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Heather P.

Los Angeles, CA


English! Conversation, literature, writing, essays + Admissions!

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University of Southern California (USC)
English Literature, Theatre
Goldsmiths University of London


University of Southern California (USC) (English Literature, Theatre)

Goldsmiths University of London (Master's)

About Heather


I'm Heather. I grew up in San Francisco, where I attended a private, college preparatory high school and graduated with a 3.9 GPA, a perfect store on the SAT English, and scores of 5 on the AP English and Psychology tests. I then graduated Summa Cum Laude (with most high honors) from the University of Southern California, with degrees in English Literature and Theatre. I hold an MA from Goldsmiths University of London.

Since my junior year of high school, I have been tutoring my peers and other students in writing, grammar, editing, essays, SAT prep, and more! I have helped business majors write presentations, helped environmental science students prepare posters, and helped valedictorians work on their speeches. I have formal training in helping students create and edit essays. I currently tutor several students in ESL (English as a Second Language). I also tutor in essay writing, essay researching, proofreading, general writing, reading, and editing. I offer homework help, too. I specialize in college, post-college, and professional students. My students come from all over the world!

I'm very easy-going, patient, and friendly. I can listen as you tell me what areas you would like to work on and help you design a plan of tutoring to improve your abilities, or admissions consulting to help you find and gain admission to the right university for you. I can also help you focus and get your work done if you need homework help or help studying and completing applications.

In addition to tutoring, I work as a writer, editor, blogger, and actor. I have been self-employed for over 5 years. My experience as a self-employed professional has cemented my professionalism and responsible work ethic.

If you have any questions, please send me an email. I look forward to talking with you, and I hope I can be your tutor!

I'm Heather. I grew up in San Francisco, where I attended a private, college preparatory high school and graduated with a 3.9 GPA, a perfect store on the SAT English, and scores of 5 on the Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90026
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Amazing tutor!"

- Tristyn, Burbank, CA on 10/20/11

"Great Tutor and very professional! "

- Yurico, Shafter, CA on 10/29/13

"Good tutor"

- Ying, Pasadena, CA on 5/14/12

"Excellent ESL Teacher"

- Michelle, Los Angeles, CA on 2/3/12


- Yuna, San Gabriel, CA on 10/20/11

"Great lesson and Great tutor!"

- Louiztein, Los Angeles, CA on 10/8/11

"I recommend her!"

- Abdul, Los Angeles, CA on 8/2/11

"Great tutor I've ever met."

- Hana, Los Angeles, CA on 7/17/10
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Reading, Study Skills,
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
Microsoft Word, Proofreading,
Public Speaking

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College Counseling

I have over 200 hours experience editing applications for US admissions (the Common App and individual university supplements such as Princeton, Harvard, MIT, and USC), and UK admissions (UCAS). I have completed a 20 hour training course with a leading private admissions consulting firm. Students and I work together to find universities with the best fit for the student's academic and extracurricular needs. I can help with any stage of the process, from advisement on course selection and summer activities during high school to college list making to applications themselves.


Majoring in English, I got a lot of practice with many aspects of the subject. I learned how to write solid papers supported with research and quotes, which always earned high marks. Since graduating, I have tutored students in English and English as a second language for several years.


I have 5+ years of experience tutoring students in English, writing, and grammar. Many students who I have tutored spoke English as a second language. I work from the bottom up, teaching the foundations of the language and building upon those to create confidence. I tutor through a combination of reading, writing, and conversation.


Grammar is a tough thing to master. Knowing the difference between "its" and "it's" and figuring out where to put your semicolons can be hard. I have specially designed worksheets to help you learn common grammar mistakes and tricks to help you remember. If there's a specific grammatical rule or subject you have questions about, we can work on that. I want to help make figuring out grammar easier. Oh, and I love commas!


From poetry to prose, Milton to Larsson...there is so much written Literature that sorting through it can be daunting. Writing about it may seem challenging. Figuring out what the writer meant can feel impossible. But I can help. I have earned top marks in Literature since high school, and wrote a thesis on Shakespeare which scored A+ Honors during the final year of my BA. Together, we can read through your books, plays, or short stories, and work out how to effectively talk about and write about them to high academic standards.


I have helped students in high school, community colleges, private universities, and postgraduate work proof essays, presentations, stories, and other pieces of writing. I can help with grammar, spelling, formatting, flow, style, and structure. I know MLA, APA, Chicago, and Harvard formats.

Public Speaking

I can help tutor you from start to finish, first creating an effective presentation, then conquering your nerves before presenting, and finally delivering a successful talk. Or, if you only need tutoring on public speaking, we can jump right in to leaning powerful ways to address a group, captivate, and maintain their attention.

With 11 years of acting training and experience, I've done a lot of public speaking. But my public speaking background is not limited to the stage. I've taken several leadership classes in which we practiced public speaking and learned effective tools for writing and presenting speeches and orating well. I've founded clubs and societies which required constant public interaction, and I've worked in public relations. So let me help you become a better public speaker!

Study Skills

I have experience teaching students tips to help them manage their time and stay organized, such as list making, ways to monitor their progress, and how to set achievable goals. I can also help students with note taking, both in class and from reading, and equip students with the tools to complete research both on- and off-line. I myself have learned these skills in my college-preparatory high school, and applied them during both my BA and MA. I teach these techniques both through hands-on demonstrations, like what websites to use for research, and how to take effective notes from readings, and also through talking with the student about their current techniques so I can find out what works and what does not work for them.


I have been studying theatre since age 12, when I began taking classes at the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco. After exhausting their range of classes, I also trained at Judy Berlin's Kids on Camera before moving to Los Angeles in 2003 to attend USC, where I studied at the School of Theatre and received my B.A.

During my time at USC, I spent a year abroad studying theatre at Queen Mary University of London. I also participated in many student productions, acting, directing, and working with sets, lights, and sound. Not only do I have the American perspective on performance, but I have the British aesthetic as well, and I am experienced in most aspects of technical theatre production too!

Now, as a working actor with a background in many theatre styles as well as on camera and voice over training, I am well equipped to tutor in almost every aspect of theatre, from performance to theory to history.


Over the course of my tutoring career, I have worked with over 200 students across grade levels from high school to post-graduate to help improve their writing. Over the course of my academic career spanning high school, college, and a Master's degree, I have written award-winning papers that have earned me high honors across programs.

I provide assistance for the whole writing process, from the initial brainstorm right up until final editing, or whatever specific parts you need help with. We can work together to set up a strategy and timeline to make sure you complete work you are satisfied with, on time.

University of Southern California (USC)
English Literature, Theatre
Goldsmiths University of London


University of Southern California (USC) (English Literature, Theatre)

Goldsmiths University of London (Master's)

Amazing tutor! — Heather is the best tutor! I feel so lucky to have found her. I am a college student in a American Values class that requires a lot of critical thinking and writing. I have never been confident in my writing skills and knew that getting a tutor was a must. Heather has really exceeded my expectations and is helping me get the grades I want on my in-class essays. She's easy to reach by phone and ema ...

— Tristyn, Burbank, CA on 10/20/11

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Lateness: Lessons scheduled to begin at a particular time will be charged from the agreed start time, even if the student is late.

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Heather will travel within 15 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90026.

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