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I received a B.S. in Forensic Science, with minors in Chemistry, Italian, and Biostatistics from Loyola University Chicago, and an M.S. in Forensic Entomology from Purdue University. I am currently a PhD student at the University of Idaho studying agricultural entomology and insect-vectored plant diseases. I spent several years tutoring high school and college students in Chicago. As a tutor at my university, I held small group tutoring sessions as well as open study halls. I spent some time as a private tutor for Chicago high school students, and I was a math tutor at a local Chicago high school. As a master's student and teaching assistant, I taught large forensic science lectures and smaller lab sections to university students. I've been tutoring with Varsity Tutors since 2015. I tutor a variety of math and sciences, as well as some languages, though my favorite subject to tutor by far is chemistry.

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Kelie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Loyola University-Chicago - Bachelor of Science, Forensic Science

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1430

SAT Math: 700


Reading, running, board games

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Science

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Science

5th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Science

9th Grade

9th Grade Math


Algebra 2

Analytical Chemistry

AP Chemistry

AP Italian Language and Culture

AP Statistics




College Algebra

College Biology

College Chemistry

College Physics

Conversational Italian

Earth Science


Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science


GED Prep

GED Science

General Biology

General Chemistry


Graduate Test Prep

GRE Subject Test in Chemistry

GRE Subject Tests

High School

High School Biology

High School Chemistry


IB Biology

IB Biology HL

IB Biology SL

IB Chemistry

IB Chemistry HL

IB Chemistry SL

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematical Studies SL

IB Mathematics

IB Physics

IB Physics HL

IB Physics SL


Latin 1

Latin 2


Microsoft Office

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Science


Physical Science






Technology and Coding

Test Prep

Q & A

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I've found that one of the best ways to gauge how well you understand a concept is to try to teach it to someone else. I like to use practice problems and have the student explain to me the concepts they're using as they go through the problem. If they're unsure of what they're doing, it becomes clear pretty quickly.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I think that it's important to get to know a student's learning style as soon as possible. Are you a visual or auditory learner? Do you find that you benefit more from hands-on work or detailed breakdowns? Knowing this, I can adjust my teaching style accordingly. I also like to have the student try a few practice problems, so we're both aware of what his/her strong and weak points are, and we can better focus our time from that point forward.

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