My Online Courses
For students who wish to learn the art of writing (either academically, creatively, or in a test-prep environment) the following online course options are for you. Each course session is approximately one hour long. If you are unsure which course is suitable for you, please reach out to me so that we can discuss and determine together which course or service best suits your needs.
TOEFL / IELTS - Writing Help
15-lesson course that covers sentence structure, paragraph structure, introductions, body paragraphs, conclusions, transitions, useful vocabulary and collocations and idioms. These 15-lessons cover the structure of both tasks in either exam (Independent or Integrated in TOEFL or Task 1 / Task 2 in IELTS). Within these 15-lessons some of our time will be discussion about your writing which is to be done on your own time and sent to me with ample time to correct and make notes before we discuss.
ACT / SAT - Writing Help
5-Lesson Course that covers specifically either the ACT or the SAT. During the course we will cover, the format of the exam, secrets evaluators of ACT and SAT don't want you to know, crucial vocabulary, and essay structure. You will also be asked to do sample prompts along the way which will then be discussed within some of these 5-lessons. These are to be done on your own time and sent to me with ample time to correct and make notes before we discuss. Note that we only discuss the essay writing section in each, if you'd also like help with the grammar/reading section, choose one of the other options below.
AP Language and Composition
Intensive 20-Lesson course that covers argumentation, the rhetorical triangle (ethos, pathos, logos), rhetorical vocabulary, fallacies, example hierarchy, specific essay strategies to help with each of the three, essay structure, paragraph structure. This course is typically chosen by students who are enrolled in an Advanced Placement course, and who plan on studying in America. Within these 20-lessons some of our time will be discussion about your writing which is to be done on your own time and sent to me with ample time to correct and make notes before we discuss.
IGCSE - Writing Help
This course specifically deals with writing based upon the English as a First Language. In this course we will be taking a look at the different question types, writing styles, and strategies you'll have to use in order to do well. Common things to cover range from transitions to paragraph structure to word choice within the essay. If you have other IGCSE needs, please let me know when we have our consultation and I can recommend the structure and designated classes that we may need to help achieve your goals.
TOEFL / IELTS - Speaking Help
The 15-lesson TOEFL course covers all five tasks of TOEFL speaking. The 10-lesson IELTS course covers the interview format of the IELTS exam. During these lessons we will be working on pronunciation, timing, note-taking strategies, transitions, and body language. Class structure will be set to discuss the task for up to thirty minutes while the other thirty minutes will be used to practice what has been taught.
Personalized Writing / Speaking Course
Do you have other needs not listed here? Tell me about them through the contact page. We can discuss and come up with a proper plan and pricing method to meet your individualized need. Some common help areas may be in "Writing or Giving Speeches," "Short story or novel writing," "Cover Letter or Resume Writing," etc. Please let me know what area you need help with!
My Online Services
If an intensive course isn’t right for you, check here to see some of the other services that I offer. From a-la-carte class and discussion sessions to being hired out for speaking opportunities, browse below to find the service just right for your need.
Manuscript Content Editing
Are you a new author that needs professional feedback on their piece? Let's talk. As an author myself I have countless friends who I've helped with content sections of their manuscript. Whether that is character development, plot development, or general discussions of the strengths and shortcomings of your work, I look forward to reading your piece and helping you in any way that I can. It's always helpful to have another eye look at your work from a trained and unbiased point-of-view, so let's start working today. Send me a sample of your manuscript (the first five chapters or so), and I will then send you a sample critique of the quality you can expect throughout the whole process for FREE.
Need to hire someone to come to your next company function and speak? Let's talk. From seminars given in college, to seminars for local writing groups and businesses, I have lots to share about my experiences in the realm of publishing, education, job markets in sales and advertising, and even just world-wide traveling experience. When booking an event, look to see a list of the past events that I've given, and future events that I will give, and a link to the video for that event if applicable.
Unsure of what service you need, or you are unsure if any of the above courses really satisfy your need? Let's talk. This option is for individuals and/or students who perhaps want to focus on a specific part of writing or speaking skill and do not want or need to take the full course. This is also for individuals or companies who are looking for collaboration opportunities with Michael E. Thies and Writer's Block Press. Let me know what you are looking for, and I will tell you what I can bring to the table and will offer my opinion in whether or not I am the best individual for the job.