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Debra K.

Venice, CA

$75/hr

Professional Writer Teaches Critical Thinking/Writing Strategies

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Professional Writer Teaches Critical Thinking/Writing Strategies

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I've been a professional writer (mainstream and trade publications, corporations) for over 25 years. Though much of my career has been as a freelancer, I have also been a writer for the United Nations Department of Public Information, UNESCO in Paris, and two research centers at UCLA.

I also have an interest in sharing my love of reading, critical thinking, and writing with teens. I was a Big Sister to a young girl (12 when we started) from difficult circumstances; she is now 25 and we're still friends. Three years ago, I created a sophomore writing curriculum for the Los Angeles chapter of an organization devoted to helping bright young people from disadvantage backgrounds improve their skills and gain entrance to a 4-year college. I found the experience of working with these young people so delightful that I want to continue to encourage young people to read, think and write more clearly.

Success in working with a teenager begins in meeting that young person where they are, learning about their obstacles to good communication, and working to improve those areas. There is no "one size fits all." I am dedicated to encourage deeper, more critical thinking and learning how to put those ideas on the page. In the process, my deepest aim is to ignite a life-long love to the written word.

English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
Study Skills,
Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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English

I have a lot of experience working with 10th graders. I created, and for several years, taught a program on critical thinking and writing for sophomores through a non-profit organization.

Proofreading

I was a professional proofreader for major law firms in New York City over a year's period. In every job I've had as an editor and/or writer, I have had to proofread material. Does the fact that I constantly catch errors in newspapers and magazines count? I think so!

Study Skills

I have a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in the Honors Program from UC Berkeley and a M.A. Cum Laude from UCLA. I am Phi Beta Kappa. As a profession, I am a journalist and have honed my own "study skills" to enable me to report, research and write up to ten articles a week. I also headed up and taught a weekly Sophomore class in critical thinking and writing. Part of what I did was to give students strategies for writing essays.

Writing

I'm a professional writer. As a journalist, I've made my living writing for over 26 years.

UC Berkeley
English
UCLA
Master's

Education

UC Berkeley (English)

UCLA (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Debra will travel within 20 miles of Venice, CA 90291.


About Debra

I've been a professional writer (mainstream and trade publications, corporations) for over 25 years. Though much of my career has been as a freelancer, I have also been a writer for the United Nations Department of Public Information, UNESCO in Paris, and two research centers at UCLA.

I also have an interest in sharing my love of reading, critical thinking, and writing with teens. I was a Big Sister to a young girl (12 when we started) from difficult circumstances; she is now 25 and we're still friends. Three years ago, I created a sophomore writing curriculum for the Los Angeles chapter of an organization devoted to helping bright young people from disadvantage backgrounds improve their skills and gain entrance to a 4-year college. I found the experience of working with these young people so delightful that I want to continue to encourage young people to read, think and write more clearly.

Success in working with a teenager begins in meeting that young person where they are, learning about their obstacles to good communication, and working to improve those areas. There is no "one size fits all." I am dedicated to encourage deeper, more critical thinking and learning how to put those ideas on the page. In the process, my deepest aim is to ignite a life-long love to the written word.

Education

UC Berkeley
English
UCLA
Master's

Education

UC Berkeley (English)

UCLA (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Venice, CA 90291

Debra’s Subjects

English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
Study Skills,
Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading,
Public Speaking

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.


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