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Louise K.

Certified Teacher, Experienced Tutor, many subjects, especially math

Certified Teacher, Experienced Tutor, many subjects, especially math

$40/hour

  • 1,027 hours tutoring

  • Merrimack, NH 03054

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Bio

Note: I have a few after school slots available at this point, and daytime slots on some days. (updated 11/21/17) -------- Are you (or is your child) "math phobic"? Are you lost in math class, or stuck at the first sentence of a paper you have to write for Monday? Is your idea of organization "well, it's in there somewhere!"? Do you want to do better in school? Are you taking an honors class and want to excel? Do you have to pass college math or a qualifying test? Do you need someone to help...

Note: I have a few after school slots available at this point, and daytime slots on some days. (updated 11/21/17)
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Are you (or is your child) "math phobic"? Are you lost in math class, or stuck at the first sentence of a paper you have to write for Monday? Is your idea of organization "well, it's in there somewhere!"? Do you want to do better in school? Are you taking an honors class and want to excel? Do you have to pass college math or a qualifying test? Do you need someone to help with all subjects? with writing papers? with just getting through that mountain of work that you can't even figure out how to start?

I'll help...and we'll have fun doing it.

I specialize in getting stuck problems unstuck. Helping people who didn't get it in class go "AHA!" Giving that extra boost of understanding, clarity, or organizational help so you can be the best student you can be.

I am a certified teacher, MEd general special ed, HQT in math through algebra 1, English through HS level. I taught/tutored in public and special ed schools in NH for six years, mostly middle school through 9th grade, but also high school. I am a former technical writer (15 years) and computer programmer (8 years). I've been updating my math skills and am now proficient in Geometry, Algebra 2, and pre-Calculus also. I'm currently tutoring students privately and through Wyzant, and loving it!

I'd be delighted to tutor either home or public schooled students 4th grade and up in math, writing of any type, and general subjects. Also adults who have "never been good at math", or it's rusty, and must pass college math refresher/algebra 1 or a placement test. I have written a lot, professionally, and know how to help you organize and write anything you might need to write. I have worked with students with many special needs. I am patient and have a quirky sense of humor; my students are often laughing as they learn. My one requirement of students is that the student, not just the parent, must want tutoring.

References are available upon request.


Education

Oberlin College and Conservatory
undergrad
Rivier College , Nashua, NH
MEd

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Rate details: I charge $10 more per hour for 2 students in the same topic at the same time, or if you are 15-20 miles driving. I will go over 15 miles only if I can work it into my schedule; I drive a lot!
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 15 miles of Merrimack, NH 03054
  • Lesson cancellation: 8 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/30/2012

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

English grammar rules are often a difficult topic for students. I can help you look at sentence diagrams and understand what's going on and what the rules are. I have resources to use in our sessions and to recommend. Since I worked as a technical writer for years, I'm excellent at helping you proofread your work and at explaining why the corrections need to be made, so you can get it right the next time.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I've done quite a lot of my own proofreading, as a professional technical writer. I'm not sure whether this entry is to DO proofreading for people or to help students learn how to do proofreading! If it's teaching proofreading to students, I'd do that in the context of general language arts help. If what you need is someone to proofread a paper, or papers, or a longer work, contact me and we'll see how I can help.
Spanish

Spanish

I studied Spanish in high school and college, up through third year in high school, took an advanced level class in college, and lived in a Spanish speaking dorm. That was many years ago. More recently, I just completed the first semester of an intermediate Spanish class at Rivier, with the goal of recovering my prior skills. We got through the present, preterite, imperfect, and imperative tenses, at a college level. This is about second to third year at the high school level, as I recall. My Spanish is very useful for a first or second year student, and my accent is good for a non-native speaker. The benefit of me not being a native speaker is I do remember, vividly, where I had trouble when I learned the language, and what was new to me as an American English speaker. I understand how the tenses can be confusing, and am skilled in helping unconfuse it and in finding ways to learn the vocabulary more easily. I can help either with just Spanish, or with another subject (like Math) plus Spanish, working on whichever one needs the most that week.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I'm WyzAnt-certified in elementary math and in reading. I'm a certified general special ed teacher in my state, also. I typically take students who are grade 4 and above, since that is my experience. I have taught students who are older but have lower skill levels, though, both in math and in reading.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I was fine in math as a child, but I distinctly remember struggling with some parts of it. As an adult, I still remember that, and can sympathize with young learners who need extra help. I've also studied different techniques of teaching math. As a special educator, I understand the need for concrete examples to promote understanding. I have many of my own manipulatives, and am skilled in creating and using physical models to promote understanding. I also believe math should be fun, and children should be laughing while they learn. I have many math games, and many silly but effective ways to explain concepts. When a child laughs while learning, the ideas definitely stick better!
Grammar,

