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Kelsey P.

Mastery-Based Learning Certified Math Tutor

Mastery-Based Learning Certified Math Tutor

$46/hour

  • 1,027 hours tutoring

  • Denver, CO 80232

About Kelsey


Bio

My personalized form of tutoring is meant to help students leverage what they already know to do more in order to reduce the need over time for "hand-holding" and increase the ability to think critically and creatively in their problem-solving. This means greater confidence and independence, which means higher scores (which of course ultimately saves parents money in college tuition via scholarships).

"I've improved tremendously from Kelsey's help and now math is not so daunting. I feel well...

My personalized form of tutoring is meant to help students leverage what they already know to do more in order to reduce the need over time for "hand-holding" and increase the ability to think critically and creatively in their problem-solving. This means greater confidence and independence, which means higher scores (which of course ultimately saves parents money in college tuition via scholarships).

"I've improved tremendously from Kelsey's help and now math is not so daunting. I feel well prepared for my high school's math classes to come and I look forward to conquering them with Kelsey's help."
- Madeline, High School Sophomore

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KEY QUALIFICATIONS
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+ 3 years teaching experience of mathematics and other subjects in public schools and private teaching from children through seniors
+ Extensive work in tutoring middle school, high school, college, and adult students
+ Over 40 hours of interpersonal communication training, as well as years’ experience in group facilitation
+ Passion for mathematics, science, language, and philosophy and in instilling that passion in students

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BACKGROUND & QUALIFICATIONS
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I am certified through the Praxis II (5161) exam to teach high school mathematics, specifically pre-algebra through calculus, (although my range of subjects has included ACT/SAT test prep, college-level math, science, languages, coding, and philosophy). I've also helped several adult students finally complete their college-level math courses that had been holding them back.

I have been an in-person and online private tutor since 2006 in addition to three years of being a junior high school language specialist in public schools, and an independent educator and activities director for a private Japanese company. I've accumulated over the years thousands of hours of in-person, one-on-one private tutoring in various subjects.

"Great communication! Great tutor, makes it easy for you - why work hard when you can work smart? Makes things that maybe seemed hard for you to study alone easier and simple! This is your tutor."
- Deavante B., graduating high school student

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RATES & DISCOUNTS
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+ Online: 15% off the level rate
+ High School: $55/hour
+ AP / College: $65/hour
+ GRE / JLPT: $85/hour
+ Praxis II: $95/hour
+ Phil. Paper Proofread: $10/page
+ Discount: 10% off for 2+ lessons per week (scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance)

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ADDITIONAL BENEFITS
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+ Free skill and level assessment throughout the week
+ 24/7-hour access to free resources and customized practice recommendations
+ On-call free homework assistance and troubleshooting (between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.)

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WHO SHOULD APPLY
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I work with self-motivated students who are in need of a boost and are looking for a long-term commitment to making improvements in their study habits and/or subject comprehension for maximum gain. With my emphasis on learning how to learn better, I've managed to help many students jump whole letter grades higher, increase their ACT scores by +4 points, render difficult-seeming concepts surprisingly easy, and generally cultivate greater confidence in their abilities and curiosity in the material.

More recently, my focus has been on what is generally called "mastery-based learning," meaning that our lessons together will not simply be a means to homework help (there are plenty of cheap and ready options out there already for that) but a means to building understanding and confidence in a particular skill to advance your comprehension in the subject itself. Together we look for the gaps in learning and fill those gaps to create a better foundation for understanding.

Most importantly, if you are tired of struggling with your studies or are getting frustrated with your results, I want you to know that I will be the kind of tutor who will be there for you. My love of teaching and passion for learning has inspired students to achieve their best in their target subjects and has earned me qualities such as greater patience, a balance between discipline and spontaneity, and the sort of critical thinking necessary to achieve anything you put your mind to.

"Kelsey's tireless work ethic, kindness, integrity, and accountability stand out as exceptional qualities that make him one of the most reliable and solid people I know."
- Thomas M., Math and Test Prep Tutor

When you learn how to learn well, the world is your oyster. I look forward to working with you!


