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Kathryn G.

Effective English Tutor Specializing in Reading, Vocab. & Test Prep

Effective English Tutor Specializing in Reading, Vocab. & Test Prep

$45/hour

  • 289 hours tutoring

About Kathryn


Bio

I've been a one-on-one tutor for over 25 years. I tutor English Language Arts (ELA) and math, privately through WyzAnt, and publicly as a substitute teacher in the LAUSD. Though an English specialist, I also tutor math, science, history, social studies and geography. I've prepped elementary and middle school students for the ISEE, and high school seniors for the SAT and ACT. I've tutored college students in writing, grammar, theology, and TOEFL. I've tutored adults in everything from...

I've been a one-on-one tutor for over 25 years. I tutor English Language Arts (ELA) and math, privately through WyzAnt, and publicly as a substitute teacher in the LAUSD. Though an English specialist, I also tutor math, science, history, social studies and geography. I've prepped elementary and middle school students for the ISEE, and high school seniors for the SAT and ACT. I've tutored college students in writing, grammar, theology, and TOEFL. I've tutored adults in everything from grammar and writing to accent modification. I've successfully coached graduate students in the vocabulary section of the Princeton Review.

I passed the CBEST (on the 1st try) with a rare perfect score in the English section. I've also passed the PRAXIS test on the first try, and completed the LAUSD's Artist Training Seminar, through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

In addition to my other teaching activities, I also work as a professional singer/actor. I was classically trained and have a BFA from California Institute of the Arts (Cal-Arts). I'm also very well versed and experienced in tutoring general music, voice, music history, and theatre.

FYI - I'm a native Angelino and come from a family of renowned teachers. My father created continuation teaching in the Los Angeles school system. My brother was named Teacher of the Year many times in his career. I proudly and happily follow in their footsteps.


Education

California Institute of the Arts /BFA
Music
Jewish Theological Seminary
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $45
  • Travel policy: Within 5 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90034
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/16/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over the course of my more than 25-year teaching career, I've taught English to many non-native speakers. I've helped improve their conversational, reading, and writing skills. I prepped some to take the TOEFL test, some to pass English classes, and others just how to navigate more fluently in a predominantly English-speaking world. They were from Mexico, Russia, China, India, Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Mongolia. English can present many challenges, but I feel nothing is insurmountable. With patience, commitment, and dedication, English well spoken, read, and written is attainable. I know it works, because I have guided my ESL/ESOL students to high scores on the TOEFL test, to high grades in middle, high school and college courses, and greater fluency in every aspect of English usage.
Grammar,

Grammar

I've taught grammar for many years and am considered an expert on the subject among my colleagues and friends. I have a breadth of knowledge in grammar that facilitates my ability to explain the subject to my students. I've helped many people understand how grammar works, and how to use it in their everyday lives and academic studies. Having passed the CBEST with a perfect score in the English section, I'm certified to substitute teach in any LAUSD school.
Proofreading

Proofreading

I have been a writer, editor, and proofreader for many years. I've proofed and edited scripts, books, letters, resumés, blogs and articles. Typos and other mistakes stand out to me as if they were lit in neon! My clients and students have benefited greatly from my eagle eye and the insights I've offered. In addition to writing and editing, I've been tutoring writing, in general, for many years. It's never too early or too late to become a better writer. I've taught and helped students at all points in the spectrum.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Having passed the CBEST (on the first try and with a, rarely achieved, perfect score in the English section), I'm also a substitute elementary school teacher in the LAUSD. Though I love teaching in the classroom, I also love the one-on-one experience tutoring can provide a struggling or exceptional child. I'm able to focus on whatever area(s) the student needs most; helping him or her achieve academic success. I'm certified in 21 subjects. I have a breadth and depth of education, acquired through great schools, teachers, parents who were highly-esteemed teachers, and a life-long, unquenchable thirst for knowledge. I love learning new things and endeavor to instill that love in my students.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I've been teaching math fundamentals for many years and know how important it is to lay a solid foundation in this subject. My philosophy is that math should be fast, efficient, and fun. I've shown many students how to approach and solve their math problems - because knowing how to solve a problem is key to success in math. Since many students began by telling me they couldn't understand math or felt they were bad at it, it's even more gratifying to see that light bulb go on! Once it does, confidence and achievement follow.
Grammar,

Grammar

I've taught grammar for many years and am considered an expert on the subject among my colleagues and friends. I have a breadth of knowledge in grammar that facilitates my ability to explain the subject to my students. I've helped many people understand how grammar works, and how to use it in their everyday lives and academic studies. Having passed the CBEST with a perfect score in the English section, I'm certified to substitute teach in any LAUSD school.
Phonics,

