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Heather L.

North Hollywood, CA

$60/hour

Experienced English Teacher and Freelance Writer

200+ Hours
5.0 average from 57 ratings
Great Tutor
— Jonathan, Pasadena, CA on 4/11/16

$60/Hour


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Asbury University
English
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Master's

Education

Asbury University (English)

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Master's)

About Heather

Need help editing your graduate thesis or college paper? Have a student struggling to craft a high school essay? Want to improve your grammar or reading skills? I can help! I've been teaching high school English for over 10 years now and also work with an after school program, tutoring elementary and middle school students. I love each opportunity to inspire students to grow in knowledge and confidence. I believe that each student can achieve when given the proper tools, the opportunities to practice, and the encouragement to fight through the challenges.

What this looks like on an individual level is different for each student. I look at the student's needs, interests, and motivations in order to better craft lessons, examples, and practice time. My goal is that each session provides a balance of explanation and practice that brings challenge as well as encouragement so that each student not only improves but also achieves the skills and confidence to apply our work to other areas of his or her life.

I have a BA and an MA in English, so I have gone through my own process of writing many essays and a graduate thesis. My years working in the education sector have also given me the opportunity to design curriculum and research various pedagogical theories in order to apply them to my teaching. Last but not least, I'm a self-confessed grammar nerd, and I must admit that I have on occasion been caught parsing sentences in my free time!

Teaching English is my vocation, and I am passionate about helping students achieve. Whether you just need a one-time session to talk through paper organization or require a long-term program to help with a specific course or area of challenge, I'm here to help! I am generally available every day, and I can travel to students or meet online.
Need help editing your graduate thesis or college paper? Have a student struggling to craft a high school essay? Want to improve your grammar or reading skills? I can help! I've been teaching high school English for over 10 years now and also work with an after school program, tutoring elementary and middle school students. I love each opportunity Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Standard rate can change based on student financial need, tutor travel time, and/or multi-student lessons.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of North Hollywood, CA 91602
Background Check: Passed

"Great Tutor"

- Jonathan, Pasadena, CA on 4/11/16

"Effective!!!"

- Walter, Chatsworth, CA on 3/31/16

"Very well organized and good pedagogy"

- Pierre, Studio City, CA on 3/3/16
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

I have a B.A. and an M.A. in English. I studied literature, linguistics, and philosophy in particular as a part of these degrees. I have been teaching English in a middle school and high school classroom for 10 years.

Grammar

I have studied and taught both descriptive and prescriptive grammar. I can help students learn and review the structured rules of grammar as well as how grammar usage influences meaning.

Literature

I have studied and taught various literary periods in American, British, and World Literature as well as literary criticism and philosophy. I know and have used the typical novels for middle school and high school classrooms.

Proofreading

Via my teaching and freelance work, I have experience applying AP style mechanical rules. I also have used and taught MLA and APA stylebooks.

Reading

In the classroom, I have applied various techniques to assist with reading comprehension and retention including mind maps and other graphic organizers, Cornell notes, and metacognition among others.

Vocabulary

I teach various techniques to assist with the understanding and retention of vocabulary terms including mnemonic devices, visual aids, root words, context clues, and reading comprehension.

Writing

I have extensive experience writing and editing my own written work for my degrees as well as 20-25 different essay prompts for my students each year. I take my students through various stages of the writing process to teach them the tools to organize, craft, and edit their own work.

Asbury University
English
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Master's

Education

Asbury University (English)

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Master's)

Great Tutor

Heather is helping rebuild and establish a foundation in reading and writing for my 16 yo Junior in High School. In only 3 short sessions we are seeing improvements and expect she will help him immensely.

— Jonathan, Pasadena, CA on 4/11/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Standard rate can change based on student financial need, tutor travel time, and/or multi-student lessons.

Travel policy

Heather will travel within 20 miles of North Hollywood, CA 91602.