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I love written language and I love helping students become better writers and readers, strengthening their expressing and comprehending muscles. I believe many students have been discouraged by their in-school experiences but that with a little guidance, almost anyone can increase their writing and reading skills and take greater pleasure in all things linguistic.

In working with students, I draw on a wide range of experiences. This includes: tutoring students in Berkeley, California public schools (middle and high-school) for four years; my own work as an appellate lawyer (for 20 years); a lifetime of Fiction, Poetry and Memoir writing; my experience as the parent of a college-age daughter; and, before any of that, as a copywriter and grant writer.

I look forward to meeting and working with you.

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Clifford’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: U.C. Berkeley - Bachelor in Arts, English

Graduate Degree: U.C. Hastings College of Law - Juris Doctor, Law

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 720


Writing stories, playing jazz and rock guitar, music, reading, exercising, long walks with my dog, hanging out with friends

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade Writing

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

High School English

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay

Introduction to Fiction




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