Phonics

I've always believed phonics to be the best method for learning to read. It's like the foundation of a house. The foundation doesn't look like much, it isn't fancy and you can't even see exactly what the house will look like just from seeing the foundation - but it's the essential part of the house; without which it cannot stand! Reading is an evolving process in a nascent reader. If the foundation is good, a beginning reader can master the entire process, becoming fully fluent and able to enjoy reading for a lifetime! Without this ability, academic success is greatly imperiled. I began tutoring phonics over 25 years ago. My first student was a 7 year old (!) who couldn't read. She'd been taught "whole language" in school and this had been a complete failure for her. I began tutoring her in phonics; something to which she'd never before been exposed. Very soon after that, she learned to read - and, many years later, went on to be a college graduate. She's now an international Asset Manager. Recently, she wrote to thank me for teaching her to read, as it changed everything in her life. I've taught phonics to many other children since then and it has always succeeded in improving their reading ability. A few years ago, I tutored in the No Child Left Behind program and always incorporated phonics into my tutoring. The program definitely had its problems, but by adding my store of knowledge and experience, I know I helped my students, immensely. As for credentials, I am a college graduate, with a BFA from Cal-Arts. I passed the CBEST with a very rare perfect score in the English section (making me eligible to be a substitute teacher in the LAUSD). I also passed the Praxis test with a perfect score. I specialize in English and elementary math instruction (as well as 18 other subjects), so I'm also able to handle a variety of student needs, beyond phonics, as they crop up. As I'm from a family of teachers, I understand there is no end to one's education. There is more to know than any one person can ever learn in
Reading,

Reading

I've always believed phonics to be the best method for learning to read. It's like the foundation of a house. The foundation doesn't look like much, it isn't fancy and you can't even see exactly what the house will look like just from seeing the foundation - but it's the essential part of the house; the part without which the house cannot stand. Reading is an evolving process in a nascent reader. If the foundation is good, a beginning reader can master the entire process, becoming fully fluent and able to enjoy reading for a lifetime! Without this ability, academic success is greatly imperiled. I began tutoring phonics 25 years ago. My first student was a 7 year old (!) who couldn't read. She'd been taught "whole language" in school and this had been a complete failure for her. I began tutoring her in phonics; something to which she'd never before been exposed. Very soon after that, she learned to read - and, many years later, went on to be a college graduate. I've taught phonics to many other children since then and it has always succeeded in improving their reading ability. A few years ago, I tutored in the No Child Left Behind program and always incorporated phonics into my tutoring. The program definitely had its problems, but by adding my store of knowledge and experience, I know I helped my students, immensely. As for credentials, I am a college graduate, with a BFA from Cal-Arts. I passed the CBEST with a rare perfect score in the English section, and am now a substitute teacher in the LAUSD. I also passed the Praxis test with a perfect score. I specialize in English and elementary math instruction (as well as 12 other subjects) so I'm also able to handle student needs, beyond phonics, as they crop up. As I'm from a family of teachers, I understand there is no end to one's education. There is more to know than any one person can ever learn in a lifetime. Therefore, I am always studying and learning. My motto is: One should learn something new every day. If you haven't learned something new
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I've been tutoring English for over 25 years, now, and cover the gamut of topics associated with this subject...but always focus especially on vocabulary. I love words, their origins, and how much better one can speak, write, and think when one has a good vocabulary! I understand the relevance and importance of vocabulary. I love its economy and nuances. As my students learn to use their vocabulary skills, they're empowered to produce better papers, essays and grades!
Spelling

English

English,

English

I've been tutoring phonics for over 25 years and believe it's the best method for developing fluent readers. English has many confusing elements, especially the spellings and sounds various letters/letter groups make. Once a child understands the basics, the exceptions are more tolerable. Sight words alone can't help a child decipher new words. Only phonics gives a child the tools for that. The fact that I've taught phonics to many children who've gone on to become highly fluent readers only confirms my trust in this method. As for me, I'm a specialist in tutoring all aspects of English. I passed the CBEST with a perfect score in the English section, and now substitute teach in the LAUSD. I also passed the PRAXIS with a perfect score. I'm a very knowledgeable, effective, and patient teacher. I've tutored many children and adults in both the fundamentals and advanced nuances of English. In addition, I've worked as an editor/proofreader for many years. I've worked on novels, scripts, resumés, court documents, essays, letters, etc., all of which have provided invaluable experience, honing my English skills.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over the course of my more than 25-year teaching career, I've taught English to many non-native speakers. I've helped improve their conversational, reading, and writing skills. I prepped some to take the TOEFL test, some to pass English classes, and others just how to navigate more fluently in a predominantly English-speaking world. They were from Mexico, Russia, China, India, Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Mongolia. English can present many challenges, but I feel nothing is insurmountable. With patience, commitment, and dedication, English well spoken, read, and written is attainable. I know it works, because I have guided my ESL/ESOL students to high scores on the TOEFL test, to high grades in middle, high school and college courses, and greater fluency in every aspect of English usage.
Grammar,

