Kelsey P.


Kelsey P.

Tutor

Denver, CO 80232

Will travel 5 miles

$65 per hour.

4.98 360 ratings

Your Personal Private Tutor for Math & Test Prep (Praxis II-Certified)

*** Treat the Student, Not the Problem *** It's often the case that students are trying to save time and parents are trying to save money. To both those ends, my personalized form of tutoring is meant to help students leverage what they already know to do more in order to reduce the need for "hand-holding" and increase the ability to think critically and creatively in their problem-solving. This means greater confidence and independence, which means higher scores -- which ultimately saves ... [more]


Algebra 1

I've taught high school and college students in algebra I, algebra II, and geometry and have helped them improve their class scores (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!), prepare for tests (like the End of Course test), and raise their confidence where before they felt defeated. My passion for mathematics and abstract critical thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.


Algebra 2

I've worked with high school and college students in algebra I, algebra II, and geometry toward helping them improve their grades (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!) and test preparation (like the End of Course test) by raising their self-confidence in the subject. I believe that my passion for mathematics and critical thinking make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.


Biology

Biology has always inspired me. Since I made my first presentation in the 3rd grade on the phenomenon of mutation through genetic transcription errors a driving mechanism for evolution, I have utilized my knowledge of such processes as natural selection and systems thinking to not only better understand the science of life but deepen my understanding of other sciences, history, nature studies, and even philosophy. I have worked with students in the past both in general biology and AP biology to attain the knowledge and study skills necessary to feel more confident in this subject and, of course, raise their grades. It is a joy for me to help students see the immediate application of biology to their lives in fields as diverse as nutrition and environmentalism, and instill in them an appreciation for the complexity and elegance of this subject. The goal is always to reaffirm that life truly is amazing.


Chemistry


Vocabulary


Grammar


Geometry

Geometry is perhaps the key subject to truly understanding (and not simply route learning) mathematics that opens the door to algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and beyond. I have taught high school and college students in geometry, algebra I, and algebra II with this approach in mind and have helped them improve their class scores (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!) and methods for test preparation (such as for the End of Course test). My passion for mathematics and abstract critical thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.


Prealgebra

In addition to teaching high school students in algebra, I have taught and promoted the important fundamentals that lead to a more concrete understanding of algebra (using hands-on and concrete approaches) in elementary and middle school-grade levels .


Precalculus

I have experience tutoring high school and college students in algebra through precalculus, working together to improve their grades (some by as many as 20 points in a short couple of months!), as well as focus on test preparation (like the End of Course test). My goal in precalculus, as it is in any subject, is to raise students' confidence as they prepare to enter the more difficult field of calculus and college algebra. I believe that it is my passion for mathematics and for abstract critical thinking that make my instruction not only practical but even enjoyable for my students.


Reading

Being an accelerated reader myself from a young age, I have helped students at many stages of life improve their reading proficiency in a way that incorporates humor, creativity, and a focus on results. My experience includes work as a lead tutor for a work study reading program for local elementary schools (2003-4) and offering online English reading classes to beginner-level to advanced-level students (2009). I aim primarily for comprehension while also testing for more in-depth reading of nuances, tonality, and meter (such as in poetry), and this is especially emphasized in my teaching of speed reading and memory devices.


Trigonometry

I've taught students from several schools in algebra and trigonometry and have helped them improve their class scores, prepare for tests (like the End of Course or EOC), and raise their confidence where they before felt defeated. My passion for mathematics and abstract critical thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.


English

The English language was another one of those subjects I fell in love with at a young age, so much so that it was nearly my college major. In addition to teaching English as a second language (ESL), I have helped students at many stages of life improve their language proficiency in ways that emphasize humor, creativity, and a focus on results. My experience includes work as a lead tutor for a work study reading program for local elementary schools (2003-4) and offering online English reading classes to beginner-level to advanced-level students (2009).


ESL/ESOL

I taught English as a second language (ESL) in public elementary and middle schools in Japan through the JET Program for two years. Following this, I became the lead teacher and activities director for a privately owned language school in Mitoyo, Kagawa, where I also visited surrounding technical and cram schools to assist in ESL studies. I and my guests were even featured on REAL TIME News for introducing a local elementary school to traveling foreigners for English language- and intercultural interaction. My time in Japan led me to a intermediate fluency in Japanese, and I am in fact JLPT 2nd Level-certified. I also have years of English tutoring experience, online and in person, utilizing advanced study methods to improve language proficiency in students between ages 5 through 75 years old.


Japanese

I studied Japanese language, culture, history, and economics both at home (Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota) and a year abroad (Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan). I returned to Japan after graduating to live for another three years in Kagawa prefecture, Shikoku, where I worked in language instruction and translation. I passed the 2nd highest level of the internationally recognized Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and twice sat in for the 1st level (only barely missing the mark both times). My teaching experience in both English and Japanese makes my tutoring flexible or rigorous based on the student's personal goals for reading, writing, speaking and listening. This includes literacy in kanji and the language's other character sets, as well as comprehension and production in both informal and business-level conversation. It also means a top-notch approach to deconstructing, studying for, and tackling the JLPT for those students looking to take their Japanese to the next level and even get this important certification that can land them a job abroad.


