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Kelsey P.

Shreveport, LA

$49/hour

Math, Language, & Test Prep Tutor Trained in Critical Thinking

400+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/26/16
5.0 average from 250 ratings
Intelligent, patient, comprehensible when teaching and motivating
— Leslie, Shreveport, LA on 3/27/17

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

Education

Gustavus Adolphus College (Magna Cum Laude with Honors) (Philosophy and Japanese Studies)

Kansai Gaidai University, Japan (Other)

About Kelsey

I have been an in-person and online private tutor for different schools since 2006, including three years as a junior high school language specialist in public schools and an independent educator and activities director for a private company. I've accumulated more than 400 hours of in-person, one-on-one private tutoring in math, language, test prep, and philosophy.

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

Right now, I'm looking for bright and self-motivated college philosophy students and high school-level math, language, and test prep students who need the extra boost to get ahead. I've managed to help many students jump whole letter grades above where they started, conquer tests that appeared insurmountable, and cultivate confidence in their approach to their studies.

If you are tired of struggling with your studies, of getting frustrated with the results you are getting, perhaps even afraid you may never catch up (let alone soar above others) -- then you can reassured in knowing that I will be there for you. My passion for teaching has inspired students to achieve their best in their target subjects and has earned me such qualities as patience and the ability to invoke self-discipline and creativity you are needing to reach the next step.

"From one thing know ten thousand things." -- Miyomoto Musashi

When you learn how to learn well, the world is your oyster. I look forward to working with you!
I have been an in-person and online private tutor for different schools since 2006, including three years as a junior high school language specialist in public schools and an independent educator and activities director for a private company. I've accumulated more than 400 hours of in-person, one-on-one private tutoring in math, language, test Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required

Phil. Paper (Review Only): $11/page | High School: $49 | AP / College: $59 | ACT / SAT: $79. Ask me about special rates for > 2 lessons per wk and small groups.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Shreveport, LA 71104
Background Check: Passed

"Intelligent, patient, comprehensible when teaching and motivating"

- Leslie, Shreveport, LA on 3/27/17
Kelsey replied on 3/28/2017

Thank you so much for this truly beautiful review! Tutoring with you has been a real pleasure, and I am inspired by your ambition to achieve as much as you are within just your first couple of years of high school. I'm looking forward to our continued work together!

"Paper review"

- Christy, San Francisco, CA on 12/5/17
Kelsey replied on 12/8/2017

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

"Kelsely P more than just a tutor..."

- Tosha, Shreveport, LA on 11/7/17
Kelsey replied on 11/8/2017

Thank you for your beautiful feedback, Tosha! Your daughter is a joy to work with (and brighter than she thinks). I look forward to our continued work together in raising her grades!

"Great tutor"

- Noah, Shreveport, LA on 11/7/17
Kelsey replied on 11/8/2017

I really appreciate your feedback, Noah! You are a very bright young man, and I think you can achieve great things -- including this semester. You're proof that proper tutoring is only the beginning, as excellent learning is accomplished only by an open and curious mind. Thank you for our time together!

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor."

- Kerie, Shreveport, LA on 10/22/17
Kelsey replied on 10/31/2017

Thank you for your kind words, Kerie. I've really enjoyed working with your grandson this past year -- he is inquisitive and bright, and it makes all the difference! (And thank you too for the lovely box of chocolates.) I'm looking forward to our semester together!

"Great tutor."

- Henry, Shreveport, LA on 7/3/17
Kelsey replied on 7/10/2017

Touched to read this review. Thank you for both your sons and their diligence to becoming better at math. I'm looking forward to the coming semester together!

"Great communication!"

- Deavante, Shreveport, LA on 5/30/17
Kelsey replied on 6/7/2017

Thank you, Deavante! I've enjoyed studying for the GED exam with you. You're a hard worker, and I'm always appreciative of anyone who himself appreciates communication. Let's keep up the awesome work and conquer this test!

"First session"

- Karon, Bossier City, LA on 4/5/17
Kelsey replied on 4/13/2017

Thank you for the beautiful feedback, Karon! Your son is a pleasure to work with, and I appreciate how far you have both persevered. I'm looking forward to achieving his goals together!

"First Tutoring Session, went very well!"

- David, Shreveport, LA on 3/10/17
Kelsey replied on 3/13/2017

Thank you, Tanner and David, for your wonderful feedback! I'm grateful we've connected -- let's make the rest of this semester awesome!

"Great, Attentive, and incredibly nice!"

- David, Shreveport, LA on 2/28/17
Kelsey replied on 3/1/2017

Thank you for your lovely feedback, David! I could tell from the start that you are sharp. I hugely admire your future-oriented goals for improving your algebra grades, and I look forward to working with you through the rest of the semester!

"Knowledgeable/Easy to work with"

- Monique, Bossier City, LA on 2/21/17
Kelsey replied on 3/1/2017

Thank you, Monique! I know we had a lot to cover in such a short time, but I'm happy that it left you feeling better about it. I enjoyed working with you -- hope I get the chance to do so again sometime!

"First session"

- Amy, Shreveport, LA on 1/20/17
Kelsey replied on 1/24/2017

You're too kind, Amy. Your student has been a joy to work with already in our first couple of sessions. I'm also looking forward to our future sessions. Let's together make this a great second semester!

