CJDWhite Tutor

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Academic Tutoring | SAT/ACT Test Prep | Admissions Essay Coaching |Why CJDWhite Tutor?

Carolyn D. White, Ph.D.

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Academic Tutoring

Many of today’s AP, pre-AP, and on-level English classes move at a brisk pace. Teachers don’t always have time to linger on concepts or discussions, and that can leave students uncertain about course content. I provide extra background, focused explanations, and personalized practice to ensure your student thrives and grows.

SAT/ACT Test Prep

I begin preparing students for the ACT and SAT** by focusing on general guidelines for reading comprehension and grammar. As we move forward together, I focus on problem areas, providing instruction and applicable exercises that I have purposefully selected.

I believe that students should learn the skills needed to work the test questions successfully. Therefore, I do not teach tricks like “when in doubt, choose C.

Instead I help students read carefully and effectively. I explain grammar that may seem murky. And the knowledge and abilities that my students accumulate carry over into their schoolwork and future.

I use past exams and materials I have selected for instruction, and I gauge progress by self-administered practice tests along the way.

**Excluding math and science.

Certified by Essay Hell‘s College Admissions Essay Writing Bootcamp. Read the guide! Escape Essay Hell by Janine Robinson.
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Admissions Essay Coaching

Filling out college applications is a daunting task. The admissions essay can seem like a form of torture. How can a student be memorable, intelligent, funny, and personable–all while avoiding the humble brag AND getting all the commas right?

There is another way, and I can guide you through it. Your student will avoid the common pitfalls of the application essay and write compellingly without needless stress and wasted time.

Why CJDWhite Tutor?

I approach each student with curiosity about his/her individual needs and tailor my approach accordingly. Whatever the subject matter, I aim to make tutoring a growth experience. My students do not just learn how to complete one tough homework assignment or essay. They learn techniques and tips to help them work independently and confidently going forward.

I am experienced in tutoring/teaching, editing, and proofreading, and a Ph.D. in English literature from Rice University.
Tutor in Katy since 2016//Parent of 2 in KISD (+1 grad)
Former tutor with Advantage Testing of Houston
Technical writing service editor/proofreader
Freshman composition instructor
at Houston Community College
Freshman English instructor at Rice University
Rice University, Houston, TX
Ph.D. in English
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Master of Arts in English 
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Bachelor of Arts in English, Summa Cum Laude
Minor: History


  • Along with my family, I lived in Stavanger Norway, for 4 years. I learned a lot about what it’s like to be the new person in a foreign country–a new person who is struggling with the language and customs of her new home.
  • I was a National Merit Scholar as a senior in high school.
  • I attended Tulane University on a four-year, full-tuition academic scholarship.
  • I was awarded a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship to fund my graduate studies.
  • For my junior year of college, I studied at the University of York in York, England.

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Click below to arrange a FREE meet-and-greet either in person or online. We will introduce ourselves, talk about your needs, and jump right in if appropriate. Up to 30 minutes and completely FREE/NO OBLIGATION.


I deliver expert teaching in a friendly, caring, responsible manner.

I am a communicator. Booklover. Grammar nerd. I’m experienced, yet kept young by my own three teenagers.


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