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I have been teaching for 10 years. While my background is in English, I have 9 years of experience teaching and tutoring in the area of skills development. I have had much success in working with students to improve organizational skills, study skills, critical reading, writing, time-management and test-taking. I particularly enjoy helping students with writing research papers and essays. SAT and ACT prep in reading and writing, and the college application process are additional areas of strength for me.

I have had success with students from elementary school through college students. In my current position as an AVID Coordinator, I am responsible for leading my program of 160+ students to academic success through mentoring, tutoring, and guiding them through independent goal setting. I look forward to continuing my work with Varsity Tutors clients ensuring success in their academic endeavors!

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Cassandra’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Towson University - Bachelors, English Secondary Education

Graduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - Masters, Liberal Arts

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Writing

College English

College Essays


Essay Editing

High School English



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that every student has the ability to learn and reach his or her fullest potential with help, support and guidance.

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

Some "getting to know you" activities or questions and a diagnostic activity to assess abilities.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

A student can become an independent learner by becoming aware of his/her learning style. I would complete a learning style inventory and introduce strategies that work best for the student's learning preferences.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would offer incentives and set goals for the student to achieve.

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

I believe repetition is key. It is also important to find a variety of ways to continue to introduce the skill or concept.

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

I think the most important thing for reading comprehension is to READ. I would practice with the student but also help him or her develop a plan for reading each day on his or her own as well.

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