Katie Kloska Tutoring
I am a PhD student in chemistry at the University of Chicago who has had four years of tutoring experience. I have tutored students from the early years of kindergarten in basic reading skills up to seniors in high school studying AP chemistry, calculus, and preparing for the ACT and SAT. Additionally, I served for three quarters as a teaching assistant in general chemistry at the university level, hosting 18 person discussion sections and leading weekly lab experiments.
I understand that many factors can play into a student's understanding and excitement for a subject, and I enjoy tapping into a student's interests and background to engage them. It is encouraging to see how students grow throughout a year (or even just an hour) of tutoring. I take a lot of pride in my students for their hardwork and determination to improve their academics and succeed in their goals; whether that be jumping from a C to an A in AP chemistry, or improving their ACT by three points.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
During our intro-session, I evaluate where a student might be struggling in a particular subject. Sometimes, it turns out that a student lacks some fundamentals to a subject that hinders their understanding in more advanced applications. Other times a student might simply lack the organization skills to keep up in a class. After identifying where a student is struggling, we create a plan to improve.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry at University of Chicago (expected grad. 2024)
B.S. Chemistry from University of Kentucky (2019)
M.S. Chemistry from University of Chicago (2021)
Tutor at Tutoring Club, Lexington (2018-2019)
Private Tutoring (2016-2022)
Teacher Assistant for General Chemistry at University of Chicago (2019-2020)
How did you get started teaching?
I found myself putting too much work into my courses in high school without seeing great payoff and could never find the right stride. In college, I started to realize that I was missing some basic fundamentals and organization techniques. Once I figured this out, I decided it was time to share what I learned!
What types of students have you worked with?
K-12 in all subjects
Specialize in high school chemistry, AP chemistry, undergraduate chemistry, calculus, ACT and SAT prep
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Seeing my grandparents in Minnesota!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Make sure your teacher understands your background and in what ways you'd like to improve!