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Services

ACT/PSAT/SAT Coaching

The UConfidence coaching approach covers test preparation and test-taking techniques as well as subject/topic review and remedial instruction. Students receive an individualized practice plan based on their specific strengths, diagnostic testing, and college goals.  Each plan is designed to achieve the best possible individual results across each section of the test; working from the student’s current strengths and improving their test-taking skills across all sections. Students work one-on-one with me to learn the best test strategies for each section. I review past actual material with the student, helping them learn to spot patterns for both correct and incorrect answers.  A typical student will complete six to eight full practice tests over the course of tutoring.

Investment: $125 per hour. Recommended 6-8 hours of tutoring with homework. 

See my ACT tutoring FAQ for more details.


College Application Services

U Confidence Coaching offers college admission counseling and support. We assist with establishing a list of the best schools to apply to, finding merit scholarships, writing college essays, the application process, and final college selection.

Investment: $125 per hour. Packages start at $1000

See my college FAQ for more details.

Study Skills / ADHD Support

BloomThink Tutoring offers support for students with ADD/ADHD, organizational, time management, or motivation challenges. Together, we work to identify weak and strong areas and create a weekly and monthly plan and class by class plan. Focusing first on organization and actually handing in deliverables. Moving on to time management, paper/digital resource organization, and breaking big assignments into smaller chunks. Recommended weekly for the first 6 weeks then can transition to monthly or bi-monthly support.

​Investment: $125 per hour

Reading Comprehension

For students with reading comprehension, working memory, or dyslexia: we will work to identify first where the challenge is coming from, identify weaknesses and strengths, start a gentle but successful program to work up to daily reading. We focus on chunking, summarizing, subvocalization, vocabulary, and fluency. Many students who work with me see drastic improvements in overall comprehension, fluency, and above all confidence and enjoyment of reading.

​Investment: $125 per hour 

Why Choose Me

U Confidence Coaching is led by Kellie Cripe who holds an M.A. in Communications from Northern Illinois University.  Kellie has over 20 years of experience in teaching and coaching across ages and abilities.


My students leave me not only with their desired results but with more confidence than they began the process with. I have worked with many students who have gone on to prestigious universities: West Point, Naval Academy, Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Chapel Hill, and Notre Dame. I have also worked with many students who have gone on to their favorite local universities, often with high merit packages.

Read my recent blog post: Reflections on a Decade of Work.

Client Reviews

I am a nearly 100% referral business - with the majority of my clients arriving on the recommendation of a previously satisfied client. 

"Kellie worked with our daughter on two fronts: ACT prep and college admissions. She was instrumental in tapping into our daughter's confidence and allowing her to realize of her potential - not only as a student but a student-athlete specifically. I was amazed watching the connection grow between the two. Kellie has a deep talent for working with teens. She was able to get our daughter to tell her true story: likes, dislikes, growth areas, and challenges, then surface it back to our daughter letting her know these were her words, her passion areas, etc. Kellie is a true gem - as an advisor to our daughter and as a person. She is so gifted in her work. I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone looking to help set their young adult up for college, or quite frankly, life :)"

Suzie O'Gorman

Chief Of Staff, Optum Financial Services Technology at UnitedHealth Group

"Both of my older boys were pleasantly surprised by Kellie’s skill to teach them how to maneuver successfully through the ACT. One with a learning disability needed to obtain a specific score, the other one was offered dual scholarships because he was able to obtain a higher score. Both are attending D1 schools with scholarships and participating on their sport’s teams. Thanks to Kellie’s knowledge of how colleges provide scholarships, we are able to pay for their out-of-state university (no reciprocity) and private university tuitions."

Melissa Wargin

Facilities Manager

"Kellie has been a great asset for all 3 of my teenage sons during the ACT process. All of them have increased their scores significantly, one of my sons even gained 9 points on his ACT after spending time with her in the one one one sessions. Kellie is very informed of the ACT questions, structure and coaches the students not in knowledge but in playing the ACT testing game to be successful. She is helpful, kind and thorough with her tutoring but is also an advocate for your child as he or she is discerning what post high school plans will look like. She has a broad understanding of the college ecosystem and is super insightful in guiding them during these critical times in her life."

