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I hold a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University, where I focused on American literature and history. I also earned a B.A. from the University of Southern California; I double-majored in English and International Relations. For the past 15 years, I have taught courses at various universities in Southern California. The courses I have taught include both beginning and advanced composition, as well as courses involving critical thinking about such topics as literature, history, critical theory, and visual culture.

My experience equips me to tutor students in all levels of English, helping them with writing, reading, and critical-thinking. I can assist students in all of their classes by helping them to improve their organization, argumentation, grammar, and vocabulary. I can work with more advanced students (such as those preparing for the SAT and AP exams) in honing their analytical reading skills and developing more in-depth essays. I can also tutor students in American history and social studies. Further, I am adept at teaching any subjects related to diversity and multiculturalism.

When I have free time, I train for triathlons and half-marathons, which I started doing in the past few years. I also love listening to music, reading, and writing.

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Michelle’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern California - Bachelor in Arts, English; International Relations

Graduate Degree: Claremont Graduate University - Unknown, Cultural Studies


Triathlons, music, reading, and writing.

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College Level American Literature


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature



ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social studies


SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Test Prep


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