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My background and expertise are in academic performance. I did my graduate work in Education. I completed a Master’s Degree at the University of Michigan.

My specialty is helping “B” and “C” students learn the skills they need to become “A” students. This is important because “A” grades are the key to prestigious internships, the best universities, and the most fulfilling careers.

I teach “A” grades skills, which are purposeful actions that consistently lead to high test scores. The topics I cover for “A” grades include time management, personal productivity, test preparation, test performance, memory techniques, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and special academic writing strategies for “A” papers.

As a private tutor, my focus is always on helping students make real gains in their achievement level. I will show you what to do to achieve high scores on tests and exams as well as what instructors are looking for in “A” papers and essays. I look forward to working together to give you the skills, the confidence, and the “A” grades you want!

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Kathie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Grand Valley State University - Bachelors, Social Science

Graduate Degree: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Masters, Education - Curriculum Development & Supervision


Lifelong figure skating fan. Avid Kindle Reader. Love movies, concerts, and hiking easy trails.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

College Geography

College Level American History


High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School Writing


Homework Support


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I love everything about school, especially learning something new and books. I hope to inspire the same love of learning in my students by making the lessons fun and easy to understand.

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

During the first session, my focus is on clearly understanding the student's goals. I ask questions and listen carefully to the answers. The student sets the agenda, and then we get down to work.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Becoming an independent learner requires skills, tools, and techniques for learning. I empower my students to take control of their own learning, with easy and effective techniques that lead to greater success in school.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Helping a student stay motivated involves setting goals and tracking one's progress toward those goals. I use several different visual methods to keep students motivated that include knowing how close they are to achieving their goal at all times. The closer they get, the more excited they become!

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

When a student has difficulty learning a new skill or concept, I take full responsibility for that as the tutor. It is up to me to come up with a better way to explain the concept so the student does understand! Fortunately, I have always been good at explaining concepts in a clear way that helps students to "get it!"

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