Brenda R.

Costa Mesa, CA


Patient Essay Tutor and Content Instruction in Sociology

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/1/14
5.0 average from 27 ratings
Above my expectations!
— Carol, Huntington Beach, CA on 3/21/16


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UC Irvine
UC Irvine


UC Irvine

UC Irvine (PhD)

About Brenda

Hi. My name is Bren. I have more than 20years experience editing college essays and 10years experience reviewing grant applications for a foundation. I am patient with students and open to helping students at all levels of ability.

I am a former social science college instructor currently working as a tutor specializing in: writing, editing, proof reading, short essays, research papers and social science content. I am often available last minute and currently have open time slots at various times throughout the day and evening.

What can I do for you?


My tutoring services are broad. I can assist students in the creation of outlines, essays and research papers. I can help students in the idea phase and help move an idea into a grade "A" college essay. I can take your best shot at an essay and edit that rough draft it into a structured paper worthy of a good grade.

Graduate students:

I can help graduate students make sense of the thesis process and assist in thesis editing and construction. I can assist in the early phases of developing a research question and hypothesis, as well as edit papers already underway. I am competent in quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as issues of reliability and validity.

How do I help people?

There is no one perfect method for tutoring and editing. When I help people with papers, I usually start by reading the professor's prompt. Then, I review the paper or listen to the idea. I usually get information about what the student would like to accomplish and perform a quick assessment of the writing deficits (when possible). FInally, I provide an oral overview of what I can do to help the student accomplish his or her goals within an estimated time period.

Teaching versus editing:

If a student comes to me with a paper draft, I am able to instruct the student from an informed position because I have a writing sample. Already worked on essays provide the content I need to explain: 1) the level of writing competency demonstrated in the work, 2) the improvement we can make to the essay provided, and 3) provide instruction in the areas of deficit that produced the level of demonstrated competency. On the other hand, students who come with an idea will not have time for instruction because our time together must focus on outline and content creation.

My travel ability:

My location is Costa Mesa. I prefer to travel within a 20mile radius and am available for online editing of last minute essays for students in remote locations.

A little about my experience editing papers:

I have a great deal of experience with ESL students and students who never really learned to write. I have had to conduct formal assessments of writing skills, explain my assessment criteria, submit formal reports of my assessments, and present action plans for tutoring students. I have been paid by a non-profit to tutor an ESL college student and have been paid by a community college to tutor students in essay writing. I have been a paid copy editor for two university press books. I have worked with: ESL students college students, middle school students, high school students, older returning college students and graduate students both at the Masters and Doctoral levels. I have tutored students in Common Core ELA, college essays, research papers and college entrance essays.

Brief summary of educational history:

I have an AA from Orange Coast College, a BA in Criminology, Law and Society from UCI, and MA / ABD status in Sociology (MA/ABD means I completed a Ph.D. program at a UC University but did NOT turn in my dissertation and am stuck at the All But Dissertation phase). I was a teaching assistant in Sociology at UC from 1998 through 2006.

Content area specialization/ what subjects can I teach?

I have taught college courses in: Sociology, Criminal Justice, Social Psychology, Deviance, Special Education, Social Psychology, Research Methods, Senior Research Projects, and Intro to Criminology. I can help students in Social Science content, Statistics and writing.

Brief summary about my experience with learning deficits:

I have a non-profit special education advocacy organization. I have spent 13 years helping parents of disabled students get their children the educational assistance and interventions needed in the public school. In so doing, I have taught parents and professionals about special education advocacy at local, state and national conferences since 2004. I am a recognized Global Social Entrepreneur, experienced grant application reviewer and continually involved in the global social entrepreneurship community.

Special education

I am competent in Special Education Literature and Educational Sociology. I have tutored graduate students in special education and did my qualifying exams, for a Ph.D. in Sociology, on educational sociology. I am also competent in assessment of children for learning disabilities, the history of intelligence testing, the history of psychostimulant treatment of ADHD and interpret childhood disability diagnostic reports.

What to bring:

Bring your paper on a pin drive or email your paper before me meet. Please note, I use a mac. I use .docx format for papers.
Hi. My name is Bren. I have more than 20years experience editing college essays and 10years experience reviewing grant applications for a foundation. I am patient with students and open to helping students at all levels of ability.

I am a former social science college instructor currently working as a tutor specializing in: writing,
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12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Background Check: Passed

"Above my expectations!"

- Carol, Huntington Beach, CA on 3/21/16

"Knowledgeable and excellent writer"

- Deborah, Santa Ana, CA on 5/3/17

"Great tutor with great sociology skill set."

- Chris, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 2/5/17

"Extremely knowledgeable tutor"

- Elizabeth, Santa Ana, CA on 9/18/16
Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Reading, Writing
Special Needs:
Phonics, Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

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.

Public Speaking

I've led instructional conference sessions across the United States and presented at: college conferences, state and national association conferences, and federal government consortium conferences. I have also designed and led group trainings at national, state and local conferences in conjunction with panel speaking.


I'm a former sociology instructor. I taught college classes in sociology at UCI, IVC, Cal State Fullerton and National University. I have experience in: American Culture, Criminology, Deviance, Educational Sociology, Law and Society, Research Methods, Social Problems, Sociology of Organizations, Sociology of Religion, Sociological Theory, Study of Marriage and Family and Social Psychology.


I've been editing college papers since 1994. I've worked with students on: grant proposals, college admission essays, course essays, senior research projects, and Master's Theses. I help students improve their grades and writing skills.

UC Irvine
UC Irvine


UC Irvine

UC Irvine (PhD)

Above my expectations!

Brenda is very knowledgeable, and patient. She has so much experience and helped me complete an English assignment I was having a hard time completing on my own. Thank you Brenda!

— Carol, Huntington Beach, CA on 3/21/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Brenda will travel within 30 miles of Costa Mesa, CA 92627.