Over 600 tutoring hours

Kara R.

Oak Park, IL

$55/hr

Math and Science can be fun! A trained, professional educator.

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Background check passed as of 6/15/11
5.0 Avg. Rating
 
 
244 Ratings
 
 
9hrs Response Time
Kara is outstanding
— Steve, La Grange, IL on 9/4/12

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Taylor University
Biochemistry
Midwestern University -- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduate Coursework
DePaul University
MEd

Education

Taylor University (Biochemistry)

Midwestern University -- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (Graduate Coursework)

DePaul University (MEd)

About Kara

I am a licensed secondary professional educator with endorsements in chemistry, biology, and physics. I just finished my first full year of teaching, and have experience teaching high school courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Algebra.

I have successfully tutored many students over the last decade. I bring warmth and a sense of humor to topics that many students initially consider dry, boring, or frustrating. I am always trying to keep students engaged with applicable anecdotes and fun memory tricks to make learning more enjoyable. I also make an effort to apply current educational theory to my lessons.

I went to medical school for 2+ years before leaving (in good academic standing and having passed step 1 of my boards) to pursue other passions. Although I have decided medicine is not the correct path for me, I have a lot of wisdom and encouragement to offer for those who are interested in pursuing careers in science and health care, as well as those studying math and science in middle school, high school and introductory level college courses.

A few of my academic successes include graduating from high school with a 4.0 and earning Magna Cum Laude status in my undergraduate studies. I have also participated in a physical-biochemistry research project that was published in a peer-reviewed, academic journal.

Aside from my training and experience, I believe that my biggest strengths are my ability to put students at ease and my active listening skills. Those are the assets I have found to be most valuable when working with those struggling with ADHD and other learning difficulties.

Asking for help when you are struggling in a subject can be scary, and I make it a priority to be understanding and encouraging with frustrated students. I once had a student tell me that she was really nervous to meet her tutor, but she was completely at ease with me within minutes. Hopefully that will be your experience!

I look forward to working with you!
I am a licensed secondary professional educator with endorsements in chemistry, biology, and physics. I just finished my first full year of teaching, and have experience… Read more

Policies
Cancellation
36 hours notice required

Rates may be negotiable. I charge a cancellation fee of half the lesson cost. After 2 cancellations in a month the fee increases to full lesson cost.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Oak Park, IL 60304
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Kara is outstanding"

- Steve, La Grange, IL on 9/4/12

"Kara is the GREATEST!!"

- Donella, Chicago, IL on 6/23/15

"Very patient and injects humor in the lesson as well."

- Susan, Chicago, IL on 11/10/13

"Terrific and very caring tutor!!!"

- Connie, Elmhurst, IL on 10/20/13

"Intelligent and insightful instruction"

- Jennifer, La Grange, IL on 9/9/13

"Great Tutor"

- Leah, River Forest, IL on 8/31/13

"Very smart "

- Tim, Oak Park, IL on 7/20/13

"Helpful Tutor"

- Kay And Pete, River Forest, IL on 9/8/12

"Connects with teens"

- Gina, Bensenville, IL on 6/8/12

"One of the best tutors we've used!"

- Suzanne, Hinsdale, IL on 6/8/12

"Highly recommended!"

- Maureen, Oak Park, IL on 3/17/12

"Excellent as Always"

- Lisa, Chicago, IL on 1/25/12

"Ideal tutor"

- Lisa, Forest Park, IL on 10/26/11

"Great tutor!"

- Ricardo, Burbank, IL on 10/19/11

"Extremely helpful!"

- Margaret, La Grange Park, IL on 7/15/11
English:
SAT Reading
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Biology,
Chemistry,
Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra,
SAT Math, SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science,
GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading

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ACT Math

I have tutored several students in ACT prep, and have found that every student is different in the approach that needs to be taken. A tutor such as myself can provide a plan aimed at bolstering your student's specific weaknesses, but a book or course can only offer a broad overview. As a result of their hard work, all of my students have seen improvement in their scores with my help!

