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Lila D.

Emeryville, CA


Yale & Smith Grad: English, French, Writing, ACT/SAT, College App

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Background check passed as of 3/23/15
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Smith College
American Studies
Yale University Graduate School


Smith College (American Studies)

Yale University Graduate School (Master's)

About Lila

The ability to articulate one’s thoughts fluidly and convincingly in writing and in speech is an essential skill for students to build for college. Using words and language effectively is crucial to students’ success in any major or discipline, and beyond graduation in the job market or graduate school. I teach and tutor from an honest enthusiasm for words, language and the writing process. I work with students from elementary school through college on building fundamental reading and writing skills, completing assignments above standard, and finding their own voice through the written word and oral response. I tutor a range of subjects with a focus on language arts, including:

•Reading: both elementary skills and critical reading for high school or college students; reading strategies for dense texts and complex assignments.
•Writing: grammar and punctuation, including for ACT/SAT; introduction to essay writing (thesis statement, hypotheses, supporting claims, concrete details); advanced essay writing; college application statements; editing.
French: reading, writing and speaking in the French language, beginning through advanced; grammar, conjugations, pronunciation, conversation, culture.

I completed my MA at Yale University (African Studies, 2014), and my BA magna cum laude from Smith College (American Studies & Dance, 2009). During college, I studied in Paris, France, for a full year, and successfully applied for a Fulbright Grant that allowed me to do ten months of research in Burkina Faso after graduating. I currently teach history, social sciences, English and French language courses at Tilden Preparatory School, and previous teaching experience includes serving as a TA at Yale College, Santa Barbara City College, and Education Française Bay Area, and teaching at College Track Oakland. Independently, I have tutored English skills and French for elementary and high school students. I am proud to say that I had strong success in teaching French to a high school student with learning differences, using a completely oral and visual approach. In addition to my teaching experience and my own academic track, I have worked on various projects as a grant-writer, editor, research assistant and translator. My verbal GRE score is in the 99th percentile, and as for foreign languages I am fluent in French, have a strong background in Spanish, Arabic and German, scored 100% on the First Year National Latin Test, and have recently taken up Portuguese.

I hold students to high standards, but with a light humor and sensitivity to each student’s unique situation. I believe that developing personal discipline, organization and accountability can improve students’ experience of school and make the pleasure of learning itself more available. Please do contact me to discuss how I can help your student!
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8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Emeryville, CA 94608
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,

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My mother was a professional seamstress, creating custom clothing for clients in the Bay Area, and is a master teacher of handwork in the Waldorf school system. I learned from her, automatically and from a very young age, a wide range of craft and sewing skills. These include basic pattern making, hand and machine sewing, knitting (including complex patterns, knitting in the round, etc.), crocheting, embroidery, appliqué work, jewelry making, papier-mâché, lampshades, you name it! Contact me to see photos of my work or questions about potential projects!

Study Skills

I taught a study skills course for the college-preparatory after school program College Track, Oakland, this past fall. The course was newly designed as a requirement for all ninth graders and more advanced students with lower GPAs: based on evaluations of the effectiveness of my teaching, the site supervisor reassigned me to teach the majority of these classes, nine ninety-minute classes per week. Teaching these classes was a joy: happily, I had the freedom to work with students on adapting general principles for their individual needs, and the results are so clear when students develop techniques and skills that are truly pertinent - grades go up and students feel empowered!

Smith College
American Studies
Yale University Graduate School


Smith College (American Studies)

Yale University Graduate School (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lila will travel within 7 miles of Emeryville, CA 94608.