Leigha Sather

Transformation Project Manager at C.H. Robinson

"Kellie worked with both of my daughters on ACT preparation. She did an exceptional job of tailoring her tutoring to their individual needs. Kellie's background allows her to meet each student where they are at. She provided them both with effective activities to prepare for the ACT and helped them with test taking and anxiety reducing strategies. Kellie was fantastic at keeping me informed and advising me on how to be helpful to them without adding extra stress. Testing and preparing for college is an intense time and working with Kelli made it so much easier! Both of my daughters really enjoyed working with Kellie and we were all very happy with their experience. I highly recommend Kellie!"

Lisa Wagner

Controller at Burl Oaks Golf Club

I am writing this letter of recommendation to support Kellie since she did such a great job supporting two of my kids in preparing for the ACT. Both of my boys indicated how matter-of-fact and straightforward Kellie was in what and how she presented. She helped them to cut through the task and simplify what they needed to do to be successful. She was very clear that they would get out of their time with her whatever effort they would put in as they applied their learning to additional practice tests that would be evaluated, scored, and reviewed during their next lesson. Both boys improved their scores considerably and felt that their time with Kellie was well worth the money and time. Thank you, Kellie!

Tim Fulford

Teacher/Coach at Eden Prairie Public Schools


"Both of my kids were tutored by Kellie. Both excelled. Both were accepted to their college of choice and both received scholarships. yay!!!! Her approach is unique. academically, she is thorough but efficient. Her expectations are high. She interacts with teens as though they are the educated 'adults' they are becoming. I was amazed at how they rose to each challenge she put in front of her. We all have a tremendous of respect and gratitude for Kellie, and would highly recommend her!"

melissa beck

HealthPartners CareLine

"Kellie is awesome! Her coaching and tutoring techniques are data driven and tailored to each individual student. She is patient and kind and does a wonderful job assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each student. She is excellent at analyzing the skills required for a given task and breaking those skills down in learnable portions. She taught me how to help my math students on other sections of the ACT (including my own sons), with great results. I highly recommend Kellie for your ACT, study skills, writing, and college coaching needs."

Esther Williamson

Online Adjunct Instructor at Crown College

"I cannot recommend Kellie enough!! Kellie tutored two of our sons for ACT prep. Both are very different in their academic strengths and personalities. She tailored their sessions and homework to their individual needs. One of our son's had a great deal of anxiety and low self-confidence surrounding taking the ACT. I cannot imagine him stepping into that test taking morning without having been so well prepared by Kellie. She made such a difference for him. I would recommend Kellie's individual tutoring over a group prep class hands down. Worth the time and money for sure! Kellie is exceptional!"

Sue Welsh

Spanish Tutor

"Kellie was an excellent teacher and very accommodating during our study sessions. I have ADHD and she was very patient with me. I definitely recommend her for ACT prep!"

Peter Seylar

Mortgage Loan Analyst at Colliers International

"Kellie tutored both my kids on ACT prep and was a wonderful resource. She works to not only develop a relationship with each teen but also to know what style of learning and testing works best for them. That's a skill that's hard to find in a tutor so I very much appreciated it since each of my kids learns and tests differently. She has an amazing ability to say just what they need to hear when it gets close to testing day and their stress levels are high. That made a huge difference to my kids as well. I highly recommend Kellie as a tutor."

Kathy Wosje

VP, Global Financial Projects at IPG DXTRA

"Kellie is extremely intelligent. She knows how to work with children of every age. She is approachable and always willing to help when someone needs it. Kellie is kind, caring and compassionate. Our children have been under her teaching and I have always been pleased with what they come away with at the end of the class. I am so thankful to know Kellie. I highly recommend her in every way."

