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Kelsey P.

Los Angeles, CA

$50/hour

Specialized Tutor in Test Prep, Reading, Writing, & Study Skills

Background check passed as of 2/18/14
4.8 average from 5 ratings
Amazing is how I would describe her.
— Alfonse, Diamond Bar, CA on 8/1/16

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Grinnell College
History and Psychology
Western Illinois University
Master's
Claremont Graduate University
PhD

Education

Grinnell College (History and Psychology)

Western Illinois University (Master's)

Claremont Graduate University (PhD)

About Kelsey

My passion for working with others in order to help them succeed comes from a long history in both school and work environments. Every job I have had has included working directly with people. My ability to communicate effectively with others, and to ensure that the others' experience is both positive and memorable, is the essence of what makes my work invaluable.

I have a Bachelor's degree in both History and Psychology from Grinnell College (ranked top 20 in the nation), Master's degree in Museum Studies from Western Illinois University, and am currently working on a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University. As a current student, I believe that my abilities to tutor are enhanced because I constantly reflect on new ways of teaching and of learning. Understanding that learning skills are developed on an individual basis, I come prepared with a variety of tools for ensuring that the learning experience not only improves learning in the specified subject, but throughout your academic career!

I have specific strengths in tutoring for developing reading and writing skills, working with high school students and freshmen in college as a Supplementary Instructor in the English Department at California State University. This job also included test preparation for the SAT and ACT, as well as the CPT. Although studying for these tests may be stressful, preparing for the methods and the content can significantly improve your chances of getting into and succeeding in college! Now that I am also a certified Substitute Teacher, I am familiar with a variety of grade level content and standards.

Outside of spending time dedicated to the books, I also spend many hours a week in the outdoors, balancing working on both the mind and the body. I enjoy playing golf and tennis, both for which I have given lessons.

I have a very flexible schedule, and only ask for a 2-hour notice for any cancellations! I know that life can be very busy and stressful, and all tutoring sessions should be beneficial for both parties. As such, I also offer make-up sessions so that no time or content is lost.

Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions! I look forward to being able to dedicate my time and efforts to helping you succeed!
My passion for working with others in order to help them succeed comes from a long history in both school and work environments. Every job I have had has included working directly with people. My ability to communicate effectively with others, and to ensure that the others' experience is Read more

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Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90005
Background Check: Passed

"Amazing is how I would describe her."

- Alfonse, Diamond Bar, CA on 8/1/16

"Patient and open minded tutor"

- Chi, Ontario, CA on 4/2/16

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Rosa, Whittier, CA on 3/21/14
Science:
Anthropology,
Archaeology, Psychology,
Sociology
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, Career Development, College Counseling,
GED,
GRE, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Computer:
General Computer,
Macintosh, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, QuickBooks
History:
American History, Anthropology,
Archaeology, European History,
Geography, Social Studies,
World History
Business:
Career Development, GRE, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word, QuickBooks
Sports/Recreation:
Golf,
Soccer, Tennis

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

I taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills, as a Supplementary Instructor in the English Department. Working for EOP and ETE through a Title V grant, I participated fully in classroom facilitation, focusing on preparation and assignment help. Most of my work hours were spent in one-on-one and group tutoring sessions, to improve brainstorming, note-taking, layout, grammar, punctuation, and editing skills. I also conducted weekly workshops where specific skills were practiced through hands-on worksheets and board-work, facilitating learning in an active manner. Due to my past experiences, I have been exposed to several learning styles and have developed a wide variety of tools to engage different learning levels and needs based on the individual.

I am familiar with the format and requirements of the ACT test, and building these English skills will significantly improve the quality of work on the test, as well as for following college coursework.

Anthropology

I am currently a Ph.D. student in Cultural Studies in the School of Arts & Humanities at Claremont Graduate University, which relies heavily on Anthropology, both in books and in the field. I have conducted my own research, and also used these studies for lessons as a Supplementary Instructor at California State University.

