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Catherine

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I am an Elementary Education major with a concentration in Psychology. I chose education because I realized I wasn't truly happy unless I was surrounded by children. Whether it was from spending my summers as a camp counselor, volunteering as a "big sister" to children with special needs, or helping with after-school homework help, teaching kids the value of learning has always been my passion. I have a very large family and by large, I mean 19 grandchildren; and I'm the oldest. As the oldest, I like to be a role model. I was the first in my family to go to college. I had a hard time at first; trying new things is difficult when you don't really have anyone to point you in the right direction, but I found my way.

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Catherine’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: City College of New York - Current Undergrad, Elementary Educatiom

Hobbies

Reading, writing, going to the theater, teaching, volleyball, movies, animals (I have 2 dogs, a guinea pig, and a fish!), playing board games!

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Conversational Spanish

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

Essay Editing

High School English

Homework Support

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

Languages

Math

Other

Reading

SHSAT Prep

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

TACHS Prep

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that no person is unable to learn. Learning happens all the time, every day. Even when you fail at something, you are learning, and learning from your failures is the best kind of learning.

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

At a typical first session, I will introduce myself. The student will do the same. Then together, we will come up with a couple of goals for each one of our sessions. Then, it's time for work!

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

Building trust and confidence. I know you can do this, and together we're going to prove it.

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

We can bring in things from their world, things they are interested in, and bring it into school work. Not every subject is going to be your favorite, but you can always find a way to make it interesting.

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

Taking it step by step, writing the instructions, and explaining/reflection. I know that you understand the material if you are able to teach me the material in return.

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

By not using any negative words. You did not "fail," you just did not do as well as I know you could have. Next time, I'm sure you will get a higher grade and together we are going to be great! We are a team, so if I believe you can do it, you can start believing it too!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe you never stop learning. A person learns their entire life, and becoming an independent learner is all about confidence and interest. I would find something the student is interested in and bring it into their studies. We will then work together to build up confidence that you can and will learn the material.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

We will make long-term and short-term goals. By creating both types of goals, we are setting up something to look forward to very soon, and something to look forward to in the long run. Kind of like taking baby steps up a hill.


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