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Kathryn S.

Harvey Mudd Grad, Kind and Patient Tutor

Harvey Mudd Grad, Kind and Patient Tutor

$500/hour

About Kathryn


Bio

Kathryn has discovered that compassion and academic performance are strongly positively correlated. It is on this foundation that she's built her success as a tutor and the successes of her students.

Kathryn is a professional private tutor and Effective Altruist who spends her life helping students understand tough concepts in math, science, English, and critical reading. Too often, she finds that her students are hard on themselves when they make mistakes, and she's found that the...

Kathryn has discovered that compassion and academic performance are strongly positively correlated. It is on this foundation that she's built her success as a tutor and the successes of her students.

Kathryn is a professional private tutor and Effective Altruist who spends her life helping students understand tough concepts in math, science, English, and critical reading. Too often, she finds that her students are hard on themselves when they make mistakes, and she's found that the compassionate approach reliably produces the robust problem-solving skills her students are really after.

Kathryn received her BS in Molecular Biology from Harvey Mudd College in 2011. There, she studied such subjects as physical chemistry, linear algebra, multivariable calculus, organic chemistry, quantum physics, and molecular biology. Her background has provided her with the conceptual foundations to be expected of any professional tutor.

Kathryn has been tutoring since 2009, when she started volunteering for Upward Bound, a non-profit whose mission is to serve high-potential, low-income high school students. She woke up early every Saturday to help these students with their math and science homework. She attributes her unusual skill to these early years at Upward Bound.

It was on these Saturday mornings that Kathryn learned how to teach people how to teach themselves, and she’s now famous among her students for asking countless questions and holding long pauses while her students think.

Kathryn also coaches mindful learning, asking her students to pay attention to what it’s like, for example, to solve a math problem line by line. Why is it that this mistake happens here? Is it because of a lack of mathematical understanding? Or is it actually because the attention drifted? She is proud of her success with one student who transferred the focusing skills she’d learned riding horses to her moment-to-moment experience taking the ACT. This one 10-minute discussion boosted her ACT score to the 97th percentile.

She helps her students understand statistics and calculus and chemistry and biology and physics and history. She encourages them to work on their own outside of lesson time, and when they do, their efforts are greatly rewarded.


Education

Harvey Mudd College
Molecular Biology

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $400
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Berkeley, CA 94703
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 12/28/2012

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE

GRE

I've been tutoring the GRE for years, and my students have achieved great results. I teach subject-specific GREs, too, for those looking to show their admissions officers that they're serious about (e.g.) physics. My students particularly appreciate my methodical approach to test-taking; it's almost the most important part of studying for the whole test, to make sure that you know how to map out your thoughts in such a way that you guide yourself to the right answers. Incidentally, this mapping is also the key to the essays. Anyway. I love teaching this test :) And I think you'll like learning from me.

Computer

General Computer

General Computer

With my extensive experience helping my students learn how to navigate the world, I am qualified to help you learn how to use your computer to the best advantage. I can even teach you all of the keyboard shortcuts that I know. :)

Corporate Training

General Computer,

General Computer

With my extensive experience helping my students learn how to navigate the world, I am qualified to help you learn how to use your computer to the best advantage. I can even teach you all of the keyboard shortcuts that I know. :)
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is probably my favorite subject, but don't tell anyone. I'm the one who will point out incorrect usage of "he and I", even though I know that saying it that way makes people feel smart. I have extensive experience picking apart sentence structure with my students, identifying parts of speech and catching dangling modifier errors. Let's get started :)
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Need to make sure your submission sounds professional? Look no further. I am here to help you walk, step by step, through what you've written. I'll show you where your grammar is off so that you can fix it. I'll show you where your word choice is awkward so that you can fix it. I'll show you where you've used passive voice so that you can make it active, if indeed active voice is appropriate.
Statistics

Statistics

Statistics can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to decide whether to accept the null hypothesis. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the statistics, yes, and I help them to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.

