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Cara

Instructor & Guide…
These are only a couple of the hats that I wear. I am an instructor; the information that I possess needs to be handed down to my tutees. Using a variation of learning styles, I hope to give every tutee the best chance to learn the material. I am a guide; I give each tutee the means he/she needs to accomplish a task and I steer him/her in the correct direction.

Individual & Learner…
Each tutee is an individual capable of learning all there is to know in the world. Every tutee possesses unique qualities that are brought to the table. These qualities can be used, molded, and perfected. Tutees are learners; although it is every tutor’s dream to have scholars as their tutee, I believe it is more realistic to see the role of my tutees as being that of a learner – taking in the knowledge that I am providing them with.

Safe & Diverse…
In order for my tutees to learn the most they can, I ensure an environment that is safe and diverse. My tutees know they are safe physically and mentally; they are able to speak their minds and know their opinions count. The more diverse I am with teaching styles, the better my equipped I am to help different tutees learn. Using visual, auditory, and hands-on learning styles is something I believe to be a key component in the best learning environment.

I have been tutoring for eight years. I have worked with children as young as one to adults in their forties. I am a Master level certified tutor through the CRLA and I have my Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as well as my initial license to teach Math 8-12. I also have my Bachelors of Science in Zoo Science from Friends University and an Associates degree in Liberal Arts - Math and Science - from Bristol Community College. I really enjoy tutoring and bringing a tutee from a place where they are vulnerable and confused to a place where they are comfortable and confident. I enjoy tutoring Mathematics the most out of my subjects because I've always easily understood Math and find it is where students typically have the most difficulty. Although Mathematics is my favorite, I also tutor in public speaking, science, and English. Beyond tutoring, I really enjoy reading and doing anything that involves the outdoors.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Friends University - BS, Zoo Science

Graduate Degree:

 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth - MS, Education

Reading & the outdoors

What is your teaching philosophy?

Instructor & Guide; these are only a couple of the hats that I wear. I am an instructor; the information that I possess needs to be handed down to my tutees. Using a variation of learning styles, I hope to give every tutee the best chance to learn the material. I am a guide; I give each tutee the means he/she needs to accomplish a task, and I steer him/her in the correct direction. Individual & Learner; each tutee is an individual capable of learning all there is to know in the world. Every tutee possesses unique qualities that are brought to the table. These qualities can be used, molded, and perfected. Tutees are learners; although it is every tutor's dream to have scholars as their tutee, I believe it is more realistic to see the role of my tutees as being that of a learner -- taking in the knowledge that I am providing them with. Safe & Diverse; in order for my tutees to learn the most they can, I ensure an environment that is safe and diverse. My tutees know they are safe physically and mentally; they are able to speak their minds, and know their opinions count. The more diverse I am with teaching styles, the better equipped I am to help different tutees learn. Using visual, auditory, and hands-on learning styles is something I believe to be a key component in the best learning environment.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

The first session with a student I typically use to get acquainted with the student, and to fine what mode of learning works the best for them. We work on what they know and where they are confused.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The best way to help a student become an independent learner is to show them how to go about finding the answers themselves; teaching them not only how to do the problem, but how to figure out how to do it if another person isn't there to help.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Helping a student stay motivated is a little bit tricky sometimes. Often it entails making the learning process fun, and involving real-world applications, so they understand that what they are learning isn't useless.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

If a student is having difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would manipulate the concept in as many different ways as possible until they understood it, or I would find a way to get the concept through to the student based off of their own background.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I find that step-by-step work and note-taking for later use when the student is working alone has been a successful strategy.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

The best way to get a student engaged with a subject they are struggling in is to make it fun for them. Integrate things they enjoy into the lesson.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Practice makes perfect. Practice the problem as many times as necessary in all different ways.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

The only way I've found to properly evaluate is to do. A student can think they learn best via one mode, but in reality, by going about problems, sometimes you find that is not the case.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

No two students are the same; some need visuals, some need hands-on, and others learn just from lecture. I adapt my lessons to cater to the type of student I'm dealing with, as well as that person as an individual and what they are interested in.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Typically the student's book or workbook are used. Other than that, usually things around the house or even outside are used.