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UC Berkeley (English)
I have been tutoring for over three years for WyzAnt. I love tutoring and helping students in a wide range of ages - fifth grade to adults - to improve their writing skills. I tailor my teaching to the individual needs of each student, guiding them through the organization of their thoughts and the structure of their paper, creating clear sentences, and using proper grammar.
Other specialties include:
Guiding college-bound students write unique and compelling essays to increase their chances of being accepted by their college choices.
Working with professionals on presentation papers.
Editing and giving content feedback for novels. So, if you are an author who needs a pass on your soon-to-be best seller, I would be pleased to help. My rates are negotiable from the posted rate.
Organization and feedback for oral presentations, such as in class talks or oral professional presentations.
I have more than 15 years of experience in technical and nontechnical writing. I received a BA in English from University of California, Berkeley, where I wrote literary papers. My writing experience includes technical documentations, marketing documents for corporations and nonprofits, and simple news releases. So, I am knowledgeable of many styles of writing. In addition, I have experience with public speaking and interviewing. I have also taken post-graduate courses at other colleges, such as Bellevue College, and am currently improving my speaking skills as a member of a local Toastmasters Club.
My students seem to enjoy my patient and creative teaching style. I enjoy working with many styles of learning and personality types. I am not, however, certified, to work with unique thinking patterns, such as strong autism. Having travelled around the world, I have an understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment when working with students from different cultures.
My hours are flexible and I am willing to travel to you within 6 miles of my home. I always start the first few lessons in a library or coffee shop.
Please read my reviews under "Student Feedback" to see what others have said about my tutoring. Should you not be sure if I am the correct tutor for yourself or your student, I offer a 30-minute introductory session for $10.
If you need a patient and creative teacher for grammar, structuring an essay, or improving a novel or speech, please contact me. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you through WyzAnt. I have been tutoring for over three years for WyzAnt. I love tutoring and helping students in a wide range of ages - fifth grade to adults - to improve their writing skills. I tailor my teaching to the individual needs of… Read more
She is kind, professional, and enthusiastic tutor you could ever find. She will work with you to define the goal and help you reach that goal. I definitely recommend her to anyone else who needs help with English. She is simply awesome!
Marlene has been working with my daughters for several months and I am impressed with her patience while leading them through their lessons. She is extremely flexible and incorporates their homework when needed. We enjoy her supportive demeanor.
I asked Marlene for help writing essays for 6 different colleges. A tall order to be sure, but fortunately Marlene is a great tutor. Over the course of several weeks, she diligently worked through each of my papers with me, pointing out grammar mistakes and giving incredibly helpful suggestions as to how I can improve the communication of my ideas in my writing overall.
I have been trying to improve my written communication skills for years. Taking evening and weekend classes at local community colleges. Buying books and watching video's. Although I have improved some, it's really only now that I have sessions tailored to my needs and the type of writing I am working on. I am really showing improvement. Marlene is working with me on how I start the writing process and progress to the final result. This has been well worth every penny!
Marlene is an excellent tutor. She has been teaching my daughter for more than one month. She is highly knowledgeable in essay writing and, most importantly, she cares for the student's need and always tailors her teaching style to meet our requirements.
Marlene is tutoring our two sons, a 3rd grader and a 5th grader, in English writing. She is very skilled and has incredible patience to work with our kids. Always on time and we love having her as their tutor.
Marlene tutored my 6th grade daughter for writing, she is very patient, very knowledgeable and directive. My daughter learned a lot of writing skills from her, and loves to work with Marlene together.
Marlene is probably one of the best tutors I have ever got the chance to work with. She is very attentive to my needs and takes time out to go over my proposal. I really enjoyed working with her and I definitely recommend her to other fellow student who are seeking help.
Thank you Marlene!
Marlene is very patient and kind. She does not rush through a lesson. She makes sure that the student feels confident about the material before moving forward. She is very easy to get in contact with - whether it is by phone, email or text. My daughter really like working with her since she is very understanding and easy to talk to.
Marlene is very knowledgeable in her subject and has lots of experience. If you are struggling with an essay, she can help you and give good advice on how to structure/rearrange your essay, depending on your needs.
Marlene is great with kids. My daughter (7 years old) just finished a session of 7 writing lessons with her this summer. Marlene was creative in teaching how to structure the stories. Before the tutoring, my daughter wrote whatever she thought of on the fly and the story could go anywhere. She showed great progress in organizing her stories and following the plan. Marlene knows how to keep kids engaged. They finished a couple of stories and a chapter book together!
