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I love writing and it's a joy for me to teach!

I'd be glad to help you or your child with anything writing or reading related. Everything from homework, research or assignment papers, college essays, projects, reading comprehension, new skills or approaches to reading or writing, outlining, brainstorming, sentence structure and more.

In each session, we'll go over topics and skills such as brainstorming, web diagraming, thesis writing, outline organization, show don't tell, supporting details, seamless transitions, sourcing and citing and genuinely, conversationally piecing all the points together for an interesting, compelling and enjoyable experience for the reader .

I offer many styles of writing such as expository, persuasive, technical, analysis, research, comparative, creative, essay, thesis , and more.

I teach from elementary to the graduate school level.

For those at the collegiate or graduate level, we may go over the styles of citing such as Chicago style, MLA, APA and more.

If you have any questions or are interested in scheduling a session, please feel free to contact me! Thank you!
I look forward to working with you!


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Marla’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Kansas - Bachelors, English


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Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP Computer Science Principles


College English

College Geography

College World History

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing



High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School English

Social Studies

Spelling Bee

Technical Writing

Technology and Coding

World Religions


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Seeing the big picture of teaching lets students integrate the knowledge with a greater understanding and a vaster vision of the whole. This way, every student can utilize the knowledge and wisdom of the teaching for not just writing, but also from a larger perspective that can be utilized within life. A good teacher brings skills along with the content.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Writing sessions always begin with brainstorming, thesis writing, and outlining.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can do this by giving students encouragement, permission, and freedom to creatively think outside the box and ask questions from a place of inspiration so they can become inquisitive learners and researchers and seekers of knowledge. From within their own creative process of formulating inquisitive questions, they become independent lifelong learners.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By delving into what genuinely interests the student and by encouraging and directing them in learning from their own perspective so they are excited about learning and building their skills.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would show the student how a skill or concept fits into their understanding of life through their own personal experiences so that they can comprehend the content or skill through their own experience instead of simply a concept. This way, the knowledge or skill becomes an integrated part of their being.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

By bringing awareness to the meaning of the word in a few examples, in addition to the original presentation of the content. This way the student can have a greater comprehension, and they are able to grasp the concept of understanding in various ways and angles rather than simply the original context. This gives them a broader understanding of the knowledge and skill.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I like starting with the basics of writing such as thesis forming, web diagrams, and outlines.

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