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Marlene M.

Experienced Writing Tutor - Build Skills and Confidence

Experienced Writing Tutor - Build Skills and Confidence

$50/hour

  • 930 hours tutoring

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Meeting Policy: Before arranging a day and time to meet, there must be payment information registered with Wyzant. There is no charge until we meet. I offer online lessons because of COVID, and for distance lessons. My hours are flexible, depending on both our schedules. I offer a 20-minute "get-to-know-me" talk for Free. Finally, before setting an appointment, please know that I have a 24-hour cancellation policy, which means a charge if you cancel in less than one day, illness being the...

Meeting Policy: Before arranging a day and time to meet, there must be payment information registered with Wyzant. There is no charge until we meet. I offer online lessons because of COVID, and for distance lessons. My hours are flexible, depending on both our schedules. I offer a 20-minute "get-to-know-me" talk for Free. Finally, before setting an appointment, please know that I have a 24-hour cancellation policy, which means a charge if you cancel in less than one day, illness being the exception.
If you need a patient and creative teacher to improve your student's (or your own) writing skills for school or a presentation, please contact me. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you through Wyzant.


Education

UC Berkeley
English

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Business

Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

As a technical writer, I used Microsoft Word to create documentation. Currently, I use Word to create letters, marketing material with simple graphics and tables for every day uses. This software is also useful for creating temporary files to then cut-and-paste into other programs, such as Publisher or Office PowerPoint.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Experience speaking in front of large and small groups for nonprofits and as a technical educator in the computer industry. Won awards as a Toastmasters member and have a natural love for speaking in front of groups. There are tips for getting over the fear most people have of speaking in front of groups. Writing a speech is similar to the structure of basic essay writing, keeping a few unique ideas in mind. Take a lesson and get over your fears!

Computer

General Computer,

General Computer

I would say everyone has a different definition of general computer knowledge. My knowledge is based on several years as a technical writer of applications, networks and the UNIX operating system. My current knowledge is based on my everyday usage of Word, Gmail, Access and other applications. I am great at helping the beginner because I can relate to that level from being a writing for end users. I work on an HP PC and an HP netbook, not out of any bias, but to keep my work parallel. I have the very basic understanding of hardware and software; for example, RAM means Random Access Memory, the memory within a computer and booting up the system basically means starting the computer.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

As a technical writer, I used Microsoft Word to create documentation. Currently, I use Word to create letters, marketing material with simple graphics and tables for every day uses. This software is also useful for creating temporary files to then cut-and-paste into other programs, such as Publisher or Office PowerPoint.

Corporate Training

General Computer,

General Computer

I would say everyone has a different definition of general computer knowledge. My knowledge is based on several years as a technical writer of applications, networks and the UNIX operating system. My current knowledge is based on my everyday usage of Word, Gmail, Access and other applications. I am great at helping the beginner because I can relate to that level from being a writing for end users. I work on an HP PC and an HP netbook, not out of any bias, but to keep my work parallel. I have the very basic understanding of hardware and software; for example, RAM means Random Access Memory, the memory within a computer and booting up the system basically means starting the computer.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have several years of experience writing essays for school subjects as well as technical material for the corporate environment. I have a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley and six years of tutoring with an nearly perfect customer review score. I enjoy working with many different people from all areas of the world and walks of life. I am known for my creative style and patience.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

As a technical writer, I used Microsoft Word to create documentation. Currently, I use Word to create letters, marketing material with simple graphics and tables for every day uses. This software is also useful for creating temporary files to then cut-and-paste into other programs, such as Publisher or Office PowerPoint.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

My proofreading experience includes editing papers for high school and college students, and editing papers as a technical writer and a marketing writer. I have a degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley where I learned excellent skills for proof reading papers.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Experience speaking in front of large and small groups for nonprofits and as a technical educator in the computer industry. Won awards as a Toastmasters member and have a natural love for speaking in front of groups. There are tips for getting over the fear most people have of speaking in front of groups. Writing a speech is similar to the structure of basic essay writing, keeping a few unique ideas in mind. Take a lesson and get over your fears!

