Hi! My name is Alyssa and I’m your next reading and writing tutor.

“Alyssa is a pro. She’s got a gift for working with students, especially those whose needs may be unconventional.”

— Instructor Evaluation, AWP 2020
Some Quick Facts
  • Tutored over 350 elementary school, high school, and college students on a weekly basis
  • Worked closely with nine professors in the Analytical Writing Program at UC San Diego and the Rhetoric and Writing Studies department at SDSU before teaching my own courses
  • Taught six courses at San Diego State University
  • Developed two original syllabi for San Diego State University courses in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies department

She always makes you feel good even when your writing needs more work.

— Student Evaluation, AWP 2020

Why I’m a Qualified Writing Tutor

I’m a UC San Diego graduate working on my Master’s in Fine Arts at San Diego State University. I also hold a Graduate Certificate for College Teaching.

Studying writing for as long as I have (six years) means that I’ve dedicated my entire academic career to understanding all forms of literature—whether those texts are short stories, novels, creative nonfiction essays, opinion editorials, etc.—and responding to them in cogent, productive essays.

I’ve learned how to write essays that conform to academic standards while using my mastery of academic standards and the English language to develop a meaningful, comprehensive contribution to any conversation that I enter.

Alyssa is patient and listens to student concerns.

— Instructor Evaluation, AWP 2020

What I Can Do For You

My job as a writing tutor, mentor, and instructor is to make my job obsolete. Every time I meet with you or your student, I model the types of questions students should be asking. By the time we finish our time together, the questions we discuss about both the essays they’re writing and their assigned readings should become second nature.

Alyssa is a great and engaging T.A. She really helped with revising and editing my essays to further advance in my writing skills.

— Student Evaluation, AWP 2020

Questions I Help My Students Answer

How do I read strategically? 
How can I make annotations useful and efficient for my future self?
How does an essay look? 
Why do I need a thesis? 
What’s the function of a topic sentence? 
How the heck do I write a conclusion?

Alyssa is very easy to talk to and be honest to, she is a very good listener.

— Student Evaluation, AWP 2020

My Goals

  • Meet you or your student wherever they are in their academic journey
  • Work with you or your student until contribute to ongoing, exigent conversations on their own

Interested? Click here for my hourly rate.