Over 50 tutoring hours

Alana W.

Arlington, TX


Reading and Writing Help

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Background check passed as of 5/13/14
4.9 Avg. Rating
23 Ratings
1hr Response Time
Great tutor!
— LaTanya, Lancaster, TX on 6/17/14

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Baylor University


Baylor University (Journalism)

About Alana

Tutoring is my profession. I am a writing tutor on staff at a local college. I am also a former curriculum writer, and my practice questions and study tips are used by children and adults everyday across the country.

Reading Improvement
I use phonics curriculum based on Orton-Gillingham methods to help struggling and early readers. It is a proven approach with great results.

I also specialize in all elementary STAAR test preparation/retesting and middle school and high school Reading and English tests. I can take teaching and testing standards and create road maps to success for your child. I can bridge the gap between what your child knows and what he or she is expected to demonstrate. I will be patient and kind but also motivate your child to reach their highest potential using proven test-taking methods.

Writing Help
I also enjoy teaching young students how to write with confidence and enjoyment. I mold junior high and high school students into creative writers.

I also have more than a decade of experience in publishing. Proofreading is a passion of mine as well. I can spot areas of improvement and patiently assist students and professionals clearly communicate their message.

I have successfully tutored readers and writers from preschool-age to adulthood. Many of my students see immediate grade improvements and improved confidence. All five of my students last year passed every subject of their STAAR exams, including those with histories of multiple re-takes. Allow me to partner and pray with you to help you or your child on their journey to success.
Tutoring is my profession. I am a writing tutor on staff at a local college. I am also a former curriculum writer, and my practice questions and study tips are used by children and adults everyday across the country.

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3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Arlington, TX 76010
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great tutor!"

- LaTanya, Lancaster, TX on 6/17/14

"Very patient "

- Torri, Mansfield, TX on 9/11/14

"Great work"

- Messiah, Grand Prairie, TX on 7/15/14
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
Microsoft Word
American History,
Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Microsoft Word
Elementary (K-6th),
SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

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American History

History is the foundation for understanding how the world works. I have a degree in history and have taught high school history courses. I specialize in comprehension of historical facts, cause and effect, and interpretation. With my writing background, I can also help with history essays.

Bible Studies

I completed more than 12 hours of undergraduate and graduate level courses in religion. I also teach weekly Bible Study classes for youth. I organized and wrote my own curriculum for these classes.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have tutored more than a dozen elementary students at my local recreation center. I run a summer enrichment program for elementary students in my community. I have professional and volunteer tutoring experience in math, science, social studies, and English Language Arts. I write and edit curriculum for use in elementary schools.


English is both challenging and rewarding. I have a writing degree and have taught high school English and tutored students extensively in grammar, spelling, writing, reading, and editing. I specialize in STAAR test prep and can also assist with classroom assignments.


Understanding what we read is essential for success in every subject and every profession later in life. I start with basic comprehension techniques and build on them to help students interpret and draw conclusions from what they read. My goal for young readers is for every student to not only read with ease and confidence, but also enjoyment.

SAT Writing

I write curriculum for reading and writing test preparation including SAT Writing. I understand the test prep process and prepare students for both the content and time management skills required for success. I provide evaluations to focus time on areas of improvement.

Social Studies

I have written social studies curriculum and taught social studies coursework. I have more than 24 college credit hours in history and am comfortable tutoring in all subject areas. I can assist with learning key events and essay writing for older students.


As a professional editor, I help students recognize mistakes in their own writing and the writing of others. I also work with preschool and elementary students to master phonics rules that will aid them for years to come.


I have three years of experience writing TEA approved STAAR test prep curriculum for all grade levels. I served on the English Language Arts team. My work is used in schools across the state of Texas on a daily basis. All three of my STAAR prep students passed their exams last spring, including two students with histories of multiple re-takes.


I love helping learners young and old master the English language. Vocabulary is a life-long learning area. I specialize in helping students comprehend meaning and how it relates to the world around them. I have worked with preschoolers through high schoolers. I use age-appropriate word lists to help students prepare for school success and test prep.


Writing skills are essential for success in school and employment. I have been a professional writer for more than 15 years and have a journalism degree. For STAAR and essay writing, I specialize in grammar, spelling, organization, and brainstorming. I also have experience teaching high school English and tutoring preschool and elementary students in early writing techniques.

Baylor University


Baylor University (Journalism)

Great tutor! — My daughter has been tutoring for STAAR English writing with Alana for a couple weeks now. She says since tutoring she has started to feel more comfortable with her writing skills. Some of the writing skills she had forgotten since they are not used in class on a daily basis. However, since tutoring with Alana shes been able to refresh/polish up on those skills. My daughter is starting to have mo ...

— LaTanya, Lancaster, TX on 6/17/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alana will travel within 30 miles of Arlington, TX 76010.

Background Check Status for Alana W.

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