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Karen S.

Math and Econ Tutor with College and High School Teaching Experience

Math and Econ Tutor with College and High School Teaching Experience

$90/hour

About Karen


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I am a former University of Kentucky student who has recently moved back to Lexington from the Nashville area. I am so excited to be back in the city and state that I love! I have over 1500 total hours of tutoring experience over the past 10 years and would love to help you conquer your math and economics fears! In addition to 3 years of high school math and economics teaching experience, I also hold a Master's degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University. I have tutored students from 6th...

I am a former University of Kentucky student who has recently moved back to Lexington from the Nashville area. I am so excited to be back in the city and state that I love! I have over 1500 total hours of tutoring experience over the past 10 years and would love to help you conquer your math and economics fears! In addition to 3 years of high school math and economics teaching experience, I also hold a Master's degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University. I have tutored students from 6th grade through adult learners returning to college. I absolutely love the one on one aspect of tutoring. Having taught Intermediate Microeconomics on two occasions at Vanderbilt, I found it difficult to engage every student as much as I would like to. In a tutoring session, you are my focus at all times.

I believe that examples are the key to a good tutoring session. In a tutoring session, I will typically make up an example problem which relates to the work done in class and work through it with you. If you have seen the concept before, I try to always guide you through the problem with questioning rather than answering. In this way, you work through the problem yourself and develop the necessary learning tools to succeed in the class, rather than simply receiving the answers from me. I always make an effort to try to come up with examples that are interesting or that relate to the real world in some way. I have been a teaching assistant for Sports Economics courses at Vanderbilt for over 3 years, so if you enjoy sports, I can usually come up with some way to connect a concept to a sports example. I think memorable examples are a good way to give you something to think back to when you are taking an exam.

If you are looking for someone who can make math or economics more relatable with a personalized approach, please contact me to schedule a tutoring session. I look forward to meeting with you.


Education

University of Kentucky
Economics
Vanderbilt University
Masters

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Art

Needlework

Needlework

I have been cross stitching for over 15 years. I am currently working on a 3' by 2' project which contains over 100 colors. I have taught multiple friends and colleagues how to complete small, simple projects to give as gifts at Christmastime.

Business

GRE,

GRE

Standardized test preparation is all about gaining competency across a broad range of topics and being able to express that competency in a high pressure environment. The GRE is one of the highest levels of standardized tests, so the pressure is even higher. Tutoring for the GRE, I have worked with many current college students as well as adults with full time jobs who are wanting to change careers. My test prep tutoring style involves using a building blocks method over time using a plethora of practice problems. During each lesson, I will highlight one or two specific topics to focus on as homework for that lesson. After the lesson, I send the student some practice problems directed at those highlighted topics. I then ask the student to work through the practice problems and write down anything they think will help them solve similar problems on the exam. This material they've written down is called their memorization page and is built up over time to include all of the topics in the exam. In this way, the student has a succinct summary of content that they understand well to look through and review directly before the exam. This review sheet enables the student to build confidence right before the exam, because they can think back to all of the practice they have done for each subsection on their sheet.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I have tutored college students in intro and intermediate micro, intro macro, and intro econometrics. I have developed and taught my own Intermediate Microeconomics course on two separate occasions at Vanderbilt. I have also been the teaching assistant for Vanderbilt's Sports Economics courses for over 3 years.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I have tutored college students in intro and intermediate micro, intro macro, and intro econometrics. I have developed and taught my own Intermediate Microeconomics course on two separate occasions at Vanderbilt. I have also been the teaching assistant for Vanderbilt's Sports Economics courses for over 3 years.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have used and tutored Microsoft Excel for courses in statistics, economics, and probability. In addition, I have also developed and taught a beginner level Microsoft Excel course for a local insurance company.
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Computer

Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have used and tutored Microsoft Excel for courses in statistics, economics, and probability. In addition, I have also developed and taught a beginner level Microsoft Excel course for a local insurance company.
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I have tutored college students in intro and intermediate micro, intro macro, and intro econometrics. I have developed and taught my own Intermediate Microeconomics course on two separate occasions at Vanderbilt. I have also been the teaching assistant for Vanderbilt's Sports Economics courses for over 3 years.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I have tutored college students in intro and intermediate micro, intro macro, and intro econometrics. I have developed and taught my own Intermediate Microeconomics course on two separate occasions at Vanderbilt. I have also been the teaching assistant for Vanderbilt's Sports Economics courses for over 3 years.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have used and tutored Microsoft Excel for courses in statistics, economics, and probability. In addition, I have also developed and taught a beginner level Microsoft Excel course for a local insurance company.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored university students in statistics on multiple occasions. I have also taken statistics courses at the high school, university, and graduate school level.
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

