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Caleb

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My teaching philosophy is a combination of two simple truths about life. We all love to learn and we all love to be good at things: we all love being good at learning. I try to emphasize how to learn rather than simply what to.

As a twin, I learned early on that academic competition and comparison were self-destructive sources of motivation. I had to grow out of the notion that to be good at something meant to be better than my sister, and that learning—stuffing my head full of information—was a means to that end.

One-on-one tutoring is an amazing opportunity because it lets students take a step back from a classroom environment and pay attention to their interaction with the material, their experience as a learner. Learning isn’t passive; it shouldn’t just be about absorbing knowledge, and can't just hinge on ability or talent. Being a good learner is a dynamic process of pushing boundaries, producing work that you’re proud of while hungrily looking for ways to improve.

All this clearly relates to essay writing, but it is also what standardized tests—whether ISEE or SAT—are looking for. They try to get the test taker to think flexibly, to solve weird and improbable problems using their intuition and creativity just as much as their skill or knowledge. However, I still recognize the importance of that knowledge base, and will work hard with any student on concrete test-taking skills.

I’m thankful for this opportunity to learn from you as well. I will always listen and do my best to respond thoughtfully and productively. I will work to impart more than just skills or knowledge—I will help any student learn to recognize the interaction between the two, to recognize their work as self-representation and feel confident in what they create.

Caleb’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Yale University - Current Undergrad, American Studies

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2290

SAT Math: 730

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 760

Hobbies

Music

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

College English

College Essays

Elementary School

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Middle School

Other

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Reading

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Verbal

SAT Writing and Language

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Writing