Deborah Shanahan

Lakewinds Natural Foods in Chanhassen, MN

 
Journaling

Services

ACT/PSAT/SAT Coaching

The UConfidence coaching approach covers test preparation and test-taking techniques as well as subject/topic review and remedial instruction. Students receive an individualized practice plan based on their specific strengths, diagnostic testing, and college goals.  Each plan is designed to achieve the best possible individual results across each section of the test; working from the student’s current strengths and improving their test-taking skills across all sections. Students work one-on-one with me to learn the best test strategies for each section. I review past actual material with the student, helping them learn to spot patterns for both correct and incorrect answers.  A typical student will complete six to eight full practice tests over the course of tutoring.

Investment: $120 per hour in person/$100 online. Recommended 6-8 hours of tutoring with homework. 

See my ACT tutoring FAQ for more details.


College Application Services

U Confidence Coaching offers college admission counseling and support. We assist with establishing a list of the best schools to apply to, finding merit scholarships, writing college essays, the application process, and final college selection.

Investment: $120 per hour in person/$100 online. Packages start at $500

See my college FAQ for more details.

Study Skills / ADHD Support

BloomThink Tutoring offers support for students with ADD/ADHD, organizational, time management, or motivation challenges. Together, we work to identify weak and strong areas and create a weekly and monthly plan and class by class plan. Focusing first on organization and actually handing in deliverables. Moving on to time management, paper/digital resource organization, and breaking big assignments into smaller chunks. Recommended weekly for first 6 weeks then can transition to monthly or bi-monthly support.

​Investment: $120 per hour in person/$100 online.

Reading Comprehension

For students with reading comprehension, working memory, or dyslexia: we will work to identify first where the challenge is coming from, identify weaknesses and strengths, start a gentle but successful program to work up to daily reading. We focus on chunking, summarizing, subvocalization, vocabulary, and fluency. Many students who work with me see drastic improvements in overall comprehension, fluency, and above all confidence and enjoyment of reading.

​Investment: $120 per hour in person/$100 online.

Why Choose Me

U Confidence Coaching is led by Kellie Cripe who holds an M.A. in Communications from Northern Illinois University.  Kellie has over 20 years of experience in teaching and coaching across ages and abilities.


My students leave me not only with their desired results but with more confidence than they began the process with. I have worked with many students who have gone on to prestigious universities: West Point, Naval Academy, Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Chapel Hill, and Notre Dame. I have also worked with many students who have gone on to their favorite local universities, often with high merit packages.

Read my recent blog post: Reflections on a Decade of Work.

Client Reviews

I am a nearly 100% referral business - with the majority of my clients arriving on the recommendation of a previously satisfied client. 

"Kellie worked with our daughter on two fronts: ACT prep and college admissions. She was instrumental in tapping into our daughter's confidence and allowing her to realize of her potential - not only as a student but a student-athlete specifically. I was amazed watching the connection grow between the two. Kellie has a deep talent for working with teens. She was able to get our daughter to tell her true story: likes, dislikes, growth areas, and challenges, then surface it back to our daughter letting her know these were her words, her passion areas, etc. Kellie is a true gem - as an advisor to our daughter and as a person. She is so gifted in her work. I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone looking to help set their young adult up for college, or quite frankly, life :)"

Suzie O'Gorman

Chief Of Staff, Optum Financial Services Technology at UnitedHealth Group

"Both of my older boys were pleasantly surprised by Kellie’s skill to teach them how to maneuver successfully through the ACT. One with a learning disability needed to obtain a specific score, the other one was offered dual scholarships because he was able to obtain a higher score. Both are attending D1 schools with scholarships and participating on their sport’s teams. Thanks to Kellie’s knowledge of how colleges provide scholarships, we are able to pay for their out-of-state university (no reciprocity) and private university tuitions."

Melissa Wargin

Facilities Manager

"Kellie has been a great asset for all 3 of my teenage sons during the ACT process. All of them have increased their scores significantly, one of my sons even gained 9 points on his ACT after spending time with her in the one one one sessions. Kellie is very informed of the ACT questions, structure and coaches the students not in knowledge but in playing the ACT testing game to be successful. She is helpful, kind and thorough with her tutoring but is also an advocate for your child as he or she is discerning what post high school plans will look like. She has a broad understanding of the college ecosystem and is super insightful in guiding them during these critical times in her life."

