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Alex S.

Santa Monica, CA

$70/hour

Professional Writer and English Professor

5.0 average from 1 ratings

$70/Hour


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University of California, Berkeley
History
Antioch University
Master's

Education

University of California, Berkeley (History)

Antioch University (Master's)

About Alex

I love helping students solve problems, and English and writing is a problem solving business.

I've been in this problem solving business for a while, both as a professional writer and editor and an English teacher at Santa Monica College, where I teach composition and critical thinking. Prior to SMC, I worked as an English resource specialist in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

I'm extraordinarily patient and friendly, and I use creative approaches to help students become better readers and writers. As one student wrote, “Helpful, interesting and fun class. His lectures are crystal clear. Highly recommend because your reading and writing skills will absolutely change for the better.”

For individuals who need more than basic writing tutoring, I have served as editorial director of a well-regarded literary agency, Keller Media, for ten years, where I helped hundreds of authors realize their publishing dreams.

I communicate clear and effective approaches to both reading comprehension and writing, breaking lessons down into simple and manageable concepts.

While I am flexible with cancellations, I do appreciate a 24-hour cancellation. I live in the Santa Monica area, and I'm willing to travel up to fifteen miles to reach you. If you are remote, we can discuss other options.

I'm extremely patient, committed to your success and known for making learning fun. Please feel free to contact me with questions.
I love helping students solve problems, and English and writing is a problem solving business.

I've been in this problem solving business for a while, both as a
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90404
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

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.

Special Needs

I worked for five years as a special education teacher in a Los Angeles middle school (English resource teacher), primarily working with students who had mild to moderate disabilities. I worked with, taught, tutored, tested, wrote IEPs and guided hundreds of special needs students through their middle school years. I also worked extensively with an educational therapist who referred many private special needs student to me as a tutor. As a Santa Monica College English instructor, I work mostly with the basic skills population, with classrooms frequently populated with students who have learning disabilities. This said, I have many years of experience instructing this specific population of learners.

Writing

I teach writing and English at Santa Monica College. Further, after receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, I went on to become an editorial director of a literary agency. I have helped countless clients write content for websites, books, and many academic applications. Finally, I work steadily as a freelance writer. Currently, I am ghostwriting a book for a disabled athlete.

University of California, Berkeley
History
Antioch University
Master's

Education

University of California, Berkeley (History)

Antioch University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alex will travel within 20 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90404.