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Kelsey R. Murphy
Kelsey R. Murphy

Kelsey R. Murphy

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Introduction: I have been a professional tutor for six years, working to establish and maintain relationships with students and their families to help them improve their performance in any pre-collegiate level of education. My passion is to help students not only get good grades with my assistance, but to help themselves succeed on their own. My reward is a student’s realization that learning is no longer difficult! I have worked with children with learning challenges (including ADHD and autism), improved students’ skill and confidence in math, taught high school students test strategies to prepare them for the ACT, taught summer courses in Latin and algebra prep, and I am now in my third year at St. John Paul II Prep School having taught middle school and high school Latin III, Logic I and II, 7th and 8th grade Grammar, and Algebra 2. I tutored for 2.5 years with Tutor Doctor and then independently for 3.5 years and counting after the franchise dissolved. I have raised students’ overall ACT scores from 1-4 points and up to 7 points on individual sections. I have improved students’ grades in algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, and algebra 3, and increased students’ confidence and scores in elementary and junior high math. I also helped a student improve his study habits for biology and raise his grade from failing to a B. I have also worked with an ADHD student to help him succeed in a college preparatory high school setting. I received scores on the SAT in the top 99% (2230/2400), was a National Merit Scholar, and graduated with a 4.03/4.00 GPA. I also won first place in the Mid America Music Association piano competition in 2009 and 2nd place in the Missouri State High School Activities Association piano competition in 2011. I studied math and Latin at Saint Louis University. In my free time I sing chant and polyphony in the St. Barnabas Parish Choir and for Juventutem Saint Louis, translate Latin hymns, sew, crochet, and paint illuminated letters. All of this experience helps me interact with your child, determine his or her learning style, and cater my explanations to how he or she thinks; both to listen and to improve focus and confidence. Generally I prefer to base my lessons off what my students are studying in school (with the exception of ACT preparation). This way my students are not burdened with additional work. I decided I wanted to be a professional tutor to help other students achieve their best. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you, and I look forward to meeting you!

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Angie G.

Test Prep Services

Kelsey has been wonderful to work with. She tutored my daughter on the ACT, and my daughter improved her score! It has been a great experience. Kelsey even let me reach out to her with suggestions because I didn’t want my daughter to be overburdened by hearing guidance from too many people. I am grateful for the work Kelsey did with Sarabeth and highly recommend her!
Mar 6, 2021
Stacy M.

Test Prep Services

Kelsey is awesome! She helped my daughter raise her ACT score by 3 points, and get into the University she wants to attend in the fall. She provided useful tips, detailed explanations and confidence to help my daughter overcome horrible test anxiety. We plan on having Kelsey help her this semester with her Math class. Thank you Kelsey!
Jan 5, 2021
Michael J.

Test Prep Services

Kelsey was an absolute pleasure to work with. She did a great job improving my daughter’s test taking skills and boosting her performance. She was very responsive, clear about the lesson structure and the fees, and the cost was very reasonable. Highly recommend!
Apr 10, 2021
Guy A.

Test Prep Services

Kelsey tutored our daughter for the ACT test. Our daughter has ADHD and test anxiety. Kelsey was able to connect with her and helped her master the skills to increase her score in every category. her overall score increased by 3 points! We plan to have Kelsey work with our daughter through college as needed. We were very happy with Kelsey and so was our daughter!
Mar 4, 2020
Melanie L.

Test Prep Services

Kelsey is a fantastic tutor. She was able to tutor our son in several different subjects and helped him immensely. She is also very pleasant to work with a responds in a timely manner to any questions. I highly recommend hiring her for any tutoring needs.
Feb 20, 2020
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Most students need hour long weekly sessions for academic tutoring, or an hour and a half long weekly sessions for ACT prep. I charge $65/hour, due before the start of every lesson. Contact me for details!

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Call, text, or email to set up an initial lesson!

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

    I received scores on the SAT in the top 99% (2230/2400), was a National Merit Scholar, and graduated high school with a 4.03/4.00 GPA. I studied math and Latin at Saint Louis University, and received ACT tutor training through the Academic Tutoring Center/ACT Success method.

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