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Kate K.

Carlsbad, CA

$49/hr

Language Professional and Study Skills Tutor

Background check passed as of 2/19/14
Usually responds in about 56 minutes

Language Professional and Study Skills Tutor

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I am a full-time tutor with over four years experience in tutoring and teaching Spanish, French, English, ESL, reading and writing composition. My background also includes ACT and AP test preparation and study help.

I earned my BA in Language with an emphasis of Spanish and French from the University of California at Riverside. I studied Spanish in Santiago, Chile, at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile - Chile's premier university - where I researched Spanish literature and culture. I have completed advanced French courses in conversation, French linguistics and have stayed a significant time in France.

My studies required a mastery of grammar, vocabulary, reading and language usage comprehension. I have helped many students gain thorough understanding of English, Spanish and French with my background.

My tutoring and teaching style is communicative. I place emphasis on developing the ability to articulate ideas. I also stress vocabulary expansion, reading comprehension and individualized study practices. My ultimate goal is to help my students gain skills and to feel empowered and confident, not overwhelmed. I believe that anyone can learn anything as long as they are dedicated to the process.

Please contact me to let me know how I can help. I look forward to working with you!

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

I completed honors American History and have tutored students in US History and Latin American History. My knowledge includes social movements, economics and major historical events. I help my students connect the dots between historical occurrences and the world we live in today.

English

Earning a BA in Language requires a solid grasp of English and the construction of ideas into sentences. The basics of sentence structure, including nouns, pronouns, adjectives and verbs had to be mastered. Because of my studies, I have been able to help students struggling with proper sentence structure, vocabulary expansion, fear of writing, confidence issues and proofreading.

ESL/ESOL

I tutored ESL students specifically for over a year and a half. These students were from all over Latin America and the Middle East and were studying English, history and science when I worked with them. Combining my education in language and my prior experience with ESL students, I am qualified to tutor ESL and ESOL students.

French

I took a substantial amount of French for my BA in Language. I completed Advanced French conversation courses, French literature, French grammar and French linguistics. I have also spent significant time in France to practice my skills. I am more than qualified to teach and tutor this lovely but complex language with four years experience.

Government & Politics

I have completed political science courses in university and AP Government. I am knowledgeable about political theory, history, public policy and political anthropology. I have helped students understand how current political structure is influenced heavily by history and sociology. I am an avid watcher of domestic and foreign politics and love to engage in versed political talk - without any attachment to a particular outcome. My goal is to help my students appreciate and comprehend the complex political structure in which we live.

Grammar

Grammar is one of those subjects that if you do not use it...you begin to lose it. My educational background is in Language studies, so I was required to construct correct sentences in three languages. Having had this experience, I am equipped to help you absorb correct grammar without being too focused on drilling you with the "rules".

Proofreading

Most everyone needs an extra pair of eyes to read over their work. What makes sense to us, makes sense to us...which is why proofreading is so important. I have helped many students with proofreading homework, essays and research papers. I have also assisted acquaintances in proofreading resumes and personal works (such as book transcripts). My goal is to help you create flowing ideas that are not too wordy, with everything spelled and punctuation placed just right.

Reading

In order to complete my educational background, reading comprehension of English and two foreign languages was a requirement, along with mastery of speed reading courses. Earning this Language degree gave me the ability to grasp what was important in a paragraph quickly while gaining full understanding of what I was reading.
In tutoring, I have successfully helped many of my students read and pinpoint the important ideas and also learn to read at a faster pace than before.

Spanish

I earned my BA in Language from UC Riverside, completing my studies in Spanish. I have lived and gone to a university in Santiago, Chile, where I completed Hispanic literature courses and linguistic studies. My experience includes four years of teaching private Spanish lessons and tutoring. Being that I am not a native speaker and built my mastery of the language from the ground up, I am more than qualified to tutor and teach Spanish.

Spelling

There are around 44 sounds in the English language and each one can be successfully learned with practice and repetition. Spelling patterns, everyday words and theme based words are all part of learning to spell correctly with confidence. In my years of tutoring language based studies, I have used sight based and non-sight based ways of tutoring (depending on the age of my student), as well as writing exercises flashcards.

Study Skills

In my years of teaching and tutoring, I have assisted many students gain productive study skills. My main focus is to help my students do four important things. First, there needs to be a task analysis to understand what it is we are trying to accomplish (for example, prepare for a test, quiz or homework completion). Then there must be an assessment of time management and a plan for when and how long an assignment will take. The third step is goal setting for each week to stay on track. Lastly, there must be a strong focus on organizing notes and productive note taking.

These four steps have assisted many of my students obtain higher grades and lowered their anxiety and stress in their studies.

Vocabulary

Definition, spelling, proper pronunciation and correct usage are all important aspects of vocabulary. Vocabulary skills are an important part of communication and working with me you can expect an increase in your word knowledge, confidence in daily usage and ability to recall words. All of my studies in Language included word usage, origin, meaning and how the human brain learns a language.

Writing

Since I was a child, I used writing as a way to express myself. I was placed in advanced level writing classes for a long as I can remember, competed in writing competitions and was published in Poetry.
After I began tutoring, I noticed how many students needed help with transferring their thoughts to paper. I find that the main reasons people struggle with writing are absence of organized thought, lack of confidence in ideas and fear. I can help you to overcome all of these challenges and create writings you can be proud of.

University of California, Riverside
Language

Education

University of California, Riverside (Language)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $49.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kate will travel within 20 miles of Carlsbad, CA 92011.


About Kate

I am a full-time tutor with over four years experience in tutoring and teaching Spanish, French, English, ESL, reading and writing composition. My background also includes ACT and AP test preparation and study help.

I earned my BA in Language with an emphasis of Spanish and French from the University of California at Riverside. I studied Spanish in Santiago, Chile, at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile - Chile's premier university - where I researched Spanish literature and culture. I have completed advanced French courses in conversation, French linguistics and have stayed a significant time in France.

My studies required a mastery of grammar, vocabulary, reading and language usage comprehension. I have helped many students gain thorough understanding of English, Spanish and French with my background.

My tutoring and teaching style is communicative. I place emphasis on developing the ability to articulate ideas. I also stress vocabulary expansion, reading comprehension and individualized study practices. My ultimate goal is to help my students gain skills and to feel empowered and confident, not overwhelmed. I believe that anyone can learn anything as long as they are dedicated to the process.

Please contact me to let me know how I can help. I look forward to working with you!

Education

University of California, Riverside
Language

Education

University of California, Riverside (Language)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Carlsbad, CA 92011

Kate’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for Kate K.

Kate K. passed a background check on 2/19/14. The check was ordered by Kate through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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