Grammar

I've taught grammar for many years and am considered an expert on the subject among my colleagues and friends. I have a breadth of knowledge in grammar that facilitates my ability to explain the subject to my students. I've helped many people understand how grammar works, and how to use it in their everyday lives and academic studies. Having passed the CBEST with a perfect score in the English section, I'm certified to substitute teach in any LAUSD school.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have been a writer, editor, and proofreader for many years. I've proofed and edited scripts, books, letters, resumés, blogs and articles. Typos and other mistakes stand out to me as if they were lit in neon! My clients and students have benefited greatly from my eagle eye and the insights I've offered. In addition to writing and editing, I've been tutoring writing, in general, for many years. It's never too early or too late to become a better writer. I've taught and helped students at all points in the spectrum.
Reading,

Reading

I've always believed phonics to be the best method for learning to read. It's like the foundation of a house. The foundation doesn't look like much, it isn't fancy and you can't even see exactly what the house will look like just from seeing the foundation - but it's the essential part of the house; the part without which the house cannot stand. Reading is an evolving process in a nascent reader. If the foundation is good, a beginning reader can master the entire process, becoming fully fluent and able to enjoy reading for a lifetime! Without this ability, academic success is greatly imperiled. I began tutoring phonics 25 years ago. My first student was a 7 year old (!) who couldn't read. She'd been taught "whole language" in school and this had been a complete failure for her. I began tutoring her in phonics; something to which she'd never before been exposed. Very soon after that, she learned to read - and, many years later, went on to be a college graduate. I've taught phonics to many other children since then and it has always succeeded in improving their reading ability. A few years ago, I tutored in the No Child Left Behind program and always incorporated phonics into my tutoring. The program definitely had its problems, but by adding my store of knowledge and experience, I know I helped my students, immensely. As for credentials, I am a college graduate, with a BFA from Cal-Arts. I passed the CBEST with a rare perfect score in the English section, and am now a substitute teacher in the LAUSD. I also passed the Praxis test with a perfect score. I specialize in English and elementary math instruction (as well as 12 other subjects) so I'm also able to handle student needs, beyond phonics, as they crop up. As I'm from a family of teachers, I understand there is no end to one's education. There is more to know than any one person can ever learn in a lifetime. Therefore, I am always studying and learning. My motto is: One should learn something new every day. If you haven't learned something new
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I've been helping students pass the English sections of the SAT for many years. I, myself, passed these portions with perfect scores, so I understand the strategies for how that's accomplished. I've also passed the English portion of the CBEST with a very rare perfect score. I passed that entire test on the first try, so am qualified to substitute teach in any LAUSD school. I've also passed the PRAXIS, as well as every English test here at WyzAnt, with a perfect score. As part of SAT Reading preparation, I endeavor to teach an extensive amount of vocabulary. Students have found this practice extremely helpful and useful in test taking. I also cover reading comprehension, grammar, punctuation and essay writing. Knowledge is power, and that's what I aim to impart to my students.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I've been helping students successfully pass the English sections of the SAT for many years. I passed these portions with perfect scores, so I understand the strategies for how that's accomplished. Knowledge is power, and that's what I aim to impart to my students. As part of SAT Writing preparation, I help students with techniques that enable them to put their ideas down on paper - in a clear, cogent, and persuasive manner. This is practiced like any other skill, and, most definitely, improves writing ability! FYI, I've also passed the English portion of the CBEST with a very rare perfect score. I passed that entire test on the first try, so am qualified to substitute teach in any LAUSD school. I've also passed the PRAXIS, as well as every English test here at WyzAnt, with a perfect score.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

As a highly experienced English tutoring specialist, I've been able to successfully guide students to achieve high scores on the TOEFL. The speaking section seems to be the most daunting parts of the test for most students, so I concentrate on conversation and vocabulary. Also, I use techniques that make it much easier to think fast and answer more fluently in the verbal portion of the test. If reading and/or writing is the issue, I use my extensive knowledge, and reading/writing skills, to help my students overcome those deficits. My students have all gone into the test with more confidence and ability, getting that high score they desire and deserve!
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I've been tutoring English for over 25 years, now, and cover the gamut of topics associated with this subject...but always focus especially on vocabulary. I love words, their origins, and how much better one can speak, write, and think when one has a good vocabulary! I understand the relevance and importance of vocabulary. I love its economy and nuances. As my students learn to use their vocabulary skills, they're empowered to produce better papers, essays and grades!
Writing,

