person to help, who gave her advice that sent her another, and I might add, fruitless and frustrating direction. At the 11th hour, we finally found Jamie Keller, who read my daughter's lifeless essays, talked and listened carefully to her, and then patiently taught her how to show, rather than tell her story. Jamie worked with her through multiple versions and helped her find her voice. The final essays were compelling and rang true. In working with Jamie, my daughter gained confidence in herself as a writer, and she is sure that her essays helped her get into Cal. Jamie's number is 524-8697. Relieved Mom