Elementary Education

Common Core,

Common Core

As a tutor who's been working with children running through the Common Core, I am not only familiar with the standards and methods, but I'm also proficient in all of the Common Core subjects. I seek procedural content knowledge with my students, just as the Common Core would have us do. Whether it's English or Math, I'm your best choice for help.
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is probably my favorite subject, but don't tell anyone. I'm the one who will point out incorrect usage of "he and I", even though I know that saying it that way makes people feel smart. I have extensive experience picking apart sentence structure with my students, identifying parts of speech and catching dangling modifier errors. Let's get started :)
Homeschool,

Homeschool

As someone who's been working with students for 10 years, I know what it's like to encounter new content. And I also understand what it's like to be the parent, handling content that might be just out of our grasp. That's why I'm here to help, with my keen eye for details in the curriculum, a passion for depth of understanding, and the patience of a wizened tutor.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a patient, kind, and compassionate problem-solver, I help my students take a look at what's difficult in their academic lives. When we take a minute to breathe and admit what's not working, we are able to develop solutions that, once they're in place, make school easier and more enjoyable. I love helping my students get their minds and their backpacks organized. :)
Reading

English

ACT English,

ACT English

As a professional ACT English tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry through with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

As a professional ACT Reading tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
English,

English

Whether you're learning English or you're mastering its grammar and style, I am the tutor for you. I have an extensive background helping students through this landscape, writing papers, reading critically, and learning new vocabulary. I can even help you understand English idioms!
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is probably my favorite subject, but don't tell anyone. I'm the one who will point out incorrect usage of "he and I", even though I know that saying it that way makes people feel smart. I have extensive experience picking apart sentence structure with my students, identifying parts of speech and catching dangling modifier errors. Let's get started :)
Literature,

Literature

I am here to help you pick apart works of art that happen to be novels. Here's how literature tutoring works: You message me a week in advance of our lesson with the book you need to digest, I read it and digest it myself, we meet, and you learn! We'll be using all the greatest resources, too (like LitCharts!), to help you get a grip on these works.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Need to make sure your submission sounds professional? Look no further. I am here to help you walk, step by step, through what you've written. I'll show you where your grammar is off so that you can fix it. I'll show you where your word choice is awkward so that you can fix it. I'll show you where you've used passive voice so that you can make it active, if indeed active voice is appropriate.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As a professional SAT tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

As a professional SAT Writing tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
Writing,

Writing

As a professional writing tutor, I have helped my students organize their thoughts. I have helped them craft sentences. And I have helped them build their essays into cohesive, whole works. You provide the ideas, and I'll provide the structure!
Reading

History

American History,

American History

A couple of my science students over the past couple of years have asked me if I could help them with history. I said yes, and I studied my toes off! Now, I have a solid understanding of the history of this country--even more important, though, is that I've learned how best to teach oneself history. Be prepared to put in many hours of your own time outside of tutoring. I've got some extra credit homework for you :)
European History

European History

With my extensive background in tutoring students in myriad subjects, I have had the pleasure of learning and teaching AP European History. Here's how it works: You send me your assignments 48 hours in advance of lesson time, I review the material and develop a tailored lesson plan to match your learning style, we meet, and you learn! In no time, you'll be able to explain to me why the forces that shape our world have done so in the way that they have.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Math can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to find the intersects of a line and a parabola. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the Algebra 1 math, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Math can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to determine the end behavior of cubic functions. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the Algebra 2 math, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Biology,

Biology

I help my students get a handle on Okazaki fragments as well as I help them get a handle on their own minds. Sometimes, yes, the material is difficult. But if the problem also lies in the despair that comes when my student feels overloaded with Biology homework, I'm here to help her practice compassion for herself, too. It all helps. :)
Calculus,

Calculus

I've been tutoring calculus for years, with great results. My secret power comes from having my students explain back to me what it was they (think they) did while solving a problem. It's during these explanations that they put together what it actually means to rotate an area into a solid, or to sum from the right versus the left, or for a function to be concave down and increasing. This is also how I help them learn to keep their work organized; too many times I've seen a problem fall apart just because what was written on one line didn't get copied accurately onto the next. So we'll cover all of it. We'll cover the material, proper problem-solving, and how to stay sane while you're also trying to manage 18 billion other courses :)
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've been tutoring chemistry for years, with great results. My students generally come to me confused and frustrated, but once we get the ball rolling--once, for example, they're able to explain back to me how buffers work--everything seems to open up. They're more confident in their ability to study this subject on their own, and they know how to map their thoughts on the page in order to keep track of the problem instead of getting lost in it. I'm here to help. I'm here to teach the chem, and I'm here to guide you while you navigate your problem sets.
English,