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

I have several years of experience writing essays for school subjects as well as technical material for the corporate environment. I have a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley and six years of tutoring with an nearly perfect customer review score. I enjoy working with many different people from all areas of the world and walks of life. I am known for my creative style and patience.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a wide topic, spreading from books, magazines, online data and many sources. It also means comprehension. You can read information and not understand it. I have read English novels, computer manuals, school texts and even comic books. They each need to be approached differently, depending on the purpose for reading each one. And, each one can add to our growth as a person.
Spelling,

Spelling

As an English major, I learned excellent spelling skills and I believe I have a talent for spelling words correctly. However, even more important is my skill in knowing the correct resource to use, such as online spell checkers and old-fashioned paper dictionaries.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

My vocabulary skills are excellent as I have an English Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and have written technical documentation for over 15 years and marketing material for nonprofits for several years. I enjoy improving a student's use of vocabulary through fun writing assignments and periodically through word games. I work hard at increasing the level of vocabulary use in writing.

English

English,

English

Have a B.A. in English from University of California Berkeley where I gained a strong understanding of the structure of writing an essay. Over eight years of tutoring writing for younger students, high school, and college/adult level. Also, years of writing experience in the computer industry and for nonprofits. My talent is explaining clearly how to organize a student's thoughts and building the student's confidence for writing essays. Teaching includes proper grammar and any individual skill needs for writing. One specialty is college entrance essays. Counsel a student on how to approach and complete the writing of this type of essay and what reviewers tend to looking for in such an essay. Have an understanding of working with students from different cultures through my tutoring and also from my travels to different countries.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have several years of experience writing essays for school subjects as well as technical material for the corporate environment. I have a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley and six years of tutoring with an nearly perfect customer review score. I enjoy working with many different people from all areas of the world and walks of life. I am known for my creative style and patience.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

My proofreading experience includes editing papers for high school and college students, and editing papers as a technical writer and a marketing writer. I have a degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley where I learned excellent skills for proof reading papers.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Experience speaking in front of large and small groups for nonprofits and as a technical educator in the computer industry. Won awards as a Toastmasters member and have a natural love for speaking in front of groups. There are tips for getting over the fear most people have of speaking in front of groups. Writing a speech is similar to the structure of basic essay writing, keeping a few unique ideas in mind. Take a lesson and get over your fears!
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a wide topic, spreading from books, magazines, online data and many sources. It also means comprehension. You can read information and not understand it. I have read English novels, computer manuals, school texts and even comic books. They each need to be approached differently, depending on the purpose for reading each one. And, each one can add to our growth as a person.
Spelling,

Spelling

As an English major, I learned excellent spelling skills and I believe I have a talent for spelling words correctly. However, even more important is my skill in knowing the correct resource to use, such as online spell checkers and old-fashioned paper dictionaries.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

My vocabulary skills are excellent as I have an English Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and have written technical documentation for over 15 years and marketing material for nonprofits for several years. I enjoy improving a student's use of vocabulary through fun writing assignments and periodically through word games. I work hard at increasing the level of vocabulary use in writing.
Writing

Writing

Have a B.A. in English from University of California Berkeley and where I gained a strong understanding of the structure of writing an essay. Eight years of tutoring writing for younger students, high school, and college/adult level. Also, years of writing experience in the computer industry and for nonprofits. My talent is explaining clearly how to organize a student's thoughts and building the student's confidence for writing essays. Teaching includes proper grammar and any individual skill needs for writing. One specialty is college entrance essays. Counsel a student on how to approach and complete the writing of this type of essay and what reviewers tend to looking for in such an essay. Have an understanding of working with students from different cultures through my tutoring and also from my travels to different countries.