We used Ms. Marlene for an unusual and challenging task. We asked her to assist our 5 year old son with his speaking skills and are impressed by the way she got along and trained him patiently. We'll never forget the nice job she did and will surely used her service next summer again.
Marlene is absolutely wonderful! She has all the patience and understanding of a Saint! She is also flexible with her time and points of view. I love her and will definitely go through her again.
Marlene is an amazing tutor! Very kind, caring, safe and trustworthy. Marlene is wonderful for tutoring young children, college level adults, and anywhere in between. You will not regret choosing Marlene as a tutor. Marlene's credentials speak for them self.
Marlene is a wonderful teacher and she helped me a lot. My goal was to improve the fluency of my speech and Marlene was very creative and persistent in finding various ways to develop my conversational skills. We also worked on preparation for my job interviews and Marlene helped me with the most difficult aspects of interview dialogs, especially with speaking with the interviewer on the phone. Marlene is also a very nice person. She is very patient with the student so you always feel comfortable and confident at her classes.
I definitely recommend Marlene's services to anybody who would like to make a significant and fast progress in English and to get much better in everyday conversation.
Ms. Marlene was always prepared before she came to class. She was very patient with my son and tried to find ways to help him with his reading comprehension. She praised my son with his work when he did a good job and that made him be proud of himself. Though we were done having class with Ms. Marlene, I would highly recommend her to others without any hesitations.
Marlene has helped me to improve my English pronunciation tremendously by using her creative teaching methods. She is always able to come up with good ways to correct me word by word. She is also a very nice and easy going person.
Marlene helped me a lot with my AP English paper. Her edits were great and her explanations helped me understand what I can improve on in the future. I would recommend her if you need someone to edit a paper!
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Experience in English comes from schooling and experience. I have both, which include an English Degree from University of California Berkeley and several years of writing technical and marketing material for corporations and nonprofits.
I also understand that there are different words for the same meaning in the English language, depending on the country and even the state in which you live.
My skills in English are both written and oral and include excellent organization and grammar.
I would say everyone has a different definition of general computer knowledge. My knowledge is based on several years as a technical writer of applications, networks and the UNIX operating system. My current knowledge is based on my everyday usage of Word, Gmail, Access and other applications. I am great at helping the beginner because I can relate to that level from being a writing for end users.
I work on an HP PC and an HP netbook, not out of any bias, but to keep my work parallel. I have the very basic understanding of hardware and software; for example, RAM means Random Access Memory, the memory within a computer and booting up the system basically means starting the computer.
I have several years of writing correctly and proofreading for grammatical errors as a technical writer and a marketing writer.
Also, I have a degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley, where I learned correct grammar for essays and work based on The Associated Press Stylebook. I also learned the importance of following the instructors' assignment requirements and completing several proofing passes.
I worked with the basics of Microsoft Access as a volunteer for Audubon Society where I needed to use Access to process membership letters. I can teach a student the basics of using Access.
As a technical writer, I used Microsoft Word to create documentation. Currently, I use Word to create letters, marketing material with simple graphics and tables for every day uses.
This software is also useful for creating temporary files to then cut-and-paste into other programs, such as Publisher or Office PowerPoint.
My proofreading experience includes editing papers for high school and college students, and editing papers as a technical writer and a marketing writer.
I have a degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley where I learned excellent skills for proof reading papers.
I can assist with public speaking tools. I have experience as a Toastmasters member and a natural love and talent for speaking in front of groups.
I have spoken at many nonprofit events for audiences of 50-300, and had a year of standup training for computer classes.
Reading is a wide topic, spreading from books, magazines, online data and many sources. It also means comprehension. You can read information and not understand it. I have read English novels, computer manuals, school texts and even comic books. They each need to be approached differently, depending on the purpose for reading each one. And, each one can add to our growth as a person.
As an English major, I learned excellent spelling skills and I believe I have a talent for spelling words correctly. However, even more important is my skill in knowing the correct resource to use, such as online spell checkers and old-fashioned paper dictionaries.
My vocabulary skills are excellent as I have an English Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and have written technical documentation for over 15 years and marketing material for nonprofits for several years. I enjoy improving my knowledge through online learning tools and extra activities, such as crossword puzzles and word games.
I have written all my life, starting in school as an English major. I graduated with an English degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Using my degree, I wrote marketing and technical material for corporations and for nonprofits. I now help with nonprofits, some online blogs and descriptions, and of course tutoring WyzAnt students in English. I have helped with writing assignments, assisting from the beginning with formulating a thesis to simple grammar correction. I have also helped write a speach. I have excellent grammar, organization and spelling skills. And, if there is something I do not know, I am glad to help find the correct answer.
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