Education

Gustavus Adolphus College (Magna Cum Laude with Honors)
Philosophy and Japanese Studies
Kansai Gaidai University, Japan
Other

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $46
  • Rate details: High School: $55 AP / College: $65 GRE / JLPT: $85 Praxis II: $95 Online: 15% off Homeschool / Unschool: 10% off Bulk: 10% off for 2+ lessons/week
  • Lesson cancellation: 6 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/26/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Business

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Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have over five years of English tutoring experience, online and in person, utilizing advanced study methods to improve language proficiency in students between ages 5 through 75 years old. I began my education career with teaching English as a second language (ESL) in Japan, starting in public elementary and middle schools for two years. Following this, I became the lead teacher and activities director for a privately owned language school in Mitoyo, Kagawa, where I also visited surrounding technical and public schools to assist in their ESL programs. I and my international guests were even featured on REAL TIME News for introducing a local elementary school to traveling foreigners for English language- and intercultural interaction. Today, I continue to tutor beginner- through advanced-level children in Asia six days a week.
Japanese,

Japanese

I studied Japanese language, culture, history, and economics both at home (Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota) and a year abroad (Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan). I returned to Japan after graduating to live for another three years in Kagawa prefecture, Shikoku, where I worked in language instruction and translation. I passed the 2nd highest level of the internationally recognized Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and twice sat in for the 1st level (only barely missing the mark both times). My teaching experience in both English and Japanese makes my tutoring flexible or rigorous based on the student's personal goals for reading, writing, speaking and listening. This includes literacy in kanji and the language's other character sets, as well as comprehension and production in both informal and business-level conversation. It also means a top-notch approach to deconstructing, studying for, and tackling the JLPT for those students looking to take their Japanese to the next level and even get this important certification that can land them a job abroad.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As an undergraduate of philosophy from a liberal arts college, I am proud to have had granted the title of "honors" in addendum to my degree. I have had ample experience to date in reading and comprehending authors and their works from over the centuries, and I am a vigilant advocate for philosophy in schools. Not only does this vital "subject" (really the subject of all subjects) increase critical thinking and analytical skills -- two traits the best companies in the world aim to find in new employees -- but the ability to comprehend the network of patterns of thought throughout history that have culminated in our current age alone is a gift in itself. To this day, I continue to read and utilize my studies (from virtue ethics to object-oriented ontology) while helping others improve their comprehension and critical thinking skills for their own purposes.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I've worked with elementary and middle school students in improving their math subjects in addition to my usual high school clients. I have found through working with Montessori teachers that the best approach to early math is hands-on, concrete experiences that boost comprehension through a range of different senses, solidifying the concepts in the mind. This and my passion for math and abstract thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.
Reading,

Reading

Being an accelerated reader myself from a young age, I have helped students at many stages of life improve their reading proficiency in a way that incorporates humor, creativity, and a focus on results. My experience includes work as a lead tutor for a work study reading program for local elementary schools (2003-4) and offering online English reading classes to beginner-level to advanced-level students (2009). I aim primarily for comprehension while also testing for more in-depth reading of nuances, tonality, and meter (such as in poetry), and this is especially emphasized in my teaching of speed reading and memory devices.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

If you're wanting to effectively learn how to master the material you study, problem-solve and know in an instant how to get through questions and material that you've never seen before, and enjoy the process of learning and studying in whatever subject you dedicate yourself to, you're in the right place. I'll not only help you understand content, but I promise you that you will learn leading edge strategies that, with practice, will put you above the others at whatever you decide to put your mind and muscle toward. I graduated college magna cum laude with honors in 2006, but the methods I've used for study and public speaking date back thousands of years and have since aided me in nearly any form of academic endeavor. As a tutor, assistant and lead teacher, and activities director to a privately owned intercultural school, I have helped many of my students how to use these methods to becoming masters (instead of slaves) to the subjects they learn.
Grammar, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

The English language was another one of those subjects I fell in love with at a young age, so much so that it was nearly my college major. In addition to teaching English as a second language (ESL), I have helped students at many stages of life improve their language proficiency in ways that emphasize humor, creativity, and a focus on results. My experience includes work as a lead tutor for a work study reading program for local elementary schools (2003-4) and offering online English reading classes to beginner-level to advanced-level students (2009).
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have over five years of English tutoring experience, online and in person, utilizing advanced study methods to improve language proficiency in students between ages 5 through 75 years old. I began my education career with teaching English as a second language (ESL) in Japan, starting in public elementary and middle schools for two years. Following this, I became the lead teacher and activities director for a privately owned language school in Mitoyo, Kagawa, where I also visited surrounding technical and public schools to assist in their ESL programs. I and my international guests were even featured on REAL TIME News for introducing a local elementary school to traveling foreigners for English language- and intercultural interaction. Today, I continue to tutor beginner- through advanced-level children in Asia six days a week.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As an undergraduate of philosophy from a liberal arts college, I am proud to have had granted the title of "honors" in addendum to my degree. I have had ample experience to date in reading and comprehending authors and their works from over the centuries, and I am a vigilant advocate for philosophy in schools. Not only does this vital "subject" (really the subject of all subjects) increase critical thinking and analytical skills -- two traits the best companies in the world aim to find in new employees -- but the ability to comprehend the network of patterns of thought throughout history that have culminated in our current age alone is a gift in itself. To this day, I continue to read and utilize my studies (from virtue ethics to object-oriented ontology) while helping others improve their comprehension and critical thinking skills for their own purposes.
Reading,

