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I am a graduate student at the University of Chicago studying social services administration and clinical social work. I love being a student and I love working with students too. I have classroom teaching experience as well as one on one tutoring experience with students of a variety of ages and abilities. Subject areas that I am particularly suited to teach include: reading, writing, ACT, PSAT, social sciences, psychology, history, and elementary math. I believe that every student has strengths and can learn how to maximize those strengths and improve on their weaknesses. My teaching style is strengths based and highly collaborative, always beginning by identifying what the student does know and working together to set goals. I take a team approach with students so that we are both invested in generating problem solving strategies and practicing academic skills in order to reach the goals to which we are committed.

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Kathleen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Bachelors, Urban Studies

Graduate Degree: University of Chicago - Current Grad Student, Social Services Administration

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 36

ACT Science: 33


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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that teaching and learning are both collaborative processes. Both parties need to be engaged and active in the process. I like to start with what the student does know, and does understand, and meet them where they are at, so we can work together to build more knowledge and comprehension.

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

In a first session, my first goal is to get to know the student. I want to know what helps them learn as well as what type of things impede learning. I also want to get to know their academic and personal strengths, as well as the areas in which they hope to improve.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

When I first meet a new student, it's important to me to learn their goals- both immediate academic goals, and longer term educational and career goals. I feel that clearly stated goals are huge keys to success when working with a student. Furthermore, I like to get to know students by starting a discussion about their learning history. What teaching styles have worked for them and why? What styles have not worked? How can I best serve your learning needs?

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