Writing

I have been a writer and editor for many years. I've edited scripts, books, letters, resumés and articles. Much like playing the piano, writing is a process that is improved through practice. The more you write (with the proper understanding of the process, of course), the better - and the easier it gets! In addition to writing and editing, I've also been tutoring writing for many years, now. It's never too early or too late to become a better writer. I've taught and helped students at all points in the age spectrum. Naturally, the younger the student, the more fluent the writing will be by the time those skills become essential to academic and worldly success...but the late bloomers also greatly improved their writing skills.
ACT English, Spelling

History

World History,

World History

From a very early age, I was inculcated with history. Our home was just an extension of school and education never stopped. Everyone in the house was very knowledgeable about history, and loved to discuss world affairs over dinner. My father was an esteemed educator in the LAUSD and my mother was a world-traveler. My brother became a highly esteemed, award-winning teacher, and I became a tutor/professional, classically-trained, singer. Also, I passed the CBEST on the first try, with a rare perfect score in the English section, making me eligible to substitute teach in the LAUSD. I'm certified to tutor World History, here at Wyzant, having passed their qualifying test. The best qualification I have, though, is that I've been absorbing world history since I was a small child - and really know it!
American History, Religion

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Having passed the CBEST (on the first try and with a, rarely achieved, perfect score in the English section), I'm also a substitute elementary school teacher in the LAUSD. Though I love teaching in the classroom, I also love the one-on-one experience tutoring can provide a struggling or exceptional child. I'm able to focus on whatever area(s) the student needs most; helping him or her achieve academic success. I'm certified in 21 subjects. I have a breadth and depth of education, acquired through great schools, teachers, parents who were highly-esteemed teachers, and a life-long, unquenchable thirst for knowledge. I love learning new things and endeavor to instill that love in my students.
English,

English

I've been tutoring phonics for over 25 years and believe it's the best method for developing fluent readers. English has many confusing elements, especially the spellings and sounds various letters/letter groups make. Once a child understands the basics, the exceptions are more tolerable. Sight words alone can't help a child decipher new words. Only phonics gives a child the tools for that. The fact that I've taught phonics to many children who've gone on to become highly fluent readers only confirms my trust in this method. As for me, I'm a specialist in tutoring all aspects of English. I passed the CBEST with a perfect score in the English section, and now substitute teach in the LAUSD. I also passed the PRAXIS with a perfect score. I'm a very knowledgeable, effective, and patient teacher. I've tutored many children and adults in both the fundamentals and advanced nuances of English. In addition, I've worked as an editor/proofreader for many years. I've worked on novels, scripts, resumés, court documents, essays, letters, etc., all of which have provided invaluable experience, honing my English skills.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over the course of my more than 25-year teaching career, I've taught English to many non-native speakers. I've helped improve their conversational, reading, and writing skills. I prepped some to take the TOEFL test, some to pass English classes, and others just how to navigate more fluently in a predominantly English-speaking world. They were from Mexico, Russia, China, India, Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Mongolia. English can present many challenges, but I feel nothing is insurmountable. With patience, commitment, and dedication, English well spoken, read, and written is attainable. I know it works, because I have guided my ESL/ESOL students to high scores on the TOEFL test, to high grades in middle, high school and college courses, and greater fluency in every aspect of English usage.
Reading,

