Education: Princeton University, History, 2017
Years of Tutoring Experience: 6 years
Subject(s) you tutor: Academic Writing, College Essay Writing & Brainstorming, English, History, Creative Writing, and Writing
Relevant Test Scores:
GRE Verbal 166/170 (97% percentile)
SAT Subject Test: US History 760/800
AP English Language 5
AP English Literature 5
My name’s Harrison, and I am an award-winning writer, journalist and interdisciplinary researcher.
I’ve been tutoring for over six years, starting as a Writing Center tutor at Wootton High School. From 2013 to 2017, I attended Princeton University, where I earned my Bachelor’s in History, with a minor in Creative Writing. At Princeton, I served as a Writing Center Fellow for three years, where I conducted more than 200 sixty-minute conferences with students. Additionally, I was a Head Fellow in the Princeton University Writing Program, which entailed training writing tutors in general. In this time, I was an editor on my college newspaper and the editor-in-chief of an academic journal that spotlighted successful techniques in student writing.
As a tutor, I am most interested in helping students realize the full potential of their writing. I employ a Socratic question-based method to help students think about their writing, structure, and ideas in new ways. This technique, armed with revision strategies from the Princeton Writing Program, will help students improve their final product, as well as acquire the skill sets needed to further evaluate their work on their own. For me, it doesn’t matter what stage in a process a student is in—a student may have a full draft, part of a draft, or absolutely nothing, but we can still have a productive conversation.
Past college essay clients have successfully been admitted to places like Dartmouth College, Swarthmore College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Virginia, and the University of Maryland College Park, among others. As a tutor, however, the biggest joy is often the experience of something clicking with the student, the moment when everything suddenly makes sense and the student is thrilled to get back behind the keyboard.
Professionally, I am a journalist and writer. My work has been published in several regional publications in New Jersey and New Mexico. My history thesis, a 177-page biography, won four awards at Princeton. I also wrote a 185-page thriller novel that earned an “A” grade. I am presently revising both projects for eventual publication. Learn more at www.harrisonblackman.com/.