Hi there! I'm Kyleen.
I'm a pre-medical student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At UIC, I am enrolled in the direct-medical program, meaning that I have direct admission into medical school. That, along with living right in the city, are opportunities that I'm extremely grateful for.
My main areas of tutoring:
- Chemistry (up to AP level)
- ACT/SAT test preparation
My hobbies include running long distance (fitness in general), modeling and photography, and exploring all the art, culture, and food that the city of Chicago has to offer. I'm a Cubs fan. And a Blackhawks fan. Not so much a Bears fan.
If I'm not out running along Lake Michigan or getting coffee at a new shop, you can probably find me curled up with a book. Or watching The Bachelor.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Chicago - Current Undergrad, Biological Sciences
ACT Composite: 35
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 36
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 35
Running, reading, exploring the city of Chicago.
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School English
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to flexible with the student's style of learning. Work with the concept with different perspectives and dimensions to strengthen understanding.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I get to know the student. What's their personality like? What subjects do they want help with? Are they a visual learner or not? What are their hobbies? How can I use what I know about them to make understanding concepts easier?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I teach them what types of questions to ask when approaching a problem. For example, in math, a powerful question is "How can I restructure this long word problem into a single equation?”
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is powerful when it is intrinsic - when a student is self-propelled to improve. Helping them create to-do lists and encouraging them and offering praise when they complete tasks can develop this.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go one step at a time. Have patience. Concepts are always easier than we think. Relate it to real-life experiences. For example, turn a math problem about money into one about basketball. That shift in perspective can greatly help students grasp material.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Remind them that there is ALWAYS textual evidence for the correct answer. The correct answer is essentially a rewording of a sentence or section. At the end of a reading, write down the main idea. What do you remember? What stood out to you as a reader?
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I start by identifying which areas they want help with, and then pinpointing how much they understand about the subject. Next, we work through example problems and practice those concepts. Practice problems are easily the most effective way to improve test taking and comprehension.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I relate the concept to real-life examples. Money-related questions can at first be confusing, but if you think about it in terms of your own income or job, it becomes more important.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I encourage the use of practice problems. Not only are those a great measure of understanding, but they also help with test-taking strategies and problem-solving skills so in the future, students won't have to be anxious to receive those good test grades.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I encourage them when they do things correctly and gently support and adjust when they stray from the correct path.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Other than assessing via practice tests and problems, I ask them. What do they feel weak or unsure about? What are they confused on?
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
This requires fully understanding the material myself. I am skilled in transforming problems to fit a context that students understand better. This may mean drawing out situations in math problems, or converting questions about money to questions about sports.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Practice tests/questions are used during a session.