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Catherine S.

San Diego, CA

$45/hour

Expertise from getting started, to final edits

100+ Hours
5.0 average from 32 ratings
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— Patrick, San Diego, CA on 4/9/17

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University of California, San Diego
Visual Arts

Education

University of California, San Diego (Visual Arts)

About Catherine

Strong study skills create the foundation for a successful student. From note taking to reading comprehension, I use simple but efficient methods of studying and organization that carry through each course. With these tools, staying on top of classwork and preparing for tests is straightforward and manageable.

My second grade teacher instilled in me a love of learning, and the confidence to read, write, and try! I can trace my success back through college, AP cram sessions, and middle school awkwardness, to second grade where I was encouraged to develop a strong foundation for learning. I firmly believe that everyone can succeed in school, and I love to help students reach the same conclusion about themselves, no matter the subject or challenge. I work to guide students through their own work, rather than to present them with answers without any knowledge of how to get there.

I am a certified substitute teacher for all subjects. I work with student's K-12 in math, English, science and history as a substitute in San Diego and Escondido. As a tutor, I have the opportunity to teach one on one, and focus in on the areas that need the most attention, whether that means catching up on homework, or working through a difficult new subject.

I began tutoring English my Junior year of high school. I took honors and AP English Language and Literature throughout high school, alongside other AP's, and had the opportunity to be a Teacher's aid for 10th grade Honor's English and 11th grade AP Language and Composition. For two years I participated in a tutoring program for Honor's students to help elevate their work to the proficiency required in class. My core program at UCSD's Sixth College was also writing based.

As a tutor, I aim to make intimidating and confusing concepts more relatable and clear. While math remains one of the most intimidating subjects to many students, it is ironically one of the most straightforward. By breaking down a mathematical topic into smaller concepts, we can pinpoint where a student is struggling in order to clarify that area. Finding a new way to conceptualize a problem and reinforcing the appropriate steps through repetition can make a seemingly impossible task more tangible.

While I have always had a passion for art, I have taken numerous courses since middle school. I took two years of AP Studio Art in high school, receiving a 5 and 3 on my AP Studio Drawing and AP Studio 2-D Design portfolios, respectively. I was also a Teacher's Aid for high school art. I studied the arts further under my Visual art major at UCSD.

About me: I am a recent UCSD grad, where I studied conceptual and visual arts, concentrating on performance art in my upper division work. Over the last four years I was the Varsity 8 coxswain on the Women's Rowing team, competing at the NCAA level. Although I walked on in college, I found a true passion for the sport. I learned invaluable skills in leadership, communication, and sacrifice while working with my team, as well as how to balance the time consuming sport with work and school. I was also a member of our school's short form comedy improv troupe, similar to the show "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" Unlike the structure of Crew, Improv was loose and fun, both on and off stage. We practiced such concepts as developing group mind, "Yes and..."-ing, and raising the stakes, all the while learning to support and encourage each other's abilities in a way that would benefit our whole team. I have a penchant for vinyl records, making videos, and animals, especially cats!

I look forward to getting to know you! Please get in touch if you are interested in working with me.
Strong study skills create the foundation for a successful student. From note taking to reading comprehension, I use simple but efficient methods of studying and organization that carry through each course. With these tools, staying on top of classwork and preparing for tests is straightforward and manageable.

My second grade teacher
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

One and a half hour minimum per lesson. Please allow 24 hours notice for a cancellation.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of San Diego, CA 92128

"Great Tutor!"

- Patrick, San Diego, CA on 4/9/17

"Makes learning fun and easy"

- Luke, Los Angeles, CA on 8/22/16

"Excellent tutor!"

- George, Rancho Santa Fe, CA on 5/26/16

"Great tutor"

- Jodi, San Diego, CA on 10/12/15

"She is knowledgeable and worked with my son very well."

- Ali, San Diego, CA on 9/15/15
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability
Science:
Biology, Physical Science, Physics
Art:
Art History, Art Theory, Drawing,
Painting,
Theater
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
CBEST, Common Core
History:
American History, European History, Social Studies
Special Needs:
ADHD
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Drawing

I have excelled in art courses from middle school through college. In high school I received a 5 and a 3 on my AP Studio portfolios for Drawing and 2-D design, respectively, and was the Art 'Teacher's Aid' for one year.

Elementary (K-6th)

Creating a sturdy foundation through the mastery of K-6th fundamentals is an integral part of success through school. I specialize my tutoring to the learning styles and needs of my students so that their academic success begins at a young age, and fosters a love of learning. For four years I taught Sunday school classes and was a counselor at Vacation Bible school for children K-6th. I am also a licensed K-12 substitute teacher, have passed the CBEST, and teach Elementary and Middle school children in San Diego and Escondido. I also have tutor experience working with elementary students on reading, writing, math, grammar, and comprehension skills. I use kinesthetic, visual and auditory techniques to engage different parts of the brain and memory to make learning easier and more stimulating.

English

I took honors and AP English Language and Literature throughout high school, and my core program at UCSD's sixth college was writing based. I also have experience tutoring honor's English students, and was a Teacher's Aid in high school for 10th grade Honor's English and 11th grade AP Language and Composition.

Literature

From 9th-12th grade I took all honors and AP English and Literature courses. For two years I was a Teacher's Assistant for honor's English and AP Language and Composition, privately tutoring students from both classes. I am familiar with many elementary, middle and high school recommended readings, both from personal learning and through one on one tutoring.

Painting

At UCSD, I majored in Visual Arts, completing upper division courses and critiques in painting taught by top artists in the field. I also have a strong understanding of art history, various techniques, and guiding natural ability.

Study Skills

I teach a series of organizational and study techniques to guide my students to achieve their goals and gain confidence in their work. In addition to accumulating my own set of study skills, I have also taken numerous courses in communication, and workshops on developmentally appropriate techniques and studying skills. By using a student's strengths to support their learning styles, I have helped many become academically successful. As a TA, I helped students who were struggling to keep up with the course by breaking down assignments into manageable tasks and walking through the processes of researching, studying, and effective note taking. As a tutor, I use these same strategies to help students address obstacles occurring at the root level.

University of California, San Diego
Visual Arts

Education

University of California, San Diego (Visual Arts)

Great Tutor!

Catherine has been working with my daughter for about two months. She has developed a great rapport and my daughter has shown much more confidence in her ability to understand concepts and has improved her study habits as well. Catherine is professional and makes the tutoring session productive while relating on a personal level, sharing common interests with my daughter that keep things interes

— Patrick, San Diego, CA on 4/9/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

One and a half hour minimum per lesson. Please allow 24 hours notice for a cancellation.

Travel policy

Catherine will travel within 15 miles of San Diego, CA 92128.