Reading

Being an accelerated reader myself from a young age, I have helped students at many stages of life improve their reading proficiency in a way that incorporates humor, creativity, and a focus on results. My experience includes work as a lead tutor for a work study reading program for local elementary schools (2003-4) and offering online English reading classes to beginner-level to advanced-level students (2009). I aim primarily for comprehension while also testing for more in-depth reading of nuances, tonality, and meter (such as in poetry), and this is especially emphasized in my teaching of speed reading and memory devices.
Grammar, Vocabulary

History

Philosophy

Philosophy

As an undergraduate of philosophy from a liberal arts college, I am proud to have had granted the title of "honors" in addendum to my degree. I have had ample experience to date in reading and comprehending authors and their works from over the centuries, and I am a vigilant advocate for philosophy in schools. Not only does this vital "subject" (really the subject of all subjects) increase critical thinking and analytical skills -- two traits the best companies in the world aim to find in new employees -- but the ability to comprehend the network of patterns of thought throughout history that have culminated in our current age alone is a gift in itself. To this day, I continue to read and utilize my studies (from virtue ethics to object-oriented ontology) while helping others improve their comprehension and critical thinking skills for their own purposes.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught high school and college students in algebra I, algebra II, and geometry and have helped them improve their class scores (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!), prepare for tests (like the End of Course test), and raise their confidence where before they felt defeated. My passion for mathematics and abstract critical thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've worked with high school and college students in algebra I, algebra II, and geometry toward helping them improve their grades (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!) and test preparation (like the End of Course test) by raising their self-confidence in the subject. I believe that my passion for mathematics and critical thinking make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.
Calculus,

Calculus

I currently tutor in mathematics (precalculus, trigonometry, and calculus) at a local community college in Denver, as well as tutor and teach online classes for high school students in various math fields. I have helped several students going into and working to graduate calculus increase their scores and generally feel much more confident in this gateway to higher mathematics.
English,

English

The English language was another one of those subjects I fell in love with at a young age, so much so that it was nearly my college major. In addition to teaching English as a second language (ESL), I have helped students at many stages of life improve their language proficiency in ways that emphasize humor, creativity, and a focus on results. My experience includes work as a lead tutor for a work study reading program for local elementary schools (2003-4) and offering online English reading classes to beginner-level to advanced-level students (2009).
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have over five years of English tutoring experience, online and in person, utilizing advanced study methods to improve language proficiency in students between ages 5 through 75 years old. I began my education career with teaching English as a second language (ESL) in Japan, starting in public elementary and middle schools for two years. Following this, I became the lead teacher and activities director for a privately owned language school in Mitoyo, Kagawa, where I also visited surrounding technical and public schools to assist in their ESL programs. I and my international guests were even featured on REAL TIME News for introducing a local elementary school to traveling foreigners for English language- and intercultural interaction. Today, I continue to tutor beginner- through advanced-level children in Asia six days a week.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is perhaps the key subject to truly understanding (and not simply route learning) mathematics that opens the door to algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and beyond. I have taught high school and college students in geometry, algebra I, and algebra II with this approach in mind and have helped them improve their class scores (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!) and methods for test preparation (such as for the End of Course test). My passion for mathematics and abstract critical thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.
Japanese,

Japanese

I studied Japanese language, culture, history, and economics both at home (Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota) and a year abroad (Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan). I returned to Japan after graduating to live for another three years in Kagawa prefecture, Shikoku, where I worked in language instruction and translation. I passed the 2nd highest level of the internationally recognized Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and twice sat in for the 1st level (only barely missing the mark both times). My teaching experience in both English and Japanese makes my tutoring flexible or rigorous based on the student's personal goals for reading, writing, speaking and listening. This includes literacy in kanji and the language's other character sets, as well as comprehension and production in both informal and business-level conversation. It also means a top-notch approach to deconstructing, studying for, and tackling the JLPT for those students looking to take their Japanese to the next level and even get this important certification that can land them a job abroad.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

In addition to teaching high school students in algebra, I have taught and promoted the important fundamentals that lead to a more concrete understanding of algebra (using hands-on and concrete approaches) in elementary and middle school-grade levels .
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have experience tutoring high school and college students in algebra through precalculus, working together to improve their grades (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!), as well as focus on test preparation (like the End of Course test). My goal in precalculus, as it is in any subject, is to raise students' confidence as they prepare to enter the more difficult field of calculus and college algebra. I believe that it is my passion for mathematics and for abstract critical thinking that make my instruction not only practical but even enjoyable for my students.
Reading,