SAT Math

In addition to tutoring students in high school mathematics, I offer test prep tutoring for students preparing for the New SAT, be it the first time or for the sake of making a higher score. With math scores that rank myself in the 91st percentile (and with constant effort made weekly toward a perfect score), I have seen a jump of 40 points in the Math sections (Calculator and No Calculator combined) within the span of less than three weeks. When it comes to taking the SAT, the trick is to not only understand the math but (even if you don't understand it!) to understand the way the test itself is designed, so as to be able to make educated guesses when necessary or work through problems faster than you might otherwise. That's why it is important to have a tutor that not only knows the math but can teach you the proper test-taking strategies for the SAT, and that's why I offer both in my tutoring services.


Proofreading

As an undergraduate of philosophy from a liberal arts college, I am proud to have had granted the title of "honors" in addendum to my degree. I have had ample experience to date in reading and comprehending authors and their works from over the centuries, and I am a vigilant advocate for philosophy in schools. Not only does this vital "subject" (really the subject of all subjects) increase critical thinking and analytical skills -- two traits the best companies in the world aim to find in new employees -- but the ability to comprehend the network of patterns of thought throughout history that have culminated in our current age alone is a gift in itself. To this day, I continue to read and utilize my studies (from virtue ethics to object-oriented ontology) while helping others improve their comprehension and critical thinking skills for their own purposes.


SAT Reading

Having been a prolific reader and a writer since early childhood, and then an English and ESL teacher in my early career, I am proud to have New SAT test scores consistently ranking me in the 99th percentile. While my years of English tutoring experience, online and in person, offers a lot to this subject, the trick to the SAT is to not only to comprehend the material but understand the way the test itself is designed, in order to utilize the best strategies for time management and accuracy. That's why perhaps even more important than being able as a tutor to explain the devices used in the two language sections (Reading and Writing & Language ) is the tutor's ability to teach you the proper strategies for taking the New SAT specifically. For this reason, I offer both a test strategy-oriented approach in addition to a content-oriented approach in my tutoring services.


SAT Writing

When it comes to the optional Essay section of the New SAT, many students may feel it a waste of time. However, a recent survey by Kaplan Test Prep has discovered that 13% of U.S. colleges are requiring their applicants to complete and submit the essay section, with another 19% simply "recommending" it for students' submissions. Being able to write a good essay is not an easy task, especially for anyone who has not had a knack for critical thinking and writing analyses. Fortunately, with practice and some knowledge of how the New SAT gauges essay scores, it is completely possible to make a perfect score on each of the three factors of measurement! That's why it's so important as a tutor to be able to demonstrate to test takers the proper strategies for approaching the Essay section of the New SAT in addition to being able to write well. To that very end, I offer both a test strategy-oriented approach in combination with a content-oriented approach in my SAT test prep tutoring.


ASVAB


Ecology

A passion for science and a deeply conditioned love of nature have made ecology a very engaging subject in my life. Having grown up surrounded by nature and naturally inclined to learn the taxonomy and behavior of local wildlife, I have found that studying the natural sciences and biology (the science of life) along with a systems thinking approach and direct experience of nature studies in local surroundings is a winning combination for understanding the ways of ecology. Key concepts to studying ecology include a knowledge of cycles (e.g. carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles), free energy in systems with buffers, and evolutionary fluxes and adaptations. For that reason, I rely not only on tried-and-true methods for retention as vocabulary flashcards but local outings that at once stimulate the senses (and therefore improve memory) as well as deepen comprehension. Since I made my first presentation in the 3rd grade on the phenomenon of mutation through genetic transcription errors a driving mechanism for evolution, I have been a lifelong proponent of significant ecology-oriented studies in wilderness awareness (via Kamana home study), permaculture (a grassroots model that integrates environmental sustainability with human development), master gardening, and composting.


ACT Reading

My job as your ACT tutor is to save my students from stress and their parents money in tuition through scholarships. I have led a local test prep group in addition to individualized private test prep tutoring, and am proud to see students begin to implement the simple but powerful techniques required to outscore yourself on the test. What differentiates me from many tutors and tutoring companies is that I work for you the student and *not* for the test. What that means is that, when we work together, I will show you how I myself would solve the problems rather than persuade you to use the methods you're expected to use by the test-makers. Such important questions we will visit and refine are: "How can I get more points?" Better question: "How can I avoid *losing* points?" "How can I answer these questions more quickly?" Better question: "What makes certain questions more time-consuming than others?" "What should I do when I get stuck on a problem?" Better question: "What approach and strategies make it impossible to get stuck on a problem?" "How do I get as high a score as possible to get accepted by my target schools?" Better question: "What is the average acceptance standard of the schools I wish to attend and any relevant scholarships I wish to receive?"