English

Whether you're learning English or you're mastering its grammar and style, I am the tutor for you. I have an extensive background helping students through this landscape, writing papers, reading critically, and learning new vocabulary. I can even help you understand English idioms!
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as knowing how to find the area of a hexagon. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the geometry, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Physics,

Physics

I've been tutoring physics for years, with great results. I remember the moment I went from being an ok physics tutor to a stellar physics tutor: My student had been struggling with centripetal acceleration, and while I myself knew the right answer to the question at hand, I didn't know how to help her guide herself to it. Then, I found the formula: For any given physics problem, you must write down what you know. Write down what you want to know. Draw a picture. Define your coordinate system. Write down all of the equations you can think of that might even be relevant to the problem. Check to see if any of them can be solved for the unknown or chained together to solve for the unknown. Then, and only then, do you start plugging things in. This method has worked phenomenally, even for my one student who says he hated physics. I hope you'll hire me so I can teach it to you :)
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to add fractions. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the prealgebra, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding that a cone can be cut to make a circle just as easily as it can be cut to make a parabola. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the precalculus, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

As a professional SAT Math tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As a professional SAT tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
Statistics,

Statistics

Statistics can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to decide whether to accept the null hypothesis. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the statistics, yes, and I help them to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a patient, kind, and compassionate problem-solver, I help my students take a look at what's difficult in their academic lives. When we take a minute to breathe and admit what's not working, we are able to develop solutions that, once they're in place, make school easier and more enjoyable. I love helping my students get their minds and their backpacks organized. :)
Writing,

Writing

As a professional writing tutor, I have helped my students organize their thoughts. I have helped them craft sentences. And I have helped them build their essays into cohesive, whole works. You provide the ideas, and I'll provide the structure!
Reading

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

As a professional ACT Math tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Math can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to find the intersects of a line and a parabola. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the Algebra 1 math, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Math can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to determine the end behavior of cubic functions. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the Algebra 2 math, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Biostatistics,

Biostatistics

As someone who holds her degree in biology and who has a knack for statistics, I am excited to help my students with their biostatistics courses. I encourage my students to watch their moment-to-moment experience as they grapple with (e.g.) the concept of the simple random sample so that they can notice where they're getting stuck. Sometimes it's the material itself that's tricky, but sometimes it's that the mind is foggy because it hasn't had enough water. This tutor teaches holistically!
Calculus,

Calculus

I've been tutoring calculus for years, with great results. My secret power comes from having my students explain back to me what it was they (think they) did while solving a problem. It's during these explanations that they put together what it actually means to rotate an area into a solid, or to sum from the right versus the left, or for a function to be concave down and increasing. This is also how I help them learn to keep their work organized; too many times I've seen a problem fall apart just because what was written on one line didn't get copied accurately onto the next. So we'll cover all of it. We'll cover the material, proper problem-solving, and how to stay sane while you're also trying to manage 18 billion other courses :)
Finite Math,

Finite Math

Finite math, quite simply, is the opposite of infinite math (i.e. calculus). Whether you're looking to brush up on your skills or study hard for an upcoming exam, I am prepared to help you with your matrix algebra, your probability and statistics, or your Markov chains. Be ready: I am a demanding tutor who will make you dig deep until your understanding is in your bones.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as knowing how to find the area of a hexagon. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the geometry, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Physics,

