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Tom K.

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

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

$60/hour

  • 3,497 hours tutoring

  • Vienna, VA 22180

"Great tutor."

Balsam, 16 lessons with Tom

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About Tom


Bio

I'm a certified teacher with 23 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...

I'm a certified teacher with 23 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.


Education

California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
Journalism
California State University Chico
Masters
University of Virgina
Other

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $60
  • Rate details: Rate for a 2-hour lesson is $100
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 6 miles of Vienna, VA 22180
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/20/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Public Speaking

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.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

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,

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.
Grammar, Proofreading, Spanish

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

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.
Study Skills,

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.
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

ESL/ESOL,

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,

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.
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

History

World History,

World History

I've tutored world history students and have taught international relations (featuring much world history data) at the university level.
American History, European History, Government & Politics

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

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,

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.
Study Skills,

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.
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL,

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.
Spanish, TOEFL

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

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,

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.
Study Skills,

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.
English, Reading, Spanish, Writing

Other

ESL/ESOL,

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.
Study Skills,

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.
Government & Politics

Special Needs

Study Skills

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.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

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,

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.
Study Skills,

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.
GED, Reading, Spanish, Writing

Test Preparation

GED, SAT Reading, TOEFL

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.8 (740 ratings)
5 star
(681)
4 star
(29)
3 star
(2)
2 star
(24)
1 star
(4)

Reviews


Highly Recommend

We had Tom as a tutor for our son in 8th grade almost for a year covering multiple school subjects including English, Social Study, and Spanish. Tom connected with our son very well from the beginning and my son was able to finish the school year mostly in As. My son especially liked Tom for his broad understanding and views on social and global issues. Tom's approach is very fun and engaging. He is also excellent keeping parents well informed of child's progress. We would highly recommend Tom to anyone who are looking for a knowledgeable and passionate tutor.

Eric, 33 lessons with Tom

Fantastic tutor

My 15-year-old son was not excited when we told him we were hiring a tutor to help him with his studies, but Tom won him over in a single session. Not only was our son willing to meet with him, he was happy to. No fighting at all! Tom is a one-stop-shop, providing skilled guidance in Spanish, Science, History, and English. We could schedule a session and know that he could help our son with whatever his needs were that week. I highly recommend Tom and look forward to a continued relationship with him.

Karen, 7 lessons with Tom

Smart, personable, knowledgeable tutor -- A+

Great first meeting with Tom. Easy to see why he has so many 5 star ratings: he is smart, personable, knowledgeable and has fantastic energy! Recommend for AP US History tutor (although he seems as if he could tutor anything!). Thanks, Tom!

Tami, 1 lesson with Tom

Knowledgeable, Patient and Fun

Tom worked with my son on all subjects while my son was unable to attend school. I have been very impressed, but the best part about Tom is that my son adores him and said he is the best teacher/ tutor he has ever had.

Dani, 7 lessons with Tom

Patient and Energetic!

Off to a great start refreshing on what our son has learned. Great attitude and patience. Our son is enjoying his sessions and gaining comfort and recall with Spanish

Pam, 27 lessons with Tom

Great Tutor

Tom was a great tutor. I had to take a writing and reading test in english which was hard for me since I'm not an English native speaker. After several tutoring sessions with Tom I finally passed both test. :)

Lyvette, 6 lessons with Tom

Helpful Tutor

He helped me when I need it. He is fun, patient and very helpful .he helped me go through the TOEFL exam and he did great. I'm very thankful and I will definitely call him again if necessary.

Ricardo, 1 lesson with Tom

Great Tutor - Highly Recommended

This is a review for Tom K, since the first email contact we had with Tom he has been great. He really knows his subject, he is a great communicator and takes time to make learning fun. He always texts to tell us where he is before a lesson and that is a massive help. All around we are very happy to recommend him and having used other tutors before we know he is good.

James, 48 lessons with Tom

Knowledgeable and personal

Tom has been a wonderful tutor to my 3 children for close to one year now. They have each gained much knowledge and insight covering numerous different subjects. His teaching methods and his personal touch separate him from others. He is very patient and my children have been very receptive to his teaching style. I would highly recommend Tom to any parent looking for an extremely competent educator.

Neil, 47 lessons with Tom

$60/hour

Tom K.

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