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Essay Writing

Individual Tutoring and Group Classes




Bob Finegan

Bob holds a B.A. in English and History from the University of Delaware, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Additionally, he holds an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was awarded a teaching fellowship.

Bob has been a professor of composition and literature at Drexel University since 1993. He has also taught workshops at the University of Pennsylvania Writers Conference and in the graduate creative writing program at Rosemont College. Since 2012 Bob has served as a writing consultant at the Wharton School, where he helped to develop a graduate writing program and continues to coach MBA students.

Bob's short stories have been published in The Sun, River Styx, The Antietam Review and other magazines, and he has received a literature fellowship from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has been wit hMJ Test Prep since 2006, and besides tutoring for the SAT and SAT Subject Test in literature, he specializes in helping students with college admissions essays and general writing skills. Bob is VP of Sales at 11 Trees, an e-Learning software company.

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Patricia Noonan

Patricia holds a B.A. in Theater Arts and English from Boston College where she was a Presidential Scholar and graduated summa cum laude.  While continually honing her own storytelling professionally as both an actor and playwright, Patricia has worked with students on their writing at the high school and collegiate level for over a decade. 


In addition to tutoring students one-on-one, she has been a Guest Artist at Boston College, Emerson College, NYU, and Sacred Heart University and a long-time Teaching Artist in the public school system, where she developed several successful writing workshops, including “Jumpstart Your College Essay.”

Patricia’s plays and musicals have been work-shopped and presented at Boston College, Emerson College, Goodspeed Opera House, the Philadelphia Women’s Theater Festival, and other venues at both the educational and professional levels.  As a tutor, she loves working with students on the personal and creative work of crafting college essays.  Patricia prides herself on getting to know each student, creating a safe yet creatively challenging space, and helping each student to discover, craft, and polish the story only they can tell.

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Matt Ryan

Matt holds a B.A. in English from the college of William and Mary; an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Yale University; and a M.F.A in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently teaches 12th grade AP english at Methacton High School. Matt has tutored for the SAT, the ACT and the AP and subject tests for more than ten years.



Andy Snover

Andrew is a graduate of the Schreyer Honors College of Penn State University, where he received his BA in English, with a Creative Writing Emphasis. He also received a Minor in History, assisted by the head start of 21 credits he earned from his success on Advanced Placement tests in high school. Originally from the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Andrew attended Central High School where he excelled at academics and was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.  


Whether he’s working with an underprivileged high school student trying to master algebra or an elite NCAA athlete struggling to write a term paper, Andrew’s approach is to show the student that the subject at hand isn’t nearly as hard as it looks once it is unraveled piece by piece. He focuses on building a student’s confidence and is quick to apply positive reinforcement to continually engage and motivate the student. 


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