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Karen S.

Nashville, TN

$65/hour

Math and Economics Tutor with prior college teaching experience

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800+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/19/15
5.0 average from 406 ratings
Algebra II Success!
— Scott, Nashville, TN on 5/23/15

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University of Kentucky
Economics
Vanderbilt University
Master's

Education

University of Kentucky (Economics)

Vanderbilt University (Master's)

About Karen

I am a Vanderbilt University college graduate with a Master's degree in Economics, a Certificate in College Teaching, and over 6 years of tutoring experience in math, economics, and statistics. I have tutored students from 6th grade through adult learners returning to college. I absolutely love the one on one aspect of tutoring. Having taught Intermediate Microeconomics on two occasions at Vanderbilt, I found it difficult to engage every student as much as I would like to. In a tutoring session, you are my focus at all times.

I believe that examples are the key to a good tutoring session. In a tutoring session, I will typically make up an example problem which relates to the work done in class and work through it with you. If you have seen the concept before, I try to always guide you through the problem with questioning rather than answering. In this way, you work through the problem yourself and develop the necessary learning tools to succeed in the class, rather than simply receiving the answers from me. I always make an effort to try to come up with examples that are interesting or that relate to the real world in some way. I have been a teaching assistant for Sports Economics courses at Vanderbilt for over 3 years, so if you enjoy sports, I can usually come up with some way to connect a concept to a sports example. I think memorable examples are a good way to give you something to think back to when you are taking an exam.

If you are looking for someone who can make math or economics more relatable with a personalized approach, please contact me to schedule a tutoring session. I look forward to meeting with you.
I am a Vanderbilt University college graduate with a Master's degree in Economics, a Certificate in College Teaching, and over 6 years of tutoring experience in math, economics, and statistics. I have tutored students from 6th grade through adult learners returning to college. I absolutely love the one on one aspect of tutoring. Having taught Read more

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Travels within 10 miles of Nashville, TN 37221
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In-person lessons

"Algebra II Success!"

- Scott, Nashville, TN on 5/23/15

"Precalculus"

- Cindy, Franklin, TN on 11/10/16

"Great Economics Tutor"

- Hope, Spring Hill, TN on 4/3/16

"Super Statistics Tutor"

- Mia, Nashville, TN on 3/28/16

"Awesome"

- Allen, Michie, TN on 3/25/16

"Best Tutor Ever !"

- Shannon, Nashville, TN on 3/1/16

"Patient and Caring"

- Rebecca, Hurricane Mills, TN on 2/9/16

"Very Very Patient Tutor"

- Larry, Nashville, TN on 1/30/16

"Just what we needed..."

- Carli-Jo, Franklin, TN on 1/9/16

"A great teacher!"

- Fran, Nashville, TN on 11/20/15

"Above and Beyond"

- Meg, Nashville, TN on 10/4/15

"Phenomenal, Personable and ON TIME!"

- Carmen, Franklin, TN on 10/1/15

"Great tutor"

- Amanda, Nashville, TN on 8/17/15

"Helpful and organized"

- Charlie, Nashville, TN on 6/26/15

"Very knowledgeable and easy to work with"

- Karen, Nashville, TN on 6/19/15

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Nicole, Brentwood, TN on 6/1/15

"5 Star Tutor"

- Lynn, Nashville, TN on 5/23/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Mindy, Brentwood, TN on 5/19/15

"Excellent tutor!"

- Joni, Yukon, OK on 5/1/15

"All-around great ACT math tutor!"

- Elizabeth, Saint Simons Island, GA on 3/2/15
Science:
ACT Science
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, College Counseling, GED,
GRE,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
TOEFL
Business:
Economics,
GRE,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Needlework,
Table Tennis

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

I have received above the 90th percentile in both the ACT and GRE math sections. I minored in math in undergraduate school and majored in economics in both undergraduate and graduate school, which is a subject which requires high levels of mathematics skills.

Algebra 1

Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 can sometimes take students by surprise as it ramps up the difficulty level above that of algebra 1. I focus on taking what students have already learned in algebra 1 and showing them that they are still applying the same concepts to this more difficult problem.

Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.

Economics

I have tutored college students in intro and intermediate micro, intro macro, and intro econometrics. I have developed and taught my own Intermediate Microeconomics course on two separate occasions at Vanderbilt. I have also been the teaching assistant for Vanderbilt's Sports Economics courses for over 3 years.

