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Writing well is one of the most useful skills you can possess. Being able to express your thoughts clearly, correctly, and compellingly is essential for writing superior essays in high school, college, and graduate school. It’s also crucial for excelling in many jobs or careers. Having confidence in your ability to communicate well in writing is empowering.

For many students, writing is no fun; for some, it’s agony. Becoming a more effective writer makes completing assignments easier and more enjoyable. It also translates to higher SAT scores and superior college application essays.

If you have the motivation, I have the experience, skills, and strategies that will help you achieve your objectives. And I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy the experience.

I have worked with Ms. Knight for a little over four years, and I can say with confidence that she not only took my writing quality to the next level, but she is also one of the most kind and understanding people I have ever met. While applying for colleges, it is difficult to find someone who will work with and understand the kind of support you need, but Anne Knight provides exactly that. Whenever I had an essay due on a tight deadline,  Anne made sure she would send me edits as soon as possible. Her editing took my writing from general and uninspiring to sharp and focused, cutting out everything that wasn't strictly necessary. With her skills and help, I published an article in the Times of India as a sophomore, something I would not have been able to do otherwise. Anne identified the weak spots in my writing and bolstered them, rather than simply focusing on my strengths. She treated me and my family with respect and kindness, offering support during a stressful period of our lives. For anyone who wants a writing tutor to not just edit college essays but also improve his or her approach to writing, I would recommend Anne Knight wholeheartedly. 

Madhumita Gupta
Palo Alto High School Class of 2017
Verde Magazine: Features and Profiles Editor
Bryn Mawr College Class of 2021

2017-08-24T01:50:29+00:00

Madhumita Gupta
Palo Alto High School Class of 2017
Verde Magazine: Features and Profiles Editor
Bryn Mawr College Class of 2021

I have worked with Ms. Knight for a little over four years, and I can say with confidence that she not only took my writing quality to the next level, but she is also one of the most kind and understanding people I have ever met. While applying for colleges, it is difficult to find View Full →

“Anne Knight helped me develop an effective strategy for completing my college admission applications. Her insights were invaluable. In the past two years, I have consulted her on several writing projects for college. I enjoy discussing ideas with Anne and learning how to communicate effectively. She is an excellent writing coach!"

Evan R., Stanford University

2014-06-23T06:12:31+00:00

Evan R., Stanford University

“Anne Knight helped me develop an effective strategy for completing my college admission applications. Her insights were invaluable. In the past two years, I have consulted her on several writing projects for college. I enjoy discussing ideas with Anne and learning how to communicate effectively. She is an excellent writing coach!”

“Before we knew Ms. Knight, my son struggled with his essays. He could not even write an introduction after many hours of staring at his computer. He was very frustrated.


Now I am relieved because he writes much more efficiently. English is not my first language, and I cannot distinguish a bad essay from a good one. But one thing I do know: my son is happier and his English grade is higher—thanks to Ms. Knight's teaching."

Steve Yee (Parent)

2014-06-23T06:17:15+00:00

Steve Yee (Parent)

“Before we knew Ms. Knight, my son struggled with his essays. He could not even write an introduction after many hours of staring at his computer. He was very frustrated. Now I am relieved because he writes much more efficiently. English is not my first language, and I cannot distinguish a bad essay from a View Full →

“As a public school student, I was deprived of a liberal arts education—with close knit literary discussions, passionate not programmed teachers (who preach about the cookie cutter “five paragraph essay”), and an environment conducive to moral and social growth. As an adolescent, I was deprived of intellectual role models— who embraced learning as a lifestyle, rather than as a means to an end. Anne Knight filled both voids in my life. With an unparalleled strength in analyzing themes, targeting a writer’s weakness, and helping develop structure, Anne helped me nurture my voice and organize my thoughts. As one of the quirkiest, most straightforward people I know, Anne made our meetings colorful—with her notorious Dutch hot chocolate and her notorious purple pen, brutally erasing unnecessary details. Anne taught me to write as one cooks, using literary tools as ingredients, working patiently, thoughtfully, meticulously, and above all—being sensitive to the end product and always willing to add or take away. This cooking metaphor has helped me transcend the cookie cutter “five paragraph essay” and embrace more creative structures in writing, to embrace voice through detail and emotion.

But most importantly, Anne became a mentor, a friend. When I couldn’t decide whether I should go to Stanford, Yale, or Columbia, Anne, the mentor, helped me decide. When I was stressed, Anne, the friend, comforted me. Anne’s guidance, I’m confident, has helped me grow in many different capacities. I’m deeply thankful for the chance to know such an accomplished, aware person.

