Michelle M. Motoyoshi

experienced. effective. reliable.

Tutor & Editor



Tutoring and Editing

No matter what field you go into, strong communication skills are a must. Being able to produce clear, concise, and engaging content can set you above the pack. Why not ensure your skills are top notch? 

As a tutor, editor, and published writer, I have become an expert in English grammar and composition. Whatever sort of writing help you may need, I can provide it. Please check out the services I offer, and let me know how I can assist you. 

COLLEGE ESSAY WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE STARTING IN JULY  and continuing through the fall. Click for more information



Have any questions?

If you would like more information or if you would like to set up a session, feel free to contact me.

Phone:  510-872-7020

Email:    mimimo@gmail.com




Thanks to Michelle, I am a more confident writer. Michelle worked with me to improve the crafting and phrasing of my essays. She helped me grow with her insights, encouragement, and patience. I strongly recommend Michelle because she is amazing!”
— P.C., student at Fremont Union High School District.
Michelle’s dependable help with college essay writing was a much-needed resource during an extraordinarily stressful but exciting time of my kids’ lives. Her thorough understanding of teenage psychology and young adult culture helped to build a friendly and secure rapport between her and my teens.
We sure needed Michelle and were grateful to have found her.
— Linda, parent of students at American High School, Fremont, CA
We were very fortunate to have Michelle guide my two sons through the college essay writing process. She was able to capture my sons’ passion and personality and inspire them to write their essays with more focus and direction. My sons were honored with numerous merit scholarships in both private and UC universities. I would say that their creatively written essays gave my sons an edge and opened more opportunities for them.
— Blanche, parent of Moreau High School student
Since Michelle began tutoring my son, I have seen significant improvement in his writing and in his self-confidence, too. He no longer feels intimidated by assignments. Michelle genuinely cares about his academic and personal well-being. I have been nothing but pleased with her work.
— Ayesha, parent of a Mission San Jose High School student


MY Philosophy

I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to working with others. I think it's critical to get to know each student, each client, each project and their specific needs and wants. Understanding that, I can provide the assistance that is optimal for that person at that time. 

I also believe it's important to work hard, to communicate clearly, and to be flexible.  It's an ethic I bring to every job I accept. 


SEE examples of my work

About Me


A veteran freelancer, I have over 8 years of experience as a tutor and more than a year of experience as a professional editor. With a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, I also have the knowledge and analytical skills to help with a variety of educational and scholarly projects. 

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Editing Resume

Tutoring Resume


Working with Professor Motoyoshi was extremely beneficial. Our one-on-one sessions helped me to become a much better writer. I started working with her once my second semester of sophomore year started, and I immediately noticed a dramatic improvement in my overall grade.
— Vignesh, Mission San Jose High School student