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Kathryn S.

Laguna Beach, CA

$180/hr

AP English and AP Calculus Finals Preparation

Background check passed as of 12/28/12
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AP English and AP Calculus Finals Preparation

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My name is Kathryn, and I am a full-time professional tutor, among WyzAnt's Top 100. While I am well-versed in several academic subjects, calculus and English remain my favorites. Calculus, because problem-solving finally requires true understanding of the material. And English, because I finally fell in love with literature after avoiding it for most of my life.

About me: I graduated from high school with a 4.3 GPA, and with four years of marching band under my belt. In the fall of 2007, I matriculated at Harvey Mudd College and in 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology.

During my years at Harvey Mudd, I worked for Upward Bound, tutoring low-income high-potential students. I enjoyed that work so much that I began to tutor on my own. Five years later, here we are!

I appreciate the time you've taken to read a little bit about me. If there is any demystifying I can do--about WyzAnt or tutoring in general--ask!

Cheers,

Kathryn

In the name of education, I give regularly to Khan Academy, Crash Course, and RadioLab.

Testimonials

"Organized and Effective"

- Carrie, Laguna Beach, CA on 4/3/14

"BRILLIANT!"

- Janene, Dana Point, CA on 11/5/13

"Great Tutor"

- Mike, Laguna Beach, CA on 10/14/13

"Best tutor"

- Catherine, Laguna Beach, CA on 9/8/13

"Bright, positive, engaging, reliable and effective."

- Henry, Laguna Beach, CA on 8/2/13

"Wonderful Tutor!!"

- Todd, Newport Coast, CA on 5/18/12

"Great with Difficult Subjects"

- Andrea, Lake Forest, CA on 5/12/12

"Biology Tutoring"

- Kim, Irvine, CA on 2/2/12
Math:
ACT Math, Actuarial Science, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Biology,
Chemistry,
Genetics,
Microbiology,
Physical Science, Physics,
Physiology
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
TOEFL
Music:
Music Theory
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Biology,
Calculus, Chemistry,
English, Geometry, Physics,
Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, CBEST,
GED, GRE, ISEE,
MCAT,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 2

Algebra II is probably my favorite subject, because it builds your mathematical intuition. There's nothing quite like determining end-behavior of polynomial functions!

Biology

Although I hold my degree in the subject, I'll agree that Biology is one of the toughest sciences to master; there's a ton of material, and the field keeps changing its mind about how much of our DNA is actually junk. That said, I am completely at ease guiding my students through introductory Biology courses.

CBEST

I studied for and passed the CBEST test myself. For the math portion: I understand the importance of learning to estimate. For the writing portion: I understand the importance of creating a well-thought-out outline before writing. For the reading section: I understand the importance of the process of elimination. All of these skills I plan on passing on to my students.

Chemistry

I've lost count of the number of chemistry students I've helped. What I do remember is their confusion over periodic trends, orbital diagrams, electron configurations, and unit conversions. With eight chemistry courses and years of tutoring experience under my belt, I am qualified to help you understand the intricacies of this subject.

Genetics

I hold my degree in Molecular Biology from Harvey Mudd College and am highly qualified to tutor Genetics. I have taken multiple courses beyond introductory genetics and am very comfortable with the subject.

ISEE

I have experience with the ISEE. I know what independent schools are looking for, and am ready to help my students rise to the occasion. Independent schools look for students who can think critically, and who trust their own brains. They're looking for fluency in vocabulary, mathematics, and reading skills. To measure these skills, the ISEE contains four sections: a 20-minute Verbal Reasoning section, a 35-minute Quantitative Reasoning section, a 25-minute Reading Comprehension section, and a 30-minute Mathematics Achievement section. Some basic techniques include: know your roots and prefixes; when you hit a hard QR problem, circle it and move on; and read the RC questions first, then the passage.

