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A Q&A with the "Kings" of Tutoring

To chat with Kat and Margaret King is always delightful and to learn from them must be even greater. With Spring semester on its downhill slope, we want to make sure that your students get the help they need to finish strong!

How did you know tutoring was a calling for you?

Kat: When I first started tutoring in Oxford around 1982, I just loved every minute of it—just one student the entire semester and I knew then I’d like to make a career out of it. Then I started tutoring students at Ole Miss and it just took off. I taught at the college level for 32 years and high school before that. I’ve tutored for 50 years. I just enjoy teaching at all levels and tutoring is an extension of teaching.

How do you take students who are failing at mid-term to finishing the semester with a passing grade?

Kat: Usually the first contact is from parents who are concerned (or panicked) that their child is doing poorly in a class. Most of the time, parents are willing to settle for a C—anything to pass the course. I tell parents that if the student is willing to work for it, dedicated to practice what I teach them, willing to put the time in, wanting it as much as you (parent) do, we will be working toward an A. And most of the time, the outcome is an A or B+.

Margaret: All a student wants to know is how to work the problem. Many students learn better one-on-one rather than in a class-room situation. We work to build their confidence and once that happens, learning becomes easier.

Kat: The first thing we try to do with our students is to build confidence—whether it’s a 7thgrader or a college student. Every so often I’ll purposely make a mistake, so that the student can catch me. “Wow, you’re really good at this. You caught my mistake.” Now that builds confidence.

What subjects do you cover?

Margaret: At the College level, King Twin Tutoring has 32 tutors available for Math, Engineering, History, English, Writing and Literature, Chemistry, Journalism, Statistics, Spanish, Computer Communications, Thermodynamics and more—over 180 subjects!

For high school students needing a tutor, we cover all major courses and have a professional writer who assists high school seniors with their College Essay Entrance Application. We often hear, “How do I start the essay? I’ve got writer’s block!” If you need help writing the college essay to attach to your application, we have a tutor to help you.

We have a team of tutors just for Elementary Students including a specialist in Standardized Prep Test as well as Science, Math, History, Reading, Writing.

Also we can develop group tutoring sessions (makes per hour session more affordable) in many of the subjects and we have the opportunity to work with Greek organizations (through their Academic Chair) for special rates.

Can you organize my child while at college?

Kat: We have special tutors who do just that—organize your student’s schedule! When is homework due, when are tests, mid-term, finals? Week by week organization, that’s what we do!

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