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High School

Reading and Writing Tutoring
across the High School Curriculum in
English, Literature, Humanities, History, Science, etc.


In high school, children undergo dramatic physical, mental, emotional and social growth. It is a time when they gain more independence, learn more defined work habits and become more concerned about the future. Cognitively, teenagers develop a deeper capacity to reason logically, make educated guesses, think abstractly, draw comparisons, and be able to deal with hypothetical situations.

High School students find that strong reading and writing skills are critical to doing well in their classes. From required English, literature, history and humanities courses, to electives such as psychology, geography, theatre, and even in science, the high school curriculum expects students to read and write with accuracy and insight. They are also expected to participate enthusiastically in class discussions and be confident about sharing their thoughts. High School students may feel overwhelmed by how much and how quickly they are expected to learn, and have difficulty organizing their time and juggling multiple assignments.


Between ninth and twelfth grade, students dive into complicated classic works of literature, from Charles Dickens to Toni Morrison. They are asked to analyze author’s craft; grasp a book’s multiple themes; understand its societal and historical context; identify what life lesson the characters learn and what larger themes the book explores. In addition to reading challenging novels in their entirety, high school students also do close reading, which entails studying short passages intently and writing about their observations. Non-fiction reading in high school is geared towards content and analyzing information. Students are expected to find and read multiple kinds of sources, including textbooks, articles, websites and primary documents; be adept at identifying which sources are reliable; and be comfortable contrasting those sources’ different points of view. In high school, students also may find themselves in Socratic seminars, where they have to add their thinking to high-level conversations with clarity and impact. In the years between ninth and twelfth grade, students are called on to write ever more complex pieces about fiction and non-fiction texts, all of which paves the way for their academic success in college.


In high school, students rarely read anything without being asked to write about it, and rarely write anything without it involving some kind of reading. Online Tutors International supports high school students in reading and writing in all disciplines.

Our Master Tutors know how to make high school reading – including classics and historical documents written in archaic language – accessible to students. Our tutors embrace the challenge of helping students in ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade read complex, demanding texts. They teach students strategies they can use to navigate these texts and comprehend them at a high level, whether they’re reading a play of William Shakespeare’s or a dense history textbook. In their sessions with their tutor, students become adept at constructing meaning in close-reading of short passages and challenging whole-class novels. They become skilled at locating and evaluating valid sources for research projects, and at picking out the most relevant information and organizing their notes as they do their research.

It’s of enormous help to students to have a tutor who checks in with them about their reading at regular intervals, rather than waiting until after they’ve read the whole book. Discussing their reading with their tutor is great preparation for writing responses, essays and papers. Talking over texts with their tutor also gets students ready to contribute ideas to high-level discussions in class or online, as well as later at university.

Our Master Tutors scaffold and support students as they write increasingly complex pieces across their years in high school, including sophisticated literary essays and well-researched historical papers. In tutoring that covers English and literature classes and all other academic subjects, we ensure that students meet high academic standards in writing.

Tutors teach students strategies for organizing their writing logically, and how to write with precise detail that supports their claim clearly and elegantly. They’ll show students well-written mentor (or model) texts to help them envision how to craft their writing and use literary devices and evocative language to make their writing stand out to readers. Our tutors ensure that your child’s writing is focused, accurate and meaningful; that their voice is authoritative, eloquent and interesting; and that they express their ideas in a manner that is detailed, clear and thorough. After evaluating your child’s writing, their tutor will provide any instruction in the conventions of writing—grammar and punctuation—that their work shows they need in order to write complex sentences correctly.


Our tutors help students – many of whom may be juggling multiple writing assignments of various lengths and requirements – create a schedule for how they will complete their work. Our tutors help students allocate their time so that they are able to devote the necessary amount of attention to each of their assignments. Tutors also make sure that students leave enough time for revision and editing, the final steps necessary for creating pieces that achieve the highest standards.

For high school students with a passion for writing in non-academic genres, such as fiction or poetry, our tutors can be a real blessing. They serve as a sounding-board, cheerleader and expert editor for children whose hunger to write extend far beyond the classroom.

What We Provide

Academic Support Tutoring


  • Helps students in ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade successfully complete homework and assignments involving reading and writing in all subjects
  • Gives them the tools they need to read and think deeply about demanding narrative and nonfiction texts
  • Teaches students to use texts in a sophisticated manner as the source material for writing essays, reports, persuasive pieces and research projects
  • Builds their high-level reading comprehension
  • Advances their facility with writing with detail and proper use of conventions
  • Upgrades and compliments instruction from their teachers
  • Replaces any instruction their teachers are unable to provide
  • Supports them in writing responses to texts by teaching them to collect ideas as they read with an eye toward later tying them together into a piece
  • Helps students plan, organize, and produce demanding literary essays, research papers and creative writing projects
  • Enhances their ability to participate in class discussions by teaching them how to sift through their reading and/or writing in anticipation of what they will be asked to talk about, whether in person or online
  • Boosts their confidence as readers and writers
  • Expands their capacity for enjoying books and the writing process
  • Gets students ready to read and write in college and at university

Enrichment Tutoring


  • Teaches students, through customized courses of study outside of school assignments, to delve into reading or writing about topics of great interest to them; or in a particular genre they enjoy, such as fiction, memoir, literary non-fiction, argument, journalism, poetry or graphic novels
  • Provides high-level reading and writing work beyond the classroom curriculum, giving children an opportunity to explore an area they are passionate about
  • Gives students a head start on mastering material or skills they anticipate needing in their academic future
  • Strengthens their engagement with books, ability to write with voice, and oral communication and critical thinking skills
  • Propels students to come up with independent lines of thinking, and back them up with evidence
  • Helps them develop autonomy and reach their full potential as readers and writers and communicators

Small Group Book Clubs and Writing Workshops


  • Custom-designed courses for two to five students who have similar interests and would like a shared reading or writing experience with their peers
  • Tutors can organize book clubs around the group’s favorite book, author, topic or genre,
  • Tutors can organize writing workshops according to the group’s interest, and participants can all write in the same genre or choose their own
  • If we want teenagers to be engaged readers and writers, and do better in their academic work, it’s enormously helpful to have them spend time gathered socially around books or around writing in a group of like-minded students
  • Time spent conversing with their peers about high-interest books improves their comprehension skills and increases the chances they will grow into lifelong readers
  • Students learn how to give and receive constructive feedback
  • Tutors conduct an individual, one-on-one reading or writing conference with each student during each book club or writing workshop session
For high school students in grades 9-12, we recommend hour-long tutoring sessions.
Sessions might be longer when students have a heavy workload.
For small group writing workshops, we recommend that sessions be an hour to two hours,
depending on the size of the group.