Reading

I've always believed phonics to be the best method for learning to read. It's like the foundation of a house. The foundation doesn't look like much, it isn't fancy and you can't even see exactly what the house will look like just from seeing the foundation - but it's the essential part of the house; the part without which the house cannot stand. Reading is an evolving process in a nascent reader. If the foundation is good, a beginning reader can master the entire process, becoming fully fluent and able to enjoy reading for a lifetime! Without this ability, academic success is greatly imperiled. I began tutoring phonics 25 years ago. My first student was a 7 year old (!) who couldn't read. She'd been taught "whole language" in school and this had been a complete failure for her. I began tutoring her in phonics; something to which she'd never before been exposed. Very soon after that, she learned to read - and, many years later, went on to be a college graduate. I've taught phonics to many other children since then and it has always succeeded in improving their reading ability. A few years ago, I tutored in the No Child Left Behind program and always incorporated phonics into my tutoring. The program definitely had its problems, but by adding my store of knowledge and experience, I know I helped my students, immensely. As for credentials, I am a college graduate, with a BFA from Cal-Arts. I passed the CBEST with a rare perfect score in the English section, and am now a substitute teacher in the LAUSD. I also passed the Praxis test with a perfect score. I specialize in English and elementary math instruction (as well as 12 other subjects) so I'm also able to handle student needs, beyond phonics, as they crop up. As I'm from a family of teachers, I understand there is no end to one's education. There is more to know than any one person can ever learn in a lifetime. Therefore, I am always studying and learning. My motto is: One should learn something new every day. If you haven't learned something new
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I've been helping students pass the English sections of the SAT for many years. I, myself, passed these portions with perfect scores, so I understand the strategies for how that's accomplished. I've also passed the English portion of the CBEST with a very rare perfect score. I passed that entire test on the first try, so am qualified to substitute teach in any LAUSD school. I've also passed the PRAXIS, as well as every English test here at WyzAnt, with a perfect score. As part of SAT Reading preparation, I endeavor to teach an extensive amount of vocabulary. Students have found this practice extremely helpful and useful in test taking. I also cover reading comprehension, grammar, punctuation and essay writing. Knowledge is power, and that's what I aim to impart to my students.
Writing,

Writing

I have been a writer and editor for many years. I've edited scripts, books, letters, resumés and articles. Much like playing the piano, writing is a process that is improved through practice. The more you write (with the proper understanding of the process, of course), the better - and the easier it gets! In addition to writing and editing, I've also been tutoring writing for many years, now. It's never too early or too late to become a better writer. I've taught and helped students at all points in the age spectrum. Naturally, the younger the student, the more fluent the writing will be by the time those skills become essential to academic and worldly success...but the late bloomers also greatly improved their writing skills.
Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over the course of my more than 25-year teaching career, I've taught English to many non-native speakers. I've helped improve their conversational, reading, and writing skills. I prepped some to take the TOEFL test, some to pass English classes, and others just how to navigate more fluently in a predominantly English-speaking world. They were from Mexico, Russia, China, India, Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Mongolia. English can present many challenges, but I feel nothing is insurmountable. With patience, commitment, and dedication, English well spoken, read, and written is attainable. I know it works, because I have guided my ESL/ESOL students to high scores on the TOEFL test, to high grades in middle, high school and college courses, and greater fluency in every aspect of English usage.
TOEFL

TOEFL

As a highly experienced English tutoring specialist, I've been able to successfully guide students to achieve high scores on the TOEFL. The speaking section seems to be the most daunting parts of the test for most students, so I concentrate on conversation and vocabulary. Also, I use techniques that make it much easier to think fast and answer more fluently in the verbal portion of the test. If reading and/or writing is the issue, I use my extensive knowledge, and reading/writing skills, to help my students overcome those deficits. My students have all gone into the test with more confidence and ability, getting that high score they desire and deserve!

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Having passed the CBEST (on the first try and with a, rarely achieved, perfect score in the English section), I'm also a substitute elementary school teacher in the LAUSD. Though I love teaching in the classroom, I also love the one-on-one experience tutoring can provide a struggling or exceptional child. I'm able to focus on whatever area(s) the student needs most; helping him or her achieve academic success. I'm certified in 21 subjects. I have a breadth and depth of education, acquired through great schools, teachers, parents who were highly-esteemed teachers, and a life-long, unquenchable thirst for knowledge. I love learning new things and endeavor to instill that love in my students.
English,

English

I've been tutoring phonics for over 25 years and believe it's the best method for developing fluent readers. English has many confusing elements, especially the spellings and sounds various letters/letter groups make. Once a child understands the basics, the exceptions are more tolerable. Sight words alone can't help a child decipher new words. Only phonics gives a child the tools for that. The fact that I've taught phonics to many children who've gone on to become highly fluent readers only confirms my trust in this method. As for me, I'm a specialist in tutoring all aspects of English. I passed the CBEST with a perfect score in the English section, and now substitute teach in the LAUSD. I also passed the PRAXIS with a perfect score. I'm a very knowledgeable, effective, and patient teacher. I've tutored many children and adults in both the fundamentals and advanced nuances of English. In addition, I've worked as an editor/proofreader for many years. I've worked on novels, scripts, resumés, court documents, essays, letters, etc., all of which have provided invaluable experience, honing my English skills.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over the course of my more than 25-year teaching career, I've taught English to many non-native speakers. I've helped improve their conversational, reading, and writing skills. I prepped some to take the TOEFL test, some to pass English classes, and others just how to navigate more fluently in a predominantly English-speaking world. They were from Mexico, Russia, China, India, Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Mongolia. English can present many challenges, but I feel nothing is insurmountable. With patience, commitment, and dedication, English well spoken, read, and written is attainable. I know it works, because I have guided my ESL/ESOL students to high scores on the TOEFL test, to high grades in middle, high school and college courses, and greater fluency in every aspect of English usage.
Reading,

