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Irma W.

Irvine, CA

$65/hr

English/writing Tutor

Background check passed as of 11/11/14
Usually responds in about 6 hours

English/writing Tutor

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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.

Testimonials

"Amazing Tutor!"

- TU QUYEN, Fullerton, CA on 12/26/11

"Irma is a great tutor."

- Deqiang, Irvine, CA on 5/9/13

"Very patient!"

- Leigh, Newport Beach, CA on 9/24/12

"Great tutor!"

- Jennifer, Irvine, CA on 4/15/12

"She is without a doubt the best!!"

- Linda, La Palma, CA on 3/19/12

"Provides great feedback and insightful suggestions in a timely manner."

- Jessica, Chino Hills, CA on 11/7/11
English:
English,
Grammar,
Literature,
Proofreading,
Writing
History:
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Study Skills
Homeschool:
English,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
College Counseling
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
Grammar,
Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

College Counseling

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.

English

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.

Grammar

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.

Literature

I have a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and a M.A.T. with a concentration in English from Harvard. I took literature classes that ranged from Chaucer to modern American and English literature. Additionally, I took classes in European literature. I have always read widely in all types of literature and have a solid knowledge of major authors. Since I am also a student of history, I can contextualize literature for students.

Proofreading

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.

Study Skills

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.

University of California, Berkeley
English
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Master's

Education

University of California, Berkeley (English)

Harvard University Graduate School of Education (Master's)

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 ...

— TU QUYEN, Fullerton, CA on 12/26/11

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Irma will travel within 13 miles of Irvine, CA 92620.


About Irma

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.


Testimonials

"Amazing Tutor!"

- TU QUYEN, Fullerton, CA on 12/26/11

"Irma is a great tutor."

- Deqiang, Irvine, CA on 5/9/13

"Very patient!"

- Leigh, Newport Beach, CA on 9/24/12

"Great tutor!"

- Jennifer, Irvine, CA on 4/15/12

"She is without a doubt the best!!"

- Linda, La Palma, CA on 3/19/12

"Provides great feedback and insightful suggestions in a timely manner."

- Jessica, Chino Hills, CA on 11/7/11

Education

University of California, Berkeley
English
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Master's

Education

University of California, Berkeley (English)

Harvard University Graduate School of Education (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 13 miles of Irvine, CA 92620

Irma’s Subjects

English:
English,
Grammar,
Literature,
Proofreading,
Writing
History:
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Study Skills
Homeschool:
English,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
College Counseling
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
Grammar,
Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for Irma W.

Irma W. passed a background check on 11/11/14. The check was ordered by another user through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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