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Sometimes a student will say to me, "I'm just not a good writer." My response is that writing is just another mode of communication and everyone has a distinct writer's voice. There are always technical areas for improvement—structure, argument, grammar—but the raw ingredients for success are already there. I try to help give students the tools they need to read and write with confidence, frequently using their existing interests and hobbies as a way to engage with the material. Since my "day job" is teaching college composition and critical thinking, I prefer working with high school and college students.

Jackie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Barbara - Bachelors, Literature

Graduate Degree: Claremont Graduate University - PHD, English, Minor in Critical Theory


forensic taphonomy, stage magic, art & aesthetics

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing


High School English