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Caroline

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My Pennsylvania certification is in Elementary Education, but I have experience teaching ages 4-adult. I've been teaching since 2011 and I strive to make each of my students feel comfortable and confident with the material covered. I began working with Varsity Tutors in February of 2017 and I've found my work here to be very rewarding. I have experience helping students succeed in both long-term as well as short-term goals including coursework, GED/CHSPE/HiSet preparation, SAT/ACT preparation, state standardized exam preparation, private school preparation, and a wide range of other topics. I create individualized lesson plans and curriculum to keep my students engaged, focused, and interested in the material. I recognize that each person has a unique method of learning and I am, therefore, flexible in my content delivery to maximize my students' learning. Please let me know how you, or your child, learn(s) best so that I may create the most appropriate material for you or your child!

Caroline’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Duquesne University - Current Undergrad, Elementary Education

Hobbies

Teaching, Animals, Social Justice, Letter Writing

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER ESL Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep

Algebra

Art

ASVAB Prep

Basic Computer Literacy

CHSPE Prep

CLEP Prep

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP Precalculus

CogAT Prep

College Application Essays

College English

College Political Science

College World History

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Creative Writing

CSAP/ TCAP Prep

ECAA Prep

ECAA/ERB Prep

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Environmental Science

ERB CPAA Prep

ERB CTP Prep

ERB WrAP Prep

Essay Editing

Ethics

FCAT 2.0 Prep

Fiction Writing

Florida EOC Assessment Prep

French

French 2

GATE/ TAG Prep

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

Handwriting

High School English

High School Writing

HSPT Math Prep

College Math

ISAT Prep

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Primary

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement

Law

Mac Basic Computer Skills

Math

Microsoft Office

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

PARCC Prep

PC Basic Computer Skills

Philosophical Ethics

Political Science

Pre-Algebra

REGENTS Prep

Science

Social Networking

Social Sciences

Social studies

Special Education

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

STAAR EOC Prep

STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

WPPSI Prep

Writing


Q & A

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

To ensure that a student understands the material, I typically ask them to explain it to me. If they can explain a concept to me coherently, they are usually proficient in the material. I will sometimes quiz my students, but the methods used vary based on age and maturity.

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

I "sandwich" the difficulty of the lesson. I will start with a review problem, then the material will get progressively more difficult, and finally we will end on a review of one of the simpler problems. I also use only positive reinforcement. I tell students that they are doing really well. I try to never be too negative. If they are really struggling with a problem, that's my cue as a teacher to give them something easier.

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

For online tutoring, I use the interactive board. I like to prepare problems for my student to work on as well as fun activities. For example, I might have a kindergartener, who is learning to add, move virtual counters. For in person tutoring, I always bring elaborate games! My university has an incredible curriculum center filled with the most up-to-date learning materials. I love the board games we have for reading, the card games for math, and the fun activities for science!

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is simple. As a teacher, it is my job to help every child in my care. It is my job to adapt my lessons and myself to be able to work with that child. It is my job to help my children develop the skills they need to meet their personal goals -- what is best for them. No child is the same. I believe more in improvement than general standards.

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

During our first session, I will get to know the student. I will begin with an introduction to make them feel comfortable in the session. I will then give them a few practice problems to find their level of knowledge. Next, we will review the problems, and finally come up with a comprehensive plan to reach their goals. Students are more than welcome to come to our sessions with prepared questions! Please feel free to send them to me beforehand.