Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Saturday, 15 February 2020 14:21

Online Tutoring

Stay Home - Stay Safe - Stay Caught Up!

LondonTutor now provides online tutoring sessions to students in the GTA and in SW Ontario including Guelph! I use Skype, Zoom, Google Docs and other collaboration tools to provide real-time help with assignments.

Students typically share written assignments prior to each online session.

During an online session, I help the student read, write and analyze in real time while sharing the results with me.

Video is a valuable tool for online tutoring since it creates a face-to-face experience for the student.

I also follow up each online session by providing feedback on student progree as well as mapping out the next assignment.

No matter what your topic or coursework - literature, history, writing assignments, ESL, Shakespeare, or poetry - online tutoring will help you stay caught up in your studies!

Do you feel overwhelmed by reading and writing assignments- especially that Shakespeare play? Is it hard to start a new project or make sense of a book?

I tutor ESL students, younger struggling readers and advanced placement students in London (Masonville Library, Bostwick Library) . Together, my students and I work to develop the reading, writing and organizational skills that they need to succeed. We break down assignments and projects into manageable, concrete tasks that they can understand and complete. Students who just want to sharpen their reading and writing skills can work on creative research projects that engage their interests.

I have helped students read and complete assignments on many of Shakespeare's plays, including: Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.

My students have also researched ancient Roman weapons, the sinking of the Titanic, the Korean War and Mayan Temples. I have experience as an Adjunct Professor in the English Dept and Writing and Honors Programs at University of Utah and as a Library Administrator in a primary school where I worked with many young readers.

Contact info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone 519 204 6201 Jessica Smith

Friday, 22 March 2019 23:51

University/College Tutoring

College and university courses demand writing and reading strategies that are distinct from those you have mastered in secondary school. I have broad experience helping college and university students with papers, essays, project propsoals,and reading strategies. I have helped students navigate and complete assignments for a wide range of courses. Here in Canada, I have worked with students from the University of Toronto (via Skype), Western University and Athabasca University. For long distance students, Skype and document sharing provide a flexible and effective tutoring solution.

I have four years experience as an Adjunct Professor in the English Department and the Writing and Honors Programs at the University of Utah. In the Writing Program, I taught many first year college students and understand how overwhelming the transition to post-secondary work can be. I believe that working with clear and concrete reading and writing strategies builds the foundation for post-secondary success across the curriculum. In addition to first year introductory classes, I taught upper level English and humanities courses. In these courses, we worked on advanced essay writing and deeper textual analysis.











Friday, 12 January 2018 15:47

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 15:07

Rates & Locations


Please contact me for rates.

I tutor weekdays as well as weekends and accept interac payments.


We can use Skype or Zoom to connect. In addition, sharing documents in google docs while we skype allows for an interactive and productive session.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:18

Contact Us

Contact Jessica Smith:

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kakao Talk: Jessica Smith 1 202 280 8131

References available on request!


Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:16

About London Tutor

Primary School Experience

For seven years I worked at Pinewood Elementary School (Mounds View, Minnesota) as a library para and, later, as the library administrator. I also taught 1st and 2nd grade Elementary Targeted Services after school classes for at risk students. In addition to managing the library, I worked one on one with many of the school’s most vulnerable students and struggling readers. Working with these students made me realize that they did not have the best books for their needs, so  I wrote and won grants totalling over $15,000 to purchase books designed to reach struggling readers. The transformation was amazing. Suddenly, struggling readers were reading books and so PROUD of it!

University Experience

I taught for four years at the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah) as an adjunct Professor in the Writing Dept, English Dept and Honors Program. I taught both introductory and advanced writing and literature courses as well as honors courses. In addition, I helped grade writing placement essays and supervised the TA for Writing 210. Working extensively in the Writing Program, I saw first hand how writing skills powered student success across the curriculum. I was awarded the Honors Professor of the Year Award.


I currently tutor students across London, working in many public libraries: Byron, Central, Sherwood, Bostwick and Masonville.

I tutor ESL students in China every morning for SayABC.

I tutor primary/secondary students in China through AiLingua, helping them aquire the writing and reading skills to successfully study abroad.


University of Toronto

BA with High Distinction, 1988 Double Major in Literary Studies and Philosophy

Cornell University

PhD Comparative Literature, 1994

Masters, Comparative Literature, 1991

TEFLEN Training College

TEFL-TESOL Certification - 60 Hour Foundation TESOL course, July 2018

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:15

Welcome to London Tutor!

I provide personal and online tutoring services in London, Ontario for primary, secondary and post-secondary/University students who need help with a range of academic subjects and with ESL. 

Each tutoring session is tailored to meet the student's individual goals. I help with homework, writing assignments, analysis of reading assignments, project proposals, and problem-solving strategies.

I take a flexible approach to locations: before the COVID-19 crisis, I typically met in one of London's Public Libraries or in the new Bostwick Community Centre.

Since the onset of the crisis, I use online tutoring with a range of collaboration and video-conferencing tools to make sure everyone stays safe.

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