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Kelsey P.

Shreveport, LA

$35/hour

Study Coach for High School Math, Science, and Foreign Language

Background check passed as of 10/26/16
5.0 average from 17 ratings
First time = Success!
— Cole, Shreveport, LA on 11/8/16

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Gustavus Adolphus College
Philosophy with Honors

Education

Gustavus Adolphus College (Philosophy with Honors)

About Kelsey

Study coaching is not merely about passing on knowledge. It is about effectively discerning important information from unimportant information, retaining that information in a way that renders it useful for applying it to real life situations or personal pursuits, and -- perhaps most important -- taking *less* time (not more) to do it and get the job done.

So with that, let me share with you *Five Easy Steps* to effectively conquering your studies, exams, or training...

Step one: get a *Study Coach*. A study coach is different from your average tutor in that a coach combines tutoring methods with accelerated learning techniques (speed reading, the loci method, and a heap of other tools for learning and memory), as well as add a personal development focus that does more than just help you catch fish -- it shows you how to fish for yourself! (Note: my shameless plug is that you consider me among your prospective coaches...)

Next (step two), name your *"Why"* and take some time to strategize your *Game Plan* to success. Without an understanding of what's motivating you and laying out some goals and milestones, you might as well be a car without a gas (or an odometer)!

Step three is to create an accurate *Deconstruction* of the subject you're studying. Then, you'll want to deconstruct your homework and tests as well. This can all be the hardest part, but it's essential for efficiency and well worth the work! Like they say, you're saving yourself a lot of work by sharpening the ax before you start chopping.

For step four, you'll want to cultivate *Effective Study Habits and Hacks* in order to conquer the material. The #1 point of failure for most learners is consistency. It is just as important however that you bypass the busywork and make it enjoyable (as your brain would prefer it). It will be my job as your coach to help you stick to the schedule and be sure you're getting the most from each session.

Finally, in step five: reap the *Rewards*! Whether it's good grades, greater self confidence, the admiration of others, an advantageous edge over the competition, or the like, the point is that you feel good about what you get from our time together.

Both as a former ambitious student myself (and more recently a teacher and tutor for students in the U.S., Japan, and internationally online), I stand out for discerning how to approach (read: "hack" into) the meat of a curriculum and where to take advantage of resources and skills outside of it toward conquering it. I show my students how to become masters (instead of slaves) to the subjects they learn.

About me: I graduated magna cum laude in 2006 from Gustavus Adolphus, a liberal arts school in Minnesota, and with recognition for presenting a thesis lecture for a consortium of community members and students. Having a passion for cultural diversity drew me to Asia, especially Japan, where I worked in tutoring, teaching, and translation. I indulged in a year's study abroad at Kansai Gaidai University and followed it with three years of employment English curriculum in public schools. Later, I took on the roles of lead teacher and activities director for a private intercultural school, where I received local news publicity for my innovative approaches and accelerated learning-centered teaching methods.

Since returning from my years abroad, I've also been a visiting teacher and speaker on topics including foreign language, Zen culture, and wild foraging; a Japanese-English translator; a youth leader; a nonviolent communication (NVC) specialist and group facilitator; a freelance website designer; and (most importantly I think) a life coach for teachers, therapists, and other coaches.

I aspire to help others learn something different, something better, than what we're all commonly taught in school or at home, because I believe in the immense potential we each have to make a positive difference in the world. I look forward to working with you soon!
Study coaching is not merely about passing on knowledge. It is about effectively discerning important information from unimportant information, retaining that information in a way that renders it useful for applying it to real life situations or personal pursuits, and -- perhaps most important -- taking *less* time (not more) to do it and get the Read more

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Cancellation
2 hours notice required

I offer discounts of 9% for 3 scheduled hours a week (saving $39/mo.), 14% for 4 hours (saving $87/mo.), and 17% for 5 hours (saving $130/mo.). Be sure to also ask me about my special group rates!

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Shreveport, LA 71104
Background Check: Passed

"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:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Trigonometry
Science:
Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Genetics, Nutrition, Philosophy,
Psychology
Music:
Drums,
Music Theory
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development
Computer:
General Computer,
HTML, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word,
Web Design
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Japanese
History:
Anthropology, Classics, Geography, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development, Marketing, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking
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.

Drums

I started learning drums in my free time in high school and began taking lessons by a professional percussion instructor. By my senior year, I was asked to play for the school chorus, as well as several talent show bands. I continued my studies into college percussion and drum classes and also sat in for studio sessions for a couple of local bands in Osaka, Japan. My experience in styles covers genres spanning from punk and rock, to swing/jazz, to world music.

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.

General Computer

I am an advanced user of a number of different operating systems, but the real skill of using computers, I believe, is developing an "intuitive sense" of how to use any device through regular use and practice. Developing this sense has helped me cultivate computer skills that greatly helped me through secondary school and college, and following that, in numerous of jobs ranging from administration to website design and marketing. Whether you're looking to learn more from basic to advanced skills, you too can experience greater confidence in our growing technologically literate world.

Japanese

My studies in Japanese began in college, where I studied both the language, culture, history and economics. I also studied abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, for a full year and returned after graduation to live there for another 3 years in different parts of Kagawa prefecture for study and work. I continued these studies long after passing the 2nd highest level of the internationally recognized Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). My teaching experience in both my native and foreign language studies makes my Japanese tutoring able to be customized based on the student's personal goals for reading, writing, speaking and listening, respectively. For Japanese specifically, 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.

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.

Microsoft Excel

I have mastered Microsoft Excel through using them since primary school for school projects, and following that, in a variety of jobs, ranging from administration to website design and marketing. I offer lessons in basics like workbook management, formulas and functions, and printing and publishing, as well as intermediate to advanced skills in data grouping, charts, data lists, conditional formatting, and pivot tables.

Microsoft Word

Similar to my Excel experience, I mastered Microsoft Word through first using it for school projects, then later for a variety of different jobs (from administration to website design and marketing). For Word, I offer lessons in basic skills such as document management and formatting, tables, and printing and publishing, as well as more intermediate to advanced skills such as graphics, excel data management, macros, revision tracking, and mail merge.

Philosophy

As a graduate of philosophy from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, I was granted in addendum the title of "honors" for composing, in addition to my required thesis, an optional full lecture at a symposium with other philosophy students from various schools. Since then, I continue to read and utilize my studies (from virtue ethics to object-oriented ontology) while helping others improve their understanding and critical thinking skills in the subject.

Reading

Being an accelerated reader myself from a young age, I have helped students at many stages of life improve their reading proficiency in a way that incorporates 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). I aim primarily for comprehension while also testing for more in-depth reading of nuances, tonality, and meter (such as in poetry), and this is especially emphasized in my teaching of speed reading and memory devices.

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.

Gustavus Adolphus College
Philosophy with Honors

Education

Gustavus Adolphus College (Philosophy with Honors)

First time = Success! — After leaving this first lesson I could tell Cole felt a sense of accomplishment and also a sense of relief to have a clear plan of how he can be more successful at school. Thanks Kelsey - see you next week! ...

— Cole, Shreveport, LA on 11/8/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

I offer discounts of 9% for 3 scheduled hours a week (saving $39/mo.), 14% for 4 hours (saving $87/mo.), and 17% for 5 hours (saving $130/mo.). Be sure to also ask me about my special group rates!

Travel policy

Kelsey will travel within 10 miles of Shreveport, LA 71104.