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Celeste

I believe that everyone can learn and should be able to feel confident as a student. I am really passionate about helping others figure out learning styles and strategies that allow them to flourish in school. I am also passionate about learning and being a student in general. I am currently working on a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh remotely. In school, I am studying philosophy of mind and cognitive science and am interested in how they connect to the way we learn and how we gain self-knowledge. I also obtained a BA in philosophy from the University of San Francisco in 2007. During my undergraduate degree, I was particularly interested in studying political philosophy and classical philosophy. I would say I love philosophy in general, but I also love that it allows me to be interested in different areas of study and connect them to philosophy. I am also passionate about literature and cognitive science. I have tutored on and off since I was in high school. Most recently, I worked as an afterschool tutor helping students with their homework and also worked as a private writing tutor. I really love tutoring and helping other people believe in themselves as students.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of San Francisco - Bachelors, Philosophy

Graduate Degree:

 University of Edinburgh - Current Grad Student, Philosophy of Cognitive Science

GRE Verbal: 162

Reading, Traveling, Music, Exploring ideas and places (including my current city), Tennis, Philosophy, Cognitive Science

AP US History

College English

Comparative Literature

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Math

Ethics

High School English

High School Writing

Philosophical Ethics

Social Sciences

US History

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that we are all different kinds of learners, and everyone can learn and find a way to make it interesting.

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

In a typical first session, I ask about learning styles, difficult areas for the student, what they already know in the subject in order to get a grasp on where they are in what they are learning, and what will help them in our tutoring sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think a great way to help a student become an independent learner is by helping them learn different strategies that will help them as a student in general.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think it helps a student to stay motivated if you are always giving them positive reinforcement and helping them see how much they have improved.

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

I think there are multiple ways to explain an idea or skill. So, I would ask what their learning style is or work with them to figure it out, and then I would start explaining that subject to them in that manner. I believe everyone has the ability to learn difficult subjects if it is in the right manner.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I think a great way to help with reading comprehension is to outline or mind map the main ideas of the reading. It helps to see the main ideas when someone is reading, which helps bring out the ideas of the text more.

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

I think it's always helpful to get to know the student and what they want to work on in their studies. This helps me focus on that during our tutoring sessions and lets them know that I am here to help them.