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Kellie

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I am passionate about English and the power a well written essay, article or poem has to transcend boundaries, inspire ideas or spark conversation. I studied English in college and Communications in grad school. I love the power the a well written essay, article or statement has to inspire, educate, provoke thought and wonder. I'd love to help you develop your English skills!

Kellie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Hollins University - Bachelors, English and Photography (double major)

Graduate Degree: Southern New Hampshire University - Masters, Communications with a focus in new media and marketing

Hobbies

I love reading (memoirs and military history are my favorite genres) but I also enjoy soaking up the sun and kayaking with my husband.

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

British Literature

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Public Speaking

Spelling Bee

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

When I was young I didn't think I was smart, and it wasn't until I found a tutor who explained the subject in a new way that I finally realized I am smart and that we all learn different ways. My teaching philosophy is that everyone is smart and can grasp any subject; all it takes is for someone to explain it in a way that makes it click.

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

In a first session, I like to get to know the student and understand why they believe they are struggling with a subject. After I uncover their mental blocks and barriers, I work towards overcoming those by tackling them in small steps to help them gain confidence and understanding.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe students become independent learners when they understand how they learn. I strive to help students figure out their learning strategy, and from there, I help them frame new material into that strategy. For example, if a student is a visual learner, I teach them how to take the material they are taught in class and translate it in a visual way so that they can understand it in a way that makes the most sense to them.