Kalliopi A.

Chicago, IL


Dynamic & professional math, science, & writing assistance

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 3/18/14
4.7 average from 17 ratings
Very good tutor that has gotten almost instant results
— Niko, Chicago, IL on 5/6/14


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Dominican University
Northeastern Illinois University
Northeastern Illinois University


Dominican University (Biology)

Northeastern Illinois University (Master's)

Northeastern Illinois University (Other)

About Kalliopi

Great students know how they learn and hone collateral skills that keep them on track. Everyone is capable of greatness when they understand themselves and have great support. I will teach you to recognize your learning style, build on your strengths, and develop study and time management skills that work for you. My approach creates an environment of growth and accountability. My goal is tutoring myself out of a job.

If you hire me, you will work with a professional, drawing on over 12 years of experience in management positions and 15 years of experience as a peer and professional tutor. I am a biologist pursuing an MS at NEIU, where I am a TA for all biology courses. I have an extensive background in chemistry (P Chem), math (Differential Equations), and geography (GIS certificate). I have Advanced Tutor Certification through the National Tutoring Association, and won the NEIU Tutor of the Year Award in 2016 for my work in the Learning Support Center. I have at least 1,000 hours of lifetime tutoring experience and I'm very excited about helping people learn!

I have had great success working with students averse to math and science, and helping students with test preparation (e.g., AP, ACT, GED, MCAT). I love to work with creative individuals who want to better themselves and many clients have said I'm a great role model and mentor for young people. I work well and have a lot of experience with adult, college, and high school students.
Great students know how they learn and hone collateral skills that keep them on track. Everyone is capable of greatness when they understand themselves and have great support. I will teach you to recognize your learning style, build on your strengths, and develop study and time management skills that work for you. My approach creates an Read more

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Group rate: $50/hour for two students; $70/hour for 3-5 students

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60625
Background Check: Passed

"Very good tutor that has gotten almost instant results"

- Niko, Chicago, IL on 5/6/14

"Great tutor"

- Angela, Chicago, IL on 2/13/17

"Help for GRE and Graduate School Application"

- Constance, Chicago, IL on 9/30/16
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Elementary Math, GED,
Geometry, GRE,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics,
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology,
Chemistry, Ecology, Elementary Science, Genetics,
Microbiology, Nutrition, Organic Chemistry,
Physical Science, Physics, Zoology
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Career Development,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Reading, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Career Development,
Public Speaking,

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 1

I completed Algebra courses in high school (Algebra 1 & 2) and in undergrad (Linear Algebra) successfully with high marks (As & Bs). Additionally, I have been tutoring algebra for over ten years, as a peer tutor in high school and professionally since undergrad. I have tutored algebra for middle school, high school, and college students. I peer-led and taught algebra at the undergraduate level as well, and have helped many students complete this course successfully. There are several good approaches to teaching algebra and I am adept at helping students identify which approach will help them comprehend the material.

Algebra 2

I've been tutoring high school and college algebra for over ten years, including coaching for the summer bridge program at NEIU for two summers. The goal of this bridge program is to review algebra with recent high school graduates to help them prepare for the college math placement exams. Many science undergrads are not strong in math but a strong background in college algebra is necessary for data integration and analysis. As such, I also include a lot of algebra tutoring when I'm tutoring biology. Tutoring in algebra is also part of the prep work I do with students who are preparing for the GED and GRE.


I have an undergraduate degree in general biology, which included a diverse curriculum. I successfully completed courses such as botany, genetics, ecology, evolution, human anatomy and physiology, invertebrate zoology, biochemistry, and cellular biology with high marks. I'm finishing up my MS in biology with a focus on ecology and evolution. My graduate coursework included environmental microbiology, parasitology and human disease, restoration ecology, statistics, and a number of advanced courses focused on evolution and genetics. Finally, I served as a department teaching assistant for four semesters, tutoring all undergraduate biology courses. I have helped hundreds of students successfully complete every biology class from general biology for non-majors to virology. I have several hundred hours of experience presenting workshops, and working with students in groups or one-on-one to coach for success in biology courses. This work has included all facets of biology coursework, including content-based lecturing, help with scientific writing, experimental design, data analysis, and test-taking.


My focus in Biology is environmental science and I concentrate my free time reading in botany. I have taken undergraduate botany and will be completing a master gardener certification this spring. Further, I have taken undergraduate and graduate level ecology and evolution classes which touch on the more advanced topics in botany, including phylogeny. My chemistry elective in undergrad, Natural Products Chemistry, concentrated on ethnobotany and drug development.

Career Development

As an environmental consulting project manager, I mentored several staff scientists. Academic and career coaching is a big part of my job as a department tutor/teaching assistant. Many students request assistance with planning their coursework for graduation, applying and interviewing for internships and jobs, and creating resumes and other professional tools. Additionally, in my private tutoring practice, I have worked with many adults on collateral skills for career development.