GED

While I have not tutored anyone on the GED exam before, I am qualified to tutor all of the math that is included on the exam. I have tutored for test prep for both the ACT and SAT math sections. I typically focus on 2-3 specific topics per week and provide review materials the next week to help you build up your overall skills with each topic on the exam.

Geometry

I have tutored both high school and college students in geometry. Their goals have included improving grades for their class as well as improving their score on the ACT and SAT Math sections.

GRE

Standardized test preparation is all about gaining competency across a broad range of topics and being able to express that competency in a high pressure environment. The GRE is one of the highest levels of standardized tests, so the pressure is even higher. Tutoring for the GRE, I have worked with many current college students as well as adults with full time jobs who are wanting to change careers. My test prep tutoring style involves using a building blocks method over time using a plethora of practice problems. During each lesson, I will highlight one or two specific topics to focus on as homework for that lesson. After the lesson, I send the student some practice problems directed at those highlighted topics. I then ask the student to work through the practice problems and write down anything they think will help them solve similar problems on the exam. This material they've written down is called their memorization page and is built up over time to include all of the topics in the exam. In this way, the student has a succinct summary of content that they understand well to look through and review directly before the exam. This review sheet enables the student to build confidence right before the exam, because they can think back to all of the practice they have done for each subsection on their sheet.

Needlework

I have been cross stitching for over 15 years. I am currently working on a 3' by 2' project which contains over 100 colors. I have taught multiple friends and colleagues how to complete small, simple projects to give as gifts at Christmastime.

Prealgebra

Pre algebra is always fun to tutor. I have tutored both middle school and high school students in prealgebra. It is always fun to tackle concepts that will enable them to perform complex algebraic computations in the future.

Algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to do and teach. There are always so many different ways to find the value of an unknown variable and I love that all of them always come to the same conclusion. My students always tell me that I am very good at breaking down a complex problem into small steps, and the process of solving an algebra problem lends itself well to exactly this method. I look forward to helping you or your student with their algebra skills.

Precalculus

I have tutored pre-calculus at both the high school and university level. I also have experience in many of the topics which have been reviewed previously such as algebra and trigonometry, which frequently come up in a pre-calculus course in a more complex way.

Probability

Probability tutoring is all about coming up with examples that make sense to the student and then showcasing how those examples can extend and apply to many other problems. Great examples using probability are everywhere: sports, game shows, games of chance, college acceptance rates, etc. I can always find a great example that appeals to the student I am working with in order to enhance their learning and comprehension of the material.

SAT Math

Standardized test preparation is all about gaining competency across a broad range of topics and being able to express that competency in a high pressure environment. My test prep tutoring style involves using a building blocks method over time using a plethora of practice problems. During each lesson, I will highlight one or two specific topics to focus on as homework for that lesson. After the lesson, I send the student some practice problems directed at those highlighted topics. I then ask the student to work through the practice problems and write down anything they think will help them solve similar problems on the exam. This material they've written down is called their memorization page and is built up over time to include all of the topics in the exam. In this way, the student has a succinct summary of content that they understand well to look through and review directly before the exam. This review sheet enables the student to build confidence right before the exam, because they can think back to all of the practice they have done for each subsection on their sheet.

Statistics

I have tutored university students in statistics on multiple occasions. I have also taken statistics courses at the high school, university, and graduate school level.

Table Tennis

I participated in a club table tennis team in college which traveled to multiple tournaments. Using my tutoring skills, I am very good a breaking down what is occurring when you hit a shot and how to correct errors in technique.

Trigonometry

I have always viewed trigonometry as a big puzzle. The puzzle pieces are things like the Pythagorean Theorem, the six trigonometric functions, SOH CAH TOA, and trigonometric identities. The difficult part of solving a problem in trigonometry is which puzzle piece to use at which time. I love working through the process of determining the proper puzzle piece and then putting it to use with students in order to solve complex trigonometric problems.

University of Kentucky
Economics
Vanderbilt University
Master's

Education

University of Kentucky (Economics)

Vanderbilt University (Master's)

Algebra II Success!

Our son scored a 90 on his Algebra II (honors) Final this week! Prior to working with Karen over the last 4 weeks he was struggling to pass the class, and has ended the semester strong. So we are very pleased! Karen provided excellent, practical help in breaking down the problems into manageable portions. She also provided help in test-taking strategy, and was accommodating to his class/sports sch

— Scott, Nashville, TN on 5/23/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Karen will travel within 10 miles of Nashville, TN 37221.