I possess two Bachelor's Degrees (from Grinnell College and Virginia Commonwealth University) and a Master in Public Health from Columbia University. This diverse educational experience has enabled me to become proficient in several subjects. In addition, I have a long history of teaching and tutoring. I earned my CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and I have taught English to middle and high school students in China. I also have experience explaining the process of developing a research topic and finding reputable sources. I have served as a teaching assistant in college level chemistry and graduate level environmental science courses. Finally, I have served as a freelance tutor for over 1 year.
My Tutoring Philosophy:
I break down problems or tasks into easily achievable steps, and then help the student understand how each step contributes to the solution of the problem or task. I don't believe in shortcuts (such as omitting steps like addition or subtraction in the explanation of a math problem); instead, I write everything out for each step and guide the student through it. I believe this builds confidence. In addition, I use comparisons to everyday phenomena, physical representations of science concepts, or any other item that will help a student understand a difficult concept. It would be my pleasure to help you succeed!
I really enjoy seeing students succeed. It's a great feeling when they realize they are able to master the concept or question that was previously giving them trouble. I also enjoy building confidence in students, especially those that believe they are bad at math or science.
I hired Carolyn to help me through a correspondence chemistry course and I couldn't have made a better choice. It had been at least seven years since my last chemistry class and I really needed more guidance in such an unstructured setting. Carolyn is very friendly, well-read, and she keeps a sense of professionalism while staying casual. Carolyn wants to make sure that you understand the topics at hand to the fullest extent and will work with you until you're comfortable enough with the subject. I was very lucky that Carolyn has a wide range of knowledge in chemistry as my course jumped from various subjects, and even stepped upon some physics. My course had touched briefly upon basic chemistry but focused primarily on organic chemistry. Carolyn was reliable and communicative throughout the past 4 and a half months and showed that she really cared that I did well in my course. Carolyn has all the qualities that a good and supportive teacher would have.. and I am very grateful to have found her on this website! I would highly recommend her.
Calorine is well prepared and devoted to teach. She is very patient and teach the material with custom made questions and study guide. Very kind and logical. She is passionate to teach and boiled down complicated concept ( for us not to her) step by step.
When I first enrolled in prerequisite courses for PA school, it had been quite some time since I’d last taken Chemistry. Now, at the college level, I found myself struggling with many concepts. Carolyn was an amazing tutor in my general 111/112 and upper level courses, such as Biochemistry. She was patient, thorough and extremely knowledgeable on the subject matter. So happy to have had her help to get through and have a better understanding!
I first sit down with the student and determine exactly what type of problem they are having with the material (i.e., not understanding how to do a math problem, or not understanding a concept). It is fine if there are many concepts the student does not understand. I then use foundational concepts that the student does understand to slowly create a scaffold to help the student understand new material with my help.
I possess a CELTA certificate (Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and I have served as a teaching assistant in college level chemistry courses and a graduate teaching assistant in a graduate level environmental science course. I also have a long history of informally tutoring my peers and friends. I possess two Bachelor's Degrees (a B.A. from Grinnell College and a B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University), and a Master in Public Health from Columbia University.
My price is a flat $25 per hour.
I began teaching through a Grinnell College Fellowship in Nanjing, China. I taught English to Chinese middle and high schoolers. Although I really enjoyed the experience, it was difficult to help my students one-on-one due to the sheer number of students in each class. This experience piqued my interest in tutoring, which allows me to focus on each student's individual needs and talents. I then began tutoring classmates informally; as a teaching assistant, I held office hours so that I could help students individually.
I have worked with students who are learning English as a second language, middle and high school students (ages 12-18), college students, and graduate level students.
I would advise the student to look for someone who has expertise in both learning the subject (as a student in a classroom) and tutoring in the subject. In addition, look for reviews of the tutor from past students.
1. The most important question students need to answer is "Are you ready to put in the hard work needed to learn?". If a student isn't ready to pay attention during a tutoring session, that student won't be able to understand explanations of the subject matter.
2. What concepts do you understand? The concepts that you have already mastered can serve as a foundation for those you don't understand.
3. Can you point to specific concepts/assignments/homework/lectures that you don't understand? Don't be afraid of showing your tutor a bunch of textbook chapters or homework that you don't understand--the tutor needs to know what you do and don't know.
4. What do you consider your strengths? It's important to remember that not understanding something doesn't make you dumb. Everyone has strengths and talents!