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Kathy Q.

Royal Oak, MI

$50/hr

Successful Tutoring and Academic Support: Math, English, Writing

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Successful Tutoring and Academic Support: Math, English, Writing

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As a 30-year teacher, I have been helping students in powering up their mathematics and other academics skills with qualified, expert assistance. Helping students in turning things around academically and training for their future goals is the focus of my work. I am passionate about helping students of all ages achieve their ambitions. My years of solid experience in teaching are grounded in extensive classroom work in public and private schools, with the last 4 years devoted entirely to tutoring, private instruction, and academic coaching. I tutor students on an as-need basis, but I also have students who are now in high school that I have tutored and coached since middle school. I keep my own skills updated by continually taking workshops and courses in mathematics, geometry, and test preparation. I am currently specializing in mathematics and test preparation, but I am also a qualified, and experienced, reading and writing instructor. Having parented two children through the educational process, I understand the feelings and issues involved at the elementary and secondary stages of education. For this reason, I extend my support to students with writing projects, study skills, and time management needs as well.

Sessions begin with a conversation with the student and parent(s) to discover the student’s unique needs and goals. From there, I develop a plan for success. In addition, I assess the student’s learning progress with pretests and, if necessary, conversations with the student’s teachers. Besides being their academic coach and tutor, I can also be their advocate at school.

While I have worked with students from first grade on up, I am currently working with middle school, high school, and college students in mathematics and test preparation (High School Placement Test, International Academy Entrance Test, Compass Test, and others), and assisting them in writing and research projects.

I am available to meet with students in person or online.

Special Needs:
Phonics
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking,
Sewing
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have been teaching algebra 1 for seven years. For three years I taught 7th and 8th grade algebra when I worked in the Waldorf school; for the last five years I have been working with algebra 1 as a tutor and academic coach. I am currently working with 8th and 9th graders in their algebra 1 courses as well as helping others with test prep to opt out of algebra 1 and into algebra 2 or geometry.

Cooking

Bread baking and fermentation are my special passions! I have developed the skill of baking the perfect loaf of bread, including sourdough using a culture that I grow myself. I taught my elementary students how to bake bread from different countries when I was teaching social studies. When we were studying microorganism in science, I taught them about yeast and how it effects the breads that we consume. I have extended my knowledge of the science of bread baking to the fermentation process and now make my own Kombucha and yogurt.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold permanent elementary certification from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. I have over 20 years of experience teaching all subjects from first grade through 8th grade, with much of my experience in a Waldorf school carrying two classes through to 8th grade graduation. Of the several high school and college students that I am currently tutoring in math and other subjects, I have been an academic coach to four of them since they were in third grade.

Elementary Math

The permanent elementary certification that I hold allows me to teach all subjects through the 6th grade, which includes math; the Waldorf training and certification program prepares teachers to teach all subjects through the 8th grade. I taught for 14 years in the local Waldorf school, teaching complete math courses at all grade levels through 8th grade algebra 1.

English

English is part of my degree and I have been teaching it throughout my 30-year career as a classroom teacher. Many of the mathematics students I tutor also work with me on their papers, essays, and research projects that they are assigned from other classes. I really enjoy helping them in this area of academics.

Grammar

I have been teaching nearly 30 years. My subjects have been primarily reading, writing, and mathematics. While I graduated MSU with a history major and an English minor, most of my work experience has been in the afore mentioned subjects. This is especially true since I left the classroom to work exclusively in tutoring. I frequently work with student papers as part of my academic tutoring and coaching. Editing and proofreading papers involves working with spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and writing skills.

Phonics

I graduated Michigan State University with a degree in history and English, a specialty in reading, and secondary certification. After teaching for three years in an adult education reading lab, I obtained a job in a local school district teaching first grade, where reading was taught through an emphasis on phonics. When I took over my first class in the Waldorf school, which was a third grade, their previous reading instruction was so fraught with problems, that I had to start right back at the basics with phonics instruction. Since devoting myself full-time to tutoring and academic coaching, I have tutored two first graders in phonics and reading instruction and am currently working with a 9th and 10th grader on their reading and study skills.

Prealgebra

When I taught in the elementary school, I worked with pre-algebra concepts up through the 6th grade. My current work with homeschooling families began with working with children at the third grade level, moving them through pre-algebraic topics, and continues with Algebra 1.

