About Us

Frustrated writer? We know what to do. Trouble finding ideas? We can help. Sentence problems? We can fix that. Read it and can’t quite get it? We can show you how. From academic papers, to reading literature for analysis, to advancing honors/AP skills, to creative writing, we’ve been helping students for more than 20 years. We know all the issues and have a tool kit for every one of them. You bring your desire to learn and your willingness to work; we’ll bring our expertise, friendly and patient support, and lots of ideas. We’re really good at words. And we know how to help you find yours.

I am Tonia Payne, formerly a professor at Nassau Community College (now retired, granted emeritus status in 2019), and I am the owner and one of the tutors with Five Degrees, along with my colleague, Miss Lia, who has taught in the K-12 system and now is a teacher of middle school language arts on Outschool. The five degrees? Between us, we have two bachelor’s degrees, one M.S., one M.Phil, and one Ph.D., and we’re happy to share all that knowledge and experience with you.