Leigha Sather

Transformation Project Manager at C.H. Robinson

"Kellie worked with both of my daughters on ACT preparation. She did an exceptional job of tailoring her tutoring to their individual needs. Kellie's background allows her to meet each student where they are at. She provided them both with effective activities to prepare for the ACT and helped them with test taking and anxiety reducing strategies. Kellie was fantastic at keeping me informed and advising me on how to be helpful to them without adding extra stress. Testing and preparing for college is an intense time and working with Kelli made it so much easier! Both of my daughters really enjoyed working with Kellie and we were all very happy with their experience. I highly recommend Kellie!"

Lisa Wagner

Controller at Burl Oaks Golf Club

I am writing this letter of recommendation to support Kellie since she did such a great job supporting two of my kids in preparing for the ACT. Both of my boys indicated how matter-of-fact and straightforward Kellie was in what and how she presented. She helped them to cut through the task and simplify what they needed to do to be successful. She was very clear that they would get out of their time with her whatever effort they would put in as they applied their learning to additional practice tests that would be evaluated, scored, and reviewed during their next lesson. Both boys improved their scores considerably and felt that their time with Kellie was well worth the money and time. Thank you, Kellie!

Tim Fulford

Teacher/Coach at Eden Prairie Public Schools


"Both of my kids were tutored by Kellie. Both excelled. Both were accepted to their college of choice and both received scholarships. yay!!!! Her approach is unique. academically, she is thorough but efficient. Her expectations are high. She interacts with teens as though they are the educated 'adults' they are becoming. I was amazed at how they rose to each challenge she put in front of her. We all have a tremendous of respect and gratitude for Kellie, and would highly recommend her!"

melissa beck

HealthPartners CareLine

"Kellie is awesome! Her coaching and tutoring techniques are data driven and tailored to each individual student. She is patient and kind and does a wonderful job assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each student. She is excellent at analyzing the skills required for a given task and breaking those skills down in learnable portions. She taught me how to help my math students on other sections of the ACT (including my own sons), with great results. I highly recommend Kellie for your ACT, study skills, writing, and college coaching needs."

Esther Williamson

Online Adjunct Instructor at Crown College

"I cannot recommend Kellie enough!! Kellie tutored two of our sons for ACT prep. Both are very different in their academic strengths and personalities. She tailored their sessions and homework to their individual needs. One of our son's had a great deal of anxiety and low self-confidence surrounding taking the ACT. I cannot imagine him stepping into that test taking morning without having been so well prepared by Kellie. She made such a difference for him. I would recommend Kellie's individual tutoring over a group prep class hands down. Worth the time and money for sure! Kellie is exceptional!"

Sue Welsh

Spanish Tutor

"Kellie was an excellent teacher and very accommodating during our study sessions. I have ADHD and she was very patient with me. I definitely recommend her for ACT prep!"

Peter Seylar

Mortgage Loan Analyst at Colliers International

"Kellie tutored both my kids on ACT prep and was a wonderful resource. She works to not only develop a relationship with each teen but also to know what style of learning and testing works best for them. That's a skill that's hard to find in a tutor so I very much appreciated it since each of my kids learns and tests differently. She has an amazing ability to say just what they need to hear when it gets close to testing day and their stress levels are high. That made a huge difference to my kids as well. I highly recommend Kellie as a tutor."

Kathy Wosje

VP, Global Financial Projects at IPG DXTRA

"Kellie is extremely intelligent. She knows how to work with children of every age. She is approachable and always willing to help when someone needs it. Kellie is kind, caring and compassionate. Our children have been under her teaching and I have always been pleased with what they come away with at the end of the class. I am so thankful to know Kellie. I highly recommend her in every way."

Deborah Shanahan

Lakewinds Natural Foods in Chanhassen, MN