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Caroline

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I received my Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross in 2010, having majored in English Literature and Russian and Eastern European Studies. I have taught English in China and Thailand to students of all ages, prepared students for international exams, provided coaching for immigration interviews, and worked in both general and special education classrooms in the greater Buffalo region. I am inspired by those I teach and endeavor to help my students channel their creativity and realize their potential while making content relevant outside of the confines of the classroom.

My approach? I am currently working towards my Masters in Education and understand that students of all ages struggle with material at some point in their academic careers. I believe we learn best from teachers we feel genuinely care about us and our success. As an instructor, I work to build strong relationships with my students to better motivate them and get them excited about and invested in their work. In addition to guiding students towards a clearer understanding of material, I simultaneously work to impart the importance of non-cognitive skills. Patience, grit, and determination are integral to student success and I work daily to inspire my students to be proactive, take risks, collaborate with others, set goals, and seek excellence for themselves and invest in their futures.

As teachers, we can't ask our students to love Shakespeare or Statistics or SAT prep if we don't! I bring enthusiasm and love of learning to every tutoring session and measure my success by that of my students'.

I spend my spare reading, finding awesome books to recommend to my students, running, walking my dog, cooking for my friends and family, studying Mandarin, and planning my next trip to Asia.

Caroline’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: College of the Holy Cross - Bachelor in Arts, English Literature

Graduate Degree: SUNY College at Buffalo - Masters, English Education 7-12

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 700

SAT Writing: 700

GRE Verbal: 166

Hobbies

reading, writing, running, practicing yoga and walking my dog!

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep

ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

Adult ESL/ELL

Adult Literacy

History

American Literature

British Literature

CLEP Prep

CLEP College Composition

CLEP English Literature

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Earth Science

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

European History

GED Prep

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Phonics

PSAT Writing Skills

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

TOEFL Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Get to know your students! I believe in differentiated, individualized instruction, the first step of which is identifying students' strengths and those areas they need support in. I implement a workshop model into my instruction that places emphasis on active engagement and independent practice so students learn through doing. Rigor requires that students are engaged with the material and challenged appropriately based upon their level of mastery. I endeavor to form meaningful relationships with my students to get them highly motivated and invested in their own learning.

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

Get to know you! I want to know what motivates my students so we can get down to improving your performance in school or on your standardized tests. Let's sit down and talk about what your goals are, as well as your expectations of your tutor. What's your timeline? Is it realistic? How can we get you to where you want to be effectively, while still having fun learning?