I also have B.A. degrees in History and Psychology, which affect the field on a daily basis. I have specific expertise in race, language, and the culture of societal groups, individuals, and objects. Due to my study of this topic in higher education, I am able to look critically at the subject matter, as well as teach the practical, theoretical, and historical components.

College Counseling

I taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills, as a Supplementary Instructor in the English Department. Working for EOP and ETE through a Title V grant, I participated fully in classroom facilitation, focusing on preparation and assignment help. Most of my work hours were spent in one-on-one and group tutoring sessions, to improve brainstorming, note-taking, layout, grammar, punctuation, and editing skills. I also conducted weekly workshops where specific skills were practiced through hands-on worksheets and board-work, facilitating learning in an active manner. Due to my past experiences, I have been exposed to several learning styles and have developed a wide variety of tools to engage different learning levels and needs based on the individual.

I am familiar with the format and requirements of applying to various colleges, and know how to find specific requirements for those that I am unfamiliar with. Building these skills will significantly improve the quality of work on preparation for finding the right school for you, and for proving your uniqueness, as well as your ability to succeed once accepted.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taken education classes at Grinnell College that addressed classroom management and basic math, reading, and writing skills. I also am a certified substitute teacher, so I am familiar with the structure and content of elementary content. I am currently tutoring students in English and writing skills between 1st and 5th grade. Using a variety of methods, including worksheets, games, and creative writing activities, I make sure to target each student's needs based on his or her learning style. Since succeeding through schooling and a career is based in the experiences of elementary school, it is essential to build these skills and an understanding of these strategies early.

English

I taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills, as a Supplementary Instructor in the English Department. Working for EOP and ETE through a Title V grant, I participated fully in classroom facilitation, focusing on preparation and assignment help. Most of my work hours were spent in one-on-one and group tutoring sessions, to improve brainstorming, note-taking, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, punctuation, and editing skills. I also conducted weekly workshops where specific skills were practiced through hands-on worksheets and board-work, facilitating learning in an active manner. Due to my past experiences, I have been exposed to several learning styles and have developed a wide variety of tools to engage different learning levels and needs based on the individual.

European History

I majored in history from Grinnell College and have since received two M.A. degrees focusing on various historical topics, including European History.

GED

Passing the GED can be one of the most important accomplishments of your life. Through the process of taking what you have learned over the years, both inside and outside of the classroom, we will pull that information to match the test. I have worked with students in test prep for graduating as well as getting into college. The GED test is structured so that with understanding the test and knowing the subjects, I can help you get that passing score!

General Computer

I use computers on a daily basis for general use, as well as for building advanced models in standard and supplementary computer programs. I also have experience building websites, apps, and lesson plans to engage students at various age and skill levels. I have been teaching with innovative computer use for over 5 years and tutoring in the subject for over 8.

Golf

I have played golf for over 18 years, and have taken lessons within that time. From going to the driving range, to playing 18 holes, I am invested in all parts of the game. As a child, I played on a 3-hole golf league, then as a young adult, I moved up to a 9-hole golf league. In both leagues, I achieved 1st place consistently. I have been exposed to courses all over the world while traveling, including in Europe, Mexico, and Africa. Because I regularly go out to the driving range, I have been able to fine-tune the key elements of a swing, and can effectively communicate those issues with another player.

Grammar

I taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills, as a Supplementary Instructor in the English Department. Working for EOP and ETE through a Title V grant, I participated fully in classroom facilitation, focusing on preparation and assignment help. Most of my work hours were spent in one-on-one and group tutoring sessions, to improve brainstorming, note-taking, layout, grammar, punctuation, and editing skills. I also conducted weekly workshops where specific skills were practiced through hands-on worksheets and board-work, facilitating learning in an active manner. Due to my past experiences, I have been exposed to several learning styles and have developed a wide variety of tools to engage different learning levels and needs based on the individual.

Microsoft Excel

I use Excel for a variety of projects, including budgeting for my eBay business, data collection, and personal finance. I have worked as a Museum Services Data Assistant, configuring spreadsheets for weekly, monthly, and yearly attendance. I have also used Excel as an Assistant to the Registrar to create the collection's database, which can easily be sorted based on the information desired.

