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Kathleen

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Hello, my name is Kathleen King. I am a certified math teacher. I taught for 8 years and have been doing private tutoring for the last 6 years.

I love seeing my students reach their "aha" moments. That is what is most gratifying to me as a teacher is helping the complex become simple. I work on teaching materials with different methods so that all can learn.

Kathleen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Oklahoma - Bachelors, Math Education

Hobbies

I enjoy playing outside with my boys, reading books, and drawing

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Elementary School Math

Geometry

ISEE Prep

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Upper Level Quantitative Reasoning

Math

Middle School Math

Pre-Algebra

Test Prep


Q & A

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I try to use multiple methods of teaching: visual, auditory, hands-on (when possible), and having the student write as well. Whichever method seems to work best with the student is the one I try to utilize as much as possible.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

During a tutoring session, I typically bring the math questions and objectives we will be working on mastering. I also like to bring a whiteboard, paper, pencil, and a calculator.

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that everyone learns differently and, therefore, should be taught with as many varieties as possible.

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

If possible, prior to a first session, the student will take a practice test so that I can see which skills need work and which are already mastered. Then, we can work on going over the skills that need work.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by having them mirror me working, then we work together, and then finally, they work a problem on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

The best way I've found to help a student stay motivated is to praise their successes. It also helps to have a sense of humor and to come up with mnemonic devices together.

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

If a certain skill is a struggle for a student, we start over on a new similar problem. Then, I would reword my explanation. Sometimes, hearing things explained differently helps it click. Also, if possible, we would use hands-on materials.

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

The best strategies I've found to work are to have the student work the problem with me and to hear me go over the process. Then, I have the student do a similar problem, but this time, I prompt the students for the next steps. Then finally, the last step is for the student to do a problem independently.

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

If a student is struggling with a word problem, we go through the problem and underline or circle the math words and numbers. Then, we go through and see if this is all the information we needed to find the solution.

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

The best way to get excited and engaged in math is to practice it and have success at understanding. It helps to have a sense of humor about your errors and to learn from them. I remind all students that I too make mistakes and you just learn from them.

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

I try to use several techniques for a student to understand: visual, auditory, writing with me, and hands-on materials if possible. Usually, one or several of these combined help reinforce the student's learning.

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

I try to help build a student's confidence by praising their achievements. Sometimes it's just understanding the next step, and then eventually, it's being able to come to a correct solution on their own. I also try to tell them to feel proud of themselves for their progress.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Prior to the first session, I would like for the student to complete a practice test for me to see what skills are already mastered and what skills need more work. If a student already knows the topics they are struggling in, we can focus on those.