Writing Coach and Academic Tutor with 15+ Years of Experience

All Subjects K-5, History, Humanities, Reading & Comprehension, Writing All Ages, Writing High School Only, College Essay Coaching, Homework Coaching, Organizational & Study Skills, GRE Prep, SAT Prep, Photography & Filmmaking, English as a Second Language

If your son or daughter is struggling with a college admissions essay, a big test, or a thorny subject in school, I can help on all fronts. I’m a tutor and writing coach with over fifteen years of experience helping first-grade through adult students. I specialize in writing of all kinds, test prep, study skills, and a host of academic subjects. I love helping students discover new ways into formerly daunting subjects, and operate on the assumption that learning can and should be fun.

My approach to the process is good-humored and non-judgmental, meeting students at their current skill levels and building upon their native strengths. My goal is not just to cover a given subject but to help my students hone their critical thinking abilities. When the focus is on critical thinking, students not only see their grades and writing abilities improve but develop analytical skills they can use in college, grad school, and beyond. I’ve helped students gain admission to Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Skidmore, and other top schools.

A recent client wrote: “I learned more fundamentals of writing in one 60-minute session with John than I did in all my high school years. Our work together allowed me to find and develop my voice as a writer.”

I offer a free phone consultation and work on a sliding scale. My website: sparkstutors.com.

Region Served:
East Bay
Elementary school,
Middle school,
High school
John Sparks
sparkstutors70 [at] gmail.com
(510) 926-1389