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Mary P.

A-la-Carte Tutor in English: Reading, Writing, Editing, and Testing

Arlington, TX (76001)

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Hello! I'm Mary, your witty and engaging A-la-Carte Tutor.

I will plan lessons to meet your specific needs and learning style. I tutor English, literature, reading, writing, proofreading, editing, study review, and test-taking skills from elementary to college-level.

I'm dedicated and passionate about tutoring one-on-one in a safe and caring learning environment. Lessons are customized to meet coursework requisites and to develop and enhance analytical/critical thinking skills in reading and writing.

My credentials are: Graduate student pursuing M.ED. in Higher Education, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in English and Nutrition from Dallas Baptist University (GPA: 4.0), Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Britain, and Member of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society.

My previous experience includes working with children at H.O.P.E. tutoring and teaching ESL one-on-one at Arlington Public Library. Currently, I work as an literacy instructor teaching GED writing to adult learners. Furthermore, I teach all core subjects part-time at a chartered school Grades 1-8.

Education opens and expands our worldview, and I believe in helping you or your child succeed and "Escalate to Excellence."

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Mary’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading
Test Preparation:
GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TEAS
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
American History, Social Studies
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

Bible Studies

What are the fundamental differences between Messianic law for the chosen few and the promise of the New Covenant for all believers of the Messiah? Why did Jesus teach by parables and paradoxes?
I have successfully completed college-level survey courses in the history and philosophy of the Old and the New Testament. Additionally, I have participated in Q & A Bible Study sessions on the Synoptic Gospels, Paul's epistles to the founding churches, and his pastoral letters.
In my teaching, I believe in filtering all universal truths through the lens of Christian revelation. More importantly, I teach students to interpret challenging scriptural verses by comparing and cross-referencing with other verses and books in the Bible.

Elementary (K-6th)

Previously, I tutored my son from Pre-K to 6th Grade. Currently, I teach Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies at a chartered elementary school. As I'm familiar with TEA's new STAAR tests, I can enable and prep your child to master essential knowledge and skills. I analyze your child's strengths and challenges, so I can customize lessons to meet a student's specific learning needs.

Elementary Math

I teach the building blocks of Elementary Math concepts from working with arithmetic operations involving whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, to solving word problems involving ratios, percentages, money, time, and units of measurement.
Your child will learn how to master basic math concepts to boost his skills, and to succeed in Algebra and Geometry in middle school and beyond.


English has become the global language of education, business, and technology; thus, I believe it's essential that we learn how to communicate effectively in English.
As an English major, I think that mastering the complexities and nuances of the English language, as well as the mechanics of grammar, punctuation, and spelling, will enhance your reading and writing skills.
My tutoring style utilizes multiple modes of learning, and involves lighting-up both creative and analytical sides of your brain.
As a result, I have helped to improve the testing scores of my students and to elevate their levels of confidence.


When do you use the pronouns "I" or "me" and "who" or "whom"? The rules of English grammar are both simple and complex; the mechanics of grammar and punctuation can be tricky and confusing for both native English and ESL speakers.

I can teach you how to navigate the rules and mechanics of grammar and punctuation to check/correct common errors like incorrect pronoun case, subject-verb agreement, and comma splices, and to spot uncommon errors like faulty parallelism. Also, I will coach you how and when to use active verbs and semi-colons to write more vividly and concisely to ace your essay or test.


What's the difference between an allegory and allusion, and between alliteration and assonance? I can teach you what the literary terms mean and provide examples in works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama.

At DBU, I mastered upper-level English courses in American and British Literature, Global Drama, and Shakespearean Studies. My tutoring experience includes teaching middle and high school students how to read works of American, British, and Global authors critically. Furthermore, I enable my students to interpret, critique, and understand Shakespeare's complex arcane language.


As a high-achieving university graduate with a 4.0 GPA, I have written more than a hundred papers, at least twenty-five research essays, and aced all my classes.
I believe the difference between mediocrity and superiority is editing the format and flow of your writing, and proofreading for mechanical errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Yes, I know it's tedious, but do you know how rewarding it is to learn how to edit and proofread your own writing?
I can teach you how to catch common and unusual errors, and how to manually proof-read your papers, so you can succeed and excel in all classes.


My tutoring experience includes teaching phonics and whole language to children and adults with reading challenges. Consequently, my students read more fluently, confidently, and with style and expression!

Furthermore, I teach students how to read with a critical "eye" and analyze literary works by authors such as Twain, Melville, Poe, Tennyson, and the quintessential Shakespeare. You can improve your test scores dramatically by reading critically.


How do you write a powerful thesis statement to state your viewpoint? How do you structure and organize the flow of your ideas? Whether it's an explanatory, persuasive, speech, or research paper, I will teach you to harness "the power of three" to outline, develop and support your viewpoint effectively.

Students will use rhetorical techniques to persuade with clarity, accuracy, and relevancy, citing examples from history, literature, and real-life experiences. Moreover, I will teach you how to grab the reader's attention, move with style, and finish with a concise conclusion to max your performance in school and at work!

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Dallas Baptist University (Multidisciplinary St)

Dallas Baptist University (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent, attentive, and very professional!!! Five stars!!!! Thank you for all your help. Mary was extremely patient with me. She was tough, but very fair. She allowed me to learn, through self-correction. ...

— Joe from Arlington, TX on 1/3/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $39.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Minimum 60 minute session Grades 2-6, minimum 90 minute session Grades 7-12 & college-level students. 10% discount for purchase of 20 hours in advance.

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 10 miles of Arlington, TX 76001.

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