ACT English

My job as your ACT tutor is to save my students from stress and their parents money in tuition through scholarships. I have led a local test prep group in addition to individualized private test prep tutoring, and am proud to see students begin to implement the simple but powerful techniques required to outscore yourself on the test. What differentiates me from many tutors and tutoring companies is that I work for you the student and *not* for the test. What that means is that, when we work together, I will show you how I myself would solve the problems rather than persuade you to use the methods you're expected to use by the test-makers. Such important questions we will visit and refine are: "How can I get more points?" Better question: "How can I avoid *losing* points?" "How can I answer these questions more quickly?" Better question: "What makes certain questions more time-consuming than others?" "What should I do when I get stuck on a problem?" Better question: "What approach and strategies make it impossible to get stuck on a problem?" "How do I get as high a score as possible to get accepted by my target schools?" Better question: "What is the average acceptance standard of the schools I wish to attend and any relevant scholarships I wish to receive?"


ACT Math

My job as your ACT tutor is to save my students from stress and their parents money in tuition through scholarships. I have led a local test prep group in addition to individualized private test prep tutoring, and am proud to see students begin to implement the simple but powerful techniques required to outscore yourself on the test. What differentiates me from many tutors and tutoring companies is that I work for you the student and *not* for the test. What that means is that, when we work together, I will show you how I myself would solve the problems rather than persuade you to use the methods you're expected to use by the test-makers. Such important questions we will visit and refine are: "How can I get more points?" Better question: "How can I avoid *losing* points?" "How can I answer these questions more quickly?" Better question: "What makes certain questions more time-consuming than others?" "What should I do when I get stuck on a problem?" Better question: "What approach and strategies make it impossible to get stuck on a problem?" "How do I get as high a score as possible to get accepted by my target schools?" Better question: "What is the average acceptance standard of the schools I wish to attend and any relevant scholarships I wish to receive?"


ACT Science

My job as your ACT tutor is to save my students from stress and their parents money in tuition through scholarships. I have led a local test prep group in addition to individualized private test prep tutoring, and am proud to see students begin to implement the simple but powerful techniques required to outscore yourself on the test. What differentiates me from many tutors and tutoring companies is that I work for you the student and *not* for the test. What that means is that, when we work together, I will show you how I myself would solve the problems rather than persuade you to use the methods you're expected to use by the test-makers. Such important questions we will visit and refine are: "How can I get more points?" Better question: "How can I avoid *losing* points?" "How can I answer these questions more quickly?" Better question: "What makes certain questions more time-consuming than others?" "What should I do when I get stuck on a problem?" Better question: "What approach and strategies make it impossible to get stuck on a problem?" "How do I get as high a score as possible to get accepted by my target schools?" Better question: "What is the average acceptance standard of the schools I wish to attend and any relevant scholarships I wish to receive?"


Elementary Math

I've worked with elementary and middle school students in improving their math subjects in addition to my usual high school clients. I have found through working with Montessori teachers that the best approach to early math is hands-on, concrete experiences that boost comprehension through a range of different senses, solidifying the concepts in the mind. This and my passion for math and abstract thinking, I believe, make my instruction as practical and even enjoyable for students as it is educational.


Study Skills

If you're wanting to effectively learn how to master the material you study, problem-solve and know in an instant how to get through questions and material that you've never seen before, and enjoy the process of learning and studying in whatever subject you dedicate yourself to, you're in the right place. I'll not only help you understand content, but I promise you that you will learn leading edge strategies that, with practice, will put you above the others at whatever you decide to put your mind and muscle toward. I graduated college magna cum laude with honors in 2006, but the methods I've used for study and public speaking date back thousands of years and have since aided me in nearly any form of academic endeavor. As a tutor, assistant and lead teacher, and activities director to a privately owned intercultural school, I have helped many of my students how to use these methods to becoming masters (instead of slaves) to the subjects they learn.


Logic

As part of my background degree in philosophy, I was trained in formal predicate logic and also self-studied other related forms in the field. While in school, I often tutored and supported fellow classmates in predicate logic and have more recently returned to it for tutoring in precalculus.


Praxis

My background in test prep stems from training students for the ACT and SAT college admissions tests, for which I've received notable praise. The methods that have worked for my students in that endeavor in turn helped me transition to taking for the first time (and passing) the Praxis II Mathematics : Content Knowledge (5161, covering Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Calculus, Geometry, Probability and Statistics, and Discrete Mathematics). I'm currently working with (and taking in) students who are planning to sit in for the the Praxis II Middle School: Mathematics (5169) test. Our training together is designed to optimize time and strategies for improving both content knowledge and test-taking skills specifically targeting this and similar tests.