A.A., Accepted at Yale College, Stanford University, Columbia, and other top schools

2014-06-23T06:19:58+00:00

A.A., Accepted at Yale College, Stanford University, Columbia, and other top schools

“As a public school student, I was deprived of a liberal arts education—with close knit literary discussions, passionate not programmed teachers (who preach about the cookie cutter “five paragraph essay”), and an environment conducive to moral and social growth. As an adolescent, I was deprived of intellectual role models— who embraced learning as a lifestyle, View Full →

“Anne has the ability to take any old sentence and flip-flop it around to produce an even better sentence that's more concise and poignant. Her vocabulary is astonishing, and she has intelligent insight as to how to craft a solid paper. The way she communicates ideas is powerful and creative. Also, she is good at extracting ideas from me to find my core motivation for creating a particular sentence. She helps me expand on ideas and bring solid closure to my essays. After working with Anne, my papers are always much more powerful, fun to read, and thought provoking. Not to mention she's fun to work with."

David Moghtader

2014-06-23T06:18:37+00:00

David Moghtader

“Anne has the ability to take any old sentence and flip-flop it around to produce an even better sentence that’s more concise and poignant. Her vocabulary is astonishing, and she has intelligent insight as to how to craft a solid paper. The way she communicates ideas is powerful and creative. Also, she is good at View Full →

“Working with Anne is truly a rewarding experience. She doesn't simply tell you what to write or what the grammar rules are; she engages you in conversation and thought, leading you through ideas, at the same time guiding you around shaky sentences and colorless vocabulary. She excites you with her own energy and enthusiasm for your writing, no matter what topic you present her with. She has a way of bringing out the best aspects of your idea, building upon it and showing you how to extract the creme de la creme to write a deeply insightful piece. 

I absolutely love every meeting with Anne! Besides being such a treat to work with, Anne also deserves my thanks for helping me improve my SAT score. Thank you so much for your amazing personality and all your help.

Caroline Shen Gunn High School, Class of 2008

2014-06-23T06:22:10+00:00

Caroline Shen Gunn High School, Class of 2008

“Working with Anne is truly a rewarding experience. She doesn’t simply tell you what to write or what the grammar rules are; she engages you in conversation and thought, leading you through ideas, at the same time guiding you around shaky sentences and colorless vocabulary. She excites you with her own energy and enthusiasm for View Full →

“As an immigrant, I have faced many problems in learning how to write. And in the process, I have met with countless tutors, but it was useless to learn literature analysis from teachers who never had experience with people like me who start not at ground zero but below. Surprisingly, despite the chasm between our levels, I found Anne to be extremely helpful. Anne was able to transfer her experience and writing strategies in simple language and cultivate not only my writing skill but also my love for the English language. I learned in one hour with her more than I learned in a year."

Yin Zhu, UC Berkeley, Class of 2011

2014-06-23T06:23:18+00:00

Yin Zhu, UC Berkeley, Class of 2011

“As an immigrant, I have faced many problems in learning how to write. And in the process, I have met with countless tutors, but it was useless to learn literature analysis from teachers who never had experience with people like me who start not at ground zero but below. Surprisingly, despite the chasm between our View Full →

“Anne Knight is a great teacher. In the past, I have had English teachers who taught me writing and SAT prep. But Ms. Knight is by far the best.

I have learned valuable techniques for writing. She taught me how to approach a topic, zero in on good examples used in essays, and organize the content of essays to make them more appealing to readers. More importantly, she taught me how to express my ideas in a simple and concise way. Now I write with confidence."

Alex Yee, Palo Alto H.S., Northwestern, Class of 2010

2014-06-23T06:24:14+00:00

Alex Yee, Palo Alto H.S., Northwestern, Class of 2010

“Anne Knight is a great teacher. In the past, I have had English teachers who taught me writing and SAT prep. But Ms. Knight is by far the best. I have learned valuable techniques for writing. She taught me how to approach a topic, zero in on good examples used in essays, and organize the View Full →

“Ithink Anne's greatest gift to students is empowerment. She breaks the assignment down into manageable bites so it doesn't seem so overwhelming. She meets the student where he is—at his level of writing ability—and conveys to him that HE CAN DO IT! A sense of empowerment and self-confidence is what I observe in students who work with Anne."

Susan M (Parent)

2014-06-23T06:25:21+00:00

Susan M (Parent)

“Ithink Anne’s greatest gift to students is empowerment. She breaks the assignment down into manageable bites so it doesn’t seem so overwhelming. She meets the student where he is—at his level of writing ability—and conveys to him that HE CAN DO IT! A sense of empowerment and self-confidence is what I observe in students who View Full →

“Anne is gifted in asking insightful questions and skillfully challenging Caterina to clarify her thoughts and crystallize her experiences. Anne encourages Caterina to probe for deeper understanding, analyze and reflect on her experience, and find the best way to express her thoughts. Caterina became a better writer through working with Anne."

Jackie Yu, 2007 (Parent)

2014-06-23T06:26:53+00:00

Jackie Yu, 2007 (Parent)

“Anne is gifted in asking insightful questions and skillfully challenging Caterina to clarify her thoughts and crystallize her experiences. Anne encourages Caterina to probe for deeper understanding, analyze and reflect on her experience, and find the best way to express her thoughts. Caterina became a better writer through working with Anne.”