Over 600 tutoring hours

Marlene M.

Bellevue, WA


English Tutor - Writing, Organization, Editing for Essays, Books, Work

4.7 average from 166 ratings
Really helped with college essays!
— Rachel, Issaquah, WA on 2/16/15


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UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley (English)

About Marlene

I have been tutoring for WyzAnt for over four years, guiding students in writing and organizational skills. I tutor for a wide range of ages - fifth grade to adults in any writing need, including high school and college papers, books to be published, and even emails. I tailor my teaching to the individual needs of each student or customer, guiding them through the organization of their thoughts and the structure of their paper, creating clear sentences, and using proper grammar. My goal is to assist to complete assignments, as well as teach skills as we work together.

Other specialties include:
Guiding college-bound students in writing unique and compelling essays to increase their chances of being accepted by their college choices.

Working with professionals to improve the message and grammar of their presentation papers.

Editing and content feedback for novels.

My rates are negotiable from the posted rate.

I have more than 15 years of experience in technical and nontechnical writing. I received a BA in English from University of California, Berkeley, where I wrote literary papers. My work experience includes technical documentations and marketing documents for corporations and nonprofits. I have also edited newsletters. So, I am knowledgeable of many styles of writing. In addition, I have experience with public speaking through a local Toastmasters Club and at a few public events.

My students enjoy my patient and creative teaching style. I enjoy working with many styles of learning and personality types. (Note: As much as I would like to work with students with special education needs, I am not certified and do not feel qualified to do so.) Finally, having travelled around the world, I have an understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment when working with students from different cultures.

My hours are flexible and I am willing to travel to you. However, I do limit my travel to 6 miles due to traffic and time. Sometimes I am open to making a special agreements, so if distance is an issue, let's talk.

I always start the first few lessons in a library or coffee shop that is convenient to us both.

Please read my reviews under "Student Feedback" to see what others have said about my tutoring. Should you not be sure if I am the correct tutor for yourself or your student, I offer a 30-minute introductory session for $10.

If you need a patient and creative teacher to help you improve your writing, complete an essay, edit your bestseller, or to write an oral presentation, please contact me. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you through WyzAnt.
I have been tutoring for WyzAnt for over four years, guiding students in writing and organizational skills. I tutor for a wide range of ages - Read more

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Travels within 6 miles of Bellevue, WA 98005
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"Really helped with college essays!"

- Rachel, Issaquah, WA on 2/16/15

"Knowledgeable, patient, and caring tutor."

- Vicky, Woodinville, WA on 5/20/16

"Marlene is a great instructor!"

- Sarah, Bellevue, WA on 2/3/16

"Very helpful!"

- Isabel, Bellevue, WA on 12/4/15

"Extremely patient"

- Nancy, Bellevue, WA on 2/24/15

"Willing to adapt her tutoring to the individual"

- Justine, Bellevue, WA on 1/9/15


- Mao, Bellevue, WA on 8/12/14

"Excellent Tutor, Very Professional"

- Ron, Redmond, WA on 3/11/14

"Great tutor, very nice and patient."

- Lisa, Bellevue, WA on 11/7/13

"Marlene is very patient and attentive to my needs"

- Jing, Bothell, WA on 11/3/13

"Great Tutor"

- Mark, Bellevue, WA on 10/8/13

"Great English Tutor!"

- Miran, Bellevue, WA on 9/1/13

"Great in teaching kids writing."

- Leo, Bellevue, WA on 8/30/13

"She is simply the best"

- Kambiz, Bellevue, WA on 7/26/13


- Martha, Federal Way, WA on 6/27/13

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Danny, Bellevue, WA on 5/8/12

"Creative and patient teacher"

- Natalia, Seattle, WA on 4/21/12

"Very Patient and Great Tutor!!"

- Kyle, Bellevue, WA on 4/16/12

"Great creative and resourceful tutor"

- Zongwei, Sammamish, WA on 2/24/12

"Marlene is awesome!"

- Tony, Issaquah, WA on 2/14/12

"Great Editor"

- Michelle, Bellevue, WA on 2/10/12
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Experience in English comes from schooling and experience. I have both, which include an English Degree from University of California Berkeley and several years of writing technical and marketing material for corporations and nonprofits.

I also understand that there are different words for the same meaning in the English language, depending on the country and even the state in which you live.

My skills in English are both written and oral and include excellent organization and grammar.

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.


I have several years of writing correctly and proofreading for grammatical errors as a technical writer and a marketing writer.

Also, I have a degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley, where I learned correct grammar for essays and work based on The Associated Press Stylebook. I also learned the importance of following the instructors' assignment requirements and completing several proofing passes.

Microsoft Access

I worked with the basics of Microsoft Access as a volunteer for Audubon Society where I needed to use Access to process membership letters. I can teach a student the basics of using Access.

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.


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

I can assist with public speaking tools. I have experience as a Toastmasters member and a natural love and talent for speaking in front of groups.

I have spoken at many nonprofit events for audiences of 50-300, and had a year of standup training for computer classes.


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.


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.


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 my knowledge through online learning tools and extra activities, such as crossword puzzles and word games.


I have written all my life, starting in school as an English major. I graduated with an English degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Using my degree, I wrote marketing and technical material for corporations and for nonprofits. I now help with nonprofits, some online blogs and descriptions, and of course tutoring WyzAnt students in English. I have helped with writing assignments, assisting from the beginning with formulating a thesis to simple grammar correction. I have also helped write a speach. I have excellent grammar, organization and spelling skills. And, if there is something I do not know, I am glad to help find the correct answer.

UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley (English)

Really helped with college essays! — I asked Marlene for help writing essays for 6 different colleges. A tall order to be sure, but fortunately Marlene is a great tutor. Over the course of several weeks, she diligently worked through each of my papers with me, pointing out grammar mistakes and giving incredibly helpful suggestions as to how I can improve the communication of my ideas in my writing overall. ...

— Rachel, Issaquah, WA on 2/16/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marlene will travel within 6 miles of Bellevue, WA 98005.