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Lorena W.

Experienced English/Composition/ESL Tutor with an MFA in Writing

Experienced English/Composition/ESL Tutor with an MFA in Writing

$45/hour

  • 29 hours tutoring

  • Durango, CO 81301

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Bio

Hello, I am interested in tutoring dedicated, flexible students who would like to learn more about English composition, speaking, creative writing, or literature. I am a past professor from Chatham University and Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), where I taught composition, creative writing, literature, ESL, and more. My graduate degree (2011) is a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from Chatham University with a specialized Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing. I receive...

Hello,

I am interested in tutoring dedicated, flexible students who would like to learn more about English composition, speaking, creative writing, or literature. I am a past professor from Chatham University and Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), where I taught composition, creative writing, literature, ESL, and more. My graduate degree (2011) is a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from Chatham University with a specialized Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing. I received my undergraduate degree (2005) from Oregon State University in English Literature and Creative Writing. I graduated both universities with honors.

I can help students with a wide range of projects for native and non-native English speakers, including: academic essay writing, public speaking, reading, and creative writing, along with spoken English, writing, reading, and grammar skills for the non-native speaker. I also work with students on the writing and reading portions of GRE, TOEFL, ACT and SAT tests.

I prefer to work with adults and young adults, high school freshman and up. The majority of my students have been college or graduate school students, but I have also worked with several high school students in all areas of writing, literature, and history. I spent five years as writing, literature, and grammar instructor, and as an editor and ESL instructor in Pittsburgh, PA before moving back to Colorado to be closer to home. My teaching experience includes technical, creative, formal, and grant writing. I also specialize in nonfiction writing and in American Literature (poetry, fiction, nonfiction). I have also worked as a teaching assistant and as an intern for a travel agency as a travel brochure writer. Other experience includes work as a firefighter, a small business owner, and a Forest Service Ranger. I currently work full time for the US Forest Service.

My tutoring methods typically include a lot of leading questions. I like the student to form his or her own conclusions, and to learn the material based on his or her own efforts. I provide the tools for learning, but empower the students with the experience of thinking through processes. This way, the lesson sticks in the student's mind for future use, and not for a one-time use. I don't hand students easy answers or quick-fixes, I challenge them to take on knowledge through practice and experience. I look forward to working with students of all ages and abilities--those who are looking for in-depth lessons or simply to sharpen their skills.


Education

Oregon State University
English and Creative Writing
Chatham University, PA
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $45
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 15 miles of Durango, CO 81301
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE,

GRE

I can help students with the reading and writing portions of the GRE; whether your concern is time, grammar, writing skills, reading skills, sentence/essay construction, or deconstructing the GRE test language, I can help. I have years of experience as a tutor and as an instructor helping students with their essays and reading skills, and I'd love to help you, too!
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I teach public speaking in the university classroom, and would love to help you improve your public speaking approaches and confidence! I have taught public speaking for four years, helping students with a wide range of public speaking skills, from writing speeches to performance techniques. I have also worked closely with several ESL classrooms that needed help speaking clearly so that audience members could understand them.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have worked as a conversational ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor off and on for eight years. I work with individuals and groups, for all skills (listening/speaking, reading, writing, grammar, etc.). I have taught ESL at the college and high school level, and also to individual adults who want to improve their skills.
Grammar,

Grammar

Ah, grammar. Nobody's favorite but mine. Contrary to popular belief, grammar can be made easy, and I love to help students unlock the mystery. As a tutor and an instructor, I work closely with students to develop targeted grammar points that are in the way of their progress as writers and speakers of English.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have worked as a professional editor in many capacities, ranging from glossy publications to PhD dissertations. The majority of my experience as a tutor and instructor is with high school and college composition/literary essay. While I have served as a technical editor for scientific material and highly technical papers, I have gone beyond basic technical editing into content editing for history dissertations, masters theses, creative essays, and professional publications.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I teach public speaking in the university classroom, and would love to help you improve your public speaking approaches and confidence! I have taught public speaking for four years, helping students with a wide range of public speaking skills, from writing speeches to performance techniques. I have also worked closely with several ESL classrooms that needed help speaking clearly so that audience members could understand them.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

