San Diego, CA
“I love your writing style, Sparsh. You keep things moving and your descriptions are so awesome! I can see in my mind the intricate details that you're writing about. :) Your writing is beautiful, and your punctuation is spot on. Honestly, I have not seen a manuscript in this good shape in a very long time.” —Angela Hoy,
Publisher at WritersWeekly.com
$1500/5 sessions, 75 minutes
Consultation: free, 1/2 hour
Intake/Evaluation: $100, 60 minutes*all costs are prepaid and will operate on a predetermined sliding scale, factoring in client’s financial viability
In-person or virtual environment
Analytical WritingCustomized Curriculum as per client's needs
Suggested Curriculum Approaches Described Below Reviews
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Contact & Alma Mater
University of California, Berkeley
B.S. Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
B.S. Computer Science, College of Letters & ScienceSparsh Kothari
Laura Holk (client)
"Our experience with Sparsh as an academic and writing consultant has been very rewarding. Sparsh’s unique teaching style blends strong people-skills with a focused mentality, pleasant and motivating personality, and effective command over the knowledge and material he is teaching. Sparsh is punctual and readily available to consult with his clients multiple times a week. He rarely misses a scheduled appointment and is very communicative with his clients on their progress in growing and developing their writing, creative, and communication skills. I would certainly recommend Sparsh as a consultant for any type of client he serves."Elise Yung (client) Gabriel Yung (tutee), APUSH
Scored 5 on AP US History DBQ Writing Exam
"Sparsh has shown countless times his ability to adapt to new challenges and direct me into the necessary path for academic success and his hard work outside the tutoring sessions has helped the hours we have together become more meaningful and more productive. His character is one I’ve been able to connect with and his constant joy and positive mindset pushes me to work harder and follow his great advice. His immense knowledge only adds on to the many pros that make Sparsh the best tutor I’ve ever had, and his work ethic elaborates on the certainty that Sparsh will not fail his client and will do everything in his power to tutor him to the best of his abilities."Ames Kinkead (client)
Improved score from 21 to 31 on ACT
Sparsh has been an amazing academic consultant and an even better mentor. Sparsh helped me gain over ten points on the ACT from my first practice test to my latest score. Sparsh has every bit of credit to my success. He catered our sessions based off what worked best for me. Sparsh challenged me to push my limits and set expectations that I didn’t think I could achieve. The amount of work he put in on his own time shows me how dedicated he is to helping his clients. Not only did he help me academically; he was also involved with other parts of my life. Whether asking about my soccer team, or calling me after tests to ask me how it went, Sparsh cared for me on a personal level, and that is irreplaceable. I’d like to thank Sparsh very much for the incredible work we have done together and I look forward to working on college essays with him!
GPT-4’s reflection on Sparsh’s writing styleLiterary and poetic: Your writing is rich in imagery and descriptive language, which creates vivid scenes and settings for the reader. The way you use language and phrasing adds a poetic touch to your writing.Intellectual and philosophical: Your work delves into complex ideas, exploring social, political, and philosophical topics. You present nuanced arguments and engage with various theories, making your writing thought-provoking and engaging for readers interested in these subjects.Reflective and introspective: Your writing reveals a strong sense of self-awareness and reflection, exploring personal experiences and emotions in relation to broader social and political issues. This introspective approach adds depth to your work and allows readers to connect with your thoughts on a deeper level.Dialogical: The use of dialogue in the excerpt allows you to present different perspectives and ideas, showcasing your ability to explore complex concepts through conversation. This style can make your writing more dynamic and engaging.Dense and intricate: Your writing is rich in detail and requires careful reading and attention from the reader. This complexity can be rewarding for readers who appreciate the depth of your ideas and the artistry of your language.Overall, your writing style is intellectually stimulating, philosophically engaging, and artistically crafted, appealing to readers who enjoy thought-provoking discussions and beautiful language.GPT-4’s additional reflection on Sparsh’s writing styleYour writing style can be described as scholarly, detailed, and comprehensive. You demonstrate a strong ability to synthesize information from various sources and present complex ideas in a coherent and accessible manner. Your vocabulary is rich and varied, and you employ diverse sentence structures, which helps to maintain reader interest throughout the text.In your writing, you exhibit a deep understanding of the subject matter and its significance within broader contexts. You effectively organize your content with clear headings and categories, making it easy for readers to navigate and locate relevant information.Your writing style also possesses a personal touch, as demonstrated in the excerpt about Edward Said, where your connection to the subject matter adds depth to your analysis and creates an engaging reading experience.In addition to the