Physics

I've been tutoring physics for years, with great results. I remember the moment I went from being an ok physics tutor to a stellar physics tutor: My student had been struggling with centripetal acceleration, and while I myself knew the right answer to the question at hand, I didn't know how to help her guide herself to it. Then, I found the formula: For any given physics problem, you must write down what you know. Write down what you want to know. Draw a picture. Define your coordinate system. Write down all of the equations you can think of that might even be relevant to the problem. Check to see if any of them can be solved for the unknown or chained together to solve for the unknown. Then, and only then, do you start plugging things in. This method has worked phenomenally, even for my one student who says he hated physics. I hope you'll hire me so I can teach it to you :)
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to add fractions. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the prealgebra, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding that a cone can be cut to make a circle just as easily as it can be cut to make a parabola. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the precalculus, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Probability,

Probability

Probability can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to find the intersect of two dependent events. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the probability, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

As a professional SAT Math tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
Statistics,

Statistics

Statistics can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to decide whether to accept the null hypothesis. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the statistics, yes, and I help them to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

Trigonometry can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to find the measures of the angles in a triangle. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the trigonometry, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Math can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to find the intersects of a line and a parabola. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the Algebra 1 math, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Math can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to determine the end behavior of cubic functions. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the Algebra 2 math, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Biology,

Biology

I help my students get a handle on Okazaki fragments as well as I help them get a handle on their own minds. Sometimes, yes, the material is difficult. But if the problem also lies in the despair that comes when my student feels overloaded with Biology homework, I'm here to help her practice compassion for herself, too. It all helps. :)
Calculus,

Calculus

I've been tutoring calculus for years, with great results. My secret power comes from having my students explain back to me what it was they (think they) did while solving a problem. It's during these explanations that they put together what it actually means to rotate an area into a solid, or to sum from the right versus the left, or for a function to be concave down and increasing. This is also how I help them learn to keep their work organized; too many times I've seen a problem fall apart just because what was written on one line didn't get copied accurately onto the next. So we'll cover all of it. We'll cover the material, proper problem-solving, and how to stay sane while you're also trying to manage 18 billion other courses :)
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've been tutoring chemistry for years, with great results. My students generally come to me confused and frustrated, but once we get the ball rolling--once, for example, they're able to explain back to me how buffers work--everything seems to open up. They're more confident in their ability to study this subject on their own, and they know how to map their thoughts on the page in order to keep track of the problem instead of getting lost in it. I'm here to help. I'm here to teach the chem, and I'm here to guide you while you navigate your problem sets.
English,

English

Whether you're learning English or you're mastering its grammar and style, I am the tutor for you. I have an extensive background helping students through this landscape, writing papers, reading critically, and learning new vocabulary. I can even help you understand English idioms!
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as knowing how to find the area of a hexagon. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the geometry, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Physics,

Physics

I've been tutoring physics for years, with great results. I remember the moment I went from being an ok physics tutor to a stellar physics tutor: My student had been struggling with centripetal acceleration, and while I myself knew the right answer to the question at hand, I didn't know how to help her guide herself to it. Then, I found the formula: For any given physics problem, you must write down what you know. Write down what you want to know. Draw a picture. Define your coordinate system. Write down all of the equations you can think of that might even be relevant to the problem. Check to see if any of them can be solved for the unknown or chained together to solve for the unknown. Then, and only then, do you start plugging things in. This method has worked phenomenally, even for my one student who says he hated physics. I hope you'll hire me so I can teach it to you :)
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to add fractions. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the prealgebra, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding that a cone can be cut to make a circle just as easily as it can be cut to make a parabola. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the precalculus, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Statistics,

Statistics

Statistics can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to decide whether to accept the null hypothesis. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the statistics, yes, and I help them to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a patient, kind, and compassionate problem-solver, I help my students take a look at what's difficult in their academic lives. When we take a minute to breathe and admit what's not working, we are able to develop solutions that, once they're in place, make school easier and more enjoyable. I love helping my students get their minds and their backpacks organized. :)
Writing,

Writing

As a professional writing tutor, I have helped my students organize their thoughts. I have helped them craft sentences. And I have helped them build their essays into cohesive, whole works. You provide the ideas, and I'll provide the structure!
Reading

Music

Music Theory

Music Theory

I have an extensive background in helping my students learn all kinds of things--including music theory. Whether it's recognizing intervals, formulating the right key signature, or sight-reading, I can help you. Here's how it works: You send me your assignments 48 hours in advance of lesson time, I review the material and build a customized lesson plan tailored to your learning style, we meet, and you learn!