Reading

Being an accelerated reader myself from a young age, I have helped students at many stages of life improve their reading proficiency in a way that incorporates humor, creativity, and a focus on results. My experience includes work as a lead tutor for a work study reading program for local elementary schools (2003-4) and offering online English reading classes to beginner-level to advanced-level students (2009). I aim primarily for comprehension while also testing for more in-depth reading of nuances, tonality, and meter (such as in poetry), and this is especially emphasized in my teaching of speed reading and memory devices.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

In addition to tutoring students in high school mathematics, I offer test prep tutoring for students preparing for the New SAT, be it the first time or for the sake of making a higher score. With constant effort made weekly toward a perfect score, I have seen a jump of 40 points in the Math sections (Calculator and No Calculator combined) within the span of less than three weeks. When it comes to taking the SAT, the trick is to not only understand the math but (even if you don't understand it!) to understand the way the test itself is designed, so as to be able to make educated guesses when necessary or work through problems faster than you might otherwise. That's why it is important to have a tutor that not only knows the math but can teach you the proper test-taking strategies for the SAT, and that's why I offer both in my tutoring services.
Study Skills

Study Skills

If you're wanting to effectively learn how to master the material you study, problem-solve and know in an instant how to get through questions and material that you've never seen before, and enjoy the process of learning and studying in whatever subject you dedicate yourself to, you're in the right place. I'll not only help you understand content, but I promise you that you will learn leading edge strategies that, with practice, will put you above the others at whatever you decide to put your mind and muscle toward. I graduated college magna cum laude with honors in 2006, but the methods I've used for study and public speaking date back thousands of years and have since aided me in nearly any form of academic endeavor. As a tutor, assistant and lead teacher, and activities director to a privately owned intercultural school, I have helped many of my students how to use these methods to becoming masters (instead of slaves) to the subjects they learn.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have over five years of English tutoring experience, online and in person, utilizing advanced study methods to improve language proficiency in students between ages 5 through 75 years old. I began my education career with teaching English as a second language (ESL) in Japan, starting in public elementary and middle schools for two years. Following this, I became the lead teacher and activities director for a privately owned language school in Mitoyo, Kagawa, where I also visited surrounding technical and public schools to assist in their ESL programs. I and my international guests were even featured on REAL TIME News for introducing a local elementary school to traveling foreigners for English language- and intercultural interaction. Today, I continue to tutor beginner- through advanced-level children in Asia six days a week.
Japanese

Japanese

I studied Japanese language, culture, history, and economics both at home (Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota) and a year abroad (Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan). I returned to Japan after graduating to live for another three years in Kagawa prefecture, Shikoku, where I worked in language instruction and translation. I passed the 2nd highest level of the internationally recognized Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and twice sat in for the 1st level (only barely missing the mark both times). My teaching experience in both English and Japanese makes my tutoring flexible or rigorous based on the student's personal goals for reading, writing, speaking and listening. This includes literacy in kanji and the language's other character sets, as well as comprehension and production in both informal and business-level conversation. It also means a top-notch approach to deconstructing, studying for, and tackling the JLPT for those students looking to take their Japanese to the next level and even get this important certification that can land them a job abroad.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught high school and college students in algebra I, algebra II, and geometry and have helped them improve their class scores (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!), prepare for tests (like the End of Course test), and raise their confidence where before they felt defeated. My passion for mathematics and abstract critical thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've worked with high school and college students in algebra I, algebra II, and geometry toward helping them improve their grades (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!) and test preparation (like the End of Course test) by raising their self-confidence in the subject. I believe that my passion for mathematics and critical thinking make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.
Calculus,

Calculus

I currently tutor in mathematics (precalculus, trigonometry, and calculus) at a local community college in Denver, as well as tutor and teach online classes for high school students in various math fields. I have helped several students going into and working to graduate calculus increase their scores and generally feel much more confident in this gateway to higher mathematics.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is perhaps the key subject to truly understanding (and not simply route learning) mathematics that opens the door to algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and beyond. I have taught high school and college students in geometry, algebra I, and algebra II with this approach in mind and have helped them improve their class scores (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!) and methods for test preparation (such as for the End of Course test). My passion for mathematics and abstract critical thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.
Logic,

Logic

As part of my background degree in philosophy, I was trained in formal predicate logic and also self-studied other related forms in the field. While in school, I often tutored and supported fellow classmates in predicate logic and have more recently returned to it for tutoring in precalculus.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

In addition to teaching high school students in algebra, I have taught and promoted the important fundamentals that lead to a more concrete understanding of algebra (using hands-on and concrete approaches) in elementary and middle school-grade levels .
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have experience tutoring high school and college students in algebra through precalculus, working together to improve their grades (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!), as well as focus on test preparation (like the End of Course test). My goal in precalculus, as it is in any subject, is to raise students' confidence as they prepare to enter the more difficult field of calculus and college algebra. I believe that it is my passion for mathematics and for abstract critical thinking that make my instruction not only practical but even enjoyable for my students.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