aforementioned qualities, your writing style demonstrates a strong analytical approach. You critically engage with the subject matter, posing questions and exploring connections between different ideas and theories. This approach encourages readers to think deeply about the topics you discuss and fosters intellectual curiosity.You also effectively balance the presentation of factual information with your own insights and reflections, offering readers a well-rounded perspective on the subjects you cover. This approach invites readers to not only learn from your knowledge but also consider their own perspectives and experiences.Furthermore, your writing style is highly detail-oriented. You meticulously provide historical context, background information, and specific examples to support your arguments and analysis. This attention to detail lends credibility to your writing and helps readers gain a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter.Your writing is also marked by a strong narrative voice. You are able to seamlessly weave personal anecdotes and experiences into your discussions of broader topics, helping to humanize the subject matter and make it more relatable for readers. This narrative quality brings your writing to life and keeps readers engaged.Lastly, your writing demonstrates an extensive vocabulary and a command of complex sentence structures. This level of linguistic sophistication not only adds depth and nuance to your ideas but also showcases your expertise in the topics you discuss.Overall, your writing style is engaging, analytical, and highly informative, offering readers a thought-provoking and comprehensive exploration of various subjects related to humanities and politics.GPT-4’s additional reflection on Sparsh’s writing style (Part 3)Rich in imagery and description: You excel in creating vivid and detailed descriptions that immerse the reader in the setting, atmosphere, and emotions of your characters. Your writing often includes intricate observations of the surroundings, which contribute to a strong sense of place and atmosphere.Emotionally evocative: Your writing style focuses on exploring the emotions and connections between characters. Through natural-sounding dialogue and introspection, you delve into the characters' thoughts and feelings, allowing readers to develop a deep understanding of their motivations and relationships.Reflective and contemplative: Your writing often features introspective moments where characters engage in self-reflection, meditation, or philosophical discussions. This adds depth and complexity to your stories and provides readers with a thought-provoking experience.Poetic and lyrical: Your prose often has a poetic quality, with a strong emphasis on rhythm and flow. This style makes your writing feel more artistic and expressive.Slow-paced and character-driven: Your storytelling tends to focus on the inner lives and personal growth of your characters, with a slower pace that allows for in-depth exploration of their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. This approach prioritizes character development over fast-paced action or plot-driven narratives.Use of symbolism and metaphor: Your writing frequently incorporates symbolism and metaphor to convey deeper meanings and themes. This adds another layer of complexity to your stories and invites readers to interpret and analyze your work more closely.Attention to detail: Your writing demonstrates a meticulous attention to detail, whether in describing characters' physical appearances, their actions, or the environment around them. This level of precision contributes to the vividness and immersive quality of your stories.Multi-layered: Your writing often explores multiple themes and concepts, weaving them together to create a rich and complex narrative. This encourages readers to think critically and engage with the various ideas presented in your work.Philosophical and spiritual: Your writing delves into philosophical and spiritual themes, which adds depth and substance to your stories. Through the experiences of your characters, you explore questions about the nature of existence, self-awareness, and the search for inner peace and truth.Realistic dialogue: Your dialogue is authentic and true to life, capturing the natural rhythms and nuances of human speech. This makes your characters feel more relatable and believable, allowing readers to connect with them on a deeper level.Sensitivity to human connections: Your writing highlights the importance of human connections, whether through friendship, love, or shared experiences. This emphasis on interpersonal relationships creates an emotional resonance that draws readers into the story and allows them to empathize with the characters.Fluid transitions: Your writing skillfully transitions between different scenes, thoughts, and emotions, creating a seamless narrative that flows effortlessly. This enables readers to easily follow the progression of the story and maintain their engagement throughout.Overall, your writing style is characterized by its rich descriptions, emotional depth, introspective focus, poetic language, slow pace, and use of symbolism. These elements combine to create immersive, thought-provoking, and character-driven narratives that engage readers on multiple levels. Your writing style is marked by its attention to detail, multi-layered narrative, exploration of philosophical and spiritual themes, realistic dialogue, sensitivity to human connections, and fluid transitions. These additional elements further enhance the immersive and thought-provoking qualities of your work, making it a rewarding and engaging experience for readers.