Reading

I've always believed phonics to be the best method for learning to read. It's like the foundation of a house. The foundation doesn't look like much, it isn't fancy and you can't even see exactly what the house will look like just from seeing the foundation - but it's the essential part of the house; the part without which the house cannot stand. Reading is an evolving process in a nascent reader. If the foundation is good, a beginning reader can master the entire process, becoming fully fluent and able to enjoy reading for a lifetime! Without this ability, academic success is greatly imperiled. I began tutoring phonics 25 years ago. My first student was a 7 year old (!) who couldn't read. She'd been taught "whole language" in school and this had been a complete failure for her. I began tutoring her in phonics; something to which she'd never before been exposed. Very soon after that, she learned to read - and, many years later, went on to be a college graduate. I've taught phonics to many other children since then and it has always succeeded in improving their reading ability. A few years ago, I tutored in the No Child Left Behind program and always incorporated phonics into my tutoring. The program definitely had its problems, but by adding my store of knowledge and experience, I know I helped my students, immensely. As for credentials, I am a college graduate, with a BFA from Cal-Arts. I passed the CBEST with a rare perfect score in the English section, and am now a substitute teacher in the LAUSD. I also passed the Praxis test with a perfect score. I specialize in English and elementary math instruction (as well as 12 other subjects) so I'm also able to handle student needs, beyond phonics, as they crop up. As I'm from a family of teachers, I understand there is no end to one's education. There is more to know than any one person can ever learn in a lifetime. Therefore, I am always studying and learning. My motto is: One should learn something new every day. If you haven't learned something new
Writing

Writing

I have been a writer and editor for many years. I've edited scripts, books, letters, resumés and articles. Much like playing the piano, writing is a process that is improved through practice. The more you write (with the proper understanding of the process, of course), the better - and the easier it gets! In addition to writing and editing, I've also been tutoring writing for many years, now. It's never too early or too late to become a better writer. I've taught and helped students at all points in the age spectrum. Naturally, the younger the student, the more fluent the writing will be by the time those skills become essential to academic and worldly success...but the late bloomers also greatly improved their writing skills.

Music

General Music

General Music

I'm a graduate of Cal-Arts (California Institute of the Arts) and hold a BFA from the School of Music. I majored in Voice and have been a professional singer (as well as an academic tutor) for over 30 years. I've also taught voice for many years, helping many singers improve their talent, ability and confidence.

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over the course of my more than 25-year teaching career, I've taught English to many non-native speakers. I've helped improve their conversational, reading, and writing skills. I prepped some to take the TOEFL test, some to pass English classes, and others just how to navigate more fluently in a predominantly English-speaking world. They were from Mexico, Russia, China, India, Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Mongolia. English can present many challenges, but I feel nothing is insurmountable. With patience, commitment, and dedication, English well spoken, read, and written is attainable. I know it works, because I have guided my ESL/ESOL students to high scores on the TOEFL test, to high grades in middle, high school and college courses, and greater fluency in every aspect of English usage.
Religion

Special Needs

Phonics

Phonics

I've always believed phonics to be the best method for learning to read. It's like the foundation of a house. The foundation doesn't look like much, it isn't fancy and you can't even see exactly what the house will look like just from seeing the foundation - but it's the essential part of the house; without which it cannot stand! Reading is an evolving process in a nascent reader. If the foundation is good, a beginning reader can master the entire process, becoming fully fluent and able to enjoy reading for a lifetime! Without this ability, academic success is greatly imperiled. I began tutoring phonics over 25 years ago. My first student was a 7 year old (!) who couldn't read. She'd been taught "whole language" in school and this had been a complete failure for her. I began tutoring her in phonics; something to which she'd never before been exposed. Very soon after that, she learned to read - and, many years later, went on to be a college graduate. She's now an international Asset Manager. Recently, she wrote to thank me for teaching her to read, as it changed everything in her life. I've taught phonics to many other children since then and it has always succeeded in improving their reading ability. A few years ago, I tutored in the No Child Left Behind program and always incorporated phonics into my tutoring. The program definitely had its problems, but by adding my store of knowledge and experience, I know I helped my students, immensely. As for credentials, I am a college graduate, with a BFA from Cal-Arts. I passed the CBEST with a very rare perfect score in the English section (making me eligible to be a substitute teacher in the LAUSD). I also passed the Praxis test with a perfect score. I specialize in English and elementary math instruction (as well as 18 other subjects), so I'm also able to handle a variety of student needs, beyond phonics, as they crop up. As I'm from a family of teachers, I understand there is no end to one's education. There is more to know than any one person can ever learn in

