Kellie N.

Warwick, RI


Creative, Experiential Tutor specializing in Writing and Test Prep.

In-person lessons
400+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/5/13
4.9 average from 97 ratings
Stays current with standardized testing
— Betsy, Charlotte, VT on 5/3/14


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Merrimack College


Merrimack College

URI (Master's)

About Kellie

Experiential and multimodal learning is essential to my teaching and tutoring practices. My experiences in and out of the classroom have taught me that students will better retain and ultimately relate to material when they have a hand in not only creating it, but also reacting to it, on both personal and social levels. In this respect, my philosophy also embraces the importance of self-evaluation and accountability. It is not enough to say, "I disagree with that opinion;" students must, as engaged learners, strongly utilize the world around them to offer us a reason why.

I am a proponent of the MI curriculum. I enjoy incorporating several sources: visuals, games, videos, music, etc. when I can. I am an active learner. As Howard Gardner writes, "Learning through a variety of unique experiences allows us to better understand ourselves as lifelong learners, and to see how others acquire knowledge and apply their skills." Challenging, engaging, and broadening the worldviews of my students is my ultimate goal, no matter the type of learning environment.

I have 12 years of experience in tutoring high school, college-level, and, most recently, middle school and adult students of diverse backgrounds on all aspects of the writing process, reading comprehension, test prep, and executive functioning skills, including auditory processing. I also have proven abilities in editing and proofreading, evaluative measures, facilitation of peer workshops, and personalizing instructional strategies to meet the needs of my students.

Currently, I am an instructor and academic coach, where I work with students on writing and reading skills, ACT and SAT prep, and executive functioning. My students, who include middle, high school, post-secondary, and adult learners, come to me on a weekly basis, and together we build their essay writing, reading, organization, time management, and visual learning skills.

I was also the Writing Center coordinator for a small public school housing K-12 students in Northern Vermont. Here I was given the freedom to design the center from the ground up, and to advocate for the types of successful learning communities created through writing centers. Ultimately, I was able to carve out a space for students to reflect upon and take risks in their writing, as well as a library of resources on writing and reading comprehension, learning standards, and popular literature.

I have been an E-structor for an online company, providing academic services to a wide range of colleges, universities, and secondary institutions. I have taught at several colleges and universities throughout New England. My responsibilities at each institution have included the instruction of first-year basic writing and composition students. A primary goal in each of my courses was to enable students to utilize technologies to enhance their writing process, while also constructing effective expository essays and research and documentation assignments. This coursework, along with the incorporation of supplemental materials such as visuals, music, and games, allowed my classroom to become a forum for discussions about what it means to be a critical, liberal thinker.

I thoroughly enjoy engaging and challenging my students, and learning and being challenged by them as well. I hope to work with you soon!
Experiential and multimodal learning is essential to my teaching and tutoring practices. My experiences in and out of the classroom have taught me that students will better retain and ultimately relate to material when they have a hand in not only creating it, but also reacting to it, on both personal and social levels. In this respect, my Read more

5 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Warwick, RI 02886
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Stays current with standardized testing"

- Betsy, Charlotte, VT on 5/3/14

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Carla, Plainfield, VT on 4/24/14

"The best!"

- Suzanne, Bristol, VT on 8/16/13

"Wonderful tutor!!!"

- Jane, Burlington, VT on 12/19/12

"Funny and patient!"

- Danielle, Burlington, VT on 12/11/12
Praxis, PSAT
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
Praxis, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Microsoft Word
ESL/ESOL, Reading, Writing
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
ESL/ESOL, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking,

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I have experience preparing students for the ACT, including the Essay. Have created and compiled worksheets on test-taking strategies, essay tips, and improving vocabulary skills.

ACT Reading

Reading comprehension and active reading strategies. Exam preparation using ACT preparatory materials.


10+ years in the teaching and tutoring fields. M.A. in English, received in 2005. Currently work at the higher education level.


Practicing teacher and writing specialist, particularly in grammar, proofreading, and mechanics.

Public Speaking

As I hold a B.A. in English and Communication Studies, I have taken courses in the art of speech, visual and media rhetoric, and, of course, public speaking.

Because of my experiences not only in the classroom but also as a presenter at several writing conferences, I can help you to develop and foster the skills you need to prepare and deliver a successful speech or presentation, whether it be for class, a conference, an awards ceremony, or other speaking engagement. These skills include confidence-building, storyboarding, developing a creative edge, and responding to your audience.

Resources incorporated include Andrew Dlugan's Six Minutes and Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organization which "helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, [and] foster human understanding.

SAT Writing

Experience in raising students' level of writing process comprehension, particularly for college entrance exams.

Study Skills

I have 10+ years of experience in helping learners build or fine-tune their Executive Functioning skills, including time-management, organizational, and study skills.

My techniques include instruction in the Cornell and Two Column system of note-taking, the OK5R and SQ3R Textbook Study Systems, time-management tools (i.e. use of electronic applications, task breakdowns, color-coding, etc.), and critical reading strategies. Each of these strategies is essential in the development of critical thinking skills and in the processing and managing of new information.


M.A. in Writing; 10+ years of experience teaching and tutoring in the writing and revision process.

Merrimack College


Merrimack College

URI (Master's)

Stays current with standardized testing

Kellie has really helped our son prepare for the English portion of the SAT/ACT. Although he still wants to get a higher score, he received a very strong score on his first test! She is very aware of what is currently on these tests and does similar practices along with helpful strategies so that the students have the best shot.

— Betsy, Charlotte, VT on 5/3/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kellie will travel within 15 miles of Warwick, RI 02886.