Ah, grammar. Nobody's favorite but mine. Contrary to popular belief, grammar can be made easy, and I love to help students unlock the mystery. As a tutor and an instructor, I work closely with students to develop targeted grammar points that are in the way of their progress as writers and speakers of English.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

My philosophy with grammar is a content-based approach. Simply memorizing words will not take us far in life--we must be able to identify them in context, to use them in their various applications, and to understand the intricacies of their definitions. I prefer to teach vocabulary along with reading and writing. This dynamic approach provides various types of exposure, rather than a single memorization-style approach that has been proven to fail us time and again. Memorization is not my goal. Comprehension and application are.
Reading

English

English,

English

By saying I am certified to teach English, this means all aspects of the language: writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and reading. As a university instructor, I teach every subject from composition to creative writing, ESL listening to grammar. I love constructing and revising college essays in particular!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have worked as a conversational ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor off and on for eight years. I work with individuals and groups, for all skills (listening/speaking, reading, writing, grammar, etc.). I have taught ESL at the college and high school level, and also to individual adults who want to improve their skills.
Grammar,

Grammar

Ah, grammar. Nobody's favorite but mine. Contrary to popular belief, grammar can be made easy, and I love to help students unlock the mystery. As a tutor and an instructor, I work closely with students to develop targeted grammar points that are in the way of their progress as writers and speakers of English.
Literature,

Literature

While my specialization is in American literature, I am also happy to aid students with British lit and even translations. Studying literature is never a stand-alone process; students need to write to comprehend what they read. In the classroom, I will work with you to develop your literary analysis skills, and show you how to demonstrate this knowledge in your academic essays.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have worked as a professional editor in many capacities, ranging from glossy publications to PhD dissertations. The majority of my experience as a tutor and instructor is with high school and college composition/literary essay. While I have served as a technical editor for scientific material and highly technical papers, I have gone beyond basic technical editing into content editing for history dissertations, masters theses, creative essays, and professional publications.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I teach public speaking in the university classroom, and would love to help you improve your public speaking approaches and confidence! I have taught public speaking for four years, helping students with a wide range of public speaking skills, from writing speeches to performance techniques. I have also worked closely with several ESL classrooms that needed help speaking clearly so that audience members could understand them.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As a reading instructor at Chatham University, I am well aware of the requirements/expectations for college placement tests. The SAT reading section is looking for a student's knowledge of vocabulary, comprehension, and ability to recognize main ideas and details. As it goes with most things in life, reading takes practice--especially for a test that is seeking such a specific skill set. I love helping students to unlock the mysteries of reading, especially when the outcome of the test is so important!
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I would argue that writing skills are the most valuable of all categories on the SAT. Strong communication is a must in today's world, and there is nothing I enjoy more than helping students to understand what the SAT graders are looking for in a good essay. As a college writing instructor, I am well-versed in helping young people achieve college-level writing. It's hard work, but few things in life pay off so much as the ability to write clearly.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

My philosophy with grammar is a content-based approach. Simply memorizing words will not take us far in life--we must be able to identify them in context, to use them in their various applications, and to understand the intricacies of their definitions. I prefer to teach vocabulary along with reading and writing. This dynamic approach provides various types of exposure, rather than a single memorization-style approach that has been proven to fail us time and again. Memorization is not my goal. Comprehension and application are.
Writing,

Writing

Writing is my favorite subject of all. With a Masters degree in Writing, I am well-prepared to work with students on all types of writing processes, from writing academic and scholarly essays to creative works. I can also help with editing, proof-reading, revising, grammar, and construction. Whether you are an adult returning to school or a student needing help with your writing and citation skills, I'm here to help.
ACT English, ACT Reading, Reading