ACT Science

I have tutored several students in ACT prep, and I am particularly well-equipped to prepare students for the science portion of the exam. I studied science for six years in college and graduate level work, so I have the expertise necessary to help students learn to interpret data and think scientifically. Many of my students have seen science score increases of five or more points!

Algebra 1

I have successfully tutored many Algebra I students over the past few years. I am familiar with the concepts that usually give students trouble, and I know how to guide them past those roadblocks. I try to keep the material interesting and relevant to students and to work on their problem-solving skills in the process.

Algebra 2

I have successfully tutored several high school Algebra students. I can help students through difficult parts of the material and I work to keep the material relevant to their lives. As a science person, I know many of the practical applications of the math concepts that tend to be left out of math textbooks.

Biochemistry

I majored in chemistry in college and had a biochemistry concentration.

Biology

I have the equivalent of a biology minor from college (part of the biochemistry track at my school), and 2+ years of medical school. I have passed the biology content area exam as part of the Illinois state teacher licensing exams, which means I will have a biology endorsement on my secondary education license when I finish school.

Chemistry

I have a bachelor's degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry. I have passed the Chemistry Content Area Exam as part of the series of tests to get a secondary education license in Illinois. This means I will have a chemistry endorsement on my license when I graduate in Spring '14.

Genetics

Genetics is my absolute favorite subject in biology. In my undergraduate studies I took 2 courses specifically in genetics (in addition to my other biochemistry and molecular biology coursework): an introductory level course focused primarily on inheritance; and a 400-level course called molecular genetics where we learned the molecular biology driving gene inheritance, expression, etc. I did very well in both courses. I participated in lab work focused on cloning the gene that allows a bacterial species to emit light and inserted said gene into E. Coli, making it glow. Also, in medical school (2+ years completed) we studied many specific genetic diseases as well as inheritance patterns. I have a genuine passion for this subject and would love to share my knowledge with others.

Geometry

Truthfully, high school geometry is probably my favorite subject to tutor. The primary reason I enjoy it is that it gives me so many opportunities to sharpen students' problem-solving skills. I try to help them see the relevance of what they are learning (for instance, proofs can be used to teach logic and reasoning) and to keep it interesting for them.

Physical Science

Physical science falls right within my field of expertise. It is usually a mix of basic chemistry and physics, and I have a good deal of experience tutoring both subjects. When I receive my teaching license in Spring 2014, I will be endorsed in both chemistry and physics. Also, a physical science course will be part of my student teaching experience.

Physics

I took 10 credits in calculus-based physics in college. I have experience working with high school physics students, and I have passed the Physics Content Area Exam for my future Illinois secondary education license. I will have a physics endorsement, in addition to biology and chemistry, on my license when I graduate in Spring '14.

Prealgebra

I have worked with several middle-school math students and have successfully helped all of them to raise their grades.

Taylor University
Biochemistry
Midwestern University -- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduate Coursework
DePaul University
MEd

Education

Taylor University (Biochemistry)

Midwestern University -- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (Graduate Coursework)

DePaul University (MEd)

Kara is outstanding — Kara is an outstanding tutor. She relates to weaknesses and then approaches these weaknesses with a well though out plan. She gets to know her students personally - that is, she can get inside a student's head and make them focus on the task at hand. Kara not only teaches content but strategy as well. She build confidence in her stundent's ability to do well. In summary, I highly recommen ...

— Steve, La Grange, IL on 9/4/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Rates may be negotiable. I charge a cancellation fee of half the lesson cost. After 2 cancellations in a month the fee increases to full lesson cost.

Travel policy

Kara will travel within 10 miles of Oak Park, IL 60304.

Background Check Status for Kara R.

Kara R. passed a background check on 6/15/11. The check was ordered by Kara through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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