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I am a graduate of UC Berkeley with an English major and a history minor and received a M.A.T. degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. I tutored fellow students in college and afterward. As a college admissions and financial aid counselor at a high school in Los Angeles, I garnered a lot of experience editing college application essays. In recent years, I have edited writers' manuscripts. I really enjoy helping a writer develop a cogent essay, whether this is a personal essay or one analyzing a piece of literature; I focus like a laser on grammar and punctuation.
I worked as a college admissions and financial aid counselor at a high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 12 years. During that time, I edited many student essays and wrote many college recommendations. My students were accepted at colleges all over the country, from Ivy League schools to local colleges. I was a member of the California Student Aid Commission, representing secondary schools in California. I held volunteer positions with College Board and College Scholarship Service. As the college counselor, I recommended colleges for students, suggested summer high school programs, helped students plan their classes, worked with parents.
I have particular expertise in 20th-century English and American literature, as well as 17th-century literature, including John Milton and the metaphysical poets. In college, I wrote an honors thesis on John Milton's "Paradise Lost", which compared the visual elements of the great poem to the contemporary Baroque movement in art. I have strong skills in helping students analyze pieces of literature so they can write effective essays.
As a former high school English teacher, I have studied and taught grammar for years. I am familiar with all the grammar concepts that students need to write and communicate clearly. I majored in English at UC Berkeley and have a M.A.T. from Harvard University. I teach grammar by reviewing rules and then putting them into practice with lots of exercises and practical application through the student's writing.
I have a very sharp eye for grammatical and punctuation errors of omission and commission. Mistakes jump out at me. If you need to have a text you have written cleaned up, I can do that for you quickly and efficiently.
As a former high school English teacher and college admissions counselor, I am well-versed in assisting students with their study skills as well as time management skills (the two are closely linked). I teach students how to prioritize assignments, "decode" essay/assignment prompts, and break down tasks into logical and specific components. I also teach them how to read textbook and literature assignments so they look for important elements first and then the secondary details. I review different learning techniques, depending on the assignments or tests.
Amazing Tutor! — Ms. Irma has been a tremendous help to me as a writing tutor! She has helped me make my writing more concise and to the point while managing to help keep my own point of view and perspective. She has been integral to my writing success and has provided an unmeasurable amount of support and assistance in the college essay process. I would recommend Ms. Irma wholeheartedly to anyone in need of a wri ...
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