While each curriculum will be customized as per the client’s needs, we provide here a highly recommended format for the course. Our first objective is to develop, enhance, and resolidify our client’s writing, analytical, and communication skills through rigorous essay writing both in session and for homework. Our next objective is to help our client visibly expand the scope and skills of their creative, imaginative, and artistic writing through deeply engaging sessions of mutually informing dialogue where unknown, uncomfortable, and complex thoughts (as it relates to narrative and creative writing) are prudently and carefully pondered upon, expanded, processed, and utilized to inform the imaginative and emotional ideas sprouting from the active healthy mind of our client.In practice, this means the first ten weeks, or twenty sessions, will be focused on rigorous essay writing both in and outside of the session. Each session we will be taking a new essay prompt and writing a full essay within the time period allotted. If our client has chosen the advanced package and is attending ninety-minute sessions, then we will try to get through 1.5 to two essays per session. This intensive process will involve us guiding our client step-by-step in creating each sentence, paragraph, and idea of the essay. For homework, our client will be assigned to write full essays on three to five new essay prompts to complete by the following week. We also require mandatory daily reading—seven days/week—of five (comprehensive, thorough, as opposed to non-substantive or limited substance) news articles from five different news sources, providing a summary and brief analysis for two of the articles read. During the first or second week of the course, our client will be prompted to select a novel of his or her choice to read and finish during the first nine weeks of the course. She will be required to write a summary after every chapter she reads and compare that to a reference source like sparknotes and see how her analysis did or did not match up with the source. At the end of nine weeks, we will spend week ten developing a full literary analysis of the book, forming a critical thesis as it pertains to a main theme of the book and defending and arguing for that thesis in a literary essay.Weeks eleven through twenty is where the essay writing stops and the fun begins. During each of these weeks, we will spend one session in complete oral dialogue, practicing our communication skills and translating our thoughts about what we’ve read or wrote into speech and discussion. The other session will be focused on developing a short story envisioned and fully written by our client. By week twenty, the goal is to have a fully drafted (and hopefully edited) manuscript of which our client can utilize to her liking: she can go seek out an editor, reviewer, or publisher to finalize and publish or self-publish the manuscript on Amazon, or she can directly go and self-publish the manuscript on Amazon. In either case, our client will be required to submit her manuscript or published story to at least four different book reviewers. Of course, a cover will be required, which we leave for our client to choose and create. In essence, one of the main tangible outcomes of this course is that our client will be or will be on her way to becoming a published author and writer.
