I worked as a writing tutor for the English Department of Palomar College in San Marcos, California for ten years. From ESL essays to complicated research papers and even creative writing, my input will help improve the results of an assignment. My background includes a writing career in advertising, marketing and public relations; freelance journalism and nonfiction writing; and both a published novel and a collection of short stories. For three years I volunteered as an elementary school teacher's aide where I tutored children in reading, writing and spelling.
Whether I sit beside a student or face him or her via Skype online, a session will include a review of an assignment, discussion of drafts and tips for make the writing process easier.
While I boast that I can make anyone's writing better, it's not arrogance. I can do it.
*** Lesson Details ***
Have an assignment or writing prompt ready for me to read.
Be prepared to start an outline if needed. Take notes, so have pad and pencil with at hand.
Every session starts with an assessment of needs and ends with a summary of what has been discussed. Next steps are also planned and reinforced to make the following session successful.
*** Specialties ***
I have two "specialties": academic writing and creative writing.
For both when research is required I can teach how to do it and where to look for real facts, not "wiki" facts which may not be correct. As a former journalist I know how to get information that novice writers may not. Those invaluable tips make writing sound authentic and factually correct.
I also teach elementary school children the craft of simple creative writing. When a child has this knowledge he or she becomes excited about writing and reading because it sparks imagination.
For ten years I tutored college students in almost every course of study from Anthropology to Zoology. I know the difference between APA and MLA, Chicago Style and the various permutations required by professors. I tutored students enrolled in English as a Second Language; science students who brought their experiment notes; nurses essays on diseases; history reports; personal statements for university applications; graphic novel text; poetry, short stories and hundreds of literature essays.
It is my pleasure to write this letter of reference for Sarah. I have known Sarah since 2007, when I started going to the Writing Center at Palomar Community College to get help with writing. For a year and half, I worked consistently with Sarah. We have kept in contact even after I moved on to University of California, Berkeley to continue my education, and I feel I have come to know Sarah quite well.
After having spent some time with other tutors at the Writing Center, I signed up only with Sarah. Even if that meant I had to come in extra early or sign up in advance, because she was the most popular tutor among students. I made sure I had Sarah read over my writing. She was the best; bringing out the best writer in me that I did not even know existed through her words of encouragement and inspiration. Sarah has a wonderful way of interacting with students and helped me develop more self esteem and confidence in my ability to become a better writer. Sarah is a great writer, teacher and someone who has a great rapport with everyone.