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I am excited to be working with Varsity Tutors! I am a graduate of the North Carolina School of Science in Mathematics in Durham, NC and I will be attending Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. My academic interests include mainly math, science, and test prep. I have experience in AP Chemistry, Calculus, and Environmental Science, and I am focused on ACT test prep. My extracurricular interests include Model UN, social activism, research in environmental science, and conservation/restoration through volunteer work.

My tutoring style is very focused and organized, however I believe that learning can be fun too so I try to keep my sessions as fun and engaging as possible. I am a very friendly, extroverted person, but I also get along well with more introverted people. I often try to imitate testing scenarios (i.e. enforcing time limits, giving time restraints for questions) for test prep tutoring, as well as provide testing tips that are applicable to your specific interests and goals. I am very flexible in my style of tutoring, and I work hard to form solid connections with my clients. I look forward to tutoring you!

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Colette’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Vassar College - Current Undergrad, Environmental Science

Test Scores

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 34

ACT Science: 34

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 730


Environmental and social activism, debate, sock collecting

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What is your teaching philosophy?

Learn for understanding, not for grades. If you understand, the grades will come.

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

Get to know each other, figure out the student's learning style, do a few practice problems, and talk about short and long term goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Never give the student the answer, only be a shoulder for them to lean on. With practice, they won't need that shoulder any more.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Keep them reminded of their goals and what they are striving towards.

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

I would slow down and attack the problem piece by piece, starting by first doing a diagnostic problem to see where the student is having difficulty and then explaining the concept thoroughly using several different example problems.

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

I read it aloud to them first, then have them read the passage aloud, and then ask them various questions about the content of the passage.

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