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Learning has relevance as real-world experience. I am a University of California (UC) professor with a doctor's degree in English-and-American Literature. I have received several forms of academic recognition and am a member of several academic honors societies:

Cambridge Who's Who: 2007-Present: Lifetime Member

Phi Lambda Theta: August 19, 2002

Phi Kappa Phi: April 26, 2002

Who's Who: 1989-1990

Dean's List at California State University: Dominguez Hills: June 15, 1980

Bachelor of Art's Degree with Distinction: California State University: Dominguez Hills: June 15, 1978

Associate of Arts Degree with Distinction: El Camino College: June 15, 1976

Alpha Gama Sigma Award: El Camino College: June 15, 1976

I am also a member of the alumni associations of both the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). For many years, I have primarily taught English, Literature, and Composition, while also teaching courses in Philosophy, Science, Art, History, American History, American Government, US Constitution, Economics, etc. I also have backgrounds in research and in the health field. Further, I have also been a Referee and Reader for UCLA's American Indian Studies Center, providing insights as to whether a document should be published.

I am familiar with both the Modern Language Association (MLA) standards and the American Psychology Association (APA) standards in writing, including in citations and references. I have over twenty years of experience reading, marking, correcting, and grading papers at the following levels: UC schools, state university, community college, and K-12, both in regular education and in special education.

I have taught students and have graded papers in UC schools for over six years, in state university for two years, in community colleges for five years, and in K-12 for seven years. All the above is concurrent with practicing private tutoring in writing in many areas, but primarily in English, Composition, and Literature. I am credentialed in teaching in special education, both as a generalist and as an autism specialist. Finally, I also have many years of experience teaching in both English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and Sheltered courses.

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Thomas’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Dominguez Hills - Bachelor in Arts, Studio Arts

Graduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Doctor of Philosophy, English


Composing music, drawing, painting, photography, camping, traveling, neuroscience, forensic psychology, Criminal Justice System (CJS) research and health field research

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

CBEST - The California Basic Educational Skills Test

College English

College Level American Literature


Elementary School English


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

Executive Functioning

Expository Writing

High School English

High School Writing

Learning Differences


Middle School Reading Comprehension


Professional Certifications

Social Sciences

Special Education

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

World Literature


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