"First time = Success!"

- Cole, Shreveport, LA on 11/8/16
Kelsey replied on 11/9/2016

I'm grateful for this feedback, and truly happy that Cole is already experiencing more confidence. I'm looking forward to helping make this an awesome academic year for him!

"Knowledgeable, great command of alegebraic operations, made me more confident"

- Caiden, Greenwood, LA on 10/26/16
Kelsey replied on 10/27/2016

Thank you, Caiden! You have been a pleasure to work with. I'm looking forward to rocking Algebra 1 with you this year!

Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Common Core, Elementary Math,
GED, Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Logic,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Philosophy
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Common Core, GED, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Japanese
Special Needs:
Common Core, Elementary Math,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary Math,
Study Skills
Business:
ESL/ESOL
Sports/Recreation:
Martial Arts

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.

ACT Math

In addition to tutoring students in high school mathematics, I offer test prep tutoring for students preparing for the ACT. I have led a local test prep group this year that is growing in popularity, and am proud to see students become aware of the simple but powerful techniques required to outscore yourself on the test.

What differentiates me from many tutors and tutoring companies is that I work for you (the student) and *not* for the test. What that means is that, when we work together, I will show you how I myself would solve the problems rather than persuade you to use the methods you're expected to use by the test-makers. Such important questions we will visit and refine are:

"How can I get more points?" Better question: "How can I avoid *losing* points?"

"How can I answer these questions more quickly?" Better question: "What makes certain questions more time-consuming than others?"

"What should I do when I get stuck on a problem?" Better question: "What approach and strategies make it impossible to get stuck on a problem?"

"How do I get as high a score as possible to get accepted by my target schools?" Better question: "What is the average acceptance standard bar of the schools I wish to attend?"

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

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.

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.

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

I taught English as a second language (ESL) in public elementary and middle schools in Japan through the JET Program 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 cram schools to assist in ESL studies. I also have 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.

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

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.

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.

Martial Arts

I have been examined and granted 1st dan black belt rank in taekwondo as of April 26th, 2012 by the Fairview Martial Arts Association. This certification alone grants me approval to open my own taekwondo school. I have also studied aikido, aikijujutsu, and kenjutsu for over four years with different teachers. I have primarily taught taekwondo to children and adults in a dojo setting, in addition to assisting in classes, for about one year.

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.

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

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

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 math scores that rank myself in the 91st percentile (and 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.

SAT Reading

Having been a prolific reader and a writer since early childhood, and then an English and ESL teacher in my early career, I am proud to have New SAT test scores consistently ranking me in the 99th percentile.

While my years of English tutoring experience, online and in person, offers a lot to this subject, the trick to the SAT is to not only to comprehend the material but understand the way the test itself is designed, in order to utilize the best strategies for time management and accuracy. That's why perhaps even more important than being able as a tutor to explain the devices used in the two language sections (Reading and Writing & Language ) is the tutor's ability to teach you the proper strategies for taking the New SAT specifically. For this reason, I offer both a test strategy-oriented approach in addition to a content-oriented approach in my tutoring services.

SAT Writing

When it comes to the optional Essay section of the New SAT, many students may feel it a waste of time. However, a recent survey by Kaplan Test Prep has discovered that 13% of U.S. colleges are requiring their applicants to complete and submit the essay section, with another 19% simply "recommending" it for students' submissions.

Being able to write a good essay is not an easy task, especially for anyone who has not had a knack for critical thinking and writing analyses. Fortunately, with practice and some knowledge of how the New SAT gauges essay scores, it is completely possible to make a perfect score on each of the three factors of measurement!

That's why it's so important as a tutor to be able to demonstrate to test takers the proper strategies for approaching the Essay section of the New SAT in addition to being able to write well. To that very end, I offer both a test strategy-oriented approach in combination with a content-oriented approach in my SAT test prep tutoring.

Study Skills

I graduated from college magna cum laude and with honors for presenting a thesis lecture to a consortium of community members and students. The methods I 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 later 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. I even received local news publicity in Mitoyo City in 2008 for my innovative approaches and game learning-centered teaching methods, such as utilizing Montessori methods, holding monthly subject-specific song and movie events, and hosting a diversity of foreigners to participate in classes for direct Q&A.

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.

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

Education

Gustavus Adolphus College (Magna Cum Laude with Honors) (Philosophy and Japanese Studies)

Kansai Gaidai University, Japan (Other)

Intelligent, patient, comprehensible when teaching and motivating

Kelsey's work with me as a tutor has helped me to improve my understanding of Algebra and how to master certain skills in Algebra. He's also helping me prepare for an entrance exam which has been wonderful and has relieved me of stress about the math portions. Math was something that has always been unclear and confusing for me, but Kelsey really helped me understand it and overcome the challengin

— Leslie, Shreveport, LA on 3/27/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $49.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Phil. Paper (Review Only): $11/page | High School: $49 | AP / College: $59 | ACT / SAT: $79. Ask me about special rates for > 2 lessons per wk and small groups.

Travel policy

Kelsey will travel within 5 miles of Shreveport, LA 71104.