I've been tutoring for the GED for 3 years and have experience with the new testing format. Additionally, I've been coaching for test taking skills for over 15 years.


Aside from standard undergrad genetics and graduate level conservation genetics, I have taken several courses which rely on principles of this branch of science: evolution, ecology and invertebrate zoology are a few. Additionally, I have tutored undergrad genetics at NEIU for the past four semesters, helping dozens of students successfully complete the course. Finally, my graduate research has a large plant systematics component, and I am well-versed in primary literature, as well as the wet lab methods involved in genetics.


Please see my profile. I've been coaching test taking for over 15 years. I am also familiar with the new format for the GRE and took the exam myself prior to my admission to grad school in 2013.

Organic Chemistry

I completed two semesters of organic chemistry including the lab component for the Chemistry minor as part of my undergraduate degree. After undergrad, I applied this knowledge to my work in pollution management, which required applied organic chemistry to assess the fate and transport of pollutants. When I became a TA in grad school, I noticed my biology students had a hard time visualizing molecules and making sense of reaction pathways that were pivotal to success in courses like general biology, biochemistry, physiology, and cellular biology so I started hosting workshops on the basics of organic chemistry. I helped these students develop dynamic study methods which included physical models, problem solving, and integrated reading.


I've been tutoring algebra my entire tutoring career (nearly 20 years). I regularly work with middle school students in prealgebra and algebra, which is typically combined with geometry. It's also common for me to work with high school and college students in remedial or advanced algebra courses. Additionally, I tutor for the math sections of standardized exams that include algebra and prealgebra: GRE, GED, ACT, and SAT. Finally, I co-taught college algebra to incoming freshman in our bridge program at NEIU.

I completed several algebra course with high marks in high school and college: Algebra 1 and 2, college algebra, and linear algebra. I completed advanced level tutoring certification through the National Tutoring Association and professional developments as part of my teaching assistantship at NEIU. These included coursework and professional development on helping students develop math confidence, which is paramount to success in math courses.

Public Speaking

When I teach students to present, I teach 3 tenets to successful speaking: pace/volume/poise, clean and clear visuals, and practice. When students master these ideas, their presentations are succinct, their confidence increases, and they become more comfortable speaking. Public speaking is a huge part of my work as a scientist and science educator and I've been successful coaching others. As an environmental scientist, I was responsible for preparing many presentations geared toward different audiences (client, manager, my field staff, state regulators, subcontractors, etc.). As a TA in grad school, I have coached many undergrad and graduate students to prepare presentations for their courses and symposia. Lecturing on a variety of topics in Biology is also a large part of my work as a TA. Finally, public speaking is a large part of my volunteer activities in environmental education; in these venues, I am often speaking off the cuff to a room of adults and children or presenting something I have prepared to a room of practitioners. Finally, I present my research, and coach my colleagues, prior to presenting scientific findings at symposia.


I completed a graduate level statistics course with an A in Spring 2015 and have been tutoring undergrad science majors in this subject for four semesters. My graduate research requires some pretty complicated multivariate statistics too. I enjoy teaching students how to navigate the underbelly of stats and think I am pretty good at making it simple.

Study Skills

I completed the National Tutoring Association Tutoring Foundations courses (all 11). Many of these courses deal with study skills, such as time management, effective reading, note taking, stress management, and progress tracking. Through high school and while obtaining my undergraduate degree in Biology, I worked full time. This required a great deal of self control, effective time management, and diversified learning strategies. My background is in Biology, Chemistry and Math. All these disciplines demand excellent study skills for success.


I've excelled in organism-based coursework: genetics, evolution, invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, and animal behavior to name a few. As a master gardener, I teach youth to use taxonomic keys in the field to identify the animals we encounter on nature walks. I've attended workshops to learn about small mammal and macro-invertebrate identification, and successfully utilized these skills in the field as an ecologist. Finally, I have tutored many students in invertebrate zoology, animal behavior, and other animal-based courses as a department tutor at NEIU.

Dominican University
Northeastern Illinois University
Northeastern Illinois University


Dominican University (Biology)

Northeastern Illinois University (Master's)

Northeastern Illinois University (Other)

Very good tutor that has gotten almost instant results

Kalliopi was able to figure out what my son's problem was very quickly. My son works very well with her and he has really gotten into his studies more. She has made some very good recommendations for his study habits that are working very well. My son's grades have gone up in just 2 weeks of work. He dug himself in a big whole academically, but with Kalliopi's help, he is digging himself out. I

— Niko, Chicago, IL on 5/6/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Group rate: $50/hour for two students; $70/hour for 3-5 students

Travel policy

Kalliopi will travel within 5 miles of Chicago, IL 60625.