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

As a patient, kind, and compassionate problem-solver, I help my students take a look at what's difficult in their academic lives. When we take a minute to breathe and admit what's not working, we are able to develop solutions that, once they're in place, make school easier and more enjoyable. I love helping my students get their minds and their backpacks organized. :)

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

As a professional ACT Science tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
Anatomy,

Anatomy

With my extensive experience in all things science, I have the professional background and tutoring know-how to help you ace your anatomy class. Here's how it works: You send me your assignments 48 hours in advance of our lesson, I review your material and customize my explanations to your style of learning, then we meet and you learn.
Biochemistry,

Biochemistry

My extensive experience with molecular biology means I'm well-equipped to help you through your course. Here's how it works: You send me your assignments 48 hours in advance of our lesson, I review the material and customize my explanations to your learning style, we meet, and you learn.
Biology,

Biology

I help my students get a handle on Okazaki fragments as well as I help them get a handle on their own minds. Sometimes, yes, the material is difficult. But if the problem also lies in the despair that comes when my student feels overloaded with Biology homework, I'm here to help her practice compassion for herself, too. It all helps. :)
Biostatistics,

Biostatistics

As someone who holds her degree in biology and who has a knack for statistics, I am excited to help my students with their biostatistics courses. I encourage my students to watch their moment-to-moment experience as they grapple with (e.g.) the concept of the simple random sample so that they can notice where they're getting stuck. Sometimes it's the material itself that's tricky, but sometimes it's that the mind is foggy because it hasn't had enough water. This tutor teaches holistically!
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've been tutoring chemistry for years, with great results. My students generally come to me confused and frustrated, but once we get the ball rolling--once, for example, they're able to explain back to me how buffers work--everything seems to open up. They're more confident in their ability to study this subject on their own, and they know how to map their thoughts on the page in order to keep track of the problem instead of getting lost in it. I'm here to help. I'm here to teach the chem, and I'm here to guide you while you navigate your problem sets.
Genetics,

Genetics

I hold my degree in Molecular Biology from Harvey Mudd College and am qualified to tutor genetics. Over the years, I have helped countless students understand the inner workings of the nucleus...and the mitochondrion :)
Microbiology,

Microbiology

I hold my BS in Molecular Biology. In studying for this degree, I did a significant amount of work with microbes. I'm comfortable speaking in depth about bacteria, fungi, and viruses. My experience with the Biological Sciences portion of the MCAT keeps my knowledge of microbiology fresh.
Nutrition,

Nutrition

As someone who loves thinking in terms of molecules and their movement throughout the body, I understand how complex the area of nutrition can really be. It's amazing, too, how much the body's context affects how the nutrients we consume are metabolized. With my degree in Molecular Biology and my understanding of (e.g.) how glucose binds to low-density lipoprotein B to cause coronary heart disease, I'll be able to help anyone seeking to understand the details of nutrition.
Organic Chemistry,

Organic Chemistry

I absolutely love the subject of Organic Chemistry! Having taken four full courses on the subject (including labs), I am prepared to tutor O-Chem. My knowledge ranges from theoretical molecule synthesis to electron pushing; and from liquid-liquid extractions to product purification.
Physical Science,

Physical Science

It's no secret that I love science. Indeed, I hold my degree in one of the toughest sciences: Molecular Biology. I can't wait to come over and help your student learn about how the world works. With my extensive background working with students of all ages, I can help your child learn the physical sciences, whether it's about gravity, electricity, or the carbon cycle!
Physics,

Physics

I've been tutoring physics for years, with great results. I remember the moment I went from being an ok physics tutor to a stellar physics tutor: My student had been struggling with centripetal acceleration, and while I myself knew the right answer to the question at hand, I didn't know how to help her guide herself to it. Then, I found the formula: For any given physics problem, you must write down what you know. Write down what you want to know. Draw a picture. Define your coordinate system. Write down all of the equations you can think of that might even be relevant to the problem. Check to see if any of them can be solved for the unknown or chained together to solve for the unknown. Then, and only then, do you start plugging things in. This method has worked phenomenally, even for my one student who says he hated physics. I hope you'll hire me so I can teach it to you :)
Physiology