In addition to tutoring students in high school mathematics, I offer test prep tutoring for students preparing for the New SAT, be it the first time or for the sake of making a higher score. With constant effort made weekly toward a perfect score, I have seen a jump of 40 points in the Math sections (Calculator and No Calculator combined) within the span of less than three weeks. When it comes to taking the SAT, the trick is to not only understand the math but (even if you don't understand it!) to understand the way the test itself is designed, so as to be able to make educated guesses when necessary or work through problems faster than you might otherwise. That's why it is important to have a tutor that not only knows the math but can teach you the proper test-taking strategies for the SAT, and that's why I offer both in my tutoring services.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

I've taught students from several schools in algebra and trigonometry and have helped them improve their class scores, prepare for tests (like the End of Course or EOC), and raise their confidence where they before felt defeated. My passion for mathematics and abstract critical thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught high school and college students in algebra I, algebra II, and geometry and have helped them improve their class scores (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!), prepare for tests (like the End of Course test), and raise their confidence where before they felt defeated. My passion for mathematics and abstract critical thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've worked with high school and college students in algebra I, algebra II, and geometry toward helping them improve their grades (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!) and test preparation (like the End of Course test) by raising their self-confidence in the subject. I believe that my passion for mathematics and critical thinking make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.
Calculus,

Calculus

I currently tutor in mathematics (precalculus, trigonometry, and calculus) at a local community college in Denver, as well as tutor and teach online classes for high school students in various math fields. I have helped several students going into and working to graduate calculus increase their scores and generally feel much more confident in this gateway to higher mathematics.
English,

English

The English language was another one of those subjects I fell in love with at a young age, so much so that it was nearly my college major. In addition to teaching English as a second language (ESL), I have helped students at many stages of life improve their language proficiency in ways that emphasize humor, creativity, and a focus on results. My experience includes work as a lead tutor for a work study reading program for local elementary schools (2003-4) and offering online English reading classes to beginner-level to advanced-level students (2009).
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have over five years of English tutoring experience, online and in person, utilizing advanced study methods to improve language proficiency in students between ages 5 through 75 years old. I began my education career with teaching English as a second language (ESL) in Japan, starting in public elementary and middle schools for two years. Following this, I became the lead teacher and activities director for a privately owned language school in Mitoyo, Kagawa, where I also visited surrounding technical and public schools to assist in their ESL programs. I and my international guests were even featured on REAL TIME News for introducing a local elementary school to traveling foreigners for English language- and intercultural interaction. Today, I continue to tutor beginner- through advanced-level children in Asia six days a week.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is perhaps the key subject to truly understanding (and not simply route learning) mathematics that opens the door to algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and beyond. I have taught high school and college students in geometry, algebra I, and algebra II with this approach in mind and have helped them improve their class scores (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!) and methods for test preparation (such as for the End of Course test). My passion for mathematics and abstract critical thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.
Japanese,

Japanese

I studied Japanese language, culture, history, and economics both at home (Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota) and a year abroad (Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan). I returned to Japan after graduating to live for another three years in Kagawa prefecture, Shikoku, where I worked in language instruction and translation. I passed the 2nd highest level of the internationally recognized Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and twice sat in for the 1st level (only barely missing the mark both times). My teaching experience in both English and Japanese makes my tutoring flexible or rigorous based on the student's personal goals for reading, writing, speaking and listening. This includes literacy in kanji and the language's other character sets, as well as comprehension and production in both informal and business-level conversation. It also means a top-notch approach to deconstructing, studying for, and tackling the JLPT for those students looking to take their Japanese to the next level and even get this important certification that can land them a job abroad.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

In addition to teaching high school students in algebra, I have taught and promoted the important fundamentals that lead to a more concrete understanding of algebra (using hands-on and concrete approaches) in elementary and middle school-grade levels .
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have experience tutoring high school and college students in algebra through precalculus, working together to improve their grades (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!), as well as focus on test preparation (like the End of Course test). My goal in precalculus, as it is in any subject, is to raise students' confidence as they prepare to enter the more difficult field of calculus and college algebra. I believe that it is my passion for mathematics and for abstract critical thinking that make my instruction not only practical but even enjoyable for my students.
Reading,

Reading

Being an accelerated reader myself from a young age, I have helped students at many stages of life improve their reading proficiency in a way that incorporates humor, creativity, and a focus on results. My experience includes work as a lead tutor for a work study reading program for local elementary schools (2003-4) and offering online English reading classes to beginner-level to advanced-level students (2009). I aim primarily for comprehension while also testing for more in-depth reading of nuances, tonality, and meter (such as in poetry), and this is especially emphasized in my teaching of speed reading and memory devices.
Study Skills

Study Skills

If you're wanting to effectively learn how to master the material you study, problem-solve and know in an instant how to get through questions and material that you've never seen before, and enjoy the process of learning and studying in whatever subject you dedicate yourself to, you're in the right place. I'll not only help you understand content, but I promise you that you will learn leading edge strategies that, with practice, will put you above the others at whatever you decide to put your mind and muscle toward. I graduated college magna cum laude with honors in 2006, but the methods I've used for study and public speaking date back thousands of years and have since aided me in nearly any form of academic endeavor. As a tutor, assistant and lead teacher, and activities director to a privately owned intercultural school, I have helped many of my students how to use these methods to becoming masters (instead of slaves) to the subjects they learn.

