Over 2000 tutoring hours

Tom K.

Vienna, VA

$60/hour

21 years teaching; One of WyzAnt's Top Tutors, 2014 and 2015

4.8 average from 513 ratings
Great tutor.
— Balsam, Oakton, VA on 12/31/13

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California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
Journalism
California State University Chico
Master's
University of Virgina
Other

Education

California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo (Journalism)

California State University Chico (Master's)

University of Virgina (Other)

About Tom

I'm a certified teacher with 21 years of classroom experience. I'm also bilingual (Spanish) and have worked with a wide variety of students, including ESOL, remedial, special ed, mainstream, and gifted. For the last two consecutive years, I've been ranked in the top 250 of more than 72,000 WyzAnt tutors nationwide.

I've taught at all levels, from kindergarten to college, with specialized focus in elementary education. I am also an experienced writer and editor who can assist with writing instruction for all ages.

My philosophy is that every student, no matter what grade level, has a learning style that can be enhanced to its fullest potential. Beyond addressing success in standardized testing, the overall goal is energizing his or her critical thinking skills, along with building the self-confidence to tackle the current trend in rising academic standards.
I'm a certified teacher with 21 years of classroom experience. I'm also bilingual (Spanish) and have worked with a wide variety of students, including ESOL, remedial, special ed, mainstream, and gifted. For the last two consecutive years, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Rate for a 2-hour lesson is $100

Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Vienna, VA 22182
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor."

- Balsam, Oakton, VA on 12/31/13

"Smart"

- Ramy, Fairfax, VA on 5/1/16

"Great Lesson for beginning"

- Nobu, Vienna, VA on 4/4/16

"Excellent tutor"

- Makiko, Vienna, VA on 3/9/16

"Very knowledgeable and engaging"

- Vincent, Reston, VA on 3/6/16

"Very Patient"

- Annie, Fairfax, VA on 1/23/16

"Fun & strong tutor"

- Karmen, Oakton, VA on 11/8/15

"Great tutor!"

- Scott, Great Falls, VA on 10/22/15

"Great tutor"

- Karla, Vienna, VA on 9/15/15

"Prepared, Organized, and Energized"

- Bob, Vienna, VA on 9/14/15

"Greatest Tutor!"

- Maryam, Vienna, VA on 9/4/15

"Great tutor"

- Monica, Herndon, VA on 8/6/15

"On time, effective and personable tutor"

- Gretchen, Fairfax, VA on 8/4/15

"Great Tutor!!"

- Hind, Fairfax, VA on 2/10/15

"Good tutor"

- Chunping, Reston, VA on 12/23/14

"My daughter is always looking forward to her sessions with Tom."

- Maryam, Mc Lean, VA on 9/22/14

"His Teaching Process Made Me Feel Intelligent, Motivated, and Empowered!"

- Laila, Centreville, VA on 7/12/14

"Very engaging and great with my 2nd grader."

- Linda, Herndon, VA on 12/17/13

"Fantastic Tutor! Extremely Helpful!"

- Maribel, Washington, DC on 12/2/13

"Great ESL Tutor"

- Stefan, Ashburn, VA on 11/25/13

"Local tutor for two foreign pupils"

- Roberto, Reston, VA on 3/29/12
Math:
Elementary Math
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, SAT Reading, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish, TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Government & Politics, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I'm a certified teacher with 21 years of classroom experience and have worked with a wide variety of students, including ESOL, remedial, special ed, mainstream, and gifted.
I've taught at all elementary grade levels and am also an experienced writer that can assist with writing instruction for all ages.
My philosophy is that every student, no matter what grade, has a learning style that can be tapped into so they may reach their fullest potential. Beyond addressing success in standardized testing, the overall goal is enhancement of his or her critical thinking skills, along with building the self-confidence to tackle the current trend in rising academic standards.

ESL/ESOL

I'm a certified teacher with 21 years of classroom experience and have worked with ESOL students.
I'm also bilingual (Spanish). I've taught at all levels, from kindergarten to college, with specialized focus in elementary education. I am also an experienced writer that can assist with writing instruction for all ages.
My philosophy is that every student, no matter what grade, has a learning style that can be tapped into so they may reach their fullest potential. Beyond addressing the student's success in standardized testing, the overall goal is enhancement of his or her critical thinking skills, along with building the self-confidence to tackle the current trend in rising academic standards.

Public Speaking

As a professional educator for the past 21 years, I have an abundance of experience speaking to wide variety of audiences, from addressing classrooms of kindergartners to those filled with college students. I've addressed assemblies consisting of entire schools. I don't have stage fright and am confident I can teach anyone the secret to confident, animated public speaking. It simply takes organization, focus, and enthusiasm marked by lively voice inflection and eye contact. Disciplined scanning of the audience and incorporating anecdotes and humor ensures that all-important element--connecting with your audience. This is how to achieve a successful speech. I'd be happy to help you get there.

Study Skills

My philosophy is that every student, no matter what grade, has a learning style that can be tapped into so they may reach their fullest potential. That specific learning style can be adapted to an equally specific style of studying in whatever subject. There's a wealth of strategies ensuring solid retention of material that go far beyond basic rote, e.g., the mnemonic link system, which I've seen work miracles with struggling students.
For instance, the well-used "My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas" is a fun, practical "menu" for getting all nine planets in their right sequence. It works! I'm a certified teacher with 21 years of classroom experience.

World History

I've tutored world history students and have taught international relations (featuring much world history data) at the university level.

California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
Journalism
California State University Chico
Master's
University of Virgina
Other

Education

California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo (Journalism)

California State University Chico (Master's)

University of Virgina (Other)

Great tutor. — Tom is a superb teacher! He's patient, skilled, and has splendid rapport with children. I couldn't have asked for a better tutor for our son, who's progressed wonderfully thanks to Tom's expert guidance and subject knowledge. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for tutor that produces excellent results. ...

— Balsam, Oakton, VA on 12/31/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Rate for a 2-hour lesson is $100

Travel policy

Tom will travel within 8 miles of Vienna, VA 22182.