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Elizabeth A.

Calabasas, CA

$35/hour

Language arts instruction with a professional writer

In-person lessons
100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/2/14
5.0 average from 46 ratings
She is the best
— Bahareh, Thousand Oaks, CA on 11/23/14

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University of San Francisco
Art History

Education

University of San Francisco (Art History)

About Elizabeth

Do you struggle with writing? Would you like to improve your spoken English? Could you use a hand with college application essays?

How can I help?
I am an experienced editor and a published writer. I can help you perfect your essay style, widen your vocabulary, and read fiction and non-fiction analytically. As a tutor, I specialize in teaching essay structure and style: my students have included children, teens, college students, grad students, professionals and ESL learners. I also offer instruction in idiomatic English.

What's my background?
I have a 2014 BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco. I write professionally; my work has appeared in major literary magazines.

What's my approach to teaching?
My background in creative writing and arts communications has taught me that language is a muscle which can grow stronger with work. Many people have been taught that writing and speaking are gifts which you either have or haven't got. This makes people despair when they don't achieve the kind of language fluidity they want. I strongly believe that EVERYONE can learn to write and speak articulately.

Over the last few years, I've been privileged to work with an incredible variety of clients. I've brought confidence to adult professionals who have battled lifelong anxiety about writing and communications, I've designed and taught full courses for homeschooled students, I've helped young people hone their skills and embark on their college careers; I am deeply grateful for these experiences, and they have intensified my belief that every learner is unique. I want to help you learn the way YOU learn.

MAY SPECIAL! College and K-12 students get HALF-OFF the first hour of study for the month of May only!
Do you struggle with writing? Would you like to improve your spoken English? Could you use a hand with college application essays?

How can I help?
I am an experienced editor and a published writer. I can help you perfect your essay style, widen your vocabulary, and read fiction and non-fiction analytically. As a tutor, I specialize
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I offer a special $10 discount for high school students! SUMMER SPECIAL! I'm cutting my rate for summer! June-August, enjoy a rate of $35ph rather than my usual rate of $45ph!

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Travels within 6 miles of Calabasas, CA 91302
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In-person lessons

"She is the best"

- Bahareh, Thousand Oaks, CA on 11/23/14
Elizabeth replied on 6/16/2017

Bahareh, you're a joy to work with and I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity to watch you flourish. When we started out, I was helping you develop outlines and construct papers; by the end, I was simply helping you proofread. You're an amazing person. Thank you for being my student.

"Great!!"

- Mei, Calabasas, CA on 11/8/15
Elizabeth replied on 6/16/2017

I loved helping you prepare your college application essays! It was fantastic helping you share your passions with your prospective schools.

"Elizabeth is an Excellent tutor I had ever met."

- Gening, Oak Park, CA on 11/4/15
Elizabeth replied on 6/16/2017

Gening, I loved helping you improve your workplace English. You taught me so much about ESL learners, and I'm grateful for that!

"Very helpful, patient, and understanding tutor"

- Sara, Canoga Park, CA on 12/23/14
Elizabeth replied on 6/16/2017

Sara, I loved working with you as you pursued your Associate's. You are a great student, and each of your papers was better than the last.

Science:
Anthropology, Philosophy
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ISEE,
SAT Reading, SSAT
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
Anthropology, Classics,
Religion, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Homeschool,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
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.

Art History

I hold a BA in Art History/Arts Management at the University of San Francisco. I've also interned at MOCA, Los Angeles, one of the most important contemporary art institutions in the world. I've done freelance marketing communications for SoCal fine arts galleries.

My BA studies included art historical courses in Western periods ranging from ancient to contemporary. I can give a fine overview of Western art history, and am especially knowledgeable about the Spanish Baroque, the French Impressionist period, and late 19th-century British painting.

Privately, I've undertaken serious study of Japanese Zen ink works and 17th-century Chinese brush painting. I can give the student of comparative religion or philosophy a solid introduction to the importance of Zen/Chan Buddhist philosophy and aesthetics in Japanese and Chinese art.

