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Keely C.

Los Angeles, CA

$60/hr

Patient and enthusiastic science, math, and test prep tutor

Background check passed as of 12/1/14
Usually responds after +3 days

Patient and enthusiastic science, math, and test prep tutor

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Hello there!

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 thru calculus], ACT 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.

Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science,
Biochemistry, Biology,
Chemistry,
Microbiology,
Organic Chemistry,
Psychology
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology,
Chemistry,
English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar

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.

ACT English

In addition to working privately with Wyzant, I work with a test prep tutoring company providing online test-prep tutoring. I work primarily with students studying for the ACT, and typically see improvement in all test areas. The english section is a bit of a drag...lots of grammar rules to brush up on!... but I do my best to make it fun.

ACT Math

In addition to working privately with Wyzant, I work with a test prep tutoring company providing online test-prep tutoring. I work primarily with students studying for the ACT, and have been successful in raising student's math scores. Typically students either struggle with forgotten or weak math skills, or with the timed format of the test. I help students brush up on their math skills and gain comfort and speed for the test itself.

ACT Reading

In addition to working privately with Wyzant, I work with a test prep tutoring company providing online test-prep tutoring. I work primarily with students studying for the ACT, and have had success raising scores in all test sections. The reading section in particular is very tightly timed, so I work with students to come up with reading strategies to allow them to skim effectively. With a little practice and good strategy, most students can learn to complete the entire section in the allotted time.

ACT Science

In addition to working privately with Wyzant, I work with a test prep tutoring company providing online test-prep tutoring. I work primarily with students studying for the ACT, and have had particular success raising science scores. I find many students are very intimidated by this section of the test, and I give them the tools they need to take the science section with confidence.

Biology

I majored in microbiology in college, and I went to grad school for it. It is my passion and my specialty. I have a particular love for parasitology, as that was what I researched in graduate school.

Chemistry

I started tutoring chemistry at the same time as I first started taking it...as a sophomore in high school. Our teacher was very tough and many of my friends were failing. I started organizing study groups and tutoring friends one-on-one, and we all passed! I did the same in AP and college chemistry courses, eventually serving as an official departmental tutor in college.

Microbiology

I majored in microbiology in college, and I went to grad school for it. It is my passion and my specialty.

Organic Chemistry

I have a microbiology degree from Purdue University, where I regularly tutored Organic Chemistry. I initially struggled with organic chemistry myself, and was able to overcome it by working with a patient and enthusiastic tutor who helped me stick things out until it "clicked". Now I enjoy doing the same for other students.

SAT Reading

In addition to working through WyzAnt, I work with a test prep tutoring company providing online test-prep tutoring. I have worked with several SAT students and have seen significant score increases. I know the test inside and out and love helping students learn strategies to master it.

Purdue University
Microbiology
UCLA
Master's

Education

Purdue University (Microbiology)

UCLA (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Default hourly rate is for sessions conducted online or in the Mar Vista Public Library. In-home sessions are $75/hour.

Travel policy

Keely will travel within 5 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90066.


About Keely

Hello there!

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 thru calculus], ACT 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.

Education

Purdue University
Microbiology
UCLA
Master's

Education

Purdue University (Microbiology)

UCLA (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
8 hours notice required

Default hourly rate is for sessions conducted online or in the Mar Vista Public Library. In-home sessions are $75/hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90066

Keely’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science,
Biochemistry, Biology,
Chemistry,
Microbiology,
Organic Chemistry,
Psychology
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology,
Chemistry,
English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar

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.


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