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Katie S.

Houston, TX

$90/hr

The SAT/ACT/AP miracle worker!

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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.

"Great tutor!"

- Maureen, Houston, TX on 2/24/15

"We couldn't be more thrilled with Katie's help"

- Lisa, Houston, TX on 7/5/14

"Enthusiastic, encouraging, and overall the best tutor!"

- Michael, Houston, TX on 5/13/13

"Exceptionally patient for student with ADHD"

- Sara, Houston, TX on 4/11/13

"Awesome educator!"

- Beth, Houston, TX on 12/14/12

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Catherine, Houston, TX on 11/14/12

"Excellent tutor highly recommended"

- Antonio, Houston, TX on 10/1/12
Math:
ACT Math, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science
History:
American History, Government & Politics, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TAKS
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

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.

University of San Diego
English
Rice University
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of San Diego (English)

Rice University (Graduate Coursework)

Great tutor! — Katie has been tutoring our sophomore Evan for about 7 months, helping him with his organization issues, studying and test-taking techniques, and preparation for the SAT test. Katie has really motivated Evan to work hard in school, which is something my husband and I haven't had much success at in the past. Evan was just invited to his first "Bravo Breakfast" at Stratford for making good grades, ...

— Maureen, Houston, TX on 2/24/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $90.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Katie will travel within 12 miles of Houston, TX 77006.


About Katie

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.

Testimonials

"Great tutor!"

- Maureen, Houston, TX on 2/24/15

"We couldn't be more thrilled with Katie's help"

- Lisa, Houston, TX on 7/5/14

"Enthusiastic, encouraging, and overall the best tutor!"

- Michael, Houston, TX on 5/13/13

"Exceptionally patient for student with ADHD"

- Sara, Houston, TX on 4/11/13

"Awesome educator!"

- Beth, Houston, TX on 12/14/12

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Catherine, Houston, TX on 11/14/12

"Excellent tutor highly recommended"

- Antonio, Houston, TX on 10/1/12

Education

University of San Diego
English
Rice University
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of San Diego (English)

Rice University (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Houston, TX 77006

Katie’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science
History:
American History, Government & Politics, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TAKS
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

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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