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Irma W.

Irvine, CA

$90/hour

English/writing Tutor

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Background check passed as of 11/11/14
4.9 average from 729 ratings
Amazing college essay tutor!
— Ainura, Irvine, CA on 2/7/16

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University of California, Berkeley
English
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Master's

Education

University of California, Berkeley (English)

Harvard University Graduate School of Education (Master's)

About Irma

I am a graduate of UC Berkeley with an English major and a history minor and received a M.A.T. degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. I tutored fellow students in college and afterward. As a college admissions and financial aid counselor at a high school in Los Angeles, I garnered a lot of experience editing college application essays. In recent years, I have edited writers' manuscripts. I really enjoy helping a writer develop a cogent essay, whether this is a personal essay or one analyzing a piece of literature; I focus like a laser on grammar and punctuation.

I am a graduate of UC Berkeley with an English major and a history minor and received a M.A.T. degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. I tutored fellow students in college and afterward. As a college admissions Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Irvine, CA 92620
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Amazing college essay tutor!"

- Ainura, Irvine, CA on 2/7/16

"Knowledgable and patient"

- Linda, Orange, CA on 12/1/15

"Very experienced and patient"

- Gina, Irvine, CA on 7/21/15

"Irma W - Best English Tutor/Highly Recommend"

- Hung, Irvine, CA on 5/4/15

"Irma is a great tutor."

- Deqiang, Irvine, CA on 5/10/13

"Very patient!"

- Leigh, Newport Beach, CA on 9/24/12

"Great tutor!"

- Jennifer, Irvine, CA on 4/16/12

"She is without a doubt the best!!"

- Linda, La Palma, CA on 3/19/12

"Amazing Tutor!"

- TU QUYEN, Fullerton, CA on 12/27/11

"Provides great feedback and insightful suggestions in a timely manner."

- Jessica, Chino Hills, CA on 11/7/11
Test Preparation:
College Counseling
History:
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Study Skills

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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College Counseling

I worked as a college admissions and financial aid counselor at a high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 12 years. During that time, I edited many student essays and wrote many college recommendations. My students were accepted at colleges all over the country, from Ivy League schools to local colleges. I was a member of the California Student Aid Commission, representing secondary schools in California. I held volunteer positions with College Board and College Scholarship Service. As the college counselor, I recommended colleges for students, suggested summer high school programs, helped students plan their classes, worked with parents.

English

I have particular expertise in 20th-century English and American literature, as well as 17th-century literature, including John Milton and the metaphysical poets. In college, I wrote an honors thesis on John Milton's "Paradise Lost", which compared the visual elements of the great poem to the contemporary Baroque movement in art. I have strong skills in helping students analyze pieces of literature so they can write effective essays.

Grammar

As a former high school English teacher, I have studied and taught grammar for years. I am familiar with all the grammar concepts that students need to write and communicate clearly. I majored in English at UC Berkeley and have a M.A.T. from Harvard University. I teach grammar by reviewing rules and then putting them into practice with lots of exercises and practical application through the student's writing.

Literature

I have a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and a M.A.T. with a concentration in English from Harvard. I took literature classes that ranged from Chaucer to modern American and English literature. Additionally, I took classes in European literature. I have always read widely in all types of literature and have a solid knowledge of major authors. Since I am also a student of history, I can contextualize literature for students.

Proofreading

I have a very sharp eye for grammatical and punctuation errors of omission and commission. Mistakes jump out at me. If you need to have a text you have written cleaned up, I can do that for you quickly and efficiently.

Study Skills

As a former high school English teacher and college admissions counselor, I am well-versed in assisting students with their study skills as well as time management skills (the two are closely linked). I teach students how to prioritize assignments, "decode" essay/assignment prompts, and break down tasks into logical and specific components. I also teach them how to read textbook and literature assignments so they look for important elements first and then the secondary details. I review different learning techniques, depending on the assignments or tests.

Writing

As a former high school English teacher, I taught students how to write clear, effective essays. As a college admissions counselor at a high school, I focused intensely on my students' essays. Presently, as a tutor for both high school and college students, I continue to use my skills to help students craft the best essays they can for their classes and their various applications (college, graduate school, grants, etc.).

University of California, Berkeley
English
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Master's

Education

University of California, Berkeley (English)

Harvard University Graduate School of Education (Master's)

Amazing college essay tutor! — Irma really helped polish my daughter's college essays and helped with the college application process in general. She kept my daughter on track and was very knowledgeable, professional, and patient. I loved how she always kept me updated with what was done during each lesson. My daughter really enjoyed working with Irma and felt that she was very easy to talk to. I will definitely hire Irma for m ...

— Ainura, Irvine, CA on 2/7/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $90.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Irma will travel within 12 miles of Irvine, CA 92620.