Homeschool

English,

English

Have a B.A. in English from University of California Berkeley where I gained a strong understanding of the structure of writing an essay. Over eight years of tutoring writing for younger students, high school, and college/adult level. Also, years of writing experience in the computer industry and for nonprofits. My talent is explaining clearly how to organize a student's thoughts and building the student's confidence for writing essays. Teaching includes proper grammar and any individual skill needs for writing. One specialty is college entrance essays. Counsel a student on how to approach and complete the writing of this type of essay and what reviewers tend to looking for in such an essay. Have an understanding of working with students from different cultures through my tutoring and also from my travels to different countries.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a wide topic, spreading from books, magazines, online data and many sources. It also means comprehension. You can read information and not understand it. I have read English novels, computer manuals, school texts and even comic books. They each need to be approached differently, depending on the purpose for reading each one. And, each one can add to our growth as a person.
Spelling,

Spelling

As an English major, I learned excellent spelling skills and I believe I have a talent for spelling words correctly. However, even more important is my skill in knowing the correct resource to use, such as online spell checkers and old-fashioned paper dictionaries.
Writing

Writing

Have a B.A. in English from University of California Berkeley and where I gained a strong understanding of the structure of writing an essay. Eight years of tutoring writing for younger students, high school, and college/adult level. Also, years of writing experience in the computer industry and for nonprofits. My talent is explaining clearly how to organize a student's thoughts and building the student's confidence for writing essays. Teaching includes proper grammar and any individual skill needs for writing. One specialty is college entrance essays. Counsel a student on how to approach and complete the writing of this type of essay and what reviewers tend to looking for in such an essay. Have an understanding of working with students from different cultures through my tutoring and also from my travels to different countries.

Most Popular

English,

English

Have a B.A. in English from University of California Berkeley where I gained a strong understanding of the structure of writing an essay. Over eight years of tutoring writing for younger students, high school, and college/adult level. Also, years of writing experience in the computer industry and for nonprofits. My talent is explaining clearly how to organize a student's thoughts and building the student's confidence for writing essays. Teaching includes proper grammar and any individual skill needs for writing. One specialty is college entrance essays. Counsel a student on how to approach and complete the writing of this type of essay and what reviewers tend to looking for in such an essay. Have an understanding of working with students from different cultures through my tutoring and also from my travels to different countries.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a wide topic, spreading from books, magazines, online data and many sources. It also means comprehension. You can read information and not understand it. I have read English novels, computer manuals, school texts and even comic books. They each need to be approached differently, depending on the purpose for reading each one. And, each one can add to our growth as a person.
Writing

Writing

Have a B.A. in English from University of California Berkeley and where I gained a strong understanding of the structure of writing an essay. Eight years of tutoring writing for younger students, high school, and college/adult level. Also, years of writing experience in the computer industry and for nonprofits. My talent is explaining clearly how to organize a student's thoughts and building the student's confidence for writing essays. Teaching includes proper grammar and any individual skill needs for writing. One specialty is college entrance essays. Counsel a student on how to approach and complete the writing of this type of essay and what reviewers tend to looking for in such an essay. Have an understanding of working with students from different cultures through my tutoring and also from my travels to different countries.

Summer

Reading,

Reading

Reading is a wide topic, spreading from books, magazines, online data and many sources. It also means comprehension. You can read information and not understand it. I have read English novels, computer manuals, school texts and even comic books. They each need to be approached differently, depending on the purpose for reading each one. And, each one can add to our growth as a person.
Writing

Writing

Have a B.A. in English from University of California Berkeley and where I gained a strong understanding of the structure of writing an essay. Eight years of tutoring writing for younger students, high school, and college/adult level. Also, years of writing experience in the computer industry and for nonprofits. My talent is explaining clearly how to organize a student's thoughts and building the student's confidence for writing essays. Teaching includes proper grammar and any individual skill needs for writing. One specialty is college entrance essays. Counsel a student on how to approach and complete the writing of this type of essay and what reviewers tend to looking for in such an essay. Have an understanding of working with students from different cultures through my tutoring and also from my travels to different countries.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.8 (263 ratings)
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Reviews