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have over five years of English tutoring experience, online and in person, utilizing advanced study methods to improve language proficiency in students between ages 5 through 75 years old. I began my education career with teaching English as a second language (ESL) in Japan, starting in public elementary and middle schools for two years. Following this, I became the lead teacher and activities director for a privately owned language school in Mitoyo, Kagawa, where I also visited surrounding technical and public schools to assist in their ESL programs. I and my international guests were even featured on REAL TIME News for introducing a local elementary school to traveling foreigners for English language- and intercultural interaction. Today, I continue to tutor beginner- through advanced-level children in Asia six days a week.
Philosophy,

Philosophy

As an undergraduate of philosophy from a liberal arts college, I am proud to have had granted the title of "honors" in addendum to my degree. I have had ample experience to date in reading and comprehending authors and their works from over the centuries, and I am a vigilant advocate for philosophy in schools. Not only does this vital "subject" (really the subject of all subjects) increase critical thinking and analytical skills -- two traits the best companies in the world aim to find in new employees -- but the ability to comprehend the network of patterns of thought throughout history that have culminated in our current age alone is a gift in itself. To this day, I continue to read and utilize my studies (from virtue ethics to object-oriented ontology) while helping others improve their comprehension and critical thinking skills for their own purposes.
Study Skills

Study Skills

If you're wanting to effectively learn how to master the material you study, problem-solve and know in an instant how to get through questions and material that you've never seen before, and enjoy the process of learning and studying in whatever subject you dedicate yourself to, you're in the right place. I'll not only help you understand content, but I promise you that you will learn leading edge strategies that, with practice, will put you above the others at whatever you decide to put your mind and muscle toward. I graduated college magna cum laude with honors in 2006, but the methods I've used for study and public speaking date back thousands of years and have since aided me in nearly any form of academic endeavor. As a tutor, assistant and lead teacher, and activities director to a privately owned intercultural school, I have helped many of my students how to use these methods to becoming masters (instead of slaves) to the subjects they learn.

Science

Philosophy

Philosophy

As an undergraduate of philosophy from a liberal arts college, I am proud to have had granted the title of "honors" in addendum to my degree. I have had ample experience to date in reading and comprehending authors and their works from over the centuries, and I am a vigilant advocate for philosophy in schools. Not only does this vital "subject" (really the subject of all subjects) increase critical thinking and analytical skills -- two traits the best companies in the world aim to find in new employees -- but the ability to comprehend the network of patterns of thought throughout history that have culminated in our current age alone is a gift in itself. To this day, I continue to read and utilize my studies (from virtue ethics to object-oriented ontology) while helping others improve their comprehension and critical thinking skills for their own purposes.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

If you're wanting to effectively learn how to master the material you study, problem-solve and know in an instant how to get through questions and material that you've never seen before, and enjoy the process of learning and studying in whatever subject you dedicate yourself to, you're in the right place. I'll not only help you understand content, but I promise you that you will learn leading edge strategies that, with practice, will put you above the others at whatever you decide to put your mind and muscle toward. I graduated college magna cum laude with honors in 2006, but the methods I've used for study and public speaking date back thousands of years and have since aided me in nearly any form of academic endeavor. As a tutor, assistant and lead teacher, and activities director to a privately owned intercultural school, I have helped many of my students how to use these methods to becoming masters (instead of slaves) to the subjects they learn.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught high school and college students in algebra I, algebra II, and geometry and have helped them improve their class scores (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!), prepare for tests (like the End of Course test), and raise their confidence where before they felt defeated. My passion for mathematics and abstract critical thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've worked with high school and college students in algebra I, algebra II, and geometry toward helping them improve their grades (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!) and test preparation (like the End of Course test) by raising their self-confidence in the subject. I believe that my passion for mathematics and critical thinking make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.
Calculus,