As a current Ph.D. student, I constantly use Excel, and am familiar with the ins-and-outs of the program, as well as with the most recent updates. I also overlap my use of Excel with Word to enhance my research papers, so I will undoubtedly be able to show you how to use it for a variety of purposes.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have been teaching with and tutoring in PowerPoint for a variety of ages and skill levels for over a decade. I also use PowerPoint for regular presentations for work and class so I can create lessons to learn the skills that you specifically need to succeed.

Proofreading

I taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills, as a Supplementary Instructor in the English Department. I participated fully in classroom facilitation, focusing on preparation and assignment help. Most of my work hours were spent in one-on-one and group tutoring sessions, to improve brainstorming, editing, and formatting skills. I also conducted weekly workshops where specific skills were practiced through hands-on worksheets and board-work, facilitating learning in an active manner. Due to my past experiences, I have been exposed to several learning styles and have developed a wide variety of tools to engage different learning levels and needs based on the individual.

Psychology

I majored in Psychology from Grinnell College, focusing my research in social and developmental psychology. I have continued to work within the field, using research methods on a daily basis. I also am able to apply the theories I learned to my current dissertation.

QuickBooks

As a data assistant at the Figge Art Museum, I used Quickbooks to track, record, and extract data about daily, monthly, and yearly attendance to the museum and each exhibition. I also had to export these numbers to Excel for data compilation. I have also used QuickBooks as a cashier to track product sales.

Reading

I taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills, as a Supplementary Instructor in the English Department. Working for EOP and ETE through a Title V grant, I participated fully in classroom facilitation, focusing on preparation and assignment help. Most of my work hours were spent in one-on-one and group tutoring sessions, to improve visualization, vocabulary, note-taking, grammar, punctuation, and comprehension skills. I also conducted weekly workshops where specific skills were practiced through hands-on worksheets and board-work, facilitating learning in an active manner. Due to my past experiences, I have been exposed to several learning styles and have developed a wide variety of tools to engage different learning levels and needs based on the individual.

SAT Reading

I taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills, as a Supplementary Instructor in the English Department. Working for EOP and ETE through a Title V grant, I participated fully in classroom facilitation, focusing on preparation and assignment help. During my time working for the Summer Bridge program, I taught a ENG-88 Reading course. Most of my work hours were spent in one-on-one and group tutoring sessions to improve visualization, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. I also conducted weekly workshops where specific skills were practiced through hands-on worksheets and board-work, facilitating learning in an active manner. Due to my past experiences, I have been exposed to several learning styles and have developed a wide variety of tools to engage different learning levels and needs based on the individual.

I am familiar with the format and requirements of the SAT test, and building these reading skills will significantly improve the quality of work on the test, as well as for following college coursework.

SAT Writing

I taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills, as a Supplementary Instructor in the English Department. Working for EOP and ETE through a Title V grant, I participated fully in classroom facilitation, focusing on preparation and assignment help. Most of my work hours were spent in one-on-one and group tutoring sessions, to improve brainstorming, note-taking, layout, grammar, punctuation, and editing skills. I also conducted weekly workshops where specific skills were practiced through hands-on worksheets and board-work, facilitating learning in an active manner. Due to my past experiences, I have been exposed to several learning styles and have developed a wide variety of tools to engage different learning levels and needs based on the individual.

I am familiar with the format and requirements of the SAT test, and building these writing skills will significantly improve the quality of work on the test, as well as for following college coursework.

Social Studies

I am currently a Ph.D. student in Cultural Studies in the School of Arts & Humanities at Claremont Graduate University, which relies heavily on Social Studies, both in books and in the field. I have conducted my own research, and also used these studies for lessons as a Supplementary Instructor at California State University. I also have B.A. degrees in History and Psychology, which affect the field on a daily basis. I have specific expertise in race, gender, and national and group politics. Due to my study of this topic in higher education, I am able to look critically at the subject matter, as well as teach the practical, theoretical, and historical components.