MCAT

I've been busting my...toosh...studying for this test so that I can bring you the best of me. My qualifications go beyond WyzAnt certification. I listen to ExamKrackers Audio Osmosis in my car every day; I take a practice section on E-MCAT every night. I realize that half the battle is figuring out how to approach the test with confidence, and I can get you there, too.

Microbiology

I hold my BS in Molecular Biology. In studying for this degree, I did a significant amount of work with microbes. I'm comfortable speaking in depth about bacteria, fungi, and viruses. My experience with the Biological Sciences portion of the MCAT keeps my knowledge of microbiology fresh.

Physics

I took AP Physics in high school and six full courses in college. I am comfortable speaking in depth about mechanics, electricity and magentism. My years of experience tutoring the subject qualify me to help you today.

Kathryn’s Resources

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Tutoring is the love of my life. I've found that without it, I get grumpy. Why do I like it so much? What about it is so transformative? I get to share the fascination of the world with my students. Sometimes I forget just how beautiful and mysterious this world is that we live in. When I have my lessons, I get to remember. It’s pretty common that the work we’re doing reminds me of something... read more

Harvey Mudd College
Molecular Biology

Education

Harvey Mudd College (Molecular Biology)

Organized and Effective — Kathryn has an ability to help the student learn the best way he or she can. She is creative in her teaching technique, positive and able to keep my son on task as much as possible during their time together. ...

— Carrie, Laguna Beach, CA on 4/3/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $180.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kathryn will travel within 20 miles of Laguna Beach, CA 92651.


About Kathryn

My name is Kathryn, and I am a full-time professional tutor, among WyzAnt's Top 100. While I am well-versed in several academic subjects, calculus and English remain my favorites. Calculus, because problem-solving finally requires true understanding of the material. And English, because I finally fell in love with literature after avoiding it for most of my life.

About me: I graduated from high school with a 4.3 GPA, and with four years of marching band under my belt. In the fall of 2007, I matriculated at Harvey Mudd College and in 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology.

During my years at Harvey Mudd, I worked for Upward Bound, tutoring low-income high-potential students. I enjoyed that work so much that I began to tutor on my own. Five years later, here we are!

I appreciate the time you've taken to read a little bit about me. If there is any demystifying I can do--about WyzAnt or tutoring in general--ask!

Cheers,

Kathryn

In the name of education, I give regularly to Khan Academy, Crash Course, and RadioLab.

Testimonials

"Organized and Effective"

- Carrie, Laguna Beach, CA on 4/3/14

"BRILLIANT!"

- Janene, Dana Point, CA on 11/5/13

"Great Tutor"

- Mike, Laguna Beach, CA on 10/14/13

"Best tutor"

- Catherine, Laguna Beach, CA on 9/8/13

"Bright, positive, engaging, reliable and effective."

- Henry, Laguna Beach, CA on 8/2/13

"Wonderful Tutor!!"

- Todd, Newport Coast, CA on 5/18/12

"Great with Difficult Subjects"

- Andrea, Lake Forest, CA on 5/12/12

"Biology Tutoring"

- Kim, Irvine, CA on 2/2/12
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Education

Harvey Mudd College
Molecular Biology

Education

Harvey Mudd College (Molecular Biology)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
36 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Kathryn’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Actuarial Science, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Biology,
Chemistry,
Genetics,
Microbiology,
Physical Science, Physics,
Physiology
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
TOEFL
Music:
Music Theory
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Biology,
Calculus, Chemistry,
English, Geometry, Physics,
Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, CBEST,
GED, GRE, ISEE,
MCAT,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Statistics

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.


Kathryn’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Kathryn. View all of Kathryn’s resources

Tutoring is the love of my life. I've found that without it, I get grumpy. Why do I like it so much? What about it is so transformative? I get to share the fascination of the world with my students. Sometimes I forget just how beautiful and mysterious this world is that we live in. When I have my lessons, I get to remember. It’s pretty common that the work we’re doing reminds me of something... read more


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