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Kelsey P.

Shreveport, LA

$39/hour

Tutor and Educator for Middle School thru High School Math / Test Prep

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/26/16
5.0 average from 110 ratings
Intelligent, patient, comprehensible when teaching and motivating
— Leslie, Shreveport, LA on 3/27/17

$39/Hour


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Gustavus Adolphus College
Philosophy with Honors
Kansai Gaidai University, Japan
Other

Education

Gustavus Adolphus College (Philosophy with Honors)

Kansai Gaidai University, Japan (Other)

About Kelsey

The best students know exactly how to leverage their time and energy to tackle difficult problems. Do you?

Both as a former ambitious student myself and more recently an educator and tutor for students in the U.S., Japan, and globally online, I believe I stand out in being able to discern how to approach a customized curriculum and where to take advantage of resources and skills outside of it toward conquering its subject matter. I like to show my students how to become masters (instead of slaves) to the subjects they learn.

My background: 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. In addition to tutoring now, I also continue to teach math and other subjects in a local school setting.

I've 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.

With that, let me share with you *Five Easy Steps* to help you effectively tackle homework or test material you find challenging...

Step one: get a *Study Coach*. A study coach is a tutor that combines tutoring methods with accelerated learning tools and techniques (such as speed reading, the loci method, and many others), as well as make you a better independent learner.

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, the car you're driving might as well have no a gas (or an odometer for that matter)! Internal motivation fuels learning and good planning guides you to where you want to be.

Step three is to create an accurate *Deconstruction* of the subject you're studying. This can all be the hardest part, but it's essential for efficiency and well worth it! 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 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.

Utilizing these five steps, I aspire to help others learn better by taking advantage of better methods than what we're 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!
The best students know exactly how to leverage their time and energy to tackle difficult problems. Do you?

Both as a former ambitious student myself and more recently an educator and tutor for students in the U.S., Japan, and globally online, I believe I stand out in being able to discern how to approach a customized curriculum and
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Ask me about my discounts for 3+ one-on-one in-person sessions per week and 2+ student group sessions.

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Travels within 6 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!

"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,
Elementary Math,
Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Anthropology, Ecology, Genetics, Nutrition, Philosophy,
Psychology
Music:
Music Theory
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
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 (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
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.

Algebra 1

I currently teach high school students from several schools in Algebra I and helped them improve their class scores.

Algebra 2

My passion for mathematics and abstract critical thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational for Algebra II.

Elementary (K-6th)

As an assistant teacher for a Montessori school, I am working with 4th through 6th graders on a daily basis. My style aligns with this philosophy in coaching students to approach new concepts as concretely as possible in order to increase intuitive understanding of the material, not just rote memory of it. I have taught elementary school students and above over the years since 2006.

Elementary Math

I've worked with elementary school students in improving their math subjects in addition to my more regular high school clients. I have found through working with Montessori teachers that the best approach to elementary mathematics 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.

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.

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 had a keen interest in it since my first days of studying philosophy over a decade ago, and it is what enables me to comprehend advanced math in a way that few do after leaving high school. I have taught several high school students in math with this approach in mind and have helped them improve their class scores. 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

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 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.

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.

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.

Writing

Being able to write a good essay is not an easy task. I am fortunate to have been one of those people born with a knack for it that began fleshing out as early as primary school. Between critical thinking essays for philosophical analysis to my own personal book writing, reading and writing have culminated in my greatest achievements and made me a frequent go-to person for fellow students, colleagues, and even my personal relationships today. I have found that the key fundamental elements that students I've assisted are often lacking are ones that quickly become clearer with careful explanation and practice.

Gustavus Adolphus College
Philosophy with Honors
Kansai Gaidai University, Japan
Other

Education

Gustavus Adolphus College (Philosophy with Honors)

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: $39.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Ask me about my discounts for 3+ one-on-one in-person sessions per week and 2+ student group sessions.

Travel policy

Kelsey will travel within 6 miles of Shreveport, LA 71104.