My name is Keely, and I'm a science
nerd, a writer, and a tutor! Nice to meet you!
I've been teaching science and math
on and off for over a decade. After years of helping my younger siblings with their homework, I started volunteering to tutor classmates in my chemistry
class in high school. In college at Purdue University, I tutored every chance I got--as a drop-in tutor for the Biology
Department and the local Women in Science chapter, and privately through the Athletic Department (I taught a few athletes organic chem
!) and several other campus programs.
After college, I went straight into a PhD program at UCLA, studying biology with a focus on parasitology. I learned a ton, met some amazing fellow science nerds, and really enjoyed working as a teachers assistant for Microbiology
and Parasitology courses, but I decided that academic research wasn't the career for me, and I left with a Master's degree in the Spring of 2014.
After I graduated, I started tutoring full time-at first just to make an income while I figured out what came next. But I eventually realized that what I loved most was a) helping students gain skills and confidence and b) sharing the awesomeness of science with others, and decided I wanted to make a full time living by focusing on those two things.
Today I make a living as a tutor and a writer. I tutor primarily Biology, Chemistry, High School Math [pre-algebra
prep, and Essay Writing
. I write a lot of things, but mostly get paid for curricula writing and for various science-related Important Documents [that is, I help non-profits write grants and help an immigration lawyer get scientist's visas]. I also contribute to some citizen science projects and science education projects as a volunteer.
As a tutor, my approach is pretty straightforward: you and I will work as a team, finding a way to make whatever it is you're struggling with fit into your brain. I have a lot of experience and tricks up my sleeve, but I'm also glad to brainstorm and research to come up with new approaches to help you.
I have worked with a lot of students who have decided they are bad at math/science/test-taking/writing, and I absolutely love helping students build confidence in tackling their trouble areas. This usually involves digging deep into your thinking process to find exactly what concepts are tripping you up, filling those holes in your knowledge, and then helping you build mastery on top of that new, more reliable foundation. If you struggle with test-anxiety, focusing on getting your work done, or study skills
, I can help with those too!
Facing your biggest weaknesses can be scary, but I promise that I will *never* judge you for not knowing or understanding something, even if I have to explain it ten different ways before it clicks.
I do a lot of my tutoring online, using skype and an online whiteboard. I find it works really, really well, and I love that it allows me to help students from all over the country. If you work with online tutors a lot, I highly recommend a low-end graphics tablet, which will allow you to write on the screen more precisely than you can with a mouse (you can get a decent one for $25 on Amazon), but all you NEED to do online tutoring with me is a computer
with a webcam and mic (most laptops these days!), an internet
connection, and Skype.
That said, if you're local (I'm on the Westside of Los Angeles), I'm also glad to meet you at my local library or a nearby coffee shop to work together in person.
If you think you might like to work with me, just send me a message. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.