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I'm currently a student in Computer Science at University of California, Irvine. Really, though, my teaching capabilities are much more diverse than my major. I tutor in English and math, both subjects that I hold a strong passion for--and an equally strong passion to teach. For English I've thoroughly marked up college-level essays, having critiqued Honors-level students here at UC Irvine. I've had experience with persuasive essays, creative writing, and pretty much any style of writing that requires good command of rhetoric. For math I'm comfortable with any math up to high school and calculus, except geometry. I have tutored AP Calculus AB and my students have achieved 5s on the AP exam. Middle school and elementary math, too, are subjects I've taught well.

Students I've taught have always remarked how comprehensive my teaching style is--I leave no stone unturned, and I make sure that they understand concepts at an intuitive level, not just by rote memorization. A lesson with me will usually begin with seeing what is to be learned, and more importantly, what skills are needed to learn the concept. So, in the case of writing an essay, I would ask the student if they could write a well-organized paragraph of their topic before tackling an entire three-paged paper. In the case of solving a calculus problem, I may ask the student to draw a diagram or explain the problem in a real-world context.

Learning with me will feel fun. It won't feel like studying; it'll feel like asking a lot of questions, like solving mysteries. Unlike many teachers and tutors I present "studying" as a contextualization of knowledge, meant to answer actual problems that need solutions. A persuasive essay isn't written for the purpose of grabbing an "A" in the class; it's meant for conveying ideas to other people in a clear, concise manner for, most likely, teamwork and cooperation. Solving math problems isn't for the purpose of mechanical computation, but rather the joy of inquiring why certain things in life work. I believe that a student with real purpose to their learning will perform fantastically in class and exceed beyond expectations, including his or her own.

As for hobbies, I enjoy painting, running, playing the French horn, reading a lot of books and meditating.

Katie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2230

SAT Math: 740

SAT Verbal: 740

SAT Writing: 750


illustration, French Horn, music composition, running, reading