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Kimberly W.

West Columbia, SC


Certified Tutor Specializing in History and English/Literature

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Background check passed as of 1/28/13
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1 Ratings
23hrs Response Time
Knowledgeable tutor.
— Adriana, Blythewood, SC on 2/15/13

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University of South Carolina


University of South Carolina (History)

About Kimberly

Parents and Students,

My name is Kimberly. I am a 2008 USC graduate with a bachelor’s degree in History, focusing on U.S. Political and Eastern European History, supplemented by a minor in Cultural Anthropology. I hold a Liberal Arts degree as well.

Not every student is capable of learning from a standardized teaching method; therefore, instruction beyond traditional classroom methods is detrimental to success for students who are experiencing difficulty with a particular subject matter or concept.

Generally, lack of subject matter fluency is attributable to a fundamental misunderstanding or primary adverse instruction method of a particular subject. In this case, a reintroduction of subject basics will usually expose a conceptual misinterpretation hindering further progress of a subject or concept.

In short, most students are not taught "how to learn," rather instructed to memorize and recite; a typically unsuccessful strategy, especially for cognitively challenged or visual learners.

Therefore my approach is to identify the particular structural weakness and incorporate basic Fundamental Deductive Logic into subject reintroduction to ensure a thorough understanding of subject context, resulting in accurate self-reasoning by process. This is the core aspect of a successful student and applicable to any subject matter.

I offer tutoring in the following subjects: History, Social Sciences, Introductory Logic, English, Grammar, Writing, Reading Comprehension and General K-5 subjects. I am available Monday through Friday at any time and at special requests after 4:00 p.m. on weekends.

I look forward to assisting you!

Parents and Students,

My name is Kimberly. I am a 2008 USC graduate with a bachelor’s degree in History, focusing on U.S. Political and Eastern European History, supplemented by a minor in Cultural Read more

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Rate is per subject. A charge will be assessed if tutor arrives for a session and the student fails to show or cancels without proper notice.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of West Columbia, SC 29170
Background Check: Passed

"Knowledgeable tutor."

- Adriana, Blythewood, SC on 2/15/13
Kimberly replied on 2/16/2013

He is a brilliant student and has a promising future. It is a great pleasure to see parents take a serious and active role to ensure their child has that opportunity, as society as a whole benefits from well educated youth.

Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Vocabulary, Writing
Anthropology, Archaeology, Philosophy
American History,
Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, European History, Music History, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Music History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Special Needs:
Public Speaking
Elementary (K-6th), English,
Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

I am a 2008 USC graduate with a B.A. in U.S. Political History, American History and Eastern European History. My focus areas are Early Colonial to The Reformation Period, coinciding with Great Britain and the French Revolution. The basis for understanding historical context is conceptually rooted in the fundamentals of deductive reasoning and logic. Therefore, the Historical Method must first be taught in order for a student to comprehend and retain any historical subject matter.


I provide personalized instruction in basic grammar phonetics, semantics (formal/informal), reading comprehension and sentence analyzing for students having difficulty with subjective context and methodology, initiating the logical process of communication and language. I also assist students with learning disabilities using a variety of approved methodologies.

Subject Categories; Analogies, Metaphors, Foundational Logic, First Order Logic, Automic Formulae, IPA, Basic Grammar, Reading and Writing structure and comprehension.


Certified for GED test preparation.


I have been a freelance photographer for over five years, photographing the local music scene in Columbia and surrounding areas. I have photographed several signed bands and many local artists use my photography for their promotional and Facebook profiles. I also photograph nature and historical sites as well. I own a Canon Rebel EOS 1100D with various lenses, shoot manual/raw and comprehend the various aspects of digital photography, the scientific concepts and processes, lighting, aperture and ISO modes. I am also fluent in utilizing editing programs such as Lightroom and Photoshop and I will be pursuing a degree in Photography next year.

Public Speaking

I assist students seeking to improve their Public Speaking skills by introducing the methods of proper execution of consonants and vowels as stipulated by the International Phonetics Alphabet. I have completed Public Speaking at The University of South Carolina with subsequent instruction in Theater and Drama. Classroom experience includes, student lecturing, presentation, teaching and Acting. Associated courses taken: Semantics, Atomic Formulae, Carnigie Melon University (OLI), Linguistics (USC), English/Grammar (Midlands Technical College; USC) and Self study in excelled Grammatical Expression. Methods include: Phonetics, grammar, elocution, enunciation, pronunciation and semantics, combined with proper breathing techniques and vocals.


Focus areas in English/Grammar include: Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Creative Writing, Phonetics (IPA) and Semantics.

Social Studies

My education in the Social Sciences includes a B.A. in History and a minor in Anthropology to include several interdisciplinary subjects such as, Geography, Sociology, Civics, Religion, Government, Public Speaking and Economics. I completed a cognate in Comparative Religion while completing my Liberal Arts degree in 2005 and taught high school history and geography as a substitute teacher for Lexington School District #5 in 2009. These subjects are specifically designed to create an awareness of civic duty and build knowledge of how society and government functions, while incorporating a general understanding of local, regional and national culture. Some academic programs include Art History and Music as well.

Study Skills

I offer assistance with differential learning methods pertaining to Study Skills, as not all students learn or self-study by the same methodology. Therefore, I make an assessment of the student's learning technique (visual or analytical) and identify difficulties in study habits, then create a program specific to that student's particular method of learning. The fundamental aspect of a tutor's purpose is to make certain the student is prepared to pass an exam. Areas of Experience: General studies, study techniques for differential learning and students with disabilities in K-12, GED and college entrance exam test prep.

University of South Carolina


University of South Carolina (History)

Knowledgeable tutor. — Kimberly knows a lot about History and has a big enthusiasm to teach. She knows good websites and tools that a student can make use of, to do the work easier and faster. She is disciplined with the materials that she provides to her student and she make good follow up with the sessions that she teaches. ...

— Adriana, Blythewood, SC on 2/15/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Rate is per subject. A charge will be assessed if tutor arrives for a session and the student fails to show or cancels without proper notice.

Travel policy

Kimberly will travel within 40 miles of West Columbia, SC 29170.

Background Check Status for Kimberly W.

Kimberly W. passed a background check on 1/28/13. The check was ordered by another user through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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