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I am currently a graduate student at Columbia University pursuing my Masters in Public Administration. For the past three years, I have worked at education focused non-profit organizations. During this time, I have worked as a literacy and math tutor for middle school students, as well as led a writing seminar for high school students preparing to go to college. I enjoy working with students of all grade and skill level, and I love to make learning fun!

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Kelsey’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Miami - Bachelors, International Studies, Political Science

Graduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Current Grad Student, Public Administration

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1440

SAT Writing: 710


Cooking, trying new restaurants, reading non-fiction, and exploring the city!

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

AP Comparative Government and Politics

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US History

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing




High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School Writing


Homework Support



Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing


Persuasive Writing


Poetry Writing

Political Science


SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Social Studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to meet students where they are at, while making material relatable and fun.

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

In a typical first session, I would assess the strengths and weaknesses of the student through activities and problem sets, to create a point in which to start from.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

To encourage independent learning, I believe you must provide resources, but not answers. Through providing the tools to allow students to find the answers themselves, you create self-sufficiency.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated through goal setting, and regularly revisit the goals to track our progress towards reaching them.

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

I would work to understand how the student learns most effectively and meet them where they are. I would try to make learning the concept fun, and encourage the student to continue trying.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I believe practice is key. Presenting students with excerpts from different kinds of texts and creating reading exercises will allow the student to feel a greater level of comfort and confidence when reading.

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

I have found talking to the student to see what their goals and expectations are, along with where they are currently at in learning is very important. I also think finding out their interests outside of the classroom is important to create lessons that are fun and interesting.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Firstly, I would talk to them to discover what they are interested in outside of the classroom. Wherever possible, I would involve these topics to increase their interest in the lesson. I would also create goals with the student so they can feel a sense of empowerment to pursue their goals, increasing their engagement in the sessions.

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

I would create question sets and assessments to judge the student's comprehension. I would also check in with the student before and after each session to see how they are feeling regarding their progress and confidence with the topic.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I believe I can boost a student's confidence through creating attainable goals and reaching them as a team. As a student realizes their potential to learn and grow, increased confidence will come naturally.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would evaluate students’ needs by first having a consultation with them and their parents to determine their strengths and weaknesses. I would also discuss any goals they have in and out of school. Then I would determine steps going forward, and continue to check in with the student before each session.

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