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Alan R.

Creative Writing Professor for SAT prep, Common App essays, and more

Creative Writing Professor for SAT prep, Common App essays, and more

$80/hour

  • 9 hours tutoring

  • Long Beach, CA 90807

About Alan


Bio

I'm a Cal State Long Beach lecturer in creative writing and literature, award-winning author, longtime proofreader/copy editor for magazines and advertising firms, and father of three kids in Long Beach schools. In my ten-plus years teaching English at the university level (and substitute teaching at all grade levels), I've learned that every student can begin to enjoy reading and writing, and every writer who tries is one draft away from a top grade. My background as a widely published aut...

I'm a Cal State Long Beach lecturer in creative writing and literature, award-winning author, longtime proofreader/copy editor for magazines and advertising firms, and father of three kids in Long Beach schools. In my ten-plus years teaching English at the university level (and substitute teaching at all grade levels), I've learned that every student can begin to enjoy reading and writing, and every writer who tries is one draft away from a top grade. My background as a widely published author specializing in popular essays and personal nonfiction makes me an especially good fit for students trying to write standout college admission and Common App essays. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing writers progress and succeed.

I cover all the nuts and bolts of reading, comprehension and essay preparation, but also demonstrate the fun of line-by-line improvements, asking questions to unearth the student's original insights, details and descriptions--thoughts that sometimes struggle to make it onto the blank page.

As a professional proofreader, I guarantee not only that students' homework will be grammatically perfect, but also that they'll break through to understand how to edit and make those corrections themselves.

This is a highlight from a recent classroom evaluation at CSULB:

"Professor R. is an astounding professor who pushes his students to think creatively while developing an effective piece of work."

We can meet at my home, my Cal State office (or the library there), or almost anyplace convenient for you that's close to Long Beach. I understand the complications of family life and can offer make-up appointments with same-day notice in case of cancellations.

I was a finalist for both the Southern California Booksellers Award in Fiction and the PEN Center-USA Award in Journalism.


Education

University of California, Los Angeles
Political Science
California State University, Long Beach
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $80
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 30 miles of Long Beach, CA 90807
  • Lesson cancellation: 10 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 11/12/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Schedule

Alan hasn’t set a schedule.


Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have taught writing, literature and journalism continuously at the college level for the past ten years, as well as substitute teaching at all grade levels for public schools. In addition, I have three decades of experience as a professional proofreader and copy editor for periodicals, books and advertisers. I have been a finalist for both the PEN Center-USA Award in Journalism and the Southern California Booksellers Award in Fiction, and my first book appeared in the Los Angeles Times Book Review's 2004 roundup of best books on Southern California.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught writing, literature and journalism continuously at the college level for the past ten years, as well as substitute teaching at all grade levels for public schools. In addition, I have three decades of experience as a professional proofreader and copy editor for periodicals, books and advertisers. I have been a finalist for both the PEN Center-USA Award in Journalism and the Southern California Booksellers Award in Fiction, and my first book appeared in the Los Angeles Times Book Review's 2004 roundup of best books on Southern California.
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary

Homeschool

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have taught writing, literature and journalism continuously at the college level for the past ten years, as well as substitute teaching at all grade levels for public schools. In addition, I have three decades of experience as a professional proofreader and copy editor for periodicals, books and advertisers. I have been a finalist for both the PEN Center-USA Award in Journalism and the Southern California Booksellers Award in Fiction, and my first book appeared in the Los Angeles Times Book Review's 2004 roundup of best books on Southern California.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught writing, literature and journalism continuously at the college level for the past ten years, as well as substitute teaching at all grade levels for public schools. In addition, I have three decades of experience as a professional proofreader and copy editor for periodicals, books and advertisers. I have been a finalist for both the PEN Center-USA Award in Journalism and the Southern California Booksellers Award in Fiction, and my first book appeared in the Los Angeles Times Book Review's 2004 roundup of best books on Southern California.
English, Reading

Language

TOEFL

Most Popular

Writing,

Writing

I have taught writing, literature and journalism continuously at the college level for the past ten years, as well as substitute teaching at all grade levels for public schools. In addition, I have three decades of experience as a professional proofreader and copy editor for periodicals, books and advertisers. I have been a finalist for both the PEN Center-USA Award in Journalism and the Southern California Booksellers Award in Fiction, and my first book appeared in the Los Angeles Times Book Review's 2004 roundup of best books on Southern California.
English, Reading

Summer

Writing,

Writing

I have taught writing, literature and journalism continuously at the college level for the past ten years, as well as substitute teaching at all grade levels for public schools. In addition, I have three decades of experience as a professional proofreader and copy editor for periodicals, books and advertisers. I have been a finalist for both the PEN Center-USA Award in Journalism and the Southern California Booksellers Award in Fiction, and my first book appeared in the Los Angeles Times Book Review's 2004 roundup of best books on Southern California.
Reading

Test Preparation

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have taught writing, literature and journalism continuously at the college level for the past ten years, as well as substitute teaching at all grade levels for public schools. In addition, I have three decades of experience as a professional proofreader and copy editor for periodicals, books and advertisers. I have been a finalist for both the PEN Center-USA Award in Journalism and the Southern California Booksellers Award in Fiction, and my first book appeared in the Los Angeles Times Book Review's 2004 roundup of best books on Southern California.
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL

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$80/hour

Alan R.

$80/hour

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