Grammar

English grammar rules are often a difficult topic for students. I can help you look at sentence diagrams and understand what's going on and what the rules are. I have resources to use in our sessions and to recommend. Since I worked as a technical writer for years, I'm excellent at helping you proofread your work and at explaining why the corrections need to be made, so you can get it right the next time.
Reading,

Reading

I've worked with students to improve reading fluency using various techniques. I still have many of the materials. Let me know what you need. I would be delighted to help a student who needed reading help along with other subjects. Note: I'm a special educator and have taken reading seminars, and a full semester class in Orton Gillingham at the graduate school level, but I'm not a certified reading specialist in OG or other methods. I can include the techniques, but I want to be clear about my certifications. Thanks!
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is best learned while learning material that uses the vocabulary. And, material is best learned when every word in the material is understood. When I work with students in any subject area, we go over the words used in the material. I don't just give definitions. I work with students to understand the words. For example, when I work with a student on the topic of fractions, decimals, and percentages, and converting between them, we discuss what the words "fraction", "decimal", and "percent" mean. We look them up, and examine where the words come from. We compare them to words the student might know, for example, that if you "fracture" a bone you have broken it, a "fragment" is a piece of something, and the word "fraction" comes from the same Latin word. If a student understands the words of a subject, they are much more likely to understand the subject. Vocabulary is critical to understanding.

English

English,

English

I have been certified as HQT in English since it was my undergraduate major. I wrote, as a career, for many years. I've studied reading and literature. I've worked with students in the elementary, middle school, and high school grades, helping them with understanding texts and with writing. Whether it's a poem you need to write for a class, or a research paper, or a short story you need to read and understand... I can give you a hand with it.
Grammar,

Grammar

English grammar rules are often a difficult topic for students. I can help you look at sentence diagrams and understand what's going on and what the rules are. I have resources to use in our sessions and to recommend. Since I worked as a technical writer for years, I'm excellent at helping you proofread your work and at explaining why the corrections need to be made, so you can get it right the next time.
Literature,

Literature

I was an English major in my undergraduate years. I love to read, and have read many stories and books in class, and analyzed them. I've also been a special educator in English classrooms from 8th grade level through high school. I can help students in lower grades also. I won't claim to have read everything, but I've read enough of everything to be able to help you understand your assignments. I've written enough papers to help you decide on a topic and find evidence in a piece of literature, or to discuss what you might compare between two pieces. If you let me know beforehand, I might even be able to read the entire text before we meet. Just give me a bit longer if it's a novel or harder to find.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I've done quite a lot of my own proofreading, as a professional technical writer. I'm not sure whether this entry is to DO proofreading for people or to help students learn how to do proofreading! If it's teaching proofreading to students, I'd do that in the context of general language arts help. If what you need is someone to proofread a paper, or papers, or a longer work, contact me and we'll see how I can help.
Reading,

Reading

I've worked with students to improve reading fluency using various techniques. I still have many of the materials. Let me know what you need. I would be delighted to help a student who needed reading help along with other subjects. Note: I'm a special educator and have taken reading seminars, and a full semester class in Orton Gillingham at the graduate school level, but I'm not a certified reading specialist in OG or other methods. I can include the techniques, but I want to be clear about my certifications. Thanks!
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is best learned while learning material that uses the vocabulary. And, material is best learned when every word in the material is understood. When I work with students in any subject area, we go over the words used in the material. I don't just give definitions. I work with students to understand the words. For example, when I work with a student on the topic of fractions, decimals, and percentages, and converting between them, we discuss what the words "fraction", "decimal", and "percent" mean. We look them up, and examine where the words come from. We compare them to words the student might know, for example, that if you "fracture" a bone you have broken it, a "fragment" is a piece of something, and the word "fraction" comes from the same Latin word. If a student understands the words of a subject, they are much more likely to understand the subject. Vocabulary is critical to understanding.
Writing

Writing

Along with my undergraduate degree in English and my graduate degree in education (including classes on teaching language arts), I worked for many years as a technical writer in the computer industry, honing my skills at writing. I'm very good at organizing materials, and have written everything from paragraphs to poetry to technical books. I've worked with students in the elementary, middle school, and high school grades, helping them with writing assignments. Whether it's a poem you need to write for a class, or a research paper, or a short story you need to read and understand ... I can give you a hand with it. If you're in high school, college, or after and need help with papers or research -- I was a 4.0 student through grad school; I researched and wrote a LOT of papers. I'm very confident that if you have a paper you need help on, we can work on it together so that you will do well. In addition, I've studied how to teach penmanship and taught it from A to Z to two students, one who had undecipherable writing. I can help with that also!