English

ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 can sometimes take students by surprise as it ramps up the difficulty level above that of algebra 1. I focus on taking what students have already learned in algebra 1 and showing them that they are still applying the same concepts to this more difficult problem. Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have tutored both high school and college students in geometry. Their goals have included improving grades for their class as well as improving their score on the ACT and SAT Math sections.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I have tutored college students in intro and intermediate micro, intro macro, and intro econometrics. I have developed and taught my own Intermediate Microeconomics course on two separate occasions at Vanderbilt. I have also been the teaching assistant for Vanderbilt's Sports Economics courses for over 3 years.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I have tutored college students in intro and intermediate micro, intro macro, and intro econometrics. I have developed and taught my own Intermediate Microeconomics course on two separate occasions at Vanderbilt. I have also been the teaching assistant for Vanderbilt's Sports Economics courses for over 3 years.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Pre algebra is always fun to tutor. I have tutored both middle school and high school students in prealgebra. It is always fun to tackle concepts that will enable them to perform complex algebraic computations in the future. Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have tutored pre-calculus at both the high school and university level. I also have experience in many of the topics which have been reviewed previously such as algebra and trigonometry, which frequently come up in a pre-calculus course in a more complex way.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Standardized test preparation is all about gaining competency across a broad range of topics and being able to express that competency in a high pressure environment. My test prep tutoring style involves using a building blocks method over time using a plethora of practice problems. During each lesson, I will highlight one or two specific topics to focus on as homework for that lesson. After the lesson, I send the student some practice problems directed at those highlighted topics. I then ask the student to work through the practice problems and write down anything they think will help them solve similar problems on the exam. This material they've written down is called their memorization page and is built up over time to include all of the topics in the exam. In this way, the student has a succinct summary of content that they understand well to look through and review directly before the exam. This review sheet enables the student to build confidence right before the exam, because they can think back to all of the practice they have done for each subsection on their sheet.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored university students in statistics on multiple occasions. I have also taken statistics courses at the high school, university, and graduate school level.
Calculus, SAT Reading

Language

TOEFL

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have received above the 90th percentile in both the ACT and GRE math sections. I minored in math in undergraduate school and majored in economics in both undergraduate and graduate school, which is a subject which requires high levels of mathematics skills.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 can sometimes take students by surprise as it ramps up the difficulty level above that of algebra 1. I focus on taking what students have already learned in algebra 1 and showing them that they are still applying the same concepts to this more difficult problem. Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have tutored both high school and college students in geometry. Their goals have included improving grades for their class as well as improving their score on the ACT and SAT Math sections.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Pre algebra is always fun to tutor. I have tutored both middle school and high school students in prealgebra. It is always fun to tackle concepts that will enable them to perform complex algebraic computations in the future. Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have tutored pre-calculus at both the high school and university level. I also have experience in many of the topics which have been reviewed previously such as algebra and trigonometry, which frequently come up in a pre-calculus course in a more complex way.
Probability,

Probability

Probability tutoring is all about coming up with examples that make sense to the student and then showcasing how those examples can extend and apply to many other problems. Great examples using probability are everywhere: sports, game shows, games of chance, college acceptance rates, etc. I can always find a great example that appeals to the student I am working with in order to enhance their learning and comprehension of the material.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Standardized test preparation is all about gaining competency across a broad range of topics and being able to express that competency in a high pressure environment. My test prep tutoring style involves using a building blocks method over time using a plethora of practice problems. During each lesson, I will highlight one or two specific topics to focus on as homework for that lesson. After the lesson, I send the student some practice problems directed at those highlighted topics. I then ask the student to work through the practice problems and write down anything they think will help them solve similar problems on the exam. This material they've written down is called their memorization page and is built up over time to include all of the topics in the exam. In this way, the student has a succinct summary of content that they understand well to look through and review directly before the exam. This review sheet enables the student to build confidence right before the exam, because they can think back to all of the practice they have done for each subsection on their sheet.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored university students in statistics on multiple occasions. I have also taken statistics courses at the high school, university, and graduate school level.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

