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Kate F.

Essay Expert, Book Lover, Math Whiz

Los Angeles, CA (90027)

Travel radius
15 miles
Hourly fee
$40.00
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As a lifelong reader and writer with a BA from the USC film school and an MFA in Writing, completing a collection of short stories about magic portals and middle school, I strive to share my passion for learning by helping students reach their true potential. I will work with students to not only develop their skills but to experience the satisfaction that comes from mastering an essay, fully comprehending a great work of literature or decoding the underlying logic of math problems so that math finally makes sense!

As a tutor for 1 on 1 Academic Tutors, I have logged in over 1200 hours. I have tutored students of all ages from kindergarten to college-age and each age group presents its own unique set of rewards, which I love about my job!

While tutoring I have faced challenges as many students find school to be boring, confusing and scary. However, through games and innovative exercises I have helped students discover that not only is an A well within their reach, but it can actually be enjoyable! When tutoring students in writing, I use exercises involving free-writing and storytelling to help each student to discover his or her unique voice. When teaching math I use visual representations of math problems to help make the material more concrete. I also teach students study skills such as color-coding, highlighting, mnemonic devices and organizing their notes. I adapt my teaching methods to the student's learning style, breaking down the process step-by-step and encouraging the student to ask questions. In order for a successful educational transaction to occur, the teacher must want to teach and the student must want to learn. While the latter may not be in place initially, I will change that by making the learning experience as fun and exciting as possible. By teaching with enthusiasm, I compel my students to find within themselves a true joy for learning.

I have a wide range of writing experience both academically and professionally. While studying English and Film at the University of Southern California, I composed numerous analytical essays requiring me to be well-versed in theory and literary comprehension. In my career I have written everything from film reviews to flyers to press announcements as well as editing novels for a professional publication. I also value diversity in my tutoring experience, teaching everything from basic reading comprehension to AP English to SAT Test Prep to history to algebra. Additionally I have experience working with ESL students. In all situations I personalize my approach, encouraging students to take an active role in the learning process.

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Kate’s subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
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Elementary Education:
Special Needs:
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ISEE, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Proofreading

ADD/ADHD

Over the years I have tutored many students who have fallen behind in school because they struggle with ADHD. To help students get back on track, I teach them to practice better time management by setting deadlines for everything, using timers to stay on track, taking frequent breaks and writing all their assignments in a schedule book. I teach them to be more organized by using lists, color-coding and reminders. I help these students maintain focus during tutoring sessions by having them play an active role in the lessons, asking them frequent questions and engaging them with games and conversation. Because those with ADHD have the most trouble concentrating when they are bored, I keep these students stimulated by changing topics frequently and encouraging participation.

Algebra 1

I have always enjoyed math and in my tutoring sessions I show students the ways in which Algebra is relevant to everyday life. I help students to better understand the material by explaining it in clear, simple terms. I use visual representations and analogous examples using words and descriptions in order to make the material less abstract. I show students how to be neat and orderly when working out their problems so as to cut back on careless errors. During our tutoring sessions, I will assist students with their homework and help them to better learn the concepts using games, exercises, and mini-lessons.

Algebra 2

I have always enjoyed math and in my tutoring sessions I show students the ways in which Algebra 2 is relevant to everyday life. I help students to better understand the material by explaining it in clear, simple terms. I use visual representations and analogous examples using words and descriptions in order to make the material less abstract. I show students how to be neat and orderly when working out their problems so as to cut back on careless errors. During our tutoring sessions I will assist students with their homework and help them to better learn the concepts using games, exercises and mini-lessons.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have tutored elementary school students for over three years. What I have found to be the most successful strategy when tutoring young children is to incorporate games into every lesson because games help to make the learning process more fun and provide a good chance for the student to apply his or her knowledge. For example, we might play Pictionary, Charades or Plant/Animal/Mineral to learn vocabulary and figures of speech (noun/adjective/verb). I also use visual representations of abstract concepts to make the information easier for the student to grasp. When teaching multiplication, for example, I have the students draw out shapes to represent the numbers that are being multiplied. I like to integrate several games and mini-lessons into each tutoring session so that the student maintains attention and focus.

