Norm - Prof academic english - San Jose


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Academic Writing & Critical Thinking for English, ESL, Literature, and courses requiring academic essays

About the lesson


Graduate coursework in English Composition, SFSU–2013-14
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, Magna Cum Laude, SFSU–2013.
• Area of concentration: Modern and ancient Japanese culture and history
• Additional coursework and areas of interest outside of concentration: Technical and marketing writing, Journalism, and Communications law.
• Overall SFSU GPA: 3.85; GPA in degree major: 3.95.
Associate of Arts in Independent Studies, Foothill Junior College, 2002.
Member of San Francisco State Alumni Association, January 2013.
Member of Phi Theta Kappa Society and Foothill College Honors Institute.

Work History, Skills, and Accomplishments

Volunteer Writing Tutor
Graduate Advising Office, Division of Graduate Studies, San Francisco State University
Tutored undergraduate students in developing letters of interest and intent for application to graduate programs.

Director and Instructional Associate
English as a Second Language (ESL) Writing Center
Foothill Community College–Language Arts Division, Los Altos Hills, CA.
1/2007 to 6/2010.
Supervisor: Paul Starer, Dean of Language Arts
Administration and Tutoring
Responsible for administering budget, hiring and training student tutors, managing day-to-day operations.
Tutored international (ESL) and domestic students in academic writing and critical thinking for core ESL and English courses.
Tutored international and domestic students in writing across the curriculum, including History, Psychology, and personal statements for admissions into colleges and universities.
Exercised sound judgment and sensitivity in a diverse social and cultural environment.
Aligned the ESL tutorial practices with ESL course objectives and student learning outcomes.
Generated interest and developed trust in the ESL Writing Center from the international student body and ESL faculty.
Increased student usage of Center from 130 to over 450 appointments per academic quarter–an increase of over 300%.

Instructional Associate
Temporary contract, ESL Writing Center
Foothill Community College–Language Arts Division, Los Altos Hills, CA.
9/2006 to 12/2006.

English/ESL student tutor
Language Arts Division
Foothill Community College, Los Altos Hills, CA.
9/2001 to 12/2005.


  • Academic English
  • Literacy
  • Resume preparation
  • +1

    Modernist literature


  • English


  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • +2

    College / University

    Adult Education

About Norm

I started tutoring English and ESL as an undergraduate student in a junior college in 2001, secured a position as a writing center director/tutor in a junior college in 2007, and continued tutoring during my graduate studies.

As a result, I have tutored hundreds of students over many hundreds of hours not only in ESL and English classes but also in courses that required academic essays such as history and political science. In addition, I have tutored many students in their personal statements and statements of purpose for admission to universities and graduate programs.



  • 5h: $33
  • 10h: $30


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