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I am a Senior geology major at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. I started tutoring in high school, but it was in college that I really came to love working with other students. Over the past couple of years I have tutored students from 5th grade to college seniors in a variety of subjects including math, Spanish, reading, and writing. I currently work on campus as a writing consultant. I enjoy collaborating with students on building and editing their essays from the beginning to the end of the writing process. As a student myself I am well aware of the frustration of not quite understanding a concept or just needing someone else to bounce ideas off of. I am happy to be able to provide that support to other students.

Outside of school and tutoring I enjoy playing soccer and generally being active outdoors. This last spring I had the incredible opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro. Additionally, I love to read and write. Some of my favorite books include The Lord of the Rings, King of Hearts, Tragedy of the Whale Ship Essex, and Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea.

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Lauren’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Carleton College - Current Undergrad, Undecided, anticipated major in geology

Test Scores

ACT English: 33

ACT Reading: 34

ACT Science: 34

SAT Math: 700

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 800

Hobbies

Playing soccer, reading, geology

Tutoring Subjects

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

ACT English

ACT Writing

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

College Algebra

College Application Essays

College English

College Essays

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

English

Essay Editing

Geology

High School Chemistry

High School English

Homework Support

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Other

Physical Science

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Science

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in building off of what students already know. If you can find a place to ground the new information they will remember it better. In practice this means asking lots of questions and sometimes letting the student be the teacher.

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

I like to spend a little time getting to know the student and what some of their interests are. Then we'll usually jump right into the material and I will ask lots of questions throughout the session to figure out what teaching style works best.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I like to let them try whatever they are working on first before we talk through it. I encourage lots of questions and always check in with how the student is feeling about the subject. I love when students ask to do additional problems and provide enough flexibility for them to choose what we work on.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think that setting specific goals is helpful. Also, whenever possible, I like to connect concepts to students’ interests.

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

I would try to modify my teaching to reflect their learning style. I think that repetition of concepts is helpful. Sometimes if a student is getting frustrated, however, it is better to take a break and work on something else for a little while before coming back.

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

I think that it is sometimes easy for students to just do the school work they have and lose sight of why they are doing it or what it means. Giving their work meaning usually helps students become more engaged. In practice this often involves finding more exciting applications of their subject. For example, I was working with a middle school student on math. He didn't find the subject to be fun or useful. At the end of the session we had some extra time so I introduced him to the four color theorem and challenged him to draw a map that required more than four colors to fill in. All of a sudden he was completely engaged.


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