Sociology

I am currently a Ph.D. student in cultural studies in the School of Arts & Humanities at Claremont Graduate University, which relies heavily on sociology, both in books and in the field. I have conducted my own research, and also used these studies for lessons as a supplementary instructor at California State University.

I also have B.A. degrees in history and psychology, which affect the field on a daily basis. I have specific expertise in race, language, and the culture of societal groups, individuals, and objects. Due to my study of this topic in higher education, I am able to look critically at the subject matter, as well as teach the practical, theoretical, and historical components.

Spelling

I taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills, as a Supplementary Instructor in the English Department. Working for EOP and ETE through a Title V grant, I participated fully in classroom facilitation, focusing on preparation and assignment help. Most of my work hours were spent in one-on-one and group tutoring sessions, to improve vocabulary, spelling, note-taking, comprehension, grammar, punctuation, and editing skills. I also conducted weekly workshops where specific skills were practiced through hands-on worksheets and board-work, facilitating learning in an active manner. Due to my past experiences, I have been exposed to several learning styles and have developed a wide variety of tools to engage different learning levels and needs based on the individual.

Study Skills

I taught as a Supplementary Instructor in English at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where I supported the Professor in daily classes. This included helping students through readings, writing, and assignments. Most of my hours spent at work were in workshops and one-on-one and group study sessions, where we would work on study skills, including methods of organization, reading for comprehension, and note-taking. As each student has individual needs and skills, I have developed a wide set of tools to accommodate for the individual's opportunity to find what works best for him/her, and succeed to their greatest potential.

Tennis

I played for the Grinnell College Women's Tennis Team in the DIII Midwest Conference for 4 years as position #4 for doubles in 2006, #4 for doubles in 2007, #8 for singles in 2007, #5 for singles in 2008, #3 for doubles in 2008, #4 for singles in 2009, and #3 for doubles in 2009. I was awarded as the Most Improved Player for 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. In 2009-2010, I was Elected Captain. In the championship matches at conference, I won 2nd Place for Doubles at in 2008, and won 1st Place for Doubles at MWC in 2009.I have taken tennis lessons for 16 years. I have worked for Summer Camp in Beaconsfield, QC for 2 years teaching 3-15 year olds in weekly lessons. I have also volunteered for bi-annual Grinnell fundraising event through donation-based lessons.

Vocabulary

I taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills, as a Supplementary Instructor in the English Department. Working for EOP and ETE through a Title V grant, I participated fully in classroom facilitation, focusing on preparation and assignment help. Most of my work hours were spent in one-on-one and group tutoring sessions, to improve vocabulary, note-taking, comprehension, grammar, punctuation, and editing skills. I also conducted weekly workshops where specific skills were practiced through hands-on worksheets and board-work, facilitating learning in an active manner. Due to my past experiences, I have been exposed to several learning styles and have developed a wide variety of tools to engage different learning levels and needs based on the individual.

World History

I have tutored several high school students in World History, and also majored in history myself for my college degree.

Writing

I taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills, as a Supplementary Instructor in the English Department. Working for EOP and ETE through a Title V grant, I participated fully in classroom facilitation, focusing on preparation and assignment help. Most of my work hours were spent in one-on-one and group tutoring sessions, to improve brainstorming, note-taking, layout, editing, and formatting skills. I also conducted weekly workshops where specific skills were practiced through hands-on worksheets and board-work, facilitating learning in an active manner. Due to my past experiences, I have been exposed to several learning styles and have developed a wide variety of tools to engage different learning levels and needs based on the individual.

Grinnell College
History and Psychology
Western Illinois University
Master's
Claremont Graduate University
PhD

Education

Grinnell College (History and Psychology)

Western Illinois University (Master's)

Claremont Graduate University (PhD)

Amazing is how I would describe her. — Kelsey is very perceptive of the requirements for my paper and was able to offer insights on how to develop my dialogue. ...

— Alfonse, Diamond Bar, CA on 8/1/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kelsey will travel within 10 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90005.