In addition to teaching at Berkeley City college, Sunisa offers private coaching to students living in the East Bay.

qualifications

  • Instructor in the English Department of Berkeley City College.
  • MFA in Fiction with a postgraduate semester in essay writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
  • BA in English Literature and Expository Writing from Brown University.
  • Co-founder of Women’s Launch Pad, a program that pairs rising senior women with Brown alumna.

coaching options

1. Reading & Writing

There is no greater predictor of how a student will perform in college than their reading abilities. Sunisa specializes in getting students to read. She draws on a buffet of snappy short stories, poems and essays written by writers of diverse American and international extraction.

  • Reading assignments are accompanied by writing exercises.
  • Students can expect to do one writing assignment for homework per week, with an essay every three weeks.
  • Critical thinking skills are emphasized, such as: identifying and analyzing the assumptions and implications of an argument, and how to compare and use multiple perspectives.
 
 
 

2.College Entrance Essay

These sessions hone a personal statement that authentically captures the student’s unique voice and background.

  • We’ll being by working on reading strategies.
  • Move to generative writing exercises.
  • Shift into assignments that play with voice and thesis.

The student will have the chance to brainstorm three essay ideas before we pick one and refine it, pushing it into stellar territory.

Sunisa with her Brown Women's Launch Pad 2016-'17 mentee.

Sunisa with her Brown Women's Launch Pad 2016-'17 mentee.

 
 
 
At the kickoff to Women's Launch Pad in 2015 with Sunisa's first mentee at Brown.

At the kickoff to Women's Launch Pad in 2015 with Sunisa's first mentee at Brown.

3. Mentorship

Mentoring goes beyond an academic relationship to encompass topics like academic aspirations and pressure, friendship, dating and body image.

  • The goal is for sessions to progress into personal terrain.
  • There’s leeway to take hikes, cook, craft, volunteer, and do activities broader than the classroom.
  • The emphasis is on a healthy body, mindful focus, and generous spirit.

Mentoring allows for a friendly yet wise, informal yet measured relationship. Its specifics varybecause it is so personal.

  • The sessions are designed for students who need an outlet, want an ally, and are looking for a friend.
  • Sunisa has found particularly fruitful relationships happen with young women of color, Asian and Asian American women, aspiring writers and artists, and young folks who tend to be hard on themselves.
  • Mentoring time often leads to successful work on the college essay.
 
 
 

Rates

  • $150/hour for Mentorship and Reading & Writing.

  • $180/hour for the College Essay. These sessions can be done in small groups if students already know each other.

All tutoring requires a 5-session commitment after the initial consultation. This allows Sunisa to develop a meaningful connection with her students. Sessions can then be tailored to meet student interests and needs, and provides the foundation for transformative work.

 

 

 

Timing & Location

  • Hours are flexible after noon on weekdays depending on the student’s availability and Sunisa’s teaching schedule.
  • Sunisa is available to tutor in homes from Oakland to Point Richmond.
  • For students in Orinda, Lafayette, Fremont and other surrounding areas, she prefers to meet at a cafe in the East Bay.
Reading from her novel at the open house for Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin.

Reading from her novel at the open house for Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin.

 
 
 
 
 
Sunisa with a class on critical thinking at Berkeley City College.

Sunisa with a class on critical thinking at Berkeley City College.

 
 
 

We’re interested

 Use the contact form to get in touch.  Sunisa will set up an initial phone call, after which she can decide to offer an in-person, one-hour session free of charge.

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