Bernell Editorial Services
Bernell Editorial Services

Bernell Editorial Services

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Introduction: ESL to CAPSTONE COACHING I began my English-teaching career in ESL. I have worked with adults struggling to learn basic English, who now comfortably converse with American colleagues and friends. I have taught college English composition and literature classes for 30 years. I have coached graduate students who now have their Ph.d or Master’s. I have tutored high school students whose parents had almost given up on them. And now these young men and women are enjoying college. Each student is unique, with unique learning styles and strengths. Understanding and using your unique skills and learning style is how we succeed as teacher and learner. LET'S MAKE YOUR WRITING PROJECT OUTSTANDING Give me an interesting (or even not-so-interesting) topic and I will find joy in writing about it. Give me a poorly written draft and I will enliven it, crisp it up, enrich it, and organize it down to the bone. And of course, it will be grammatically flawless. Need a good speech? Done. A Grant proposal? Yep. Short story editing. Poems. Long, arduous theses or dissertations. I edit and revise it all—successfully. We can start at the beginning, or from your well-crafted manuscript. My prices are kept low because I am retired and work only on projects I enjoy and believe in—that’s my reward for years of hard work. My website shows Portfolios of some of my writing, including technical, fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Check it out.

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Anderson R.

Hiring Laura as my writing tutor has been the best investment of my time and money I have ever made. She is a professional, experienced and dedicated teacher. She is always on time, takes her job seriously, and yet she is very patient. In addition, for each tutoring session, she comes prepared with class activities and homework. She tailors her teaching sessions accordingly. She truly makes an effort to connect with her students and their way of learning. She is very knowledgeable of English grammar, and above all, she has helped me with English pronunciation, which has been like a bonus for me. She has shown me that my writing mistakes are a reflection of the way I speak. In such a short time I have seen my writing improve tremendously.
Oct 6, 2021
Laurine C.

ESL (English as a Second Language) Lessons

It’s a pleasure learning every week with Laura whether we meet at the library, the coffee shop or go for a walk! She is an amazing teacher who quickly identify the area I need to develop and provide the support I need to make good progresses. I strongly recommend her to anyone who would like to learn a new language.
May 22, 2018
Suman s.

Reading and Writing Tutoring

Laura was kind, patient, and a great mentor to my daughter. My daughter adored her, and the two of them made great progress in their time together. She works very hard with her students and she has depth knowledge about the subject. I definitely recommend Laura to anyone looking for a English guidance!
Mar 13, 2017
Anadee N.

ESL (English as a Second Language) Lessons

Laura is an exceptional teacher. She is patient and knowledgeable. English is my second language and Laura was helpful and patient throughout. She is very organized and easy to communicate with. Laura provided valuable feedback and strategies to help me excel in academic writing . I feel confident in my writing and speaking skills because of Laura.
Oct 10, 2016
Pooja S.


I am a non native English speaker. I was struggling with my comprehensive (thesis) paper. Laura helped me brain storm ideas for my paper, gave me constructive feedback, and helped me edit the paper. She spent a lot of one on one time with me and constantly stayed in touch with me. Laura is very caring and genuine and it shows in her work. She wasn't quite familiar with my topic (I am in healthcare), but she went above and beyond trying to understand what I was writing about so that she could help me best way possible. She is a great editor and a very sincere person. I am graduating this June and I may not need her help for academic papers, but I will always come to her for any writing and editing help. I will recommend her to everyone!
Apr 26, 2016
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Laura Bernell


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Editing rates vary, depending on type of editing, and we discuss the differences up front. I discount for extended projects. If a project goes more quickly than anticipated, fee goes down. I like to spend time talking to a client to understand the tone and voice they want to convey. I look for sincerity in their message and conviction about their project. I give those back.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    FOR EDITORIAL SERVICES: Request and review sample of the work to edit. Determine nature of work: proofing, editing, rewriting, or writing. Talk things over with client. Provide clear timeline and fee structure. Provide regular updates on work, and receive feedback. Review and respond to feedback; make changes if needed. Provide overall final scan of material. FOR TUTORING: Meet with student in person or at least over phone. Talk, informally. Get to know each other. Determine if we would LIKE to work together. If so, assess student skills. Set up tentative program. Get to work. Enjoy.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Masters in English from Santa Clara University. I have published essays, articles, stories, feature pieces in newspapers, magazines, journals, and websites. I have written marketing collateral and press releases for major companies. I have published a book of poems and produced one play. I guess you might say my writing is diverse and versatile. 25 + years teaching college writing and literature courses.

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