CRLA certified writing tutor
150+ hours of experience
-High School Writing
-Study habits and study tips
Last year I graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where I spent three years working and training to be a writing tutor at the LMU Academic Resource Center. I am an excellent academic writer: I maintained a 3.98 grade point average for the first three years of college and won two awards for research writing, which amounted to $900. I have a strong command of grammar and vocabulary, in part because I took four years of Latin at my high school, Deerfield Academy, in Massachusetts. I can help you with grammar and vocabulary, but I am not a proofreader. In my experience, the essential elements of effective academic writing are:
--(Prewriting) Understanding and fulfilling the assignment
--(Prewriting) Organizing and comprehending source materials that need to be analyzed in the essay or narrative
-(research materials, assigned readings, class notes, personal anecdotes for narrative writing)
--(Prewriting) Thinking critically about the source materials, analyzing them and developing ideas
--(Prewriting/Outlining) Focusing on which ideas should be expressed in the essay and how to structure those ideas for clarity and rhetorical effect
--(Drafting) Structuring sentences and paragraphs for clarity and effectiveness
--(Revision) Rounding off the piece with a concluding paragraph that absolutely shimmers
--... Proofreading. (A little bit.)
The above points may seem highly theoretical, perhaps even unrealistic for you. I have described these elements in very academic terms, and described the absolute ideal for each step of the writing process. I probably sound like I am describing one of my grad student clients. However I have worked with ESL students who struggle to even string together a sentence in English, and the goals are essentially the same, in humbler forms.
I work hard to listen and observe so that I may understand your specific needs and goals. Together we can find a realistic way to improve your skills as a writer, one step at a time. I would place more value on building these skills than perfecting any one paper or raising a specific grade. That said, improved skills usually bring about improved grades sooner rather than later, and my clients have never expressed any dissatisfaction with this approach.
I have also lead workshops and seminars on study habits. Good study habits support and boost your academic performance. Constant study and preparation requires tenacity and dedication, but ultimately it makes school a lot easier and less stressful. I can guide students toward preparation techniques.
I am flexible about where we meet, but I do not have a car so I will need you to meet me half way. We can also discuss my hourly rate by email.