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Hi there! My name is Katie, and I can't wait to help you get into college. If you are freaking out about your upcoming gauntlet of standardized tests, if the thought of yet another soulless scantron sheet makes you nauseous, and if you are losing sleep over whether or not you should have chosen "C" for the fifth time in a row...relax. It's all going to be okay, and I am here to help.
I've been a professional test prep tutor for five years. I've taught hundreds of students and logged over 1000 hours with a major test prep company. But I was tired of my company and others like it taking advantage of hard-working families by charging them hundreds of dollars *per hour* for instructors who got paid peanuts and received limited professional support. My bottom line is not about money -- it's about helping you become the best student you can be.
I've worked with National Merit Scholars, National Hispanic Merit Scholars, valedictorians, ESL students, students with ADHD and dyslexia, and those with just good old-fashioned test anxiety. In Houston, I've tutored students at both public and private high schools, including Strake Jesuit, St. John's, Lutheran North, Westside, HSPVA, and The British School. I've seen amazing achievements with my tutoring students, including SAT score increases of 550 points and ACT score increases of 8 points. Plus, I'm way fun. Tests are boring, but working with me, you'll never be bored.
I studied English and Political Science as an undergraduate at University of San Diego and English as a graduate student at Rice University, making me well qualified to tutor English, reading, writing, AP Literature, AP Language, AP Government, and AP US History. If you think I might be a good match for you, I'm certainly willing to consider other subjects. Just ask me!
Important note: If you are located more than 15-20 miles outside of my zip code (77006), I will only be available for Skype tutoring. I love Skype tutoring, and I know how to keep it engaging and fun, but I understand this is not what all families want. Please feel free to write me should you like to know more about how Skype tutoring can help you.
We couldn't be more thrilled with Katie's help — Helping a pre-teen polish his grammar skills in the middle of a lazy summer felt like a daunting task. I'm not an educator, but I did feel that capitalization and punctuation were something I should be able to teach my own child. However, internet searches for lessons and grammar rules left me feeling overwhelmed, and unsure where to start. I am absolutely confident that asking Katie for help was ...
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