Proofreading

When I was a student in college, other students brought their papers to me for proofreading because my term papers were receiving such high grades. As I began my teaching career, I employed this proofreading skill not only to my own students' papers, but also to work I was doing on the various programs and committees in which I was involved. When I became the Chair of the Program Committee at the school, it was my responsibility to proofread everything that went out to colleagues and parents.

Reading

I graduated Michigan State University with a degree in History and English, a specialty in reading, and secondary certification. After teaching for 3 years in an Adult Education reading lab, I obtained a job in a local school district teaching first grade, where reading was taught through an emphasis on phonics. When I took over my first class in the Waldorf school, which was a third grade, their previous reading instruction was so fraught with problems, that I had to start right back at the basics with phonics instruction. Since devoting myself full-time to tutoring and academic coaching, I have tutored two first graders in phonics and reading instruction and am currently working with a 9th and 10th grader on their reading and study skills.

Sewing

I have been sewing for over forty years. I made many of my own clothes when I was growing up and when I had my own children, I made their clothes. Quilting and home sewing was a passion of mine for a long time, especially when my mother passed away; sewing creatively really helped me through that difficult time. I also ran the handwork program for a few years at a local school. There, I taught children from first through eighth grades how to knit, crochet, embroider, and both hand and machine sewing.

Spelling

Helping students enlarge their spoken and written vocabulary has always been a priority for me, no matter what subject I am teaching. Vocabulary is not only important to good writing, it is essential to understanding mathematical story problems and enlarging the scope of understanding in any topic.

Study Skills

In all my years as a teacher, and now a tutor and academic coach, I worked with most of my students on improving their study skills. I provide graphic organizers, show them how to take notes, work with them on using the internet to research their paper topics, and go through their text books helping them to understand both how they are organized and how to use the index in conjunction with the internet. I am also continually updating my own skills through workshops and personal research projects.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is an important part of every subject in which I work with students. In Language arts, I incorporate vocabulary words for both speaking and writing. As part of a reading or study skills session, I preview material with the student using vocabulary words that they will encounter in the text. Vocabulary is essential in understanding math story problems, so I always go over the more challenging words, which helps to facilitate a deeper understanding of what the problem is asking. I also provide strategies on building vocabulary in general as well as strategies for a topic-specific focus in which special vocabulary is required.

Writing

Writing is so much fun and I enjoy helping others see that. I help students with all types of writing, from personal journal writing to more technical types of text. My work with clients is broad, but generally consists of editing what they have already written, helping them craft their thoughts for their text, working with them on any specific formatting that is required, or assisting them with research for their project.

Michigan State University
History
Michigan State University
EdD
Oakland University
EdD

Education

Michigan State University (History)

Michigan State University (EdD)

Oakland University (EdD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kathy will travel within 1 miles of Royal Oak, MI 48073.


About Kathy

As a 30-year teacher, I have been helping students in powering up their mathematics and other academics skills with qualified, expert assistance. Helping students in turning things around academically and training for their future goals is the focus of my work. I am passionate about helping students of all ages achieve their ambitions. My years of solid experience in teaching are grounded in extensive classroom work in public and private schools, with the last 4 years devoted entirely to tutoring, private instruction, and academic coaching. I tutor students on an as-need basis, but I also have students who are now in high school that I have tutored and coached since middle school. I keep my own skills updated by continually taking workshops and courses in mathematics, geometry, and test preparation. I am currently specializing in mathematics and test preparation, but I am also a qualified, and experienced, reading and writing instructor. Having parented two children through the educational process, I understand the feelings and issues involved at the elementary and secondary stages of education. For this reason, I extend my support to students with writing projects, study skills, and time management needs as well.

Sessions begin with a conversation with the student and parent(s) to discover the student’s unique needs and goals. From there, I develop a plan for success. In addition, I assess the student’s learning progress with pretests and, if necessary, conversations with the student’s teachers. Besides being their academic coach and tutor, I can also be their advocate at school.

While I have worked with students from first grade on up, I am currently working with middle school, high school, and college students in mathematics and test preparation (High School Placement Test, International Academy Entrance Test, Compass Test, and others), and assisting them in writing and research projects.

I am available to meet with students in person or online.

Education

Michigan State University
History
Michigan State University
EdD
Oakland University
EdD

Education

Michigan State University (History)

Michigan State University (EdD)

Oakland University (EdD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 1 miles of Royal Oak, MI 48073

Kathy’s Subjects

Special Needs:
Phonics
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking,
Sewing
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Proofreading

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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