Over 100 tutoring hours

Marion P.

Carrollton, TX


Writing/Reading, ISEE SAT/ACT Prep, AP English, College Applications

Background check passed as of 3/10/15
4.9 average from 52 ratings
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University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
California State University, Los Angeles
University of La Verne, La Verne, California
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University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (English)

California State University, Los Angeles (Master's)

University of La Verne, La Verne, California (Graduate Coursework)

About Marion

Need a tutor with over 20 years of experience and a love for students? Here she is!

Right now during the Summer: Summer reading assignments, pre-AP review, essay review!!!!

I have a BA and an MA in English, and have taught in middle school, high school, and am currently teaching in college. In middle school I specialized in teaching reading comprehension and paragraph structure as well as grammar, vocabulary building, and spelling. As a high school instructor, I taught British literature, American literature, World literature, introduction to composition, advanced composition, and Advanced Placement English. Currently I am an instructor in a local college teaching comp 1, comp 2, American literature, World literature, and Developmental Writing. At each level of instruction, I have developed independent learning modules for my students so that the pace of learning is comfortable and successful.

Another passion of mine is SAT and ACT Test Prep in the areas of reading and writing. Here my tutoring includes subject-specific information as well as test-taking tools because frequently a student's anxiety is what prevents success.

Whether tutoring English or test prep, my focus is always on the one individual student when I tutor and his or her needs, so first I interview the student to find out his or her perception of the strengths and weaknesses in that particular academic discipline. Next, I have my student take a diagnostic test that reveals the strengths and weaknesses. With this information,both anecdotal and statistical, I create an action plan for that student that includes the following: goals to be reached, material to be covered, timeline for covering that material, exit test.

I use PowerPoint presentations, worksheets and textbooks when I tutor. Educational research has shown that all students learn best when instructors use a variety of materials - visual, auditory, tactile. So in our tutoring session we will often use the computer - and I bring my laptop - as well as use a portable white board which I also bring.

I teach students, not material - and keeping that in mind as a guide is what makes my tutoring sessions so successful for the student.
As one of my past students put it, "You made me believe in myself and so I learned I could write."
Need a tutor with over 20 years of experience and a love for students? Here she is!

Right now during the Summer: Summer reading assignments, pre-AP review, essay review!!!!

I have a BA and an MA in
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Travels within 20 miles of Carrollton, TX 75006
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"Great Teacher"

- Radha, Plano, TX on 12/4/13

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ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, College Counseling,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Spelling, Study Skills,

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ACT English

My educational background includes an MA in English and 40 years of experience teaching writing, grammar, reading comprehension, literature at all levels, inclusive of college.

I have tutored students in ACT prep for many years.

My method for teaching writing and grammar is currently being used in community college classrooms in Texas.


I developed a Special Needs program to mainstream students with ADD/ADHD into regular classrooms with appropriate accommodations administered by the teachers; facilitated monthly round table discussions with teachers and parents about the progress of the student; and met with each student diagnosed with ADD/ADHD to see from their perspective how they felt about their success in the classroom.
I am experienced in evaluating students' needs and strengths, working with their teachers, and developing individualized action plans for each student.

College Counseling

I created a college counseling office in a new high school. This included creating protocols for: parent information nights concerning the college admissions process and financial counseling, student counseling for selection of colleges, student workshops on how to write the college essay, and student workshops on how to answer the questions on a college application.

The college essay is always the most difficult for the student and it is the primary way that college admissions officers get to know the student and see whether or not he/she fits the college environment. So, I developed a College Essay Process workbook for writing the college essay step-by-step, from brainstorming to final essay, and the results were successful as students used it.

One student applying to Harvard University used the workbook and not only gained admission to Harvard but received the maximum number of points possible on his college essay.


English was my major in both undergraduate and graduate school - and I graduated with honors in this academic discipline at both the University of San Francisco and Cal State University, Los Angeles.

My teaching career started in middle school where I wrote curriculum and was a master teacher in Language Arts, Grammar, Writing, Reading Comprehension.

In high school I both mentored other teachers and taught: 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade English which included literature, comp 1 and comp 2, AP English and AP literature. My AP students always passed the test with 4, 5. I also created a program for weak writers and readers called developmental reading and writing and taught teachers how to teach English successfully in that program to struggling students.

Currently I am a professor at North Lake College in Irving and teaching developmental writing, comp 1 and comp 2, all literature courses.

