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Karina

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I enjoy helping anyone find that love of learning and confidence that comes from understanding your studies. Together, myself and the student will discover where any challenges in understanding are and find a way of learning that works best for them. I have an excellent background in math, reading, and chemistry, since I have a degree in Chemical Engineering and earned all A's and B's in these subjects. I am conversationally proficient in Spanish, as I took Spanish 1-4 in high school and recently lived over a year in a Spanish-speaking country.

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Karina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University - Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering

Graduate Degree: Rice University - Master of Science, Environmental Analysis & Decision Making

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1410

SAT Verbal: 710

SAT Writing: 720

Hobbies

Traveling, learning about new cultures, playing violin, watching movies, Latin dancing.

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

College Algebra

Conversational Spanish

English

Geometry

Homework Support

Languages

Math

Middle School English

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Other

Pre-Calculus

SAT Reading

Science

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Trigonometry

Q & A

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

First, ask the student what they are having trouble with. If they provide a general answer, I may ask to see one of their past homework assignments or tests to gain an idea of what the student might need help with. Then, we can start going through sample problems together, step-by-step. All along the way, I will ask the student what their train of thought is to answer the problem. This will help them understand how to break a problem down into manageable chunks that are easier to tackle. And it also boosts practice with critical thinking.

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

If it is a math problem, definitely write down all the information that is necessary to solve the problem. Also, drawing a diagram is helpful to learn a skill or concept. And, slowly walk the student through the thought process that can be used to solve the problem.

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

Try to convey the subject with a visually stimulating or interactive activity. For example, if they are learning Spanish, we could find a short video or TV show that they like and watch it while stopping periodically to review with the student the thinks the characters are saying with Spanish vocabulary and grammar that they are trying to learn.

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