NEW FEATURES MORE

Over 20 tutoring hours

Kara P.

Westerville, OH

$40/hour

Effective Tutor Specializing in English, History, and Study Skills

In-person lessons
4.9 average from 13 ratings
Very helpful
— Jimmy, Westerville, OH on 1/18/15

Message Kara

Send Kara a message explaining your needs and you will receive a response shortly. Have you already emailed Kara or another tutor? If so, you have an account! Sign in now

 Checking availability…
Please enter the tutor's email address.
Please enter the student's email address.
Please describe how you heard about us.
Replies in 13 hours
Replies in 13 hours

Receive responses from additional tutors

If you select this option, Wyzant will ask interested tutors to contact you by email if they are able to help. A maximum of five different tutors will email you and none of your personal information, including your email address, will be released.

Otterbein College
Public Relations
Otterbein College
Master's

Education

Otterbein College (Public Relations)

Otterbein College (Master's)

About Kara

I am an experienced teacher with ten years of experience at the elementary through college level. I have a proven track record of helping students increase their scores on various standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, GED, and others. I also have experience in teaching ESL/ELL students and preparing them for the TOEFL. I feel that the teaching method used needs to match the student. I am willing to try different ways to reach a student until we find the one that is going to work for that particular student. In addition to teaching content knowledge, I also teach students the test taking skills they need to increase their scores on the extended response, short answer, and writing portions of the standardized tests. I look forward to working with you! I am an experienced teacher with ten years of experience at the elementary through college level. I have a proven track record of helping students increase their scores on various standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required

Groups rates are available depending on the size of the group.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Westerville, OH 43081
In-person lessons

"Very helpful"

- Jimmy, Westerville, OH on 1/18/15
Math:
Prealgebra
Science:
ACT Science,
Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology,
Geology, Philosophy, Physical Science,
Psychology, Sociology
Music:
Piano
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
GED,
Praxis,
PSAT, Regents, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TAKS, TOEFL
Computer:
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
History:
American History,
Anthropology, Classics,
European History,
Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Yoga

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 English

I possess a degree from Otterbein College with a concentration in English. I am familiar with and experienced in teaching all facets of English -- reading, writing, grammar, speaking, etc. I have significant experience in preparing students for standardized tests. In addition to teaching the subject area, I also teach test-taking skills and preparation skills to help students have the skills that will help them to do well on these types of tests. I believe that most standardized tests are half content knowledge and half knowing how to take the test.

ACT Reading

I have experience in teaching reading at all levels. I also have a great deal of experience preparing students for standardized tests, including the ACT. While working on content skills, I also teach test taking strategies and the best ways to receive the highest score possible.

ACT Science

I have taught science test preparation at a variety of levels. I have a significant amount of experience preparing students for standardized tests. In addition to working on content knowledge, I also provide students with test taking strategies and ways to improve their test scores.

American History

I have taught American History at several levels from elementary through high school. I feel that history touches every other academic subject. To understand science, art, literature, and most other topics, one need to understand the time in which they operate. I used a multidisciplinary approach to teaching history in order for it to make sense to students as a integral part of a whole base of knowledge not just a compartmentalized subject of memorized dates and place names.

Biology

I have taught and tutored biology for several years at both the high school and college levels. I am able to help students with test preparation, lab results, and understanding all areas of biology presented in a text or series of readings. I am patient and able to explain technical subjects in a manner that most students can easily understand.

Classics

I possess a strong academic background in both Greek and Roman literature, rhetoric, and mythology. I have tutored in this area and found my students to have gained a better understanding of the Classics and are able to demonstrate that understanding through assessments. I feel that one of the best ways to teach Classics is to relate it to modern ideas that were influences by those presented in Ancient Literature.

English

I possess a degree from Otterbein with a focus on English. I have taught English at several levels and have taken several advanced classes in English and English instruction while working on my Masters degree. I am comfortable teaching all aspects of English and look forward to sharing my love of the language with my students.

ESL/ESOL

I have over nine years of experience in working with ESL/ELL students of various ages and levels of proficiency in English. I am familiar with the SIOP method as well as immersion theory. I have a background in all facets of English -- writing, speaking, reading, grammar, etc. I have taught both coversational English as well as academic English. I also have experience in teaching English for the workplace, both business and professional.

European History

I have taken a great number of courses in European History as a part of the History minor I carried at Otterbeing College. While I find all parts of history fascinating, I have an affinity for European History, particularly the era from World War I through present day.

GED

I have several years of experience in helping students prepare for exams, both in courses and standardized. I not only teach students the subject area but also test-taking strategies and study skills. I believe that passing standardized tests is half content knowledge and half knowing how to take the test.

General Computer

I possess over 15 years of experience with computers and various software packages. I am comfortable teaching people of different ages and experience levels how to utilize their computer to best serve their needs. I work particularly well with "golden beginners", those with life experience but not necessarily technology experience, and those who need to master productivity software for business, academic, or personal use. I also have experience with web-based publishing and website design.

