Marlene M.

Bellevue, WA


English Tutor - Writing, Organization, Editing - Essays, Books, Talks

700+ Hours
4.7 average from 200 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 six years, guiding students with patience and creativity in writing, grammar, and organizational skills. I tutor for a wide range of ages - elementary school through college, as well as for professional adults writing books, and any work-related communication needs. I tailor my teaching to the individual student, guiding them through the organization, the structure of the paper, and in writing clear sentences with proper grammar. My goal is to assist to complete the assignment as well as teaching skills as we work together to build the knowledge and confidence so a student will be able to write on their own.

Other specialties include:
- Guiding college-bound students in writing unique and compelling essays for their entrance applications.

- Working with professionals to improve their message for papers, presentations, and even emails.

- Editing and content feedback for novels.

- Speaking presentations at school and at work.

With more than 10 years of experience in technical and nontechnical writing, including computer software instructions, online help files, public relation material, and newsletters. My degree is a BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley, where I wrote literary and research papers. After graduation, I wrote for corporations and nonprofits. In addition, I have experience with public speaking through a local Toastmasters Club and from speaking at public events. I enjoy finding the right teaching style and curriculum to help each student through their needs and to improve their skills.

I have traveled to a few countries around the world, so I have an understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment when working with students from different cultures and can do so as long as there is a basic understanding of the English language.

Special Note: As much as I enjoy working with talented students of special education, I am not trained in that area. I am also not trained in ESL for second language students.

My students enjoy my patient and creative teaching style. I enjoy working with many learning and personality types. Please read my reviews under "Student Feedback" to see what others have said about my tutoring. Should you not be sure that I might be the correct tutor for yourself or your student, I offer a 30-minute in-person "get-to-know-me" introduction for $10.

Meeting Policy: I always start the first few lessons in a library or coffee shop that is convenient for both of us. My hours are flexible and I am willing to travel to you within a 6-mile radius due to traffic and time constraints. Sometimes I am open to making a special agreement, such as hourly charge or working online, so if the distance is an issue, let's talk. As for arranging day and time to meet, that can be arranged after you register your payment information with Wyzant. It is their policy that we cannot meet until you do so. They do not charge anything until we have a lesson.

**If you need a patient and creative teacher to improve yours or your student's writing skills or 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 six years, guiding students with patience and creativity in writing, grammar, and organizational skills. I tutor for a wide range of ages - elementary school through college, as well as for professional adults writing books, and any work-related communication needs. I tailor my teaching to the individual Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Bellevue, WA 98005
Background Check: Passed

"Really helped with college essays!"

- Rachel, Issaquah, WA on 2/16/15
Marlene replied on 1/26/2017

Rachel, It was a pleasure helping you!

"Knowledgeable and conscientious"

- Erin, Mercer Island, WA on 10/28/17

"Provides Follow up and Brainstorming - Great Tutor"

- JC, Schaumburg, IL on 10/18/17
Marlene replied on 10/21/2017

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"

- Hayat, Bellevue, WA on 3/10/17
Marlene replied on 3/13/2017

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"

- Gia, Kirkland, WA on 2/8/17
Marlene replied on 3/10/2017

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!

"Great English Tutor"

- Karen, Bellevue, WA on 1/24/17
Marlene replied on 1/26/2017

Karen, Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure working with your daughter. Marlene

"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!!"

- Sophia, 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
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:

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Approved subjects

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Experience in English comes from schooling and experience. I have both, which include a B.A. in English from University of California Berkeley and years of writing in for corporate and nonprofits. I have been tutoring for almost 6 years in writing and grammar. I bring an individual teaching skill for each student's needs.

In addition, having travelled to different countries and worked with students from many different countries, I understand differences in meanings and ways of working.

My skills in English are both written and oral, and include teaching organization, grammar, and most importantly confidence in achieving a student's individual goals.

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 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

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 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.


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 5 miles of Bellevue, WA 98005.