Physiology

As a professional private tutor, I haven't just mastered the material you'll need to learn--I've mastered the art of teaching. I know that learning can be tough sometimes, but honestly, it's usually because the person teaching it doesn't know how to deliver material such that brains like ours can understand. That's why it usually takes 5 physiology textbooks open on the table for everything to come together. No more! Together, we will navigate the form and function of biological systems.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

As a patient, kind, and compassionate problem-solver, I help my students take a look at what's difficult in their academic lives. When we take a minute to breathe and admit what's not working, we are able to develop solutions that, once they're in place, make school easier and more enjoyable. I love helping my students get their minds and their backpacks organized. :)

Sports/Recreation

Nutrition

Nutrition

As someone who loves thinking in terms of molecules and their movement throughout the body, I understand how complex the area of nutrition can really be. It's amazing, too, how much the body's context affects how the nutrients we consume are metabolized. With my degree in Molecular Biology and my understanding of (e.g.) how glucose binds to low-density lipoprotein B to cause coronary heart disease, I'll be able to help anyone seeking to understand the details of nutrition.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Math can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to find the intersects of a line and a parabola. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the Algebra 1 math, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Math can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to determine the end behavior of cubic functions. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the Algebra 2 math, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Biology,

Biology

I help my students get a handle on Okazaki fragments as well as I help them get a handle on their own minds. Sometimes, yes, the material is difficult. But if the problem also lies in the despair that comes when my student feels overloaded with Biology homework, I'm here to help her practice compassion for herself, too. It all helps. :)
Calculus,

Calculus

I've been tutoring calculus for years, with great results. My secret power comes from having my students explain back to me what it was they (think they) did while solving a problem. It's during these explanations that they put together what it actually means to rotate an area into a solid, or to sum from the right versus the left, or for a function to be concave down and increasing. This is also how I help them learn to keep their work organized; too many times I've seen a problem fall apart just because what was written on one line didn't get copied accurately onto the next. So we'll cover all of it. We'll cover the material, proper problem-solving, and how to stay sane while you're also trying to manage 18 billion other courses :)
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've been tutoring chemistry for years, with great results. My students generally come to me confused and frustrated, but once we get the ball rolling--once, for example, they're able to explain back to me how buffers work--everything seems to open up. They're more confident in their ability to study this subject on their own, and they know how to map their thoughts on the page in order to keep track of the problem instead of getting lost in it. I'm here to help. I'm here to teach the chem, and I'm here to guide you while you navigate your problem sets.
GED,

GED

With my extensive background helping students in all kinds of subjects, I am qualified to help you earn your GED. Learning can be tough. That's why I'm prepared to help you not just with math, but with writing and critical reading, too. We will work through problems together and practice writing essays together. Let's go!
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots of frustration we tie ourselves in is just as important as knowing how to find the area of a hexagon. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the geometry, yes, but I help them even more to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Physics,

Physics

I've been tutoring physics for years, with great results. I remember the moment I went from being an ok physics tutor to a stellar physics tutor: My student had been struggling with centripetal acceleration, and while I myself knew the right answer to the question at hand, I didn't know how to help her guide herself to it. Then, I found the formula: For any given physics problem, you must write down what you know. Write down what you want to know. Draw a picture. Define your coordinate system. Write down all of the equations you can think of that might even be relevant to the problem. Check to see if any of them can be solved for the unknown or chained together to solve for the unknown. Then, and only then, do you start plugging things in. This method has worked phenomenally, even for my one student who says he hated physics. I hope you'll hire me so I can teach it to you :)
SAT Math,

SAT Math

As a professional SAT Math tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
Statistics,

Statistics

Statistics can be tough. Indeed, learning how to deal with the mental knots we tie ourselves in is just as important as understanding how to decide whether to accept the null hypothesis. With my holistic approach, I help my students with the statistics, yes, and I help them to learn how to teach themselves. This is my gift.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a patient, kind, and compassionate problem-solver, I help my students take a look at what's difficult in their academic lives. When we take a minute to breathe and admit what's not working, we are able to develop solutions that, once they're in place, make school easier and more enjoyable. I love helping my students get their minds and their backpacks organized. :)
Writing,