Literature

I have taught literature at levels from elementary school through high school for over ten years. I possess a degree in English from Otterbein College where I took a significant number of classes in British, American, and specialized areas of literature. I am comfortable teaching theory and criticism as well as discussing literature with my students.

Microsoft Excel

I have used Excel for over 10 years in various capacities. I am able to teach the beginning user how to best utilize the program and help advanced users better their skills. I am comfortable working with all ages of students and am able to teach in a way that makes sense to the learner.

Phonics

I have several years experience and several classes about teaching reading using phonics. I believe that phonics is an essential component not only to reading but also to future vocabulary acquisition. Regardless the subject, student will always be able to use the techniques I will teach them in phonics. I also teach phonics when working with ESL students in order to teach the ways words work in English.

Physical Science

I have taught science remediation for five years. I am comfortable teaching all areas of physical science as well as using different teaching methods in order for students to truly understand the concepts being taught. Students must be able to use the concepts they are learning, not just repeat them back on a test. I also work with students on developing test taking strategies they can use on standardized test situations.

Piano

I studied classical piano for over ten years from a performance and theory standpoint. I am comfortable working with beginning to intermediate students. I can teach theory as well as help students master the skills needed for performance at lessons and recitals. While I have never taught piano, I am comfortable with helping students prepare for lessons as well as perform remediation on ideas with which they are struggling.

Praxis

I have taken all three Praxis tests, scoring in the top percentiles on all three tests. I am comfortable teaching both the PLT and the subject exams for the Praxis 2. I use a variety of teaching methods, tailoring the lesson to the strengths and learning style of the students. I also teach test taking and test preparation skills that students will need not only for the Praxis series but for future standardized tests they may take.

Proofreading

I am an experienced proofreader in the areas of academic, business, journalistic, and creative writing. I understand and can use MLA, APA, and Chicago styles of citation. I am also familiar with AP style. When proofreading, I explain my suggestions for change to the writer so that they can see why I have made the suggestion instead of just changing their writing because I said so.

Public Speaking

I have over eleven years of experience in public speaking, both as a student and as a teacher/coach. I am comfortable with all areas of speaking, from research to presentation, and am able to critique a speech before it is submitted as a final product. I am able to help students overcome nervousness and present a speech confidently. I also have experience teaching public speaking for business people and professionals.

Reading

I have significant experience teaching reading at a variety of levels. I have a strong background in phonics as well as various strategies to help students who struggle with reading to improve their skills and their comprehension. I believe reading is an essential skill for all students to possess in order to pursue more advanced academic programs.

Social Studies

I am certified in Social Studies and have a minor in history from Otterbein College. I have taught social studies at all levels and am comfortable with all facets of the subject. I have experience as a student and a teacher in several related courses. I try to incorporate writing skills into my teaching of social studies as the need and opportunity arises.

Sociology

I have several years academic experience in sociology and have tutored in sociology at the college level. Much of my recent experience has been in sociology as it relates to education, however I am well versed in all areas of the discipline. I feel I am able to explain sociological theory in a way students can understand. I have experience in several different disciplines in sociology including gender studies, women's studies, and urban culture. I have lectured in gender issues and urban sociology in the college setting. I feel that students need to understand how society molds the members of it as well as how the members can change a society. Students also need to know how sociology can be used in several disciplines from education to business to increase their knowledge and success in their specific discipline.

Study Skills

I have taught Title 1 reading and math remediation for three years. I also have taught test preparation for the OAA and OGT. I have worked with a variety of ages, from elementary to college, in regard to the best ways to study based on the student's strengths and personal learning style. I teach students various methods of studying as well as organizational skills.

TOEFL

I have over nine years of experience in working with ESL/ELL students of various ages and levels of proficiency in English. I am familiar with the SIOP method as well as immersion theory. I have a background in all facets of English -- writing, speaking, reading, grammar, etc. I have taught both coversational English as well as academic English. In additions to teaching English skills, I also teach test-taking strategies and study skills for standardized tests.

World History

I am certified in Social students and have a minor in history from Otterbein College. I have taught world history at both the middle school and high school levels. I have a great interest in world history and keep up on new research and information.

Writing

I have studied writing for over twenty years. I possess a bachelor's degree from Otterbein college with a concentration in writing. I am comfortable teaching all forms of writing, from creative to technical. I also incorporate proofreading, grammar, and mechanics into my writing lessons.

Yoga

I have practiced several styles of yoga including Hatha and Tantric for four years. I enjoy sharing the health benefits and calming effects of yoga with new students.

Otterbein College
Public Relations
Otterbein College
Master's

Education

Otterbein College (Public Relations)

Otterbein College (Master's)

Very helpful — Due to time restraints we were unable to meet with Kara as much as I would have liked but in just a few sessions , she was able to help my son improve his ACT score. I was very pleased. ...

— Jimmy, Westerville, OH on 1/18/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Groups rates are available depending on the size of the group.

Travel policy

Kara will travel within 10 miles of Westerville, OH 43081.