Calculus

I currently tutor in mathematics (precalculus, trigonometry, and calculus) at a local community college in Denver, as well as tutor and teach online classes for high school students in various math fields. I have helped several students going into and working to graduate calculus increase their scores and generally feel much more confident in this gateway to higher mathematics.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have over five years of English tutoring experience, online and in person, utilizing advanced study methods to improve language proficiency in students between ages 5 through 75 years old. I began my education career with teaching English as a second language (ESL) in Japan, starting in public elementary and middle schools for two years. Following this, I became the lead teacher and activities director for a privately owned language school in Mitoyo, Kagawa, where I also visited surrounding technical and public schools to assist in their ESL programs. I and my international guests were even featured on REAL TIME News for introducing a local elementary school to traveling foreigners for English language- and intercultural interaction. Today, I continue to tutor beginner- through advanced-level children in Asia six days a week.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is perhaps the key subject to truly understanding (and not simply route learning) mathematics that opens the door to algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and beyond. I have taught high school and college students in geometry, algebra I, and algebra II with this approach in mind and have helped them improve their class scores (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!) and methods for test preparation (such as for the End of Course test). My passion for mathematics and abstract critical thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.
Japanese,

Japanese

I studied Japanese language, culture, history, and economics both at home (Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota) and a year abroad (Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan). I returned to Japan after graduating to live for another three years in Kagawa prefecture, Shikoku, where I worked in language instruction and translation. I passed the 2nd highest level of the internationally recognized Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and twice sat in for the 1st level (only barely missing the mark both times). My teaching experience in both English and Japanese makes my tutoring flexible or rigorous based on the student's personal goals for reading, writing, speaking and listening. This includes literacy in kanji and the language's other character sets, as well as comprehension and production in both informal and business-level conversation. It also means a top-notch approach to deconstructing, studying for, and tackling the JLPT for those students looking to take their Japanese to the next level and even get this important certification that can land them a job abroad.
Reading,

Reading

Being an accelerated reader myself from a young age, I have helped students at many stages of life improve their reading proficiency in a way that incorporates humor, creativity, and a focus on results. My experience includes work as a lead tutor for a work study reading program for local elementary schools (2003-4) and offering online English reading classes to beginner-level to advanced-level students (2009). I aim primarily for comprehension while also testing for more in-depth reading of nuances, tonality, and meter (such as in poetry), and this is especially emphasized in my teaching of speed reading and memory devices.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

In addition to tutoring students in high school mathematics, I offer test prep tutoring for students preparing for the New SAT, be it the first time or for the sake of making a higher score. With constant effort made weekly toward a perfect score, I have seen a jump of 40 points in the Math sections (Calculator and No Calculator combined) within the span of less than three weeks. When it comes to taking the SAT, the trick is to not only understand the math but (even if you don't understand it!) to understand the way the test itself is designed, so as to be able to make educated guesses when necessary or work through problems faster than you might otherwise. That's why it is important to have a tutor that not only knows the math but can teach you the proper test-taking strategies for the SAT, and that's why I offer both in my tutoring services.
Study Skills

Study Skills

If you're wanting to effectively learn how to master the material you study, problem-solve and know in an instant how to get through questions and material that you've never seen before, and enjoy the process of learning and studying in whatever subject you dedicate yourself to, you're in the right place. I'll not only help you understand content, but I promise you that you will learn leading edge strategies that, with practice, will put you above the others at whatever you decide to put your mind and muscle toward. I graduated college magna cum laude with honors in 2006, but the methods I've used for study and public speaking date back thousands of years and have since aided me in nearly any form of academic endeavor. As a tutor, assistant and lead teacher, and activities director to a privately owned intercultural school, I have helped many of my students how to use these methods to becoming masters (instead of slaves) to the subjects they learn.

Test Preparation

Praxis,

Praxis

My background in test prep stems from training students for the ACT and SAT college admissions tests, for which I've received notable praise. The methods that have worked for my students in that endeavor in turn helped me transition to taking for the first time (and passing) the Praxis II Mathematics : Content Knowledge (5161, covering Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Calculus, Geometry, Probability and Statistics, and Discrete Mathematics). I'm currently working with (and taking in) students who are planning to sit in for the the Praxis II Middle School: Mathematics (5169) test. Our training together is designed to optimize time and strategies for improving both content knowledge and test-taking skills specifically targeting this and similar tests.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

In addition to tutoring students in high school mathematics, I offer test prep tutoring for students preparing for the New SAT, be it the first time or for the sake of making a higher score. With constant effort made weekly toward a perfect score, I have seen a jump of 40 points in the Math sections (Calculator and No Calculator combined) within the span of less than three weeks. When it comes to taking the SAT, the trick is to not only understand the math but (even if you don't understand it!) to understand the way the test itself is designed, so as to be able to make educated guesses when necessary or work through problems faster than you might otherwise. That's why it is important to have a tutor that not only knows the math but can teach you the proper test-taking strategies for the SAT, and that's why I offer both in my tutoring services.
ASVAB, GRE

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Very good at explaining Algebra to a struggling student and making the learning process easy!!!