Homeschool

English,

English

By saying I am certified to teach English, this means all aspects of the language: writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and reading. As a university instructor, I teach every subject from composition to creative writing, ESL listening to grammar. I love constructing and revising college essays in particular!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have worked as a conversational ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor off and on for eight years. I work with individuals and groups, for all skills (listening/speaking, reading, writing, grammar, etc.). I have taught ESL at the college and high school level, and also to individual adults who want to improve their skills.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As a reading instructor at Chatham University, I am well aware of the requirements/expectations for college placement tests. The SAT reading section is looking for a student's knowledge of vocabulary, comprehension, and ability to recognize main ideas and details. As it goes with most things in life, reading takes practice--especially for a test that is seeking such a specific skill set. I love helping students to unlock the mysteries of reading, especially when the outcome of the test is so important!
Writing,

Writing

Writing is my favorite subject of all. With a Masters degree in Writing, I am well-prepared to work with students on all types of writing processes, from writing academic and scholarly essays to creative works. I can also help with editing, proof-reading, revising, grammar, and construction. Whether you are an adult returning to school or a student needing help with your writing and citation skills, I'm here to help.
Reading

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have worked as a conversational ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor off and on for eight years. I work with individuals and groups, for all skills (listening/speaking, reading, writing, grammar, etc.). I have taught ESL at the college and high school level, and also to individual adults who want to improve their skills.

Most Popular

English,

English

By saying I am certified to teach English, this means all aspects of the language: writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and reading. As a university instructor, I teach every subject from composition to creative writing, ESL listening to grammar. I love constructing and revising college essays in particular!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have worked as a conversational ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor off and on for eight years. I work with individuals and groups, for all skills (listening/speaking, reading, writing, grammar, etc.). I have taught ESL at the college and high school level, and also to individual adults who want to improve their skills.
Writing,

Writing

Writing is my favorite subject of all. With a Masters degree in Writing, I am well-prepared to work with students on all types of writing processes, from writing academic and scholarly essays to creative works. I can also help with editing, proof-reading, revising, grammar, and construction. Whether you are an adult returning to school or a student needing help with your writing and citation skills, I'm here to help.
Reading

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have worked as a conversational ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor off and on for eight years. I work with individuals and groups, for all skills (listening/speaking, reading, writing, grammar, etc.). I have taught ESL at the college and high school level, and also to individual adults who want to improve their skills.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have worked as a conversational ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor off and on for eight years. I work with individuals and groups, for all skills (listening/speaking, reading, writing, grammar, etc.). I have taught ESL at the college and high school level, and also to individual adults who want to improve their skills.
Writing,

Writing

Writing is my favorite subject of all. With a Masters degree in Writing, I am well-prepared to work with students on all types of writing processes, from writing academic and scholarly essays to creative works. I can also help with editing, proof-reading, revising, grammar, and construction. Whether you are an adult returning to school or a student needing help with your writing and citation skills, I'm here to help.
Reading

Test Preparation

GRE,

GRE

I can help students with the reading and writing portions of the GRE; whether your concern is time, grammar, writing skills, reading skills, sentence/essay construction, or deconstructing the GRE test language, I can help. I have years of experience as a tutor and as an instructor helping students with their essays and reading skills, and I'd love to help you, too!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As a reading instructor at Chatham University, I am well aware of the requirements/expectations for college placement tests. The SAT reading section is looking for a student's knowledge of vocabulary, comprehension, and ability to recognize main ideas and details. As it goes with most things in life, reading takes practice--especially for a test that is seeking such a specific skill set. I love helping students to unlock the mysteries of reading, especially when the outcome of the test is so important!
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I would argue that writing skills are the most valuable of all categories on the SAT. Strong communication is a must in today's world, and there is nothing I enjoy more than helping students to understand what the SAT graders are looking for in a good essay. As a college writing instructor, I am well-versed in helping young people achieve college-level writing. It's hard work, but few things in life pay off so much as the ability to write clearly.
ACT English, ACT Reading

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Professional Tutor!

She knows what you need exactly and provides all the stuff that you need. Most of all, she is so patient with a student that you don't have to be nervous for making mistakes. Moreover, she is a great writing teacher! She even finds the small mistakes from the papers that my kids bring from the school (These are from their teachers!!) I have never thought that a writing could be so helpful for my speaking skill but it is!!!! Thanks Lorena!

Grace, 7 lessons with Lorena

$45/hour

Lorena W.

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