I have always viewed trigonometry as a big puzzle. The puzzle pieces are things like the Pythagorean Theorem, the six trigonometric functions, SOH CAH TOA, and trigonometric identities. The difficult part of solving a problem in trigonometry is which puzzle piece to use at which time. I love working through the process of determining the proper puzzle piece and then putting it to use with students in order to solve complex trigonometric problems.
Calculus

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 can sometimes take students by surprise as it ramps up the difficulty level above that of algebra 1. I focus on taking what students have already learned in algebra 1 and showing them that they are still applying the same concepts to this more difficult problem. Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have tutored both high school and college students in geometry. Their goals have included improving grades for their class as well as improving their score on the ACT and SAT Math sections.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Pre algebra is always fun to tutor. I have tutored both middle school and high school students in prealgebra. It is always fun to tackle concepts that will enable them to perform complex algebraic computations in the future. Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have tutored pre-calculus at both the high school and university level. I also have experience in many of the topics which have been reviewed previously such as algebra and trigonometry, which frequently come up in a pre-calculus course in a more complex way.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored university students in statistics on multiple occasions. I have also taken statistics courses at the high school, university, and graduate school level.
Calculus

Other

Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I have tutored college students in intro and intermediate micro, intro macro, and intro econometrics. I have developed and taught my own Intermediate Microeconomics course on two separate occasions at Vanderbilt. I have also been the teaching assistant for Vanderbilt's Sports Economics courses for over 3 years.
Microeconomics

Microeconomics

I have tutored college students in intro and intermediate micro, intro macro, and intro econometrics. I have developed and taught my own Intermediate Microeconomics course on two separate occasions at Vanderbilt. I have also been the teaching assistant for Vanderbilt's Sports Economics courses for over 3 years.

Science

ACT Science

Sports/Recreation

Needlework,

Needlework

I have been cross stitching for over 15 years. I am currently working on a 3' by 2' project which contains over 100 colors. I have taught multiple friends and colleagues how to complete small, simple projects to give as gifts at Christmastime.
Table Tennis

Table Tennis

I participated in a club table tennis team in college which traveled to multiple tournaments. Using my tutoring skills, I am very good a breaking down what is occurring when you hit a shot and how to correct errors in technique.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 can sometimes take students by surprise as it ramps up the difficulty level above that of algebra 1. I focus on taking what students have already learned in algebra 1 and showing them that they are still applying the same concepts to this more difficult problem. Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.
GED,

GED

While I have not tutored anyone on the GED exam before, I am qualified to tutor all of the math that is included on the exam. I have tutored for test prep for both the ACT and SAT math sections. I typically focus on 2-3 specific topics per week and provide review materials the next week to help you build up your overall skills with each topic on the exam.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have tutored both high school and college students in geometry. Their goals have included improving grades for their class as well as improving their score on the ACT and SAT Math sections.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I have tutored college students in intro and intermediate micro, intro macro, and intro econometrics. I have developed and taught my own Intermediate Microeconomics course on two separate occasions at Vanderbilt. I have also been the teaching assistant for Vanderbilt's Sports Economics courses for over 3 years.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I have tutored college students in intro and intermediate micro, intro macro, and intro econometrics. I have developed and taught my own Intermediate Microeconomics course on two separate occasions at Vanderbilt. I have also been the teaching assistant for Vanderbilt's Sports Economics courses for over 3 years.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Standardized test preparation is all about gaining competency across a broad range of topics and being able to express that competency in a high pressure environment. My test prep tutoring style involves using a building blocks method over time using a plethora of practice problems. During each lesson, I will highlight one or two specific topics to focus on as homework for that lesson. After the lesson, I send the student some practice problems directed at those highlighted topics. I then ask the student to work through the practice problems and write down anything they think will help them solve similar problems on the exam. This material they've written down is called their memorization page and is built up over time to include all of the topics in the exam. In this way, the student has a succinct summary of content that they understand well to look through and review directly before the exam. This review sheet enables the student to build confidence right before the exam, because they can think back to all of the practice they have done for each subsection on their sheet.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored university students in statistics on multiple occasions. I have also taken statistics courses at the high school, university, and graduate school level.
Calculus

