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Catherine S.

San Diego, CA

$64/hour

Study Skills Specialist Building Confidence and Independence

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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
In-person lessons

"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, Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability
Science:
Biology, Elementary Science,
Physical Science, Physics
Art:
Art History, Art Theory, Drawing,
Painting,
Theater
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Common Core
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
American History, Art History, European History, Social Studies, World History, Writing
Elementary Education:
ADHD,
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar, Handwriting,
Homeschool,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing

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.

ADHD

I have taught students with ADHD for two years, helping them manage their time, tasks and other concerns. My main areas of focus are working memory, self-monitoring, planning and prioritizing, task initiation and organization. I teach a series of organizational and study techniques to guide my students to achieve their goals and gain confidence in their work. 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.

Having ADHD myself, at a young age I struggled in academics and time management in ways that my peers did not, and teachers did not often understand. As I grew older, I learned to overcome many challenges through trial and error, but it is still a part of my life. It is the way that my brain thinks, processes and recalls information. ADD and ADHD manifests itself differently in each person, but the common basis for management is simply to rely on some of the same strategies in organization, planning, and comprehension that any student may employ; they just become even more crucial for a student with ADD/ADHD.

Algebra 1

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.

Common Core

I have taught Common Core math and English for the last 3 years to students of all ages. Common Core's aim is to set standards for each grade level, and broaden the approaches to what have been standards in learning for years. These new approaches are what seem foreign and confusing to many. However, at its core, it's all the same stuff. All you need a different perspective, and in respect to problem solving and critical thinking, that's really not a bad thing to learn.

As a tutor, I aim to make intimidating and confusing concepts more relatable and clear. By breaking down Common Core mathematical topics 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.

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.

Elementary Math

As a tutor, I aim to make intimidating and confusing concepts more relatable and clear. Having a strong grasp of elementary math and the basics helps build a strong foundation for all subsequent mathematics. While math remains one of the most intimidating subjects to many young 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.

Elementary Science

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 teach English and writing by working on strengthening fundamentals such as writing structure, reading comprehension and relating materials and themes. I have professionally tutored English