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My name is Elaine and I am an Ph.D. student at UA in Second Language Acquisition & Teaching major, with a minor in Language Reading & Culture in the College of Ed here. My area of interest is student success, college access, and more recently precision medicine challenges.

** I have assisted 3 students with their successful Flinn Foundation applications (they all won), and also have assisted students to get into Duke, Yale, Stanford, and Northwestern to name but a handful of top universities.

My students interests have ranged from engineering to business to languages. I am quite fluent in multiple subject disciplines.

My clients have ranged from middle school language arts to postgraduate American Literature students. At Duke I taught a similarly broad range of classes and also worked as a tutor for the athletic department. (Yes, I was teaching feminist literature classics to football players!) My student evaluations were among the best possible, and I received the outstanding graduate instructor award in 2007. I was ultimately selected to lead department wide pedagogy workshops aimed at mentoring incoming teachers.

I'm not a dull, nerdy tweed-covered kind of Professor-like instructorin fact, students say Im cool. Together, we can help you and your student overcome testing anxiety, demoralization and also; get excited again about learning academic content-acquisition skills!!.

I have found that what I truly love is helping others to succeed using multiple tutorial methods. I truly believe that anyone can understand writing and analysis. In fact, English / writing and other learned academic languages, can be made comprehensible and simple to master, as long as it is explained well!

In my free time, I love yoga and giving talks at conferences. I love learning as much as I can about Tucson! I also love mountain hiking--Douglas Springs is a favorite by Saguaro National, East.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Elaine’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Arizona - Bachelor in Arts, English/Sociology

Graduate Degree: Duke University - Master of Arts, English


yoga, cooking, dogs, cats, pescetarian

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep


College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature

Conversational Mandarin


Essay Editing

European History



Graduate Test Prep


High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History



Mandarin Chinese




SAT Reading

Social studies


World History