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I have over ten years of tutoring and teaching experience at the college and grade school levels. As a PhD Linguist, I have a solid understanding of phonetics, second language acquisition, and cross-linguistic differences. I am also experienced with training students for American standardized tests including the SAT, ACT and GRE. These tests require endurance and confidence as well as fundamental skills, which means that all these components have to be learned, practiced, and nurtured equally for a student to achieve a truly excellent score. At the Yale Autism Clinic, I have worked with special needs children on academic achievement. Additionally, I have worked as a homework helper for both low and high achieving students.

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Kelly’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Bachelors, Classics, Linguistics

Graduate Degree: Yale University - PHD, Linguistics


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Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing


Adult Literacy

American Literature

Basic Computer Literacy

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing





PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking


SAT Prep

SAT Reading

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Coding

Test Prep



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I use a wide range of techniques to get students interested in the material and their futures. As a teacher, I try to be low-key and approachable to gain a student's trust and instill a desire to impress. Nevertheless, I am strict about homework and performance. I am experienced in tutoring younger students in all subject areas from math and science to reading and writing. I find it most satisfying to train people of all ages how to excel academically.

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

For me, the first session with a student includes taking a few minutes to meet each other, to find out about the student's needs, and the reasons behind those needs. I always include a short assessment, establish goals, and motivate the student with a few study tools to try out before our next session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

There are several tools, tips, and tricks to help a student become independent and an active learner. I slowly build up the student's tool kit, confidence, and motivation until they are ready to tackle academic challenges they never considered within their grasp.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation is the key to learning, but setbacks can easily derail a student's determination. I help my students stay motivated by informing them about the science of learning, reflective activities on what they did right so they don't focus only on a failure, and work through any difficulties until the student is confident in facing a similar problem or situation.

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

I like to use analogies with things the student enjoys to bring out an understanding of a difficult abstract skill or concept in order to make it more relevant to the student.

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