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Cara

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There is potential in everyone and I want to help students see their potential and thrive in every way that they can, no matter the age or level of ability. I have been teaching and tutoring for almost 7 years at numerous levels. I have a graduate degree in English as well as BA's in English, Hispanic Studies, and Film. Although my specialty is creative writing, I have been teaching first-year composition for two years. I also tutor standardized test prep for the SAT and the ACT. I have had the life changing experience of studying abroad in Spain for 7 weeks, and being the assistant director of a tutoring company. Although I have years of experience teaching levels of math from pre-k to Algebra 1, English and Spanish are my passions and I love helping others grow and become more comfortable in those subjects. When I'm not studying or helping others, I'm usually trying stay physically active with recreational sports or a trip to the gym. I hope to give the best assistance that I can, in all way's possible.

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Cara’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: East Carolina University - Bachelors, English, Hispanic Studies

Hobbies

softball, fencing, physical fitness, music, writing, Spanish, horror movies

Tutoring Subjects

6th Grade AP Language Composition

Academic Coaching

ACT English

ACT Reading

Adult ESL/ELL

Algebra

Audition Prep

College Application Essays

College English

College Essays

Composition

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Writing

Languages

Math

Music

Other

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

Test Prep

Writing

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

One step at a time.

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

Get to know the student and find out where they are most comfortable.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

First, lead by example, and then give them the tools they need to succeed on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Remind them of the long term goal.

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

Have patience and adjust my technique to fit what will best help them.

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

Make them feel our relationship is peer to peer and not teacher to student.

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

Relate it to everyday life.

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

Review and have the student explain the material to me as if I didn't understand it.

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

Reward them with positive reinforcement.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Read their body language and listen to what they say they need help with.

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

Try different techniques to see which yields a more effective response.

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

Textbook, markers, colorful pens, paper.

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

Start them off slow and gradually get them to a level they can handle.

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