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Lissa D.

Oakland, CA

$50/hour

Lissa D Writing Coach Historian

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$50/Hour


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San Francisco State University
Women's Studies
Graduate Theological Union
Master's
Pacific School of Religion
Master's

Education

San Francisco State University (Women's Studies)

Graduate Theological Union (Master's)

Pacific School of Religion (Master's)

About Lissa

If you are a creative thinker who finds school an ordeal, I may just be the tutor/coach for you. I specialize in writing, history, religion, sciences and cultural history, but I have techniques to keep you on track in most of your subjects. I specialize in large scale writing and research projects, but am open to working with younger students and on shorter projects. I especially enjoy working with foreign-born English speakers to help them feel more at home in American college and university situations. My extensive experience with published authors has helped students find their voice, which is something you begin as a student, and hone as a writer.

I especially enjoy working one on one, tailoring the instruction for a specific individual and their challenges. I have taken a course in academic coaching to help you feel that I am on your side, as well as at your side, in the process of tutoring. Scholarship can be intensely lonely work and it helps to have someone to reflect with as well as aid you in the actual process of creating good writing. I have numerous multimedia tricks to alleviate boredom and writers block, and can help you structure your research process so that you are not overwhelmed by your search, nor waste time in it. I have always enjoyed enabling writers to find their voice.

I have served as an editor for five published authors and make my living as a library professional/researcher. I have excellent reviews from two clergy people who turned to me for help in the process of writing their dissertations, both of whom are foreign-born English speakers. One of my authors is a published journalist and the other is an ESL scientist. My research clients described me as "the "Navy seal" of librarians" for my ability to get to the heart of an inquiry and produce literature surveys. I spent six years working for scientists and engineers in environmental remediation. Many of my coworkers went on to hire me as an independent researcher after the company downsized. From this I went on to become an editor of scientific reports and more artistic works, ranging from trout to arts and craft architecture. I went through graduate school studying the interplay of science and religion. I have a good grasp of church history from the early church to post enlightenment era and beyond. I have also studied the history of science and researched the connections between new technologies and changes in theology, culture at large. I am familiar with a wide variety of religious outlooks. My tutorial students have been largely Catholic although I am not.

I prefer to work largely by Skype, unless you have a large research project looming, in which case I am willing to meet you in a library and hone your research project. I can teach you the necessary skills to vet internet information for accuracy and how to create a literature survey. Having worked in scientific settings, I use a project management approach to help you get your work done in time, with quality control for sources and presentation. I can also tame your tendency to become overwhelmed and disordered, to reduce your stress for projects, papers and tests. I have studied with Gretchen Wegner, author of the "Anti-boring Approach" to school and have combined her curriculum with my own experience. I look forward to meeting with new students.
If you are a creative thinker who finds school an ordeal, I may just be the tutor/coach for you. I specialize in writing, history, religion, sciences and cultural history, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Oakland, CA 94612
In-person lessons
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Proofreading, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
Religion

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Religion

I have a Master's Degree from Pacific School of Religion and am a Graduate of Theological Union.

San Francisco State University
Women's Studies
Graduate Theological Union
Master's
Pacific School of Religion
Master's

Education

San Francisco State University (Women's Studies)

Graduate Theological Union (Master's)

Pacific School of Religion (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lissa will travel within 20 miles of Oakland, CA 94612.