Science and Math for the Non-Traditional Student
Science and Math for the Non-Traditional Student
I offer science and math teaching for under-challenged, over-challenged, home schooled, twice-exceptional, interrupted, and other non-traditional learners. I have ten years of experience as a teacher, and have been a dedicated private tutor since 2013. I've worked with many wonderful students who are constantly teaching me that there's a different "best teaching strategy" for every learner.
The modern classroom doesn't serve the needs of all students. Too many students believe that they are "bad at math", or "bad at science", when their real struggle has been with the demands of one-size-fits-all education. Some students miss out on learning in school because they have their own troubles at home in life, or with specific teachers or teaching styles. And some subjects - such as Evolution - are simply not taught in all school systems.
I use diagnostic probes to explore students' mathematical thinking and help to shore up their knowledge gaps. Mathematics particularly is a subject where knowledge gaps in elementary arithmetic and algebra can cause cascading problems. A student who can easily factor a quadratic equation with multiple techniques may misunderstand "simpler" ideas, such as the meaning of negative exponents. A student who can visualize compound transformations of a sine function on a graph may struggle with fractions and ratios. A student who can solve complex equations in her head might be lost when presented with a number line. Each of these students may appear to be doing very well or very poorly, and their real abilities and needs can be obscured.
My teaching background: I've been a private tutor since 2013. I have hundreds of hours of experience with a wide variety of students in family and academic settings. I also have seven semesters of teaching experience as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University. I know what college professors expect incoming first-year students to have learned in high school.
My academic background: I have a BA in Mathematics from Wesleyan University, and a Master's (ALM) in Natural Sciences from Harvard Extension School. I was a PhD candidate in Biology at Indiana Universtity before deciding that teaching, not research, is my true calling. I used computer simulations and mathematical analysis to study the effect of population size on the evolution of sexual recombination.
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Wonderful, patient and helpful
Kate has been very helpful and supportive helping our daughter with her 9th grade physics. Our daughter has a mild learning disability and Kate has worked effectively with her so that she feels confident with her physics material. Further, Kate is reliable, patient and skilled. Highly recommend her.Cynthia, 14 lessons with Kate
Extraordinarily Skilled in Special Situations
My guess is that Kate is very skilled across the entire spectrum of tutorial needs. We, however, can attest to her incredible and patient skills in a somewhat unusual situation. We have a very high achieving daughter who will be a rising high school senior this year. Unfortunately she encountered some health related challenges in the Spring of her junior year in which she missed eight weeks of school with a course load filled with honors and AP classes. Needless to say, returning to school entailed special challenges. Our daughter could handle the catch-up in english and history, but the gaps in honors biology and honors pre-calc courses courses could not be filled by the end of school. That is why we brought Kate in. She had no difficulty in organizing a plan to cover the unfinished workload in both classes so that our daughter could cover the material she had missed and take the necessary finals over the summer (I think this entailed more than 15 sessions all told). Two qualities stood out in Kate's case. First, our daughter has an inquisitive mind and so frequently in the biology sessions they would not only cover the textbook material but they would address how they ideas related to everyday applications in ways that satisfied our daughter's curiosity. Kate was never at a loss to explore enriching tangents. Second, Kate developed a great rapport with our daughter which instilled confidence while tempering that anxiousness that arises when a student for the first time finds herself playing catch-up. She was always patient and good-humored as they plugged their way through the material. All in all, she is a really lovely person who is confident and plain-spoken in her approach.Joe, 41 lessons with Kate
Susie looks forward with working with you again in the near future. She felt very comfortable with your teaching styleLibby and Patrick, 5 lessons with Kate
Very happy with Kate
My son has been working with Kate for a few weeks, and is staring to feel confident in math. Working with Kate makes a difference.Laure, 63 lessons with Kate
We are extremely delighted with Kate C. She initially tutored my older son for the ACT in math and science and also the SAT Subject II Math Level II tests. He increased his ACT scores by 2-5 points (ACT Science/33 and Math/34) and scored a 770 on the SAT Subject II Math Level II. She quickly evaluated how he learns, identified key areas of strength and weakness and tailored the sessions to them, and also provided sorely needed encouragement and positive feedback after a difficult academic year. She now tutors him in AP Physics AB, and his test and quiz scores have gone from the B to A- range to B+ to A+! Due to her teaching abilities, we asked her to work as well with our younger son, who is a freshman in high school, taking Honors Algebra/Geometry. Even though his personality and learning style are very different from his older brother's, she is able to work with him equally well, and he looks forward to his sessions. He says that she explains the concepts really well because she explains one concept from multiple angles. She has also identified areas of algebra that were taught in 7th and 8th grade but not mastered, and yet are essential building blocks for his high school course. With this re-teaching, he feels so much more confident and solid in his mathematical concepts. He believes that without her tutoring, he would be obtaining B's in tests/quizzes as opposed to his current A- average. Thank you so much!Dana, 57 lessons with Kate