My degree included significant coursework in art theory and museum theory. I can give an excellent introduction to these fields, or move in-depth into a number of subjects.

This is my area of expertise and passion; I would be very excited to work with you on anything to do with art history or the world of art exhibition.

Art Theory

My BA in Art History/Arts Management included significant art theory coursework. I can speak knowledgeably about European art-philosophical theory from the medieval period onward, and about visual theory from the Baroque onward.

For my BA I specialized in display theory. My capstone paper, as a cross-disciplinary kinetic philosophy/museum studies piece, inquired into curatorial actions which can stimulate transphysical experiences in the "viewer".

I offer both in-depth instruction and introductory instruction in art theory.

Classics

At university, as part of a philosophy minor, I studied Greek philosophy, with an emphasis on the Parmenides as well as Aristotelian logic. My personal study has familiarized me with Homer and Ovid. I can help the student untangle the complexities of Greek philosophy and understand its lasting impact on philosophy, arts and culture; I can help the student of literature appreciate the nuances of Classic poetry, often incorrectly dismissed as long-form storytelling.

My Attic Greek is extremely elementary, so while I am not qualified to advise on translation or the reading of full-Greek texts, I can share linguistic information which enriches the English-speaking student's understanding of some Classical literature.

English

My professional experience (which includes literary publications) and my university studies have all been focused on writing and language arts.

As a tutor, I specialize in teaching the standard American university essay. I've helped high school students produce university-level papers; I've familiarized ESL university students with American essay styles; I've worked with ESL professionals returning to university for new degrees.

In my experience as a tutor and as a recent college grad, many students struggle with essay structure because they were taught in high school that essays are a matter of filling in a formula. In this case, requirements might differ hugely from instructor to instructor. I often hear students complain, "I like math because you're either right or wrong. With English there's no clear answer!" That sentiment is what triggers a great deal of essay-related anxiety.

I prefer to teach essay structure as the progression of a logical argument: when students understand that essays are nothing more than systematic point-making, their anxiety falls away. They'll find themselves able to produce clear, well-built papers for their current classes and courses in the future.

There is nothing esoteric or mysterious about a well-written essay! Essay-writing is just a skill to be refined.

Homeschool

Since August 2016 I've worked closely with a homeschooling family: I've designed and taught a full 6th-grade English curriculum. I have also taught this student the California core 6th-grade Ancient Civilizations social studies curriculum and I have prepped her for the SSAT and ISEE. Under my tutelage, not only has the student advanced hugely in her language arts ability, she has also achieved entrance into a highly-selective private K-12. I am a big fan of homeschooling whether short- or long-term and I can't wait to meet more parents who have made this exciting choice.

ISEE

Since summer 2016 I have worked as an English-portion test prep tutor for a homeschooling family; although we have ultimately decided that the student will take the SSAT this February, I have been preparing her to take either the SSAT or the ISEE. I have used the Kaplan prep book alongside my own materials.

I can prep students for the ISEE verbal reasoning and reading comprehension sections by strengthening students' abilities to recognize and identify types of analogy, efficiently expanding their vocabulary, and teaching methods of reading precisely.

Literature

As a published writer, I am exceptionally well-qualified to offer the student insight into literature.

These are the areas in which I have completed significant coursework for my BA: 20th century American poetry, 20th century British poetry, 20th century American fiction, the works of Shakespeare, and T'ang Dynasty poetry (in translation.)

Privately, I am well-read in the Western canon, with a special interest in poetry.

Philosophy

I studied philosophy at university. My course of study included classes in Greek philosophy, Enlightenment philosophy and Epistemology, as well as Confucianism and Taoism.

In the course of getting my Art History degree, I studied Thomist philosophy and such Catholic mystics as Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.

Proofreading

Currently I proofread the following materials for SoCal fine arts galleries: press releases, portfolio material, grant submissions, and online material (website bios, etc.).

