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Michelle Feder

writing and academic tutor

Location icon United States

"Why is writing so hard?"

Writing encompasses everything from coming up with ideas, planning, understanding the purpose of an assignment, shaping paragraphs, assembling sentences, to staying focused--down to the last spell-check.

I want to help learners of every age find greater ease in self-expression, whether writing a college application essay, generating a paper of literary analysis, or studying vocabulary. I want them to become stronger readers, writers, thinkers.

When I get to know new families, I strive to understand their goals, and I develop strategies to strengthen skills for every student. Whenever possible, I love to tailor the materials to their interests.

In addition to overall language arts and humanities studies, I support students with language-based learning challenges, including dyslexia and dysgraphia. To better serve all learners, I studied Wired for Reading, a kid-friendly linguistics program designed to strengthen reading, spelling, and vocabulary.

Past elementary school, few schools continue to focus on writing fundamentals. So for many students, with all kinds of minds, a structured approach, beginning at the sentence level, is the place to start.

Before becoming a mentor for writing and learning, I worked as a journalist and writer for Microsoft and other Seattle-area ventures. As a writer, I tell stories through a human lens, designed to make businesses grow and individual lives better.

Bringing together my professional background in communications and my passion for lifelong learning, I encourage a skill-based, conversational writing and thinking process with time-tested tools, craft, and heart.

Whether your focus is remediation, enrichment, or simply COVID-era homework, I'm happy to be a resource.

michelle.writingmentor@gmail.com

Portfolio
Seattle Magazine
03/01/2016
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Microsoft Life
12/16/2014
Mathematical thinkers are key to our future - Microsoft Life

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ParentMap
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ParentMap
03/01/2010
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ParentMap
11/01/2006
A latte a day -- Coffee culture and its youngest consumers

A latte a day -- Coffee culture and its youngest consumers - Personal Stories For Kathy Wood, a Puyallup mom of three girls, a ritual unfolds during the hours of school drop-off and pick-up. With her 3-, 7-, and 8-year-olds in the car and a craving for an

JobsBlog: Life at Microsoft
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October is an ideal time for us to recognize the contributions of women at Microsoft. With Grace Hopper going on this week, we're celebrating women in technology and business. We recently featured Sarah Filman, a Senior PM Lead for Microsoft OneDrive, who is attending this sold-out conference.

Intel Technology Provider
2016
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