Elementary Math

I have always enjoyed math and in my tutoring sessions I demonstrate through games and exercises that students can get an A in math and have fun at the same time! I help students to better understand the material by explaining it in clear, simple terms. I use visual representations and analogous examples using words and descriptions in order to make the material less abstract. I show students how to be neat and orderly when working out their problems so as to cut back on careless errors. During our tutoring sessions, I will assist students with their homework and help them to better learn the concepts using games, exercises, and mini-lessons.

English

I have taken numerous English classes, becoming particularly well-versed in writing composition, grammar and literary analysis. English has always been my favorite subject, and my enthusiasm for the subject matter carries over into my tutoring sessions. I want to prove to those students who despise the subject that English classes can actually be fascinating if they approach the material with an open mind and a positive attitude.

ESL/ESOL

I have extensive experience working with ESL students, from very young children to adults. I have successfully helped these students to improve upon their speaking, reading and writing skills by engaging them in conversation, providing visual representations of abstract concepts and encouraging active participation in the learning process.

Film

I received my BA from the University of Southern California film school. There I took classes on screenwriting, critical studies and hands-on film making. I studied film theorists such as Gilles Deleuze, David Bordwell and Laura Mulvey and applied these concepts to analytical essays. When tutoring students in film I draw upon my extensive knowledge of the material and my passion for the subject matter to help students succeed in these areas.

ISEE

I have extensive experience helping students prepare for the ISEE exam. These tutoring sessions consist of teaching and reviewing verbal reasoning skills, formulas for math problems, critical reading strategies (previewing/contextualizing/questioning/reflecting/summarizing/evaluating) and mnemonic devices for vocabulary words. I make test-prep as fun as possible by integrating games and activities into my tutoring sessions.

Literature

As someone who has been an avid reader my whole life, my enthusiasm for the subject matter carries over into my tutoring sessions. I demonstrate to students how literature classes can actually be fascinating if they approach the material with an open mind and a positive attitude. In my tutoring sessions I teach students how to gain a better understanding of the material using such critical reading strategies as previewing, contextualizing, questioning, reflecting, summarizing and evaluating.

Philosophy

I have taken many college-level Philosophy courses including Philosophy of Critical Reasoning, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Philosophy of Business Ethics and The Philosophy of Death and Free Will and excelled in all of them. My enthusiasm for the subject matter shows in my tutoring sessions and I always stress the relevance philosophy has to current events and how we conduct our lives.

Reading

Not only do I help to improve reading comprehension, but I bring in unique reading selections tailored to each student's personality that promise to engage and intrigue. I believe that books have the power to teach valuable life lessons that can't be found in a traditional classroom setting, while still being enjoyable and entertaining!

Social Studies

Social Studies has always been a subject I have excelled at, from American History AP to college level Political Science. I have extensive experience tutoring students in this subject and use my enthusiasm for the material to make these sessions enjoyable and beneficial. I stress the importance of keeping informed on politics and often begin my sessions by discussing current events. For younger students taking history classes, I integrate fun activities into our sessions such as having the student write a made-up history on a topic of his or her choice. In many social studies classes students are tested on their memorization of the material, so I help my students improve their study skills by teaching them mnemonic devices, effective note-taking strategies, color-coding and how to recognize and highlight important facts.

Study Skills

I have tutored for three years both for private families as well as for a private tutoring company. The majority of my students, particularly the younger ones, struggle with study skills. With multiple students I have helped to raise their grades from Fs to Bs or higher by teaching them mnemonic devices, visualization (drawing pictures to accompany vocabulary definitions), organization (color-coding different categories in their notes and labeling difficult concepts with the page numbers from the text) and highlighting of important facts. I teach them how to make large blocks of text more digestible by summarizing what they have just read after each chapter or section.

Additionally, I teach students strategies to maintain their focus and avoid fatigue by taking a ten-minute break after every hour of homework.

Writing

My writing expertise is quite broad, including, but not limited to, essays, short stories, research papers and cover letters for job applications. I am here to break down the process, showing students that writing doesn't have to be a scary, arduous task; that it can actually be fun!

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Education

University of Southern California (Cinema-Television)

Otis College of Art and Design (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Group Rates: $25 per hour per student for 2 students - $20 per hour per student for 3 students.

Travel policy

Kate will travel within 15 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90027.

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