As Development Intern at MOCA, Los Angeles, I proofread: executive donor appeals (letters to donors) and donor databases.

As Outreach Intern at the Institute on Aging's CEYA program, San Francisco, I proofread: press releases, lesson plans, and marketing materials (copy for advertisements).

Public Speaking

In the past, I have worked as a professional actress, both onstage and in film. My professional experience taught me how to memorize expediently, how to enunciate clearly, and how to deliver information in a memorable, convincing fashion. I can help students and professionals learn these skills in order to make standout presentations in school and the workplace.

I can also teach the student or professional techniques for confronting and controlling stage fright.

Reading

As a published writer and an avid reader, I am exceptionally well-prepared to guide the student through fiction, non-fiction, philosophy and poetry.

My BA studies included significant reading in the following subjects: Art history, Art theory, 17th & 18th century philosophy, Greek philosophy, 20th century American poetry, 20th century British poetry, T'ang Dynasty literature in translation, and the works of Shakespeare.

SSAT

Since summer 2016 I have worked as an English-portion test prep tutor for a homeschooling family; I have prepared my student to take both the SSAT and ISEE, focussing exclusively on the SSAT in the last two months. I have used the Kaplan prep book alongside my own materials.

I can prep students for the SSAT writing, reading and verbal sections by strengthening students' abilities to recognize and identify types of analogy, efficiently expanding their vocabulary, and teaching methods of reading precisely. I also teach general testing skills, as well as anxiety-control and relaxation techniques.

Study Skills

Because I want my students to develop strengths which they will use beyond our sessions, I work with all my clients on their study skills. I teach students methods of organizing, approaching, and retaining information. Many of my tips are relatively simple; the key is applied practice.

Vocabulary

I believe that curiosity is the key to developing a wide vocabulary; I don't believe the standard approach of rigid SAT-driven memorization is practical or sustainable.

I have naturally developed a strong vocabulary from years of reading material which actually interests me. I've come to the conclusion that students will accept new language into their daily and academic lives when this language speaks to their passions.

In other words, a student interested in engineering can amass an impressive mechanical vocabulary because she is genuinely curious about the meaning of those words.

Most importantly, I believe that learning ANY new language expands a students' general understanding of the way words work: you do not have to memorize word lists to become practiced at interpreting unfamiliar words.

I would be delighted to help students design a reading plan of material which both interests them and challenges their vocab. Personal experience has taught me that this is the very best way to become articulate.

Writing

I am a published writer. I write for a living. Currently, I do freelance marketing communications for SoCal fine arts galleries. This means that I produce press releases, grant appeal material, and portfolio material.

My BA in Art History/Arts Management required a tremendous amount of academic writing.

I specialize in teaching essay structure. Broadly speaking, my approach to teaching is: less anxiety! Many people - high school students, college students, professionals - are scared of writing. Their experiences in school made them think of writing as a mysterious art without clear rules.

As a result, students of all ages produce tangled and over-written essays. Their papers are crowded with points and unnatural phrasing. I believe in taking things back to basics: use clear language, understand your own thought progressions, make few, but solid, points.

American writing is unique in its clarity and practicality. Anybody writing for a U.S. education is joining this fine tradition. In short, here's my philosophy: a thing built well and plainly is superior to a fancy thing built shakily. I want to help students calm down and write clearly.

University of San Francisco
Art History

Education

University of San Francisco (Art History)

She is the best

Elizabeth is easy to reach, very knowledgeable about writing, on time, clear and very patient. She is the best tutor that I have met. I was so fortunate to meet and find her.

— Bahareh, Thousand Oaks, CA on 11/23/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I offer a special $10 discount for high school students! SUMMER SPECIAL! I'm cutting my rate for summer! June-August, enjoy a rate of $35ph rather than my usual rate of $45ph!

Travel policy

Elizabeth will travel within 6 miles of Calabasas, CA 91302.