Teaching English is a passion of mine - and showing students how to be successful in both critical reading and logical writing is my love.


I have taught English for 40 years and have an MA in English. My areas of specialty include teaching grammar at all levels, including elementary, middle, high school, and college. My method includes using interactive computer programs and handouts as well as PPTs.


I have prepped students for the Lower Level and Middle Level ISEE test and they have all gained admission to the private school of their choice: Hockaday, Greenhill, ESD. The strategies I use in teaching my students critical reading and essays are as follows:
1. Diagnostic Test to determine areas of strength and weakness
2. Vocabulary
3. Workbooks for teaching reading strategies: main idea, inference which is the most difficult, cause and effect, opinion and fact, etc
4. Formula for the essay structure and practice with it
5. Right before the test we practice basic test taking strategies and do several times ISEE tests.


I have an MA in English and have taught college prep literature, AP literature, and college literature for 40 years - and am currently teaching at a local college.

I use specific formats for understanding how to analyze fiction, non-fiction, short stories/novels, and poetry. I also use specific templates for learning how to write analytical literary essays.


Reading Qualifications: I developed a curriculum for high school freshmen and sophomores that included developing reading comprehension tools and writing tools. I taught freshmen and sophomores in high school to increase reading speed and comprehension.

SAT Reading

The strategies I use:
1. Diagnostic Test to see the types of questions on which the student most needs help
2. Developing strategies for: cause/effect; inference; main idea; purpose of the passage; etc.
3. Building vocabulary with the most frequently used vocabulary words on the SAT
4. Writing a well structured 5 paragraph essay
5. Tools I use:
- Online exercises
- Handouts
- Test Prep books

SAT Writing

SAT Critical Reading and Writing Tutoring involves the following steps:
1. Diagnostic test to determine strengths and areas of needed improvement;
2. Vocabulary lessons
3. Reading strategies for identifying main idea, purpose, inferences, organization
4. Essay structure and how to write logical paragraphs
5. Test taking strategies
6. Practice worksheets
7. Practice tests
I use my own website with multiple aids from PowerPoints to worksheets as well as online practice tests.

Special Needs

I developed a special needs protocol for high schools to use with special needs students that included the following: analyzing the formal testing that was used for diagnosis; using the accommodations/modifications in all academic disciplines and classrooms to build for success; holding round-robin meetings with parents, student, and teachers monthly to track progress and solve any issues.

Study Skills

I have developed a program and used it to develop in students of all ages a set of skills for studying, organization, test prep, and homework. The basics include the following:

Unit 1: Organization
and Time-Management
- How to take notes in class
- Keeping a calendar
- How to track short term and long term assignments

Unit 2: Reading a Textbook
- Studying vs. Doing Homework
- How to Read a Textbook
- Reading Comprehension Strategies

Unit 3: Test-Preparation
- General Test Prep Tips When Memorizing...
- Do's and Don'ts for Proper Test Preparation

Unit 4: Test-Taking Strategies
- Avoiding Test Anxiety
- Test Taking Strategies
- Specific Tips by Test-Type


I have created a Writing Program that I have used in middle school, high school, and college writing courses. The program involves the following steps and can be adjusted to meet student level:

1. Structuring the Basic Paragraph -
a. Defining the 2 parts of the Topic Sentence
b. Introducing 2 kinds of supporting sentences: the Primary Support sentence and the Secondary Support sentence.
c. Analysis of sample paragraphs
d. Writing the basic paragraph - keyed toward the level of the student

2. Writing Process
a. Selecting Topic
b. Brainstorming Processes
- Cluster Maps
- Lists
- Free writing
c. Outlining the Intro and Body Paragraphs
d. Drafting
e. Editing
f. Proofreading
g. Final Draft

Using this program allows each student to learn not only writing, but also how to think critically about a topic, outline a topic quickly, and then write.

University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
California State University, Los Angeles
University of La Verne, La Verne, California
Graduate Coursework


University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (English)

California State University, Los Angeles (Master's)

University of La Verne, La Verne, California (Graduate Coursework)

Great Teacher — My son is in high school and he really loves the way Marion teaches, she caters to the students needs and plans accordingly which is very beneficial to the student. she is very patient and explains well until the student gets it. My son enjoys her teaching very much. ...

— Radha, Plano, TX on 12/4/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marion will travel within 20 miles of Carrollton, TX 75006.