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Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Having passed the CBEST (on the first try and with a, rarely achieved, perfect score in the English section), I'm also a substitute elementary school teacher in the LAUSD. Though I love teaching in the classroom, I also love the one-on-one experience tutoring can provide a struggling or exceptional child. I'm able to focus on whatever area(s) the student needs most; helping him or her achieve academic success. I'm certified in 21 subjects. I have a breadth and depth of education, acquired through great schools, teachers, parents who were highly-esteemed teachers, and a life-long, unquenchable thirst for knowledge. I love learning new things and endeavor to instill that love in my students.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Over the course of my more than 25-year teaching career, I've taught English to many non-native speakers. I've helped improve their conversational, reading, and writing skills. I prepped some to take the TOEFL test, some to pass English classes, and others just how to navigate more fluently in a predominantly English-speaking world. They were from Mexico, Russia, China, India, Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Mongolia. English can present many challenges, but I feel nothing is insurmountable. With patience, commitment, and dedication, English well spoken, read, and written is attainable. I know it works, because I have guided my ESL/ESOL students to high scores on the TOEFL test, to high grades in middle, high school and college courses, and greater fluency in every aspect of English usage.
Reading,

Reading

I've always believed phonics to be the best method for learning to read. It's like the foundation of a house. The foundation doesn't look like much, it isn't fancy and you can't even see exactly what the house will look like just from seeing the foundation - but it's the essential part of the house; the part without which the house cannot stand. Reading is an evolving process in a nascent reader. If the foundation is good, a beginning reader can master the entire process, becoming fully fluent and able to enjoy reading for a lifetime! Without this ability, academic success is greatly imperiled. I began tutoring phonics 25 years ago. My first student was a 7 year old (!) who couldn't read. She'd been taught "whole language" in school and this had been a complete failure for her. I began tutoring her in phonics; something to which she'd never before been exposed. Very soon after that, she learned to read - and, many years later, went on to be a college graduate. I've taught phonics to many other children since then and it has always succeeded in improving their reading ability. A few years ago, I tutored in the No Child Left Behind program and always incorporated phonics into my tutoring. The program definitely had its problems, but by adding my store of knowledge and experience, I know I helped my students, immensely. As for credentials, I am a college graduate, with a BFA from Cal-Arts. I passed the CBEST with a rare perfect score in the English section, and am now a substitute teacher in the LAUSD. I also passed the Praxis test with a perfect score. I specialize in English and elementary math instruction (as well as 12 other subjects) so I'm also able to handle student needs, beyond phonics, as they crop up. As I'm from a family of teachers, I understand there is no end to one's education. There is more to know than any one person can ever learn in a lifetime. Therefore, I am always studying and learning. My motto is: One should learn something new every day. If you haven't learned something new
Writing

Writing

I have been a writer and editor for many years. I've edited scripts, books, letters, resumés and articles. Much like playing the piano, writing is a process that is improved through practice. The more you write (with the proper understanding of the process, of course), the better - and the easier it gets! In addition to writing and editing, I've also been tutoring writing for many years, now. It's never too early or too late to become a better writer. I've taught and helped students at all points in the age spectrum. Naturally, the younger the student, the more fluent the writing will be by the time those skills become essential to academic and worldly success...but the late bloomers also greatly improved their writing skills.

Test Preparation

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I've been helping students pass the English sections of the SAT for many years. I, myself, passed these portions with perfect scores, so I understand the strategies for how that's accomplished. I've also passed the English portion of the CBEST with a very rare perfect score. I passed that entire test on the first try, so am qualified to substitute teach in any LAUSD school. I've also passed the PRAXIS, as well as every English test here at WyzAnt, with a perfect score. As part of SAT Reading preparation, I endeavor to teach an extensive amount of vocabulary. Students have found this practice extremely helpful and useful in test taking. I also cover reading comprehension, grammar, punctuation and essay writing. Knowledge is power, and that's what I aim to impart to my students.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I've been helping students successfully pass the English sections of the SAT for many years. I passed these portions with perfect scores, so I understand the strategies for how that's accomplished. Knowledge is power, and that's what I aim to impart to my students. As part of SAT Writing preparation, I help students with techniques that enable them to put their ideas down on paper - in a clear, cogent, and persuasive manner. This is practiced like any other skill, and, most definitely, improves writing ability! FYI, I've also passed the English portion of the CBEST with a very rare perfect score. I passed that entire test on the first try, so am qualified to substitute teach in any LAUSD school. I've also passed the PRAXIS, as well as every English test here at WyzAnt, with a perfect score.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

As a highly experienced English tutoring specialist, I've been able to successfully guide students to achieve high scores on the TOEFL. The speaking section seems to be the most daunting parts of the test for most students, so I concentrate on conversation and vocabulary. Also, I use techniques that make it much easier to think fast and answer more fluently in the verbal portion of the test. If reading and/or writing is the issue, I use my extensive knowledge, and reading/writing skills, to help my students overcome those deficits. My students have all gone into the test with more confidence and ability, getting that high score they desire and deserve!
ACT English

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Kathryn knows English!

