Kevin M. Zielinski: Grade A Personalized Tutoring And Editing

Kevin M. Zielinski: Grade A Personalized Tutoring And Editing

5.0 (36)
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1 employee
3 years in business

About this tutor

I try to provide one-on-one tutoring personalized and tailored for each of my students. I assess each student through diagnostic testing and create individualized learning plans based on their strengths and weaknesses. I try to make learning  more engaging and interesting; I use a light-hearted approach and positive reinforcement to improve students' confidence and performance. 

I have over five years of tutoring experience: each year my methods and approach improve. I have experience working with students at nearly every level of education. I have tutored students as young as 3rd grade; I tutor middle school, highschool, undergraduate, and graduate students. My favorite subjects to tutor are English Composition (ELA, Essay Editing, Grammar and Mechanics, Reading Comprehension, and College Admission Essays; Biomedical Sciences (Molecular and Cell Biology, Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics), and Standardized Test Preparation (SAT, ACT, GRE, SSAT, DAT).  

I recently taught a 20-week online SAT prep course for a group of 12 high school students. 

Students don't feel like they're doing the same old homework, studying, or test preparation when they receive tutoring lessons from me.  I try as much as possible to mix traditional didactic (lecture-style) teaching with more modern techniques that involve, to a great extent, interaction and discussion between student and teacher. 

Since my very first experience at 1-on-1 in-person tutoring a student--a bright, high school junior who found himself struggling with the Reading and English sections of the test--I've been happily tutoring a wide array of students, from middle school to college and graduate school, in a variety of subjects for over four years now.

As a senior in college, I was named an Illinois State Scholar, awarded the President's Education Award, earned an AP Scholar with Distinction Award, and was picked as the recipient of the Illinois General Assembly Legislative Scholarship which included a full academic scholarship to attend The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I earned a composite score of 30 on my ACT with a 35 in Reading (99th Percentile) and a 32 in English (98th Percentile). I also scored a 5/5 on my AP English Composition Examination. I'm extremely passionate about English, Reading, and Writing and specialize in tutoring these subjects to students in hopes that they might come to experience a similar enjoyment and proficiency in those subjects.                                                                                  

I earned my B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Illinois in 2011. My tutoring expertise, therefore, extends from the humanities to the biological sciences with the latter resulting from successfully completing a rigorous and highly competitive undergraduate Biology degree with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.53/4.0.

I enjoy:

Pushing students further than they push themselves. 

The moment when a student finally grasps a concept that continuously and consistently eluded them. 

Turning C's into A's.

Giving the gift of confidence in terms of academic performance. 

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  • Colette

    Kevin is a phenomenal tutor who came highly recommended. He breaks down the material in a clear and concise way to improve my understanding of concepts (and to improve my scores, as well). I only wish I had found him sooner. Thanks, Kevin!

  • Kieran Carlin

    Kevin is a great tutor to work with. He tutored me for my upper level SSAT exam for months. We met for 2 hours each session and he was able to keep the sessions fun and engaging. He is also very patient.

  • Kaileigh O’Hare

    Kevin is a great tutor helping me in anatomy and physiology. I highly recommend him.

  • Charles Wood

    I worked with Kevin on Genetics Material pertaining to upcoming cumulative exams, quizzes and Homework assignments. He was adaptable when it came to teaching material that I was struggling with, and was able to reaffirm concepts that I already knew, in order To make the most of the time we had. I would recommended Kevin for any Scientific classes as he is prepared prior to the sessions to assist his students!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Meet and greet, establish rapport, develop a sense of my student's strengths and weaknesses based on diagnostic tests or other sources that reflect their current academic performance, establish (and physically write down) my student's academic or personal goals, and focus my time building their their strengths in areas that they may need some extra guidance. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

5+ years of tutoring experience 

Strong academic background 

Bachelors of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

128 credit hours of graduate schools completed.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Compensation is based on many factors including, but not limited to, age, grade level, subject, commute distance to the student, and student's specific needs. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Graduate students - Research paper editing 

Undergraduates - Biomedical Sciences, Term Paper Writing 

High School Students - Mainly ACT/SAT Reading, English Grammar, and Writing.  AP/SAT II Biology, AP/SAT II Chemistry, AP Psychology, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II

Middle School - Organizational Skills and Time Management, support in any subject 

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