History

Social Studies

Social Studies

As a case manager for students in middle and high school, I've helped with all classes, including social studies. I'm very good at helping students read through selections for understanding, and I specifically know the middle school social studies curriculum and have helped students prepare projects for class.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I really enjoy teaching Algebra 1. I had to relearn many of the concepts to become highly qualified, and to teach it and, as I relearned it, I understood why some of them did not make sense the first time through. A lot of math understanding is actually language understanding, so I work to make sure students understand every word that I use or that is on their homework. Algebra 1 uses every piece of math taught prior to that point. When a student lacks fluency in the basics, they often struggle with applying them in Algebra. I'm a practiced detective in finding what underlying piece of math a student needs to relearn. I have often heard my students say, "OHHHH!!!" and then become suddenly more capable, once I work with them to correct a misunderstanding about a basic idea in math. It is a beautiful sound.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've been tutoring students in Algebra 2 for several years and passed the WyzAnt test with 100%. I have completed a pre-calc class (Functions) at Rivier University and had a final grade of A+ (if I hadn't been auditing). I'm auditing Calculus in Spring 2018. And I love Algebra! I did NOT love it as a high school student. As a tutor, I excel in finding a way to make the topic make sense to students who do not understand, and I can also help honors students stretch a little bit more as they perfect their skills. I'd be delighted to help you/your student understand and (possibly) enjoy doing Algebra 2 work.
Biology,

Biology

I minored in biology in my undergraduate college. I've recently been tutoring high school biology at both standard and honors level, with good success. My students report that they are finally understanding the material! They especially like the whiteboard drawings of objects (like cells) and processes (like cellular respiration), which have really helped them understand and remember the topics. I'm also able to help with study skills for learning the material, and with the writing needed for biology, including lab reports, and with any math needed to complete lab reports. I will help you follow your teacher's lab guidelines, find online material to help make better drawings and understand material, so you can produce an excellent lab report from your notes and results.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I'm WyzAnt-certified in elementary math and in reading. I'm a certified general special ed teacher in my state, also. I typically take students who are grade 4 and above, since that is my experience. I have taught students who are older but have lower skill levels, though, both in math and in reading.
English,

English

I have been certified as HQT in English since it was my undergraduate major. I wrote, as a career, for many years. I've studied reading and literature. I've worked with students in the elementary, middle school, and high school grades, helping them with understanding texts and with writing. Whether it's a poem you need to write for a class, or a research paper, or a short story you need to read and understand... I can give you a hand with it.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is a combination of a math class and a logic class. Geometry uses all of your pre-algebra and algebra skills, and adds new facts about lines, angles, and regular shapes in both two and three dimensions. It also includes knowing and applying trigonometric relationships and the Pythagorean Theorum. That's the math part. In addition, there are the proofs. This is the logic part. Students either love or hate proofs; usually there's no middle ground! Proofs require that you be a math lawyer, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the statement made at the start is guilty of being true, or false. It is a picky and precise process, and often frustrating. I can help with all of this, and hopefully make it fun in the process.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Students need a firm foundation in all the concepts of pre-algebra if they are going to do well in Algebra. I'm skilled in working with students to make sure they understand all the elementary basics that are used in pre-algebra, and have a firm understanding of the beginning algebra concepts so they can go on to succeed. I'm a practiced detective in finding what underlying piece of math a student needs to relearn. I have often heard my students say, "OHHHH!!!" and then become suddenly more capable, once I work with them to correct a misunderstanding about a basic idea in math. It is a beautiful sound. A lot of math is actually language, so I work to make sure students understand every word that I use or that is on their homework. I believe math should be fun, and students learn better when they are laughing. I also have many different math manipulatives and other physical representations and know how to use them to make ideas more concrete.
Reading,