Kelsey taught Jena how to move forward with confidence in a subject, Algebra Two, which was once overwhelming. He helped with the basics and moved on to the concept. Jena is thrilled that she can go forward understanding this class and move on to a higher level because of Kelsey's understanding and patience and through all this Kelsey made learning fun!!!

Joan, 25 lessons with Kelsey
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I so appreciate your feedback, Joan! I have truly enjoyed working together with Jena, and I'm looking forward to helping her rock the rest of her Algebra 2 course. Thank you!

Flexible and knowledgeable

Kelsey has been great listening to my needs and giving me the help I require. Always on time and encouraging. He is knowledgeable about the Praxis and has offered insight as far as how to “take the test” in addition to helping me work through problems that I struggle with.

Rachel, 4 lessons with Kelsey
Tutor responded:

Thank you for this lovely review, Rachel! I was really happy to have the opportunity to work together. Please let me know if there's ever anything I can do for you!

A+ Math Tutor

Kelsey has done such an amazing job tutoring our daughter in Honors Algebra II this trimester. With his help our daughter finished with an A+ in the class. Would definitely recommend.

Gay, 18 lessons with Kelsey
Tutor responded:

Thank you for your lovely feedback, Gay. Your daughter is an extremely hard worker, and it has been a real pleasure working with her through her advanced math strategies for class. I've also really appreciated your support of her and communications with me in that support. I look forward to our continued studies together in the future!

Fantastic educator

KP is a fantastic educator. I am impressed by how well he effectively processed our meet and greet in order to calibrate his efforts on our battle for college algebra! The breadth taken to rationalize the “why” and to conceptualize the competencies makes learning algebra interesting; which is a vast improvement from what I previously considered, “gobbledygook.”

Jose, 26 lessons with Kelsey
Tutor responded:

It's a pleasure to join your side in battle, fellow Math Warrior! Truly, thank you for this wonderful review, Jose, and I look forward to conquering your class together. See you tomorrow!

Awesome tutor.

Kelsey is teaching my daughter College Algebra. She has a hard time in math. Kelsey has been wonderful and patient. She says she feels comfortable asking him questions and he explains it to her in a way that she can understand it. He is also very available to set up lessons on short notice. Sometimes she will have a session with him 2 or 3 times a week before a final exam. My daughter is very pleased with his help. She is going into her sophomore year of college. Highly recommend Kelsey. He also gave her great tips on how to make flashcards for her math problems.

Mary, 21 lessons with Kelsey
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Mary, this response is long overdue, but thank you tremendously for your wonderful words. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with your daughter, and i really believe she has the heart of a champion. I look forward to working with her again this year!

Easy to work with and great results

Kelsey worked with both of my high school boys on a variety of subjects. Both boys have totally different work ethics and learning styles. Kelsey was able to meet them where they were and teach them in many subjects. The results were huge in both of my boys' grades and confidence levels. He was easy for me and them to communicate with and always available to answer questions and kind to work with. I would highly recommend Kelsey to anyone!

Adam, 74 lessons with Kelsey
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I'm so grateful to have had this time to work with you and your boys! I hope I have the pleasure of continuing to work with them again next semester or the near future. Thank you for your kind words and your friendship!

Very hepful!

Working with Kelsey has been very hepful! I am a Psychology major who has two required Philosophy classes for my undergrad so it is nice to have someone to explain very difficult concepts since I spent the majority of my time on Psychology. Highly recommend!

Pam, 12 lessons with Kelsey
Tutor responded:

Thank you for your lovely feedback, Pam! I'm blessed to have had the joy and opportunity to work with you. I look forward to our continued work together!

Knowledgeable and very friendly

My daughter had one geometry session with Kelsey. Kelsey was well prepared for the lesson, he is completely professional and quickly identifies the student's needs and has a very structured approach to tutoring. He starts every concept from the basics and gets to the needed level of the student. He is very knowledgeable and great working with the student. I would definitely recommend him for other student and I am willing to approach Kelsey for my daughter’s future classes.

Karina, 1 lesson with Kelsey
Tutor responded:

Thank you for your beautiful feedback, Karina! Your daughter was not only a pleasure to work with but also unusually insightful and thorough. I was so pleased to be asked questions by someone who had already been thinking a lot of the material through, and I'm only all the more pleased to have been able to help her on some key points. I hope indeed to get the opportunity to work with her again!

Paper review

Kelsey gave many useful suggestions to make my paper stronger, and he also checked for my grammar mistakes. His philosophy background gave a plus for his review's accuracy. Great learning experience.

Christy, 1 lesson with Kelsey
Tutor responded:

Thank you for your feedback, Christy. I hope I get the pleasure of working with you again!

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