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have received above the 90th percentile in both the ACT and GRE math sections. I minored in math in undergraduate school and majored in economics in both undergraduate and graduate school, which is a subject which requires high levels of mathematics skills.
GED,

GED

While I have not tutored anyone on the GED exam before, I am qualified to tutor all of the math that is included on the exam. I have tutored for test prep for both the ACT and SAT math sections. I typically focus on 2-3 specific topics per week and provide review materials the next week to help you build up your overall skills with each topic on the exam.
GRE,

GRE

Standardized test preparation is all about gaining competency across a broad range of topics and being able to express that competency in a high pressure environment. The GRE is one of the highest levels of standardized tests, so the pressure is even higher. Tutoring for the GRE, I have worked with many current college students as well as adults with full time jobs who are wanting to change careers. My test prep tutoring style involves using a building blocks method over time using a plethora of practice problems. During each lesson, I will highlight one or two specific topics to focus on as homework for that lesson. After the lesson, I send the student some practice problems directed at those highlighted topics. I then ask the student to work through the practice problems and write down anything they think will help them solve similar problems on the exam. This material they've written down is called their memorization page and is built up over time to include all of the topics in the exam. In this way, the student has a succinct summary of content that they understand well to look through and review directly before the exam. This review sheet enables the student to build confidence right before the exam, because they can think back to all of the practice they have done for each subsection on their sheet.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Standardized test preparation is all about gaining competency across a broad range of topics and being able to express that competency in a high pressure environment. My test prep tutoring style involves using a building blocks method over time using a plethora of practice problems. During each lesson, I will highlight one or two specific topics to focus on as homework for that lesson. After the lesson, I send the student some practice problems directed at those highlighted topics. I then ask the student to work through the practice problems and write down anything they think will help them solve similar problems on the exam. This material they've written down is called their memorization page and is built up over time to include all of the topics in the exam. In this way, the student has a succinct summary of content that they understand well to look through and review directly before the exam. This review sheet enables the student to build confidence right before the exam, because they can think back to all of the practice they have done for each subsection on their sheet.
ACT English, ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL

Ratings and Reviews


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Engaging and Creative

Only my daughter's 1st lesson but she left smiling which I consider a win. I feel my daughter felt she could relate better to Karen than her current teacher and looked forward to seeing here again. She appreciated Karen's 'trick' for remembering an equation, too!

Jennifer, 2 lessons with Karen

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

She helped me understand material my professor wasn’t teaching me. She is patient and understanding. She makes the steps easy to understand. I hadn’t been confident taking a math test this year until now.

Lily, 1 lesson with Karen

Karen was great!!

Karen helped my son understand concepts in Algebra 2 that have been eluding him for a while. She was patient and kind and explained concepts clearly and Oren thought she was great. We will definitely try to request her again!!

Rena, 2 lessons with Karen

Excellent engagement with teenagers

Karen’s attitude really boosted our teenager’s hopes. She has been feeling insecure about her ability to pass her math class. Looking forward to more sessions.

Sandy, 5 lessons with Karen

Smart and awesome

Karen is wonderful. I would highly recommend her. She is very knowledgeable and patient and willing to make sure you learn the material. She really went the extra mile and made sure I understood each point before moving on with the session. Lee

Darryl, 3 lessons with Karen

Would not have passed without her

At the beginning of the semester, I thought for sure that I was going to fail college algebra until I started working with Karen. She is a great teacher and I understand all of the concepts that she teaches by the time we are done with a lesson. If I don’t understand something initially, she will explain it in a different way. I recommend her highly!

Renee , 15 lessons with Karen

Great session as usual!

The session with Karen was awesome as usual! Karen was my tutor during the summer and I research out to her again to help me with my exam for the fall. She is not only super knowledgable about the material , she is also great at at explaining the material making sure you understand!

Susana , 23 lessons with Karen

A phenomenal Statistics tutor

I cannot say enough great things about Karen. I was struggling with a poorly designed online Statistics class and would have never made it without Karen's help. She explains everything in simple, easy to understand detail, and didn't find a topic she couldn't handle. She is kind, pleasant, and easy to work with. I would recommend her to anyone.

Jack, 15 lessons with Karen

Overall Tutoring

Karen has been an amazing tutor for the GRE. She has helped me learn so many useful tricks for combating the test. I would recommend her to anyone that is studying for the test.

Adam, 10 lessons with Karen
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Karen S.

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