Reading

I've worked with students to improve reading fluency using various techniques. I still have many of the materials. Let me know what you need. I would be delighted to help a student who needed reading help along with other subjects. Note: I'm a special educator and have taken reading seminars, and a full semester class in Orton Gillingham at the graduate school level, but I'm not a certified reading specialist in OG or other methods. I can include the techniques, but I want to be clear about my certifications. Thanks!
Spanish,

Spanish

I studied Spanish in high school and college, up through third year in high school, took an advanced level class in college, and lived in a Spanish speaking dorm. That was many years ago. More recently, I just completed the first semester of an intermediate Spanish class at Rivier, with the goal of recovering my prior skills. We got through the present, preterite, imperfect, and imperative tenses, at a college level. This is about second to third year at the high school level, as I recall. My Spanish is very useful for a first or second year student, and my accent is good for a non-native speaker. The benefit of me not being a native speaker is I do remember, vividly, where I had trouble when I learned the language, and what was new to me as an American English speaker. I understand how the tenses can be confusing, and am skilled in helping unconfuse it and in finding ways to learn the vocabulary more easily. I can help either with just Spanish, or with another subject (like Math) plus Spanish, working on whichever one needs the most that week.
Writing

Writing

Along with my undergraduate degree in English and my graduate degree in education (including classes on teaching language arts), I worked for many years as a technical writer in the computer industry, honing my skills at writing. I'm very good at organizing materials, and have written everything from paragraphs to poetry to technical books. I've worked with students in the elementary, middle school, and high school grades, helping them with writing assignments. Whether it's a poem you need to write for a class, or a research paper, or a short story you need to read and understand ... I can give you a hand with it. If you're in high school, college, or after and need help with papers or research -- I was a 4.0 student through grad school; I researched and wrote a LOT of papers. I'm very confident that if you have a paper you need help on, we can work on it together so that you will do well. In addition, I've studied how to teach penmanship and taught it from A to Z to two students, one who had undecipherable writing. I can help with that also!

Language

Spanish

Spanish

I studied Spanish in high school and college, up through third year in high school, took an advanced level class in college, and lived in a Spanish speaking dorm. That was many years ago. More recently, I just completed the first semester of an intermediate Spanish class at Rivier, with the goal of recovering my prior skills. We got through the present, preterite, imperfect, and imperative tenses, at a college level. This is about second to third year at the high school level, as I recall. My Spanish is very useful for a first or second year student, and my accent is good for a non-native speaker. The benefit of me not being a native speaker is I do remember, vividly, where I had trouble when I learned the language, and what was new to me as an American English speaker. I understand how the tenses can be confusing, and am skilled in helping unconfuse it and in finding ways to learn the vocabulary more easily. I can help either with just Spanish, or with another subject (like Math) plus Spanish, working on whichever one needs the most that week.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I really enjoy teaching Algebra 1. I had to relearn many of the concepts to become highly qualified, and to teach it and, as I relearned it, I understood why some of them did not make sense the first time through. A lot of math understanding is actually language understanding, so I work to make sure students understand every word that I use or that is on their homework. Algebra 1 uses every piece of math taught prior to that point. When a student lacks fluency in the basics, they often struggle with applying them in Algebra. I'm a practiced detective in finding what underlying piece of math a student needs to relearn. I have often heard my students say, "OHHHH!!!" and then become suddenly more capable, once I work with them to correct a misunderstanding about a basic idea in math. It is a beautiful sound.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've been tutoring students in Algebra 2 for several years and passed the WyzAnt test with 100%. I have completed a pre-calc class (Functions) at Rivier University and had a final grade of A+ (if I hadn't been auditing). I'm auditing Calculus in Spring 2018. And I love Algebra! I did NOT love it as a high school student. As a tutor, I excel in finding a way to make the topic make sense to students who do not understand, and I can also help honors students stretch a little bit more as they perfect their skills. I'd be delighted to help you/your student understand and (possibly) enjoy doing Algebra 2 work.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is a combination of a math class and a logic class. Geometry uses all of your pre-algebra and algebra skills, and adds new facts about lines, angles, and regular shapes in both two and three dimensions. It also includes knowing and applying trigonometric relationships and the Pythagorean Theorum. That's the math part. In addition, there are the proofs. This is the logic part. Students either love or hate proofs; usually there's no middle ground! Proofs require that you be a math lawyer, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the statement made at the start is guilty of being true, or false. It is a picky and precise process, and often frustrating. I can help with all of this, and hopefully make it fun in the process.
Prealgebra

