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Elizabeth A.

Calabasas, CA


Language arts instruction with a professional writer

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Background check passed as of 12/2/14
5.0 average from 45 ratings
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— Bahareh, Thousand Oaks, CA on 11/23/14

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University of San Francisco
Art History


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 university-level essay structure and style: my students have included 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.

Professionally, both as an intern at internationally-renowned contemporary art institutions and as a private PR consultant, I have written and edited executive donor appeals, marketing material, artists’ statements, and press releases. I have also taught art history and art practice lessons for both schoolchildren and adult learners.

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.

My professional experience has taught me how to build and modify programs for unique client needs. In other words, I want to help you learn the way YOU learn. I believe that everybody learns differently and that everyone has the power to master language arts. I look forward to using my knowledge to help you reach the next level.

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL! College students get first hour half-off!
Do you struggle with writing? Would you like to improve your spoken English? Could you use a hand with college application essays?

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24 hours notice required

I offer a special $10 discount for high school students! FALL SPECIAL! College students get first hour half-off!

Travel Radius
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


- Mei, Calabasas, CA on 11/8/15

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

- Gening, Oak Park, CA on 11/4/15

"Very helpful, patient, and understanding tutor"

- Sara, Canoga Park, CA on 12/23/14
Anthropology, Philosophy
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature,
Public Speaking,
SAT Reading, Vocabulary,
Test Preparation:
Anthropology, Classics,
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Homeschool, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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


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: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I offer a special $10 discount for high school students! FALL SPECIAL! College students get first hour half-off!

Travel policy

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