Writing

As a professional writing tutor, I have helped my students organize their thoughts. I have helped them craft sentences. And I have helped them build their essays into cohesive, whole works. You provide the ideas, and I'll provide the structure!
Reading

Test Preparation

Accuplacer,

Accuplacer

You want to make sure you get placed into the most appropriate classes when you enter college. And in order to do that, you're going to be taking the Accuplacer. That's where I come in. I can help you review the material and bring your knowledge to the foreground, and I can help you master the test-taking process so that you've got all your faculties on board on test day.
ACT English,

ACT English

As a professional ACT English tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry through with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

As a professional ACT Math tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

As a professional ACT Reading tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

As a professional ACT Science tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
ASVAB,

ASVAB

I've been tutoring the ASVAB for years, and my students always tell me they're glad they hired me. I've got expertise with the content, flexibility in how I teach in order to match my student's learning styles, and the most useful test-taking techniques that I wish someone had taught me when I was younger. Be prepared to study smarter on: Arithmetic Reasoning, Auto and Shop, Electronics, General Science, Mathematics Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Word Knowledge, Mechanical Comprehension, and Assembling Objects.
CBEST,

CBEST

I have been tutoring the CBEST for years, and my students consistently do well under my instruction. They appreciate my problem-solving skills and the time I take to help them practice. I help them figure out how to get their thoughts on paper so that they can reason through the various Math, Reading, and Writing problems. The test is as much about knowledge as it is about the ability to think clearly. So while I'm here to help you brush up on your math, I'm also here to help you navigate your thoughts.
Common Core,

Common Core

As a tutor who's been working with children running through the Common Core, I am not only familiar with the standards and methods, but I'm also proficient in all of the Common Core subjects. I seek procedural content knowledge with my students, just as the Common Core would have us do. Whether it's English or Math, I'm your best choice for help.
GED,

GED

With my extensive background helping students in all kinds of subjects, I am qualified to help you earn your GED. Learning can be tough. That's why I'm prepared to help you not just with math, but with writing and critical reading, too. We will work through problems together and practice writing essays together. Let's go!
GRE,

GRE

I've been tutoring the GRE for years, and my students have achieved great results. I teach subject-specific GREs, too, for those looking to show their admissions officers that they're serious about (e.g.) physics. My students particularly appreciate my methodical approach to test-taking; it's almost the most important part of studying for the whole test, to make sure that you know how to map out your thoughts in such a way that you guide yourself to the right answers. Incidentally, this mapping is also the key to the essays. Anyway. I love teaching this test :) And I think you'll like learning from me.
ISEE,

ISEE

I have experience with the ISEE. I know what independent schools are looking for, and am ready to help my students rise to the occasion. Independent schools look for students who can think critically, and who trust their own brains. They're looking for fluency in vocabulary, mathematics, and reading skills. To measure these skills, the ISEE contains four sections: a 20-minute Verbal Reasoning section, a 35-minute Quantitative Reasoning section, a 25-minute Reading Comprehension section, and a 30-minute Mathematics Achievement section. Some basic techniques include: know your roots and prefixes; when you hit a hard QR problem, circle it and move on; and read the RC questions first, then the passage.
LSAT,

LSAT

With my extensive experience helping students pass all kinds of standardized test, I am equipped and ready to help you master the LSAT. We will cover any content that's still fuzzy, and we'll cover proper test-taking technique. Here's how it works: You take a practice test every week and read through the answer explanations. For the questions that still remain a mystery, we meet, we discuss, and you learn!
MCAT,

MCAT

I've been tutoring the MCAT for years, with great results. I love getting into the details of, say, optics with my students. For it's when we allow ourselves the deep understanding of the subjects we were supposed to have mastered in undergrad that everything finally starts to come together. No more memorizing. Once true understanding starts to come together, your knowledge in one area informs the conclusions you can make in another. Studying gets easier, the MCAT gets easier, and the air feels like it's easier to breathe. It's nice to know that you know what you're doing. And I can help you get there. :)
PSAT,

