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Kathryn S.

Newport Coast, CA

$200/hour

ACT, AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Chemistry

2000+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/28/12
5.0 average from 308 ratings
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Harvey Mudd College
Molecular Biology

Education

Harvey Mudd College (Molecular Biology)

About Kathryn

Free 1-hr consultation

Dear student,

You are probably frustrated with class. It’s going to be ok. I understand that frustration intimately, and I thank you for asking for help. I wish I had learned that skill as early as you have.

The first thing to know is that I am not here to save you. Instead, I am here to help you learn how to save yourself. I know what true learning entails--after a difficult four years at Harvey Mudd College, I finally figured out how to teach myself anything. When we work together, this is what I will teach you. In the words of Kevin Kelly via the Waking Up podcast: "That's what we want to aim for is that every person on the planet today will learn how to learn and will optimize how they learn best, and that is what schools should be aiming for."

The second thing to know is that we will not be doing your homework together. Can you ask me questions about it? Absolutely--I should hope so. It is the formulation of questions that is the most powerful of the self-teaching skills I want you to master. But what this means is that you will do your homework to the best of your ability before your tutor walks in the door. I will be reviewing the homework, too, so I will need you to forward it to me as it is assigned. Our lessons go well when we are prepared.

There is more, of course. That is what the consultation is for.

Can't wait to hear from you,

Kathryn
Free 1-hr consultation

Dear student,

You are probably frustrated with class. It’s going to be ok. I understand that frustration intimately, and I thank you for asking for help. I wish I had learned that skill as early as you have.

The first thing to know is that I am not here to save you. Instead, I am here to help
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Newport Coast, CA 92657
Background Check: Passed

"Great Tutor"

- Chris, Costa Mesa, CA on 3/20/17

"Such an amazing tutor!"

- Mike, Irvine, CA on 11/24/15

"Clear and concise"

- Claire, Brooklyn, NY on 7/11/15

"Great Tutor for ACT preparation"

- Beverly, Laguna Beach, CA on 2/6/15

"Organized and Effective"

- Carrie, Laguna Beach, CA on 4/3/14

"BRILLIANT!"

- Janene, Dana Point, CA on 11/5/13

"Great Tutor"

- Mike, Laguna Beach, CA on 10/14/13

"Best tutor"

- Catherine, Laguna Beach, CA on 9/8/13

"Bright, positive, engaging, reliable and effective."

- Henry, Laguna Beach, CA on 8/2/13

"Wonderful Tutor!!"

- Todd, Newport Coast, CA on 5/18/12

"Great with Difficult Subjects"

- Andrea, Lake Forest, CA on 5/13/12

"Biology Tutoring"

- Kim, Irvine, CA on 2/3/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, GED, Geometry, GRE, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Biology,
Chemistry,
Genetics, Microbiology,
Physical Science, Physics,
Physiology, PSAT
Music:
Music Theory
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, CBEST,
GED, GRE, ISEE,
MCAT,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Language:
Reading
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading
Business:
GRE

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.

Algebra 2

Algebra II is probably my favorite subject, because it builds your mathematical intuition. There's nothing quite like determining end-behavior of polynomial functions!

Biology

Although I hold my degree in the subject, I'll agree that Biology is one of the toughest sciences to master; there's a ton of material, and the field keeps changing its mind about how much of our DNA is actually junk. That said, I am completely at ease guiding my students through introductory Biology courses.

CBEST

I studied for and passed the CBEST test myself. For the math portion: I understand the importance of learning to estimate. For the writing portion: I understand the importance of creating a well-thought-out outline before writing. For the reading section: I understand the importance of the process of elimination. All of these skills I plan on passing on to my students.

Chemistry

I've lost count of the number of chemistry students I've helped. What I do remember is their confusion over periodic trends, orbital diagrams, electron configurations, and unit conversions. With eight chemistry courses and years of tutoring experience under my belt, I am qualified to help you understand the intricacies of this subject.

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.

MCAT

I am qualified to tutor the MCAT material because I have taken multiple tests and scored well. I have also tutored MCAT students in the past, and they have improved their scores as a result of their work with me. More specifically, as a Molecular Biologist, I'm qualified to tutor the Biological Sciences section. I'm qualified to tutor the Physical Sciences section because I have extensive experience tutoring Physics and General Chemistry. I am qualified to tutor the Verbal and Writing portions because these sections require critical thinking, with which I also have years of experience.

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.

Physics

I took AP Physics in high school and six full courses in college. I am comfortable speaking in depth about mechanics, electricity and magentism. My years of experience tutoring the subject qualify me to help you today.

Harvey Mudd College
Molecular Biology

Education

Harvey Mudd College (Molecular Biology)

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 tr

— Chris, Costa Mesa, CA on 3/20/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $200.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kathryn will travel within 20 miles of Newport Coast, CA 92657.