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Linda J.

English, Grammar, Writing, Proofreading, Vocabulary Tutor

Van Nuys, CA (91406)

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Are you a student who is frustrated with losing points on your essays due to mistakes with grammar and punctuation? Do you need to have a term paper or essay proofread or edited before you hand it in to your teacher? Is your junior high or high school student struggling with reading comprehension and writing essays? Is your little one having difficulty with reading and comprehension? With two teaching credentials (Multiple-Subject and English) and a Masters in Education, I can help. English is my passion! I have been a teacher (elementary and junior high) and tutor (primary, junior high, high school, and college) for ten years, and I worked as a legal secretary for ten years where strong business writing skills are a must. I also taught a business writing workshop for adults at a local organization for three years.

Proofreading and diagramming sentences are fun activities for me, and I am the go-to proofreader among colleagues and friends for all kinds of written material. Opening doors to a love for reading and writing, not only for academic success but also for personal enjoyment, are strong goals of mine as a teacher of English skills and language arts. English can be fun!

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Linda’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Speech, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
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Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL
Corporate Training:

Elementary (K-6th)

As a second grade teacher at a parochial school in Encino, I taught phonics, reading, and English for five years and currently enjoy tutoring the younger learners who are just starting to make sense of written language. I also work with older students who have difficulty comprehending literature and textbook material and who are frustrated with essay composition. I have been a junior high teacher at the same school for two years and currently teach junior high English, Science, Study Skills, Religion and preparation for the High School Entrance Exam. I have a multiple-subject teaching credential, a credential in English, and a Masters in Education.


As an English teacher/tutor of elementary, middle, high school, and adult students, I help them understand the importance of writing well. I work with my students to structure their sentences so that they are meaningful, interesting, and that they, above all, make sense. My enthusiasm for English is very evident with my students; and I use every approach I can to show that, with a little imagination, they can become great writers!


Grammar is an essential part of good writing; and good grammar skills assist with reading as well. Students who struggle with reading can benefit from improved grammar skills in their comprehension and fluidity. Correct grammar enhances the written word so that it is better understood by the reader and assists with expansion and clarity of the message. I would be happy to assist all types of writers with essays, reports, theses, scripts, novels, etc.


As a second grade teacher, I taught phonics, reading, and English for five years and currently enjoy tutoring the younger learners who are just starting to make sense of written language. I also work with older students who may be having difficulty with reading and comprehension. I have a multiple-subject teaching credential and a credential in English, as well as a Masters in Education.


I tell my students to always proofread their work before handing it in to the teacher. It is a necessary skill for good writing; and even in this age of spell check and other aids offered by our computers, knowing how to proofread can benefit your own criticism of your writing and improve your work product. Proofreading is something I really enjoy; in fact, in comes very naturally to me. When I was a legal secretary, my boss depended on my skills as a proofreader for any legal documents he prepared. Let me proofread your work for you. It is always helpful to have a second set of eyes examine your writing to find those errors before someone else (teacher, editor, etc.) does.


Teaching reading to primary grade students has always been a job I take very seriously. This skill is one that applies to all subjects in school and to all facets of life. As a previous school librarian, I know what books will enhance a student's interest and ease the learning struggle. I especially like to help older students who may not have mastered the skill of reading and are struggling in school due to poor comprehension in their other subjects. Helping someone feel confident about reading aloud, a skill that can be needed at any time, is also a strong priority for me.


Many of the students with whom I work, especially adults, need help with pronunciation, idioms, and usage. English is usually their second language, and they find themselves in an academic or employment situation in which these concepts are not only necessary to adequately fulfill their assignments but are also helpful in getting even better grades or improved job recognition. Presentations, business meetings/conference calls, or client/customer scenarios require proficiency in speech in order to be successfully executed.

Study Skills

All students can benefit from perfecting their study skills. Discovering the type of learner you are (visual, auditory, etc.) can lead to successful methods of obtaining and retaining knowledge with appropriate strategies for doing homework and studying for tests. I currently teach a very practical Study Skills course to junior high students, but many of these strategies are useful to students of all grades.


A broad vocabulary enhances reading skills and makes writing more interesting. Studying vocabulary is not just memorizing words in a dictionary; it is understanding word origins, pronunciations, meanings, antonyms, synonyms, spelling, and usage. Yes,some words do need to be memorized; but many can be remembered or figured out by knowing prefixes and suffixes or just using a mental image that relates to the sound of the word and making a connection to its meaning. If you have a difficult time passing vocabulary tests or writing in a clear, imaginative fashion, I am sure I can help you.


English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, and Vocabulary are all subjects that, when used correctly, can enhance writing. When I tutor writing skills, all of these issues come into play and serve as necessary steps in effective essay, creative, and formal/informal writing. In this age of texting and short-form e-mails, it can be a challenge to be creative and enjoy writing for the sake of telling a story or to be able to answer an essay question fully and clearly for any school subject.

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Hunter College, CUNY, New York

National University (MEd)

The Best Tutor — Linda is a caring, reliable, and conscientious tutor. She works closely with me to help me succeed and to create the best possible essays for my assignments. Linda will do her best to help me finish the project until we are both satisfied with the results. I would recommend Linda for any subject for which she is a tutor. ...

— Rene from Tujunga, CA on 8/9/12

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Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

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Linda will travel within 15 miles of Van Nuys, CA 91406.

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