PSAT

As a professional PSAT tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques and learn how to teach themselves. I fully expect, for example, that you will find that the PSAT more accurately reflects your intelligence when you write out your work for each problem. I serve merely as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
Regents,

Regents

You're taking the Regents to show New York State that you've learned in high school what the state hopes you've learned. By reviewing high school English, chemistry, physics, trigonometry--whichever Regents you'll be taking--and by practicing your test-taking skills, you'll be able to walk in on test day feeling confident and relaxed. I'm here to help you remember all that you've learned in high school, to fill in the gaps your teachers may have missed, and to help you become an excellent test-taker.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

As a professional SAT Math tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As a professional SAT tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

As a professional SAT Writing tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques that they carry with them into test day. I fully expect, for example, that in the English section, you will discover that you need to apply the Process of Elimination to every single question. I serve as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
SSAT,

SSAT

As a professional SSAT tutor, I focus on the moment-by-moment experience my students have while doing each specific type of problem this test offers. By noticing where they get in their own way, my students develop their own techniques and learn how to teach themselves. I serve merely as a guide for this self-discovery and have seen phenomenal results with this approach.
USMLE

USMLE

With the USMLE's patient-centered scenarios, you'll not only need mastery with the sciences, but you'll also need to be able to apply what you know to patient-centered scenarios. My extensive background in all of the sciences (most notably in molecular biology) provides me with the deep foundations you should expect of any USMLE tutor. As someone who's capable of drawing your knowledge to the foreground, and as someone who can teach you how to simulate these scenarios in your mind, I can help you master every step of your board exam.

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Chem hero

Kathryn has been so patient with me and helpful. We have been working together everyday to prep for my final. She is so knowledgeable about all the topics we have covered and is easily able to explain things so I can understand them. Kathryn has been helping me feel more confident in my chemistry practices. She is a gem I highly recommend!

Lauren, 4 lessons with Kathryn

Knowledgeable and a great teacher

Kathryn just started tutoring our son in AP Calculus and she's doing a terrific job of breaking down difficult subject matter in a way that he can understand. She is also very very flexible with time which helps us out so much.

Lori, 28 lessons with Kathryn

Outstanding, has changed our daughter's life for the better.

Kathryn has been tutoring my daughter for last two + years, she has been outstanding. Reliable, thoughtful, across all subjects math / history / creative writing, helping my daughter stay organized and focused with tasks large and small. Could not have better things to say about her as a tutor and a person.

Matthew, 96 lessons with Kathryn

We love her

She can teach fractions to a now confident 6 grader. She is helping a high school Jr get ready for her PSAT.

Maddy, 72 lessons with Kathryn

Great Tutor

Kathryn is a saint. Seriously, look no further. I hadn't taken math in 10 years and was enrolled in a business calculus class. Not only did she teach me calculus but pretty much every level of math prior (alg 1,2 geometry, etc). She took the time to explain everything, making sure I understood the fundamentals. Whether it be math, English, science or whatever, I would trust Kathryn to help. She truly cares about the success of those she works with.

Chris, 61 lessons with Kathryn

Such an amazing tutor!

Kathryn is always so patient and helpful. Always finds a way to present concepts in understandable ways. Wonderful demeanor and super fun!

Mike, 26 lessons with Kathryn

Clear and concise

With Kathryn's extensive knowledge and guidance, I now know studying for the CBEST Mathematics section will be a fun experience!

Claire, 5 lessons with Kathryn

Great Tutor for ACT preparation

Kathryn has been working with my son on ACT preparation. We consider her a top notch tutor. It is interesting in that my son is also doing extremely well in Calculus and he mentioned that work with Kathryn also helped him with his high school studies.

Beverly, 16 lessons with Kathryn

Organized and Effective

Kathryn has an ability to help the student learn the best way he or she can. She is creative in her teaching technique, positive and able to keep my son on task as much as possible during their time together.

Carrie, 20 lessons with Kathryn
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