Prealgebra

Students need a firm foundation in all the concepts of pre-algebra if they are going to do well in Algebra. I'm skilled in working with students to make sure they understand all the elementary basics that are used in pre-algebra, and have a firm understanding of the beginning algebra concepts so they can go on to succeed. I'm a practiced detective in finding what underlying piece of math a student needs to relearn. I have often heard my students say, "OHHHH!!!" and then become suddenly more capable, once I work with them to correct a misunderstanding about a basic idea in math. It is a beautiful sound. A lot of math is actually language, so I work to make sure students understand every word that I use or that is on their homework. I believe math should be fun, and students learn better when they are laughing. I also have many different math manipulatives and other physical representations and know how to use them to make ideas more concrete.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I really enjoy teaching Algebra 1. I had to relearn many of the concepts to become highly qualified, and to teach it and, as I relearned it, I understood why some of them did not make sense the first time through. A lot of math understanding is actually language understanding, so I work to make sure students understand every word that I use or that is on their homework. Algebra 1 uses every piece of math taught prior to that point. When a student lacks fluency in the basics, they often struggle with applying them in Algebra. I'm a practiced detective in finding what underlying piece of math a student needs to relearn. I have often heard my students say, "OHHHH!!!" and then become suddenly more capable, once I work with them to correct a misunderstanding about a basic idea in math. It is a beautiful sound.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've been tutoring students in Algebra 2 for several years and passed the WyzAnt test with 100%. I have completed a pre-calc class (Functions) at Rivier University and had a final grade of A+ (if I hadn't been auditing). I'm auditing Calculus in Spring 2018. And I love Algebra! I did NOT love it as a high school student. As a tutor, I excel in finding a way to make the topic make sense to students who do not understand, and I can also help honors students stretch a little bit more as they perfect their skills. I'd be delighted to help you/your student understand and (possibly) enjoy doing Algebra 2 work.
Biology,

Biology

I minored in biology in my undergraduate college. I've recently been tutoring high school biology at both standard and honors level, with good success. My students report that they are finally understanding the material! They especially like the whiteboard drawings of objects (like cells) and processes (like cellular respiration), which have really helped them understand and remember the topics. I'm also able to help with study skills for learning the material, and with the writing needed for biology, including lab reports, and with any math needed to complete lab reports. I will help you follow your teacher's lab guidelines, find online material to help make better drawings and understand material, so you can produce an excellent lab report from your notes and results.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I'm WyzAnt-certified in elementary math and in reading. I'm a certified general special ed teacher in my state, also. I typically take students who are grade 4 and above, since that is my experience. I have taught students who are older but have lower skill levels, though, both in math and in reading.
English,

English

I have been certified as HQT in English since it was my undergraduate major. I wrote, as a career, for many years. I've studied reading and literature. I've worked with students in the elementary, middle school, and high school grades, helping them with understanding texts and with writing. Whether it's a poem you need to write for a class, or a research paper, or a short story you need to read and understand... I can give you a hand with it.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is a combination of a math class and a logic class. Geometry uses all of your pre-algebra and algebra skills, and adds new facts about lines, angles, and regular shapes in both two and three dimensions. It also includes knowing and applying trigonometric relationships and the Pythagorean Theorum. That's the math part. In addition, there are the proofs. This is the logic part. Students either love or hate proofs; usually there's no middle ground! Proofs require that you be a math lawyer, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the statement made at the start is guilty of being true, or false. It is a picky and precise process, and often frustrating. I can help with all of this, and hopefully make it fun in the process.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Students need a firm foundation in all the concepts of pre-algebra if they are going to do well in Algebra. I'm skilled in working with students to make sure they understand all the elementary basics that are used in pre-algebra, and have a firm understanding of the beginning algebra concepts so they can go on to succeed. I'm a practiced detective in finding what underlying piece of math a student needs to relearn. I have often heard my students say, "OHHHH!!!" and then become suddenly more capable, once I work with them to correct a misunderstanding about a basic idea in math. It is a beautiful sound. A lot of math is actually language, so I work to make sure students understand every word that I use or that is on their homework. I believe math should be fun, and students learn better when they are laughing. I also have many different math manipulatives and other physical representations and know how to use them to make ideas more concrete.
Reading,

