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Cathryn

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I graduated Appalachian State University in 2012, and will be attending Mercer University to attain my Masters of Education in Secondary Education, specializing in fields related to Political Science. I have teaching certifications in early childhood - 6th grade. I taught 1st grade and have experience with pre-K children, as well. I acknowledge the power of education; I believe that no problem or barrier is too great to conquer. Let me work with your student to achieve success.

Cathryn’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Appalachian State University - Bachelors, Political Science and Government

Graduate Degree: Mercer University - Masters, Masters of Secondary Education

Hobbies

running, playing guitar, going out to eat, shopping

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

AP Comparative Government and Politics

College English

College Level American Literature

English

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Political Science

Political Science

Social Sciences

Social studies


Q & A

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching them how they learn, so they can teach themselves.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated by providing incentives for growth. I would also keep them motivated by taking breaks in learning. Lastly, I would show them why they are learning what they are learning.

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

First, I would encourage the student. I would say something like, "I know this is hard, but we will work on it together. We will get through this together." Then, I would give the student a problem that uses that skill, asking them to work through it aloud. When they work through it aloud, I would be able to figure out where they struggle. From there, I would target the point where they struggle, either through referencing the textbook or another method of explanation

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

I would ask them to read a sentence at a time. After they read the sentence, I would ask them to highlight words that they didn't know. After they highlighted, they would look up in the dictionary what the word meant. After they looked up the word, they would rephrase the sentence in a more colloquial way.

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

When I start to work with a student, I feel like it is more useful to figure out what the student knows.

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

I would make it fun by applying it to their interests or their dreams.

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

I would use informal and formal assessments. I would also use speed tests to check for fluency.

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

I build a student's confidence by scaffolding. Scaffolding is a term used in education; it means to build in difficulty with each session. The first session is easiest, while targeted to the problem area. The last session is hardest.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by formal and informal assessments. I also try a variety of teaching methods to see which is the most effective.

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

I try a variety of teaching methods; I use funny songs, games, and other methods until I find something that works.

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

During an online session, I use websites including games and practice.