*Due to the demanding goal of this approach, sessions will be required to be 90 minutes each.The approach harnessed in this curriculum is distinctly different than the approach taken in curriculum one. While the first approach emphasized rigorous essay writing both outside and in the session for the first half of the course, the second approach will require no essay writing in class for any session. Naturally, this suggests that the goals of the second approach, while sharing similarities with the goals of approach one, are different: where approach two lacks in in-session essay writing, it makes up for in its ambition. For the first ten weeks, the homework assigned will be exactly the same as assigned in approach one, so there will be plenty of essay writing being done, but all of it outside of the sessions. While approach one is focused on developing a short story and enhancing oral communication skills in the second half of the course, approach two is focused on using the entire set of sessions in the course to plan, design, develop, and write a novel. Every session will entirely take place in a mutual dialogue between the consultant and client—similar to a therapy session but without psychological analysis, evaluation, and diagnosis—where, as referenced in approach one, unknown, uncomfortable, and complex thoughts (as it relates to narrative and creative writing) are prudently and carefully pondered upon, expanded, processed, and utilized to inform the imaginative and emotional ideas sprouting from the active healthy mind of our client.In practice, the first two to three weeks will be focused on personal reflection, inspiration, and ideation. In each of these sessions, the consultant and client will carefully work through emotional, spiritual, and visceral feelings, contemplations, and reflections to bring about an inspirational idea or tone which helps lead to a concrete vision for the novel. The remaining seven to eight weeks in the first half of the course will then be focused on developing the outline, design, motifs, main characters (if any at all) of and introduction to the novel. The second half of the course, where there will be no more essay homework being assigned, will be focused wholly on writing, completing, and perhaps editing once through the novel. As in approach one, by the end of week twenty, the client should have a fully completed manuscript which she can utilize to her liking: she can formally go to a publisher or editor to finalize and publish the manuscript, or she can directly (thoroughly edit and then) self-publish the novel on Amazon, or she can choose not to publish at all. In any of these cases, the client will be required to submit her manuscript to at least four different book reviewers to receive constructive feedback on her work. As in approach one, one of the main tangible outcomes of this approach is that our client will be or will be on her way to becoming a published author, writer, and, perhaps, a novelist.
*Due to the intensive nature of this approach, sessions will be required to be 90 minutes each.This curriculum will be focused entirely on critical and factual essay writing. The client will be given five straight days each week to compile research and evidence on two different essay topics, which the consultant will provide. For instance, one topic may be political in nature and the other historical, or one topic may be scientific and the other philosophical, cultural, or literary. Each of the remaining two days, the consultant and client will meet in session to discuss, develop a position or thesis, outline, and write an essay on one of the two topics assigned that particular week. In the case that the client is having difficulty with forming a thesis, she will move on to outlining and writing the essay, coming back later to form the thesis based on how she wrote the essay. The client must have compiled enough research and evidence to facilitate discussing, outlining, and writing for the full duration of the session. This is particularly important, because as noted by the asterisk below, these sessions will be no shorter than ninety minutes. In the case that the client finds a particular essay topic outstandingly interesting and engaging, she will focus on only that particular topic for the week, after which one session will be spent discussing and outlining the essay, and the following session will be spent writing the essay. Accordingly, the client must have compiled enough research and evidence over the week to facilitate discussing, outlining, and writing upon the topic over two full ninety minute sessions. Due to the intensive nature of research and preparation on and for the essay topic(s), the client will be assigned no other homework for the week. The goal of this curriculum is to stay sharply focused on facilitating meaningful, effective dialogue and developing and writing thorough, comprehensive essays on topics of relevance to society.While the novel form can certainly be an emotionally powerful and passionate medium to express important cultural, philosophical, and political ideas, it flirts with the danger of losing objectivity when deliberating and manifesting those ideas in the realm of non-fictional, everyday reality. Interestingly, the novel has become such a catchy, seductive form of reading and entertainment that even non-fictional mediums fall upon the slippery surface conjured by the novel’s thrilling fantasies: several autobiographical pieces of literature are almost written in story and fictional form to dramatize the events and memoirs of the narrator’s life, science fiction often gets confused for factual science, and political issues take on the popular if not always well-informed sentiment of the public. Thus, this curriculum provides a step away from the crazy, often insane noise generated by the world of raging, unbounded fantasy and messy, sloppy creativity. In fact, one of the main ideas this curriculum seeks to proffer to the client is that creativity and creative thinking are most effectively utilized in service of embellishing upon the vocabulary, grammar, sentence creation, and thesis of a critical, objective, and factually motivated essay. If beauty truly does lie in the calm, silent waters of truth, then there is no better expression of this aphorism than the essay, evidenced by the profound and inspirational writings of essayists like Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in the modern day, bell hooks, Edward Said, and Cedric Robinson.
This curriculum is for those that want a much lighter and relaxed approach to building their writing skills. The homework will always be simply one essay per week, and the time in class will be used to talk, laugh, play, and smile. This curriculum is all about connecting with the other. We will meet once a week for one hour for twenty weeks or for the duration of the course. I have a feeling this curriculum may become popular amongst a laid-back millennial crowd!