Reading

I've worked with students to improve reading fluency using various techniques. I still have many of the materials. Let me know what you need. I would be delighted to help a student who needed reading help along with other subjects. Note: I'm a special educator and have taken reading seminars, and a full semester class in Orton Gillingham at the graduate school level, but I'm not a certified reading specialist in OG or other methods. I can include the techniques, but I want to be clear about my certifications. Thanks!
Spanish,

Spanish

I studied Spanish in high school and college, up through third year in high school, took an advanced level class in college, and lived in a Spanish speaking dorm. That was many years ago. More recently, I just completed the first semester of an intermediate Spanish class at Rivier, with the goal of recovering my prior skills. We got through the present, preterite, imperfect, and imperative tenses, at a college level. This is about second to third year at the high school level, as I recall. My Spanish is very useful for a first or second year student, and my accent is good for a non-native speaker. The benefit of me not being a native speaker is I do remember, vividly, where I had trouble when I learned the language, and what was new to me as an American English speaker. I understand how the tenses can be confusing, and am skilled in helping unconfuse it and in finding ways to learn the vocabulary more easily. I can help either with just Spanish, or with another subject (like Math) plus Spanish, working on whichever one needs the most that week.
Writing

Writing

Along with my undergraduate degree in English and my graduate degree in education (including classes on teaching language arts), I worked for many years as a technical writer in the computer industry, honing my skills at writing. I'm very good at organizing materials, and have written everything from paragraphs to poetry to technical books. I've worked with students in the elementary, middle school, and high school grades, helping them with writing assignments. Whether it's a poem you need to write for a class, or a research paper, or a short story you need to read and understand ... I can give you a hand with it. If you're in high school, college, or after and need help with papers or research -- I was a 4.0 student through grad school; I researched and wrote a LOT of papers. I'm very confident that if you have a paper you need help on, we can work on it together so that you will do well. In addition, I've studied how to teach penmanship and taught it from A to Z to two students, one who had undecipherable writing. I can help with that also!

Science

Biology

Biology

I minored in biology in my undergraduate college. I've recently been tutoring high school biology at both standard and honors level, with good success. My students report that they are finally understanding the material! They especially like the whiteboard drawings of objects (like cells) and processes (like cellular respiration), which have really helped them understand and remember the topics. I'm also able to help with study skills for learning the material, and with the writing needed for biology, including lab reports, and with any math needed to complete lab reports. I will help you follow your teacher's lab guidelines, find online material to help make better drawings and understand material, so you can produce an excellent lab report from your notes and results.

Special Needs

Special Needs

Special Needs

I have an MEd in Special Ed. I've been a case manager at the High School and Middle School level, taught pullout math for 8th grade special needs students, and have taught math through Algebra 1 at a private special ed school. I've tutored students ranging from grade 4 to grade 9 in both general subjects and specifically math, and have run studies for students up through 12th grade as a case manager, helping students with many subjects.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I really enjoy teaching Algebra 1. I had to relearn many of the concepts to become highly qualified, and to teach it and, as I relearned it, I understood why some of them did not make sense the first time through. A lot of math understanding is actually language understanding, so I work to make sure students understand every word that I use or that is on their homework. Algebra 1 uses every piece of math taught prior to that point. When a student lacks fluency in the basics, they often struggle with applying them in Algebra. I'm a practiced detective in finding what underlying piece of math a student needs to relearn. I have often heard my students say, "OHHHH!!!" and then become suddenly more capable, once I work with them to correct a misunderstanding about a basic idea in math. It is a beautiful sound.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've been tutoring students in Algebra 2 for several years and passed the WyzAnt test with 100%. I have completed a pre-calc class (Functions) at Rivier University and had a final grade of A+ (if I hadn't been auditing). I'm auditing Calculus in Spring 2018. And I love Algebra! I did NOT love it as a high school student. As a tutor, I excel in finding a way to make the topic make sense to students who do not understand, and I can also help honors students stretch a little bit more as they perfect their skills. I'd be delighted to help you/your student understand and (possibly) enjoy doing Algebra 2 work.
Biology,

Biology

I minored in biology in my undergraduate college. I've recently been tutoring high school biology at both standard and honors level, with good success. My students report that they are finally understanding the material! They especially like the whiteboard drawings of objects (like cells) and processes (like cellular respiration), which have really helped them understand and remember the topics. I'm also able to help with study skills for learning the material, and with the writing needed for biology, including lab reports, and with any math needed to complete lab reports. I will help you follow your teacher's lab guidelines, find online material to help make better drawings and understand material, so you can produce an excellent lab report from your notes and results.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I'm WyzAnt-certified in elementary math and in reading. I'm a certified general special ed teacher in my state, also. I typically take students who are grade 4 and above, since that is my experience. I have taught students who are older but have lower skill levels, though, both in math and in reading.
GED,