Three months with Marlene -- not just the last lesson

Marlene has been tutoring my 6th grade son in Language Arts two times per week for about three months. My son is "taking no prisoners" as he enters puberty. Nevertheless, Marlene has the patience of a saint and has built an unprecedented bridge to him, all online. He willingly works hard on his assignments and looks forward to his sessions with her. This is important because Language Arts is by far his weakest subject and working hard on subjects he doesn't like is not part of his "greatness". I am writing my first review now because I wanted to wait and see the results. It's great to feel you teacher is your friend, but does that translate into learning? Not always... but it did in this case. My benchmark for progress is the Reading section of the PSAT test. In just three months, my son experienced a 300% improvement in his raw reading comprehension score. Additionally, since working with her his school in class grade has stabilized from its steady decline and I feel is poised for a reversal. I have tried several tutors in Language Arts for him starting in 3rd grade. No one has ever gotten him to like reading and actually taught him how to comprehend what he is reading the way she has. My son and I wholeheartedly recommend her.

Tiagan, 23 lessons with Marlene
Tutor responded:

Thank you for your wonderful review. I am so happy that I was able to connect with Tiagan and help him move upward. I believe half of the success came from his willingness to try unique assignments that I gave him and his clever and creative ways to get us out of any online glitches so we could continue with work. I thoroughly enjoyed Tiagan's style of learning. I hope we can have more opportunities in the future.

Marlene is an experienced speaker who can definitely help you improve your public speaking skills

Marlene gave me a few basic techniques to improve the organization around my speech and how to effectively deliver and communicate my ideas. Then we practiced and practiced and I learned so much from her, only after one meeting. I am looking forward to continuing working with Marlene and I am confident that she will help me to transform my public speaking skills.

Michelle, 2 lessons with Marlene

Excellent essay tutor

Many thanks for Marlene. She is great for college essay reviews, she helped me with college application essays and an AP English Literature essay, advised for Content organization, sentence structure, and grammar.

leila, 3 lessons with Marlene

Good start of online tutoring

Today is my daughter's first online writing class. Marlene is nice and worked well with Nuoyan. Will see her again.

Lian, 21 lessons with Marlene

very patient

She is very patient, and provided us with a lot of useful information and advise. Very good at explaining materials for test and provide efficient directions. But at this point it is too time consuming for Gorden to take AP English language and composition by self study. So he decided not to continue. But if he wants to improve writing skills, we will come back and study with you.

Peiming, 1 lesson with Marlene

Knowledgeable and conscientious

Marlene worked with me in my college essay. She helped me organize and structure my rough draft. She then worked with me to make sure my “story” didn’t overshadow my voice. I reallly enjoyed working with Marlene!

Erin, 2 lessons with Marlene

Provides Follow up and Brainstorming - Great Tutor

Marlene led a great discussion with my son about his AP Lit assignment. She asked questions to help my son think about the themes and how to organize his ideas. She sent a summary and specific steps for him to follow up with her. He seemed more confident and less stressed after talking with her about the assignment.

JC, 8 lessons with Marlene
Tutor responded:

I am pleased that JC and I were able to work through some of the first stage jitters. He is certainly not alone; even the seasoned writers go through it. I look forward to helping JC moving along to a completed essay that he feels good about.

Knowledgeable and Patient

My Mom was intimidated by computer usage but it became a requirement for her job. I found Marlene on WyzAnt and she has been an absolute lifesaver. Her patience and kindness instantly put my Mom at ease and it created a safe environment that allowed my mother to move at her own pace. I am so proud of the progress my Mom has made and I owe it to Marlene. She consistently goes above and beyond. Thank you, Marlene!

Hayat, 86 lessons with Marlene
Tutor responded:

Hayat, Thank you for a wonderful review. I have really enjoyed working with your Mom and watching her amazing progress. She is a very smart lady who just needed to get over her fears of the different applications she needed to do on the computer for her work. I was pleased to help her with that growth, and I think she has helped me in many ways! Take care, Marlene

Expert editing advice

Wonderful editing advice and very reachable via email and phone. Marlene edited my Masters essay after I worked with another tutor to write it and she did a great job helping me a second opinion.

Gia, 2 lessons with Marlene
Tutor responded:

Gia, Thank you for your comment. It was a pleasure helping you with a second opinion. I very much appreciated that you were direct with what edits you wanted and did not want, and worked quickly on your essay and resume so you could get them submitted soon. It was great working with you. Best of luck!

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Marlene M.

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