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I am an experienced tutor, editor, and manuscript reader with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Washington. In addition to my writing and literature background, I also have experience as a public speaking coach. I currently work for an online educational resource as a staff writer, creating lesson plans, study guides, quizzes, and worksheets designed for the K-12 language arts and literature curriculum and college writing courses. Education is my passion, and I enjoy helping students from all academic backgrounds develop as critical thinkers and writers. I believe that learning should be fun, engaging, and collaborative, and I work with students to develop an educational plan that works for them.
While at UW, I tutored at the campus interdisciplinary writing center, helping students develop and refine academic papers, admissions essays, lab reports, dissertations, and personal creative projects. I worked with students at all stages of the writing process, from prewriting to final editing and refinement. In addition to working with students on individual projects, I also help students develop tools and strategies that they can apply to future assignments. I visualize writing skills as tools in a toolbox, and I believe that the best way to succeed as a writer is to have a variety of tools at your disposal.
Outside of the more technical elements of reading, writing, and speaking, I also believe in helping students develop a positive relationship with education. Rather than just helping students absorb the material, I also strive to help them engage with the concepts. It can be difficult for students to connect classroom materials to their personal interests, resulting in frustration and a decline in motivation. However, I hope that by helping students make meaningful connections to the material, they not only find success in class, but also a passion for learning that will stay with them throughout their lives.

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Marissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington-Seattle Campus - Bachelor in Arts, English

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 730

SAT Writing: 700


Reading, Writing Poetry and Short Stories, Cooking, and Antique Shopping

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

AP English Literature and Composition

College English


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Public Speaking

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


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