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Caryn

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I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Master of Arts degree in Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) both from Adelphi University. I have been teaching high school math for ten years. I have experience tutoring in Arithmetic, Algebra I, Algebra II, SAT Math, Trigonometry, and Precalculus; I am most passionate about Algebra. I strive to help students learn and understand difficult mathematical concepts. Outside of tutoring and teaching, I love to dance!

Caryn’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Adelphi University - Bachelors, Mathematics

Graduate Degree: Adelphi University - Masters in Education, Education

Hobbies

Dancing (Ballet, Modern, Jazz), Shopping, Lending a Helping Hand


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I hope to help increase my clients' knowledge of mathematics. I would like to develop a learning environment where my clients feel comfortable expressing themselves. I also hope to help my clients work towards their greatest potential.

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

In a typical first session with a student, I would introduce myself and give a little background information. I would also inquire about the student's current grade and math level. I also like to ask students what their goals are for the session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by first modeling with the student, and then giving the student time on his or her own to problem solve. I would teach the student strategies to help him or her excel.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated by referring to his or her goals for the session. I would encourage the student and provide positive feedback whenever possible.

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

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would definitely find another method to use to help the student better understand.

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

I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by breaking the text down and translating complicated words and phrases to everyday language.

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

The strategies I have found to be most successful when working with a student are modeling, giving various types of examples, and showing several methods to solve problems.

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

I would help a student get excited or engaged with a subject he or she is struggling in by finding real-world related problems, or problems that involve that student's personal interests.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

To be sure that a student understands the material, I would give mini quizzes, written and verbal, and I would ask students to relay why we do certain things to solve certain types of problems.

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

To build a student's confidence in a subject, you have to give positive reinforcement. Discuss where students may make mistakes and analyze why they may make those mistakes. You must focus on a student's strengths.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

To evaluate a student's needs, I sometimes start off with something challenging. For example, in solving a two step equation, a student may make careless mistakes with operations. By giving this type of problem, I know where to begin helping: with arithmetic.

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

I adapt my tutoring to the needs of the student by goal-setting with the student at the beginning of the session.

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

During a tutoring session, I typically use pencil, paper, and a calculator. Depending on the student's level, formulas may be involved.