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Amber A.

Long Beach, CA

$60/hour

English/Literature/Writing Tutor

20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/12/15
4.9 average from 24 ratings
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— Leticia, Santa Ana, CA on 3/14/14

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California State University, Long Beach
English

Education

California State University, Long Beach (English)

About Amber

Hello Everyone!

I am a recent graduate of the Master's program in English at California State University, Long Beach. During my time as a graduate student there, I worked at the Writer's Resource Lab (CSULB's writing center), where I tutored students on various writing assignments (essays, projects, cover letters, personal statements, etc.) and at various stages of the writing process. I was also lucky to perform many different educational roles at many local colleges and universities. My graduate school experience culminated in the opportunity to teach my very own English 100 course at CSULB, which was both challenging and enlightening. Obviously, most of my education and work has been geared toward English education and writing instruction, a field which I love and am constantly intrigued by. I am happy to answer any further questions about my education and my work for potential students!

Here are a few more details about my tutoring specialties. My degree is in literature, so I am quite proficient in teaching elements of literature (such as close reading and rhetorical devices), as well as paper writing (such as revising/editing, grammar, syntax, flow, etc). I opted to supplement my literature degree with some courses in rhetoric and composition, which cover English and writing pedagogy. I recently completed a graduate-level course entitled Theory and Practice of Tutorial Instruction in Composition, I have had the opportunity to familiarize myself with the theories and methods of tutoring in composition, and observed tutors and composition instructors on campus. Because of this course, I am quite well-equipped to play the role of mediator, working towards reconciling the individual voices of my students with the demands and standards of the academic world. I also took a Theories and Practices in Composition course, which covered the history of writing instruction and many of the past and current theories regarding academic writing. Since then, I have been able to apply these theories as I tutor individually or teach a class of students. Ultimately, I believe that finding individual writing process and feeling comfortable writing in various situations benefits one in a way that transcends academia; it cultivates the ability to see situations from multiple perspectives, instills a sense of empathy, forces one to be attentive to all the details, and expands the mind and opens the eyes. The ability to draw conclusions about the world around us and articulate them in writing directly correlates to the development of an effective and eloquent communicator.
Hello Everyone!

I am a recent graduate of the Master's program in English at California State University, Long Beach. During my time as a graduate student there, I worked at the Writer's Resource Lab (CSULB's writing center), where I tutored students on various writing assignments (essays, projects, cover letters, personal statements,
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Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Long Beach, CA 90814
Background Check: Passed

"Great Tutor!!"

- Leticia, Santa Ana, CA on 3/14/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Victor, Long Beach, CA on 9/4/15
English:
English, Grammar,
Literature,
Proofreading,
Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Ballet

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Ballet

I began my training at Ballet San Jose at the age of 8 and continued to train and perform with both the school and the company until I moved to Southern California for school. After moving here, I continued my training at Anaheim Ballet under the direction of Larry and Sarma Rosenberg. I continue to perform and teach with the Anaheim Ballet, as well as other local companies such as Kenneth Walker Dance Project and Pasadena Dance Theatre.

Grammar

As an English major, the use of proper grammar was absolutely vital in writing papers. It its nearly second nature to many of us. Interestingly, though many people have no problem speaking in proper sentences, some experience struggle with grammar when writing. Often, it is the attempt to sound professional or sophisticated in writing that hinders one's use of proper grammar. In order to correct this, I return to the simple fundamentals of grammar and build outward from there.

Literature

Literature can be intimidating. I think students often get too wrapped up searching for a correct answer within texts and forget that literature is not black and white. It is situational and interpretable and arguable. There are multiple perspectives from which one can approach literature. My background in literature has taught me not only to close read and pay attention to the small details and rhetorical devices, but to look at the work in context. Once the point or purpose of the work is clear, the study of literature seems much more worthwhile.

Proofreading

Proofreading is the story of my life! You spend hours and days putting together a paper, and once you read it over you find it dotted with awkward sentences and grammatical errors. Many of these glitches are quick fixes, but sometimes they need more attention. Proofreading is completely vital to a smooth, readable finished piece. To help with proofreading, I like to put the students in the audience or teacher's shoes, and help them take a red pen to their own work before their teacher does.

Vocabulary

Like all the subjects I tutor, having a versatile and expansive vocabulary has been key to my coursework as an English major. I notice many students may know a lot of words, but not completely understand the connotations of these words and this leads to misuse. Understanding the connotations versus the denotations, and having awareness of Latin roots in words helps to clear up these mistakes. Also, many students tend to overuse vocabulary, complicating what should be simple. Along with vocabulary I like to encourage students to make a habit of using the dictionary and the thesaurus when writing.

Writing

As a literature major, in college, most of my grades were heavily based on my essay writing abilities. Through my college career, I have learned the art of balance in writing––to be clear and specific and yet concise; to use clean grammar; to "cut the fat" and edit out all unnecessary details; to make sure that the paper flows effortlessly. Writing is a form of communication. In the end, students need to understand that their goal should be to effectively communicate their ideas with the reader, not to hit a certain page number or to use superfluous vocabulary.

California State University, Long Beach
English

Education

California State University, Long Beach (English)

Great Tutor!!

Amber is very punctual to our first tutoring session (arrived 15 minutes early). She introduced herself to the student and found a way to develop a good working relationship with the student. She was very genuine when engaging the student throughout the session. She continuously asked the student questions to ensure the student's understanding of the material. Amber was very patient. She has the

— Leticia, Santa Ana, CA on 3/14/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Amber will travel within 15 miles of Long Beach, CA 90814.