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I am working towards a bachelor's degree in mathematics education at Illinois State University in order to become a high school math teacher. I also am pursing a minor in environmental studies. I have a passion for helping people, mathematics, and the environment. It feels great helping students. My favorite moment when I am working with a student is when they finally understand something they had been struggling with. Especially with math, many students believe that they are not good at it and will never understand, but I do not believe that is ever true. Not all math will be necessary in our day to day lives, but math builds logic skills and pattern recognition. I have tutored students from elementary school to college level. I have the most experience working in algebra as I have interned in a high school algebra class and I am a teaching assistant in a college algebra class.

Cara’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Illinois State University - Current Undergrad, Secondary Mathematics Teacher Education

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 31

ACT Math: 34

ACT Reading: 32

ACT Science: 34

Hobbies

badminton, games, environmentalism, math, puzzles, jewelry making

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algorithms

AP Calculus AB

AP Environmental Science

Applied Mathematics

Business

Business Calculus

Calculus

CLEP Prep

CLEP Calculus

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Precalculus

College Algebra

College Application Essays

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

Environmental Science

Geometry

College Math

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Science

Spelling Bee

Summer

Test Prep


Q & A

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

In a typical first session, I would assess a student's strengths and weaknesses in the subject. I would also find a way to explain the material that makes sense to the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can show students how they can work on their own and the best way to learn and practice the material on their own. I can also direct them to resources that they can use to find answers to any questions they have.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation is difficult when goals are very large and far away. By creating smaller goals and accomplishing those, students can stay more motivated and have a feeling of accomplishment.

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

I would try to approach the skill or concept from another direction and relate it to previous knowledge. I would help the student understand the smaller parts first to tie them all together.

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

I would create a game to learn about the subject. I would also show them the relevance of the subject to their interests and hobbies.

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

To build confidence, I encourage the student throughout each step and try to understand their reasoning when they do something wrong and how it can lead them to the correct answer. I also set smaller goals for students to accomplish and feel good about. I also increase the difficulty as they progress and begin gaining more confidence.