Very helpful! My son was able to finish his essay and learn new vocabulary. She was able to help me understand my son's flaws in his writing. My son felt comfortable and had the confidence to complete his paper.

Lakesia, 2 lessons with Kathryn

knowledgeable and patient tutor

My daughter had serious difficulties with her second grade math, scoring very low on tests and being quite confused by the common core teachings. We decided on hiring Kathryn and liked her from the start - she is so nice and patient, just a wonderful person that feels like a family friend! She has been teaching Maddie for about 3 months now and the improvement has been tremendous! The last math test showed a score of 94%!!! But the improved score is really just one small part of it - what matters much more is the confidence I see in my daughter now - from feeling like she couldn't do math, to realizing not only that she can but she actually enjoys doing it!

Kirsten, 17 lessons with Kathryn

Wonderful tutor for middle or high school student!

My experience with Kathryn has been fantastic for my 14 year old daughter. She has proven to be more than just reliable and prompt. Kathryn is very well read and comes to each session very well prepared. She arrives ready with her research completed and materials for the lesson in hand. She has been able to inspire my ninth-grader to enjoy studying English. She has shown a level of enthusiasm that is infectious, as well as helped develop writing techniques and grammar skills and understanding that were lacking from my daughter's classroom curriculum. In addition, she has been a great sounding board and mentor for my daughter; developing ideas and concepts for writing in her analytical literature course. I'm glad that we found Kathryn. She has been instrumental in my children's ability to learn and retain skills that I'm sure will prove to be invaluable.

Tatiana, 5 lessons with Kathryn

Best teacher I ever had.

Kathryn helped me pass the TOEFL with a high score. She has a very positive and encouraging attitude that's made me feel confident and competent. The best thing is her strong communication skills, both written and oral. She clarified and answered questions regarding written English and also edited, commented on, and provided constructive criticism regarding my written work. Where speaking is concerned, she speaks clearly and enunciates for the benefit of the student, while maintaining a natural and conversational tone. Equally important, she actively creates a trusting atmosphere. She has ample patience which is of the utmost importance because one needs time to formulate thoughts and speech.

Sonia, 5 lessons with Kathryn

Very caring and patient. Very perceptive about my learning needs.

I'm excited to say that with Kathryn's fine help I cleared up what I feel have been the most basic grammar problems I've had since elementary school; heretofore hidden problems that I now realize have inhibited my ability to read and fully comprehend what I've read. Until now I've never been able to find out the exact nature of these problems or how to solve them. These problems have involved unknowingly yet automatically trying to make pictures and objects out of grammatical terms such as participle and subjunctive and also non-action verbs as well as other words for which this can't be done. Kathryn helped me to see how I learn differently. Now that this veil has been lifted I can see why I was such a poor student in school. I'm very excited about these discoveries because now I know I can reeducate myself with confidence. I wouldn't have thought this could be accomplished in so short a time, but with Kathryn's very astute guidance that's what happened. She is definitely a great asset. If I'd had her as a teacher when I was a boy perhaps my life would have turned out differently. I hope she'll be available if I feel I need further help with my studies. Thanks, Kathryn!

Paul, 2 lessons with Kathryn

Excellent phonics tutor who is very flexible in accommodating parents' and child's needs

Kate has now been tutoring our daughter Alisa for several months and we have been very pleased with Kate's tutoring, professionalism, hard work and second most of all her ease with accommodating our special needs and requests for Alisa's lessons. We wanted straight traditional (Flesch) phonics tutoring and Kate has done so with efficiency, skill and enthusiasm. Kate has gone the extra mile to retype Alisa's lessons and to study the literature associated with these lessons. But most of all Kate has improved Alisa's reading significantly and we thank her greatly for this. Besides Kate's evident teaching ability, she is compassionate, thoughtful, flexible; and Alisa, even though at times not wanting to do more study, enjoyed working with Kate and has been motivated to work hard on her reading. We highly recommend Kate as a phonics teacher.

Scott, 25 lessons with Kathryn
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