GED

The GED covers many topics. I'm proficient in several topics; please see individual topics for information on my skills in each. Textbooks on GED preparation are available in public libraries and bookstores. You might already have the book and have taken the test and know where you're at and what you need to improve. That's terrific, because what I'd do to work with a GED student is have you get a study guide and take a practice test before we even started, on your own time, without spending a penny on tutoring. Then either you could look at the results and determine what you want to do, or we could look at the results together and decide which sections you needed help improving. Then we'd work together to improve your skills.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is a combination of a math class and a logic class. Geometry uses all of your pre-algebra and algebra skills, and adds new facts about lines, angles, and regular shapes in both two and three dimensions. It also includes knowing and applying trigonometric relationships and the Pythagorean Theorum. That's the math part. In addition, there are the proofs. This is the logic part. Students either love or hate proofs; usually there's no middle ground! Proofs require that you be a math lawyer, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the statement made at the start is guilty of being true, or false. It is a picky and precise process, and often frustrating. I can help with all of this, and hopefully make it fun in the process.
Reading,

Reading

I've worked with students to improve reading fluency using various techniques. I still have many of the materials. Let me know what you need. I would be delighted to help a student who needed reading help along with other subjects. Note: I'm a special educator and have taken reading seminars, and a full semester class in Orton Gillingham at the graduate school level, but I'm not a certified reading specialist in OG or other methods. I can include the techniques, but I want to be clear about my certifications. Thanks!
Spanish,

Spanish

I studied Spanish in high school and college, up through third year in high school, took an advanced level class in college, and lived in a Spanish speaking dorm. That was many years ago. More recently, I just completed the first semester of an intermediate Spanish class at Rivier, with the goal of recovering my prior skills. We got through the present, preterite, imperfect, and imperative tenses, at a college level. This is about second to third year at the high school level, as I recall. My Spanish is very useful for a first or second year student, and my accent is good for a non-native speaker. The benefit of me not being a native speaker is I do remember, vividly, where I had trouble when I learned the language, and what was new to me as an American English speaker. I understand how the tenses can be confusing, and am skilled in helping unconfuse it and in finding ways to learn the vocabulary more easily. I can help either with just Spanish, or with another subject (like Math) plus Spanish, working on whichever one needs the most that week.
Writing

Writing

Along with my undergraduate degree in English and my graduate degree in education (including classes on teaching language arts), I worked for many years as a technical writer in the computer industry, honing my skills at writing. I'm very good at organizing materials, and have written everything from paragraphs to poetry to technical books. I've worked with students in the elementary, middle school, and high school grades, helping them with writing assignments. Whether it's a poem you need to write for a class, or a research paper, or a short story you need to read and understand ... I can give you a hand with it. If you're in high school, college, or after and need help with papers or research -- I was a 4.0 student through grad school; I researched and wrote a LOT of papers. I'm very confident that if you have a paper you need help on, we can work on it together so that you will do well. In addition, I've studied how to teach penmanship and taught it from A to Z to two students, one who had undecipherable writing. I can help with that also!

Test Preparation

ASVAB,

ASVAB

I am available to tutor the academic portions of the ASVAB test, as I'm a certified teacher and very qualified in both the English and Math topics that are on the test. These portions are what is used for your AFQT (the qualifying test). I am also excellent at problems requiring pattern recognition and matching, and thus can help with the section on assembling objects. In addition, I can help you with test-taking skills. I am not a qualified expert in the vocational portions (electrical, car mechanics, or mechanical). However, I managed to pass the questions they asked me... and I can help you understand the questions and how they are asked, given a practice test on those portions of the ASVAB. The vocational portions are used to help place you in the appropriate training program within the armed forces; you need to bring your own skills to this portion of the test anyhow.
GED,

GED

The GED covers many topics. I'm proficient in several topics; please see individual topics for information on my skills in each. Textbooks on GED preparation are available in public libraries and bookstores. You might already have the book and have taken the test and know where you're at and what you need to improve. That's terrific, because what I'd do to work with a GED student is have you get a study guide and take a practice test before we even started, on your own time, without spending a penny on tutoring. Then either you could look at the results and determine what you want to do, or we could look at the results together and decide which sections you needed help improving. Then we'd work together to improve your skills.
SSAT

SSAT

I am familiar with the materials that are on the SSAT test. I've helped one student prepare for the test, using a preparation booklet. As well, I've explained test taking specifically for the SSAT, and helped students prepare for taking tests. If you need some quizzing and review, and reteaching on any area we find you're weak in, we can do that together. I can also help you understand the information on when you should guess on a question, and when you should not guess, and why.

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Very Helpful

We had difficulty finding tutors that would actually go to people's homes. Usually a library, or school only. Over and above that, Louise is wonderful with Sam. Very patient, and personable. Also, no smoke and mirror show. She is right up front with what her capabilities are.

Robert, 5 lessons with Louise

Vocabulary, Math and SSAT preparation

SSAT preparation, Vocab etc. made plans how to improve test scores. Reviewed one practice test. Louise has lot of experience.

Robin, 21 lessons with Louise

Helped a Great Deal

Louise started explaining to our son the route of Spanish and other languages and why it can be so tricky. She stripped a few words down to get him to start from the beginning so he wouldn't feel so intimidated by the language. This helped him a great deal!

Julia, 12 lessons with Louise

Good tutor

She helped my son understand the steps in Ch. 10 as we end the school year, and prepare for next year.

Tamie, 82 lessons with Louise

Encouraging

Brittany got a 90 on the cell quiz - she is encouraged. Drawing the cells on the board really helped her!

Ruth, 92 lessons with Louise

Great Tutor!

Louise is a great tutor. She is accommodating, understanding, and very patient. She is doing a wonderful job with my daughter. She is doing better in school.

Yogitha, 32 lessons with Louise

Glad I Chose Louise

As an adult learner, I came to Louise needing assistance to refresh and relearn algebra so that I could prepare for standardized testing. I was very pleased at her level of knowledge as well as her ability to deliver content in an effective manner. I felt very comfortable and at ease with her professional yet easygoing demeanor. I was especially pleased with her effective documentation, in which she kept accurate records indicating what we went over during tutoring sessions, and what we needed to work on for future sessions. I wouldn't hesitate to use Louise in the future, and would recommend her to family and friends who needed tutoring of any kind. She is a knowledgeable and talented tutor who provided me with a successful learning experience!

Diana, 4 lessons with Louise

Super Knowledgeable and Flexible

I am 27 years old in the process of joining the Navy. I was looking for a tutor to assist me with math knowledge and arithmetic reasoning and found a couple of places before running into this website. The other places were too expensive for me and required a specific schedule during my work hours, But after creating my account on WyzAnt and looking for the available tutors in my area, I ran into Louise K’s profile and emailed her with more details on what I was looking for. Shortly after sending her my information on what I was looking for, she contacted me by email giving me some details on how she could help. We set up a meeting 3 minutes away from my house at Barnes and Noble and spoke about everything and got to an agreement on the dates and times and what we would work on during our sessions. Louise K was always available and super flexible with the schedule we set up, making it easy for me to complete these classes. She is super knowledgeable, patient, funny and responsible was never late and never cancelled our classes. She was able to explain all the subjects I needed help with in a timely manner, explaining everything in different way: graphics and examples until I felt confident on doing some examples myself. She would send me home with some homework and review the material in our next class, plenty of material to work with. Because of her past experience, it was truly a customized program created for me. I’m extremely grateful for everything we were able to cover in the short amount of time we worked together. I feel confident and will be taking my ASVAB test soon. I now see a huge improvement on my practice scores and am excited to see my score in the actual test since I was getting 30%, 40%, 50% at the beginning and now I’m getting 80%, 85% and just yesterday scored a 90% on 1 of my Math Knowledge practice test. So ,if you are an adult and feel you need refresher for the ASVAB or any test, or have kids that need help with specific subjects, I would highly recommend contacting Louise, you will not regret 1 class. You will always feel a step closer to your goal in each session, so don’t waste more time looking in other websites and expensive schools. Contact Louise ASAP for more details on how she can help you. P.S. She has this amazing talent of writing upside down - it's incredible!

Abel, 9 lessons with Louise

Patient and creative.

Louise is very patient, creative and has a great depth of knowledge. She provides a detailed summary of each session which is very helpful. We enjoy having her come each week.

Danielle, 7 lessons with Louise

$40/hour

Louise K.

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