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Karina M.

Austin, TX

$45/hr

Reading, Writing, Geography, Home Schooling Assistance

Background check passed as of 2/26/12
Usually responds in about 13 hours

Reading, Writing, Geography, Home Schooling Assistance

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I am a tutor and nanny with over 10 years of experience working with children. I can assist your child to learn how to maintain good study habits, face new academic challenges, complete their homework, and learn to enjoy schoolwork. I work with Down Syndrome children, children with serious health conditions, academically gifted children, and children needing the assistance of speech, occupational, and physical therapists. I have seen that children can thrive in an environment that combines respect for their individuality with enthusiasm for learning despite the challenges they may face.

For home school students I also provide English, writing, and social studies curriculum enrichment and field trip assistance.

I have a B.A. from UW-Madison with an emphasis on writing and Geography.

Computer:
HTML, Web Design
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Autism, Special Needs
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
Study Skills, Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, HTML, Web Design

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I can help a student to improve their grasp of the skills needed for the Usage/Mechanics, Rhetorical Skills and New ACT Writing Test portions of the ACT English test. Scores on the Usage/Mechanics multiple choice section can be raised by improving knowledge of proper grammar and sentence structure, subject-verb agreement, error identification, diction, and vocabulary. Scores for the Rhetorical Skills and New ACT Writing Test portions of the ACT English test can be raised by helping a student learn how to organize, support, develop, and express their ideas while maintaining proper use of grammar and vocabulary. One useful way to improve ACT scores is to take multiple sample tests under the same constraints as the actual test. I can help a student prepare for the sample ACT English test, then review and improve responses until multiple choice scores and writing ability improve.

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading test measures a student's ability to understand and interpret what they have read. Since this test is not over material that can be learned beforehand, such as vocabulary or punctuation rules, preparing for the test should focus on understanding strategies that help the individual student quickly absorb what they have read and correctly analyze the information. One useful way to improve ACT scores is to take multiple sample tests under the same constraints as the actual 35 minute test. I can help a student prepare for the sample ACT Reading test, then work on strategies to help improve reading speed and comprehension.

Elementary (K-6th)

I can help an elementary student improve their comprehension of social studies, science, and language arts including reading, grammar, spelling, and writing and assist in helping a child prepare for the TAKS or STARR test on their grade level. Homework help is provided by helping a child improve their study habits and guiding them through difficulties they may be having with a particular subject or lesson. For younger children (pre-K and Kindergarten)I can help prepare the child for the rigors of their next school year.
Each child learns differently. Finding the key to how to hold a child's interest in a subject that they are struggling with and helping them find the best learning methods for them to improve their knowledge and mastery of that subject is my goal. I have helped children learn how to read and worked with Down Syndrome, academically gifted children, and children with serious health issues.

English

I believe that a large part of excelling in English is to develop a love of the subject while learning how to apply good study skills. I enjoy introducing younger children to the exciting world of literature with the aim of igniting a life-long love of literary exploration. At the same time I am careful to make sure the student is learning the skills of reading comprehension and literary analysis. I can help high school students with their regular or advanced placement English coursework and to improve their reading comprehension scores on their SAT or ACT exams.

Reading

I believe reading can be a source of joy and enrichment for any child, even ones who "hate" it or have reading disabilities and I enjoy helping children increase their reading skills.




SAT Reading

I can help a student expand their vocabulary, solidify their knowledge of proper grammar and sentence structure, and improve their critical and analytic reading skills for the Reading Comprehension Section of the SAT. These skills help with proper sentence completion, a major component of the exam. One useful way to improve scores is by taking multiple sample tests under the same constraints as will be present during the actual test. I can help a student prepare for these sample tests, then review and correct missed questions until scores and confidence improve.

SAT Writing

I can help a student improve their grasp of the skills needed for the multiple choice and essay sections of the SAT writing test by improving their knowledge of proper grammar and sentence structure, subject-verb agreement, error identification, diction, and vocabulary. For the 25 minute writing portion of the test I can help a student learn how to organize, support, develop, and express their ideas while maintaining proper use of grammar and vocabulary. One useful way to improve SAT scores is to take multiple sample tests under the same constraints as the actual test. I can help a student prepare for the sample writing test, then review and improve responses until multiple choice scores and writing ability improve.

Special Needs

I have successfully tutored a young boy with Down Syndrome through first, then second, grade in the areas of reading, writing, elementary math facts, how to read a clock face, and concepts about money. I researched how Down Syndrome children learn before beginning to tutor my student and continue to acquaint myself with successful teaching methods for Down Syndrome children as he progresses in school on to third grade. In addition to tutoring I have been a nanny for a Down Syndrome baby and have worked with occupational, physical, and speech therapists to promote infant and toddler development. That experience has helped me when tutoring the older child.

Vocabulary

Having a large vocabulary is a wonderful possession in and of itself and a vital asset when a student attempts to earn a good score on the ACT, SAT, GRE, or other placement exams. Reading, writing, and literature comprehension and analysis all benefit from an enhanced vocabulary. I can help a student learn to interpret a word's meaning from the context in which it is used, to use new words correctly, and provide tips to rote memorization.

Writing

My writing tutoring style combines teaching the rules of grammar and writing style, while showing when rules can be broken to keep a student's writing strong and fresh.

I grew up with a high school English teacher and a college professor of American Literature and majored in writing in college. I currently tutor writing while working on a novel.

UW-Madison
History and Writing

Education

UW-Madison (History and Writing)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Karina will travel within 5 miles of Austin, TX 78756.


About Karina

I am a tutor and nanny with over 10 years of experience working with children. I can assist your child to learn how to maintain good study habits, face new academic challenges, complete their homework, and learn to enjoy schoolwork. I work with Down Syndrome children, children with serious health conditions, academically gifted children, and children needing the assistance of speech, occupational, and physical therapists. I have seen that children can thrive in an environment that combines respect for their individuality with enthusiasm for learning despite the challenges they may face.

For home school students I also provide English, writing, and social studies curriculum enrichment and field trip assistance.

I have a B.A. from UW-Madison with an emphasis on writing and Geography.

Education

UW-Madison
History and Writing

Education

UW-Madison (History and Writing)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Austin, TX 78756

Karina’s Subjects

Computer:
HTML, Web Design
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Autism, Special Needs
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
Study Skills, Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, HTML, Web Design

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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