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Kathie D.

Kathie the Communicator

Benicia, CA (94510)

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Learning is fundamental and as a tutor, my goal will be to help the student understand the process of learning and using what has been learned. In many instances, the tutoring process will be straightforward, as in vocabulary, and as a tutor I will help the student understand that while memorization can be boring, the origins of words can lead to a deeper understanding and thereby better recall.

My philosophy about tutoring is that we seek success and I can help each individual find that success by listening and analyzing their unique needs.

The student who chooses me to tutor them will have positive results. I am described by colleagues as cogent, warm, enthusiastic and articulate, as well as flexible.

My flexibility will be useful in setting up appointments. I have offices in Benicia and Martinez and I can adjust locations to match the student's need. My experience as a counselor and as a mediator further prepare me to be the best choice as your student's tutor because of my ongoing direct experience with real, live people over many years.

My dedication to learning and success and my understanding of how people learn and what can interfere with learning make me the best choice as tutor for your successful child!

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Kathie’s subjects

Elementary Education:
Career Development, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
Career Development
Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL, Proofreading, Public Speaking


Understanding the formatting and configurations of English will increase a student's comprehension of written and spoken communication. With greater comprehension comes greater satisfaction. Knowing the rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation are essential in understanding and being understood when using English. Breaking down a sentence into components and assembling sentences from components will increase the student's knowledge of English. I am competent in helping students break down and build up the structures of English.


I have several years experience tutoring ESL students in speaking, writing, understanding and communicating with English as their second language. I thoroughly enjoy this work and students have found me very helpful. One former tutee went on to become San Jose State University's Outstanding Student, crediting my ESL tutoring as essential in that award.


Being able to check written assignments for accuracy in the use of English will promote stronger English skills. Knowing when a sentence is poorly structured, when grammar rules are broken, spelling is inaccurate and punctuation is off will help the student. I will help the student identify errors, learn why it is an error and identify the correct/best structure to contain the meaning.


I have a Master's degree in Educational Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapist Option from Cal State East Bay in 1999. I am a licensed and practicing MFT using psychodynamic, relational, attachment, CBT and CMT models for helping people. I have 14 years of experience in psychology and I can help you understand the concepts of psychology.

Public Speaking

I have an AA in Speech Communication, was the first tutor in public speaking at the college tutor center and a BA in Communication Studies. I understand how to choose a topic, the various formats of particular types of speeches, can communicate development of an outline and help with nervousness and making connections with the audience.


I am certified by WyzAnt to tutor in reading and passed their certification with 100%! I have been a reader since pre-school, love reading and understand the process of reading. I understand the obstacles that may prevent a student from fully realizing the content and, with my Communication Studies degrees, also understand how to help that student improve their reading skills in an environment of safety and success.


Spelling is important in understanding written material. While memorizing the spelling of words is usually the primary way to understand their use in English, placement of the word in sentences also helps us know what that word is. Spelling correctly is important in being understood by others while incorrect spelling can limit possibilities. I will help students memorize the spelling of words and understand how the spelling and meaning can change during use.

Study Skills

Study skills are necessary to keep up in school and to excel. These are strategies to use and to help remember subject matter for learning. Strategies of study skills include memorization, mnemonics, concentration techniques, organization of material and time as well as notetaking.
Types of study skills include visual imagery, acronyms and mnemonics, memorization, reading and listening skills, use of cues (flashcards), storing information by condensing, summarizing and using key words.
Also important are time management, organization of material and motivation to succeed. I can help you with all these in specific ways which are centered around your particular strengths.


Vocabulary is an exciting adventure. Having a developed vocabulary helps the writer create deeper levels of meaning and helps the reader capture more completely what they are reading. I will help students optimize their vocabularies through use of words in sentences, by reading, finding roots of the words and through memorization. I am experienced with all ages and enjoy tutoring.


I am an experienced tutor in writing skills with a background in Communication Studies and I can help the student communicate effectively with the reader. This experience includes structuring writing using outlines, following through with topics, main ideas and supporting details. I can also help the tutee with grammar and punctuation in order to be most fully understood by the reader. I can explain writing in terms which the student/tutee will understand. I am patient, enthusiastic and enjoy working with people of all ages and I understand what kinds of obstacles can impede progress.

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San Jose State University (Comunication Studies)

California State University East Bay; Educational Psychology, LMFT (Master's)

Great tutor! Flexible, patient and knowledgable. — We have seen Kathie three times now and I really like her teaching style. She is very patient, always positive (even when mistakes are made) and very flexible; always willing to take the lesson in a different direction if we need to. My son is not totally convinced that he needs a tutor but, because of Kathie's wonderful demeanor and teaching style, he is willing to continue trying. I can't ask fo ...

— Elaine, Benicia, CA on 4/19/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

For groups of three, each individual rate will be $20.00 per/hour.

Travel policy

Kathie will travel within 15 miles of Benicia, CA 94510.

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