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My name is Alison Gunn. I am an educational consultant, and after earning my Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, I began helping kids and their parents get ready for the transition to college. In 12 years of teaching, and 8 years of tutoring, I saw that too many of my students were poorly prepared for college, because they did not know what they wanted to major in, or what school would be a good match, or why they were going in the first place--for themselves, or to make their parents happy? So I developed my consulting practice, with the goal of making this transition smoother for children and parents. Please contact me if you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your child's future goals, or if you have questions or concerns about the college experience.

Our time is spent determining the best way to approach your child's application process, including essay writing, best schools available for the student's interests and abilities (and economic situation), and discussion about expectations, skills needed in college, and other college-related questions and concerns. I also consult with parents, to discuss their goals and expectations for the child.

I look forward to talking with you if you ever have any concerns about your child's future scholastic ambitions.

Profile Summary:
Educational Consultant College Essay Prep Auburn, WA
Essay Preparation for college Auburn, WA
Online educational consultant Auburn, WA
Educational Consultant Auburn, WA
Educational Consultant/Essay Prep for College Auburn, WA
More About Me
Writing, reading literature and non-fiction. I spend a fair amount of time in bookstores, and online, answering questions as an editor on http://www.enotes.com/

I'm also developing an online book:
http://www.webook.com/project/When-Your-Child-Isnt-Ready-For-College-Why-Parents-Push-Why-Kids-Resist
Work Experience:
Alison M. Gunn
email: gunnalison@gmail.com


Curriculum Vitae

Education:

B.A. in English Literature
University of San Francisco 1985

M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric
Washington State University 1996

Ph.D. in English
Washington State University 2002

Dissertation Title: “Pedagogy in the Shadow of Plato and Isocrates: The Legacy of the Ancient Philosopher-Sophist Debate in the Postmodern Composition Classroom.”

Dissertation Adviser: Victor Villanueva, Jr., Ph.D.

Recent Employment:

Educational Consultant,
2000-2008.
Services include seminars, coaching, and individualized tutorials for college-bound students of all ages.

Pearson Educational Measurement,
March-April 2005.
Scorer for S.A.T. Essay Examination.

Assistant Director, Avery Microcomputer Lab
Washington State University, 1998-99
Education:
B.A. in English Literature
University of San Francisco 1985

M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric
Washington State University 1996

Ph.D. in English
Washington State University 2002
Organizations / Affilations:
Washington State University Alumni Association
Alison Gunn is located in Auburn, WA and has the following skills: Educational Consultant College Essay Prep, Essay Preparation for college, Online educational consultant, Educational Consultant, Educational Consultant/Essay Prep for College
Consulting, Writing / Journalism, Education, Internet / Web, Motivation / Inspiration
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Educational Consultant College Essay Prep

Category: Education
Description
I assist college-bound students in their preparation for applying to, and getting accepted by colleges and universities.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Ph.D., English
Years Experience: 20

Essay Preparation for college

Category: Writing / Journalism
Description
Writing college essays that get noticed is an important challenge, but one that is best worked on in collaboration with someone who has experience reading and writing essays that help get students admitted to college!
Relevant Education / Credentials
One of the many things I've done as a teacher and writer, is that of reading incoming student essays while working at Washington State University, and seeing what kind of essays get noticed, and which do not.
Years Experience: 20

Online educational consultant

Category: Internet / Web
Description
As an online educator, I work with students in this environment to perfect their essays, and determine what majors they want to pursue.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Ran computer lab, work online all the time with clients all over the country.
Years Experience: 20

Educational Consultant

Category: Consulting
Description
I work with students who are getting ready to go to college, typically high school students in 10th and 11th grade. Most of them know what they're interested in, but not all of them know what department would be best for them to apply to, and how to determine what the best major is. I help students determine all of this, and then we work on their entrance essays.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Ph.D., English
Years Experience: 20

Educational Consultant/Essay Prep for College

Category: Motivation / Inspiration
Description
I work with students who are having trouble getting ready to go to college, typically high school students in 10th and 11th grade. Most of them know what they're interested in, but not all of them know what department would be best for them to apply to, and how to determine what the best major is. I help students determine all of this, and then we work on their entrance essays. This is often not an easy process, and I work with the student and parent to make this process easier.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Ph.D. in English, 20+ years of teaching, tutoring, working with resistant students. MA focused on writing apprehension, and difficulties with writing.
Years Experience: 20