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Kathryn W.

Saint Petersburg, FL


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Background check passed as of 10/23/13
4.9 average from 817 ratings
Great tutor, worth every penny
— Daniel, Saint Petersburg, FL on 8/13/15

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Illinois Wesleyan University


Illinois Wesleyan University (History)

About Kathryn

I have been tutoring for over 16 years, as my principle occupation for the past 8, and have seen over 100 students respond to individualized explanation. I tutor students from the kindergarten through college level in subjects ranging from Pre-calculus to Writing to History. I connect with those who struggle with learning difficulties as well as those working well above grade level and those working toward ambitious goals.

I believe that helping a student must involve understanding "not getting it." Therefore, I make it my priority to figure out how a student is thinking about a particular concept and how best to meet him or her there so that we can then work toward the correct thinking process together. When it comes to a skill, I like to start as basic as possible, then move on to more complex examples, and, finally, teach how to recognize and apply the skill in context. I believe this last step is important and often glossed-over in textbooks but crucial for tests. For some students, the material needs to be broken down as much as possible. I usually focus on skills first and correct vocab and terminology later, especially when it comes to math. I am passionate about integrated learning and when tutoring a student in multiple subjects or SAT/ACT prep, encourage them to draw connections wherever possible.

I am dedicated to being individualized and my greatest asset as a tutor is an ability to adapt to different thinking styles and situations, often on the spur of the moment. Each of my tutees have learned to trust that I will come up with a way to explain the material in a way he or she can understand. One of the great things about being a long-term, full-time tutor is getting to absorb through my students a huge variety of well-honed teaching tactics from a range of schools and teachers. This lets me bring the best of the best to each session and gives me a deep well of things to try, as well as insight into what might work for particular students.
I have been tutoring for over 16 years, as my principle occupation for the past 8, and have seen over 100 students respond to individualized explanation. I tutor students from the kindergarten through college level in subjects ranging from Read more


Group rate is $20 extra for each extra person. Possible discounts for sessions over 2 hours or certain need based situations - feel free to e-mail and ask!

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Saint Petersburg, FL 33712
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great tutor, worth every penny"

- Daniel, Saint Petersburg, FL on 8/13/15


- Cathy, Saint Petersburg, FL on 9/7/16

"Good understanding of student's strength"

- Jeri, Fort Myers, FL on 2/29/16

"Great tutor!"

- Erin, Saint Petersburg, FL on 2/8/16

"Amazing and Patient Tutor for GRE"

- Amanda, Tampa, FL on 11/7/15

"Helped my daughter"

- Katherine, Saint Petersburg, FL on 10/19/15

"Great experience!"

- Luann, Saint Petersburg, FL on 9/11/15

"Shares many techniques for solving problems!"

- Kate, Clearwater Beach, FL on 6/16/15

"Very Helpful!"

- Steven, Saint Petersburg, FL on 2/12/15


- Lisa, Saint Petersburg, FL on 12/6/14

"Calming, Thorough, and Effective"

- George, Indian Rocks Beach, FL on 6/11/14

"Excellent and focused"

- Joel, Tampa, FL on 10/30/13

"Great at explaining the concepts."

- Alex, Saint Petersburg, FL on 9/27/13

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Diana, Clearwater, FL on 7/7/13

"Good tutor, very helpful."

- Gretchen, Saint Petersburg, FL on 5/9/13

"Most helpful!"

- Rose, Saint Petersburg, FL on 4/10/13

"Extremely knowledgeable and great teacher!"

- Pam, Saint Petersburg, FL on 3/7/13

"Great tutor for college algebra."

- Andrea, Largo, FL on 2/22/13

"Excellent SAT tutor"

- Julie, Saint Petersburg, FL on 10/8/12

"Breaks it down and makes it easy to understand"

- Keli, Saint Petersburg, FL on 6/29/12

"Excellent math tutor"

- Ginger, Saint Petersburg, FL on 6/18/12

"Kathryn is an excellent tutor."

- Colleen, Tampa, FL on 12/31/11

"very good."

- Colleen, Tampa, FL on 12/18/11

"Very Patient and Great Educator"

- Amy, Tampa, FL on 12/2/11

"Great to find your weaknesses"

- Julia, Saint Petersburg, FL on 4/21/11

"All Around Awesome!"

- Donna, Saint Petersburg, FL on 9/3/10

"Excellent tutor!!!!!!!!!!"

- Trish, Saint Petersburg, FL on 7/5/10

"Very patient and adaptable"

- Jodi, Bradenton, FL on 2/13/09


- Janet, Tampa, FL on 5/21/08
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT Science, Chemistry, Psychology
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, GRE,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
American History, Classics, European History, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked tutoring students in both math and reading under the No Child Left Behind act. This involved working with curricula from Kindergarden through Sixth grade in both individual and group environments. I have also created and implemented a year long extracurricular reading plan for a seven year old boy and created a French curriculum for a K-2 after-school French class for about 15 students. In addition, I have privately tutored elementary students in a range of subjects including reading, math, science, and social studies.


Extensive experience tutoring for the GRE
Familiarity with the test material and the conceptual approaches it wants
Perfect personal score on the Math section and near perfect on the Verbal

Study Skills

I have successfully worked with several students at the elementary and junior high level to improve their study skills and organization for all subjects. I have years of experience identifying learning styles and creating adaptive techniques that demonstrate how to make studying more efficient and fun. For this to be successful, I develop a sense of trust with the student and help him or her see that better studying leads to more time enjoying the things that he or she likes to do. I also make sure that I provide them with a range of options for studying so they have a "tool box" they can pick from. Having these choices lets them become less reliant and more independent learners. It also relieves frustration because the student has a back up when the proscribed method isn't working. In addition, I include the parents because it is important for parents to be aware of these methods and styles and the ways in which their kids learn.

Illinois Wesleyan University


Illinois Wesleyan University (History)

Great tutor, worth every penny — I had Kathryn help me on my College Algebra after my first test in class was a big failure. I had hired several tutors before her but most of them had no clue on what to do or how to teach. Kathryn jumped right to to the point without wasting my time. I worked with her until the end of the semester and I ended up passing the class with an A. She was always very knowledgeable on the college algebr ...

— Daniel, Saint Petersburg, FL on 8/13/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $54.00

Group rate is $20 extra for each extra person. Possible discounts for sessions over 2 hours or certain need based situations - feel free to e-mail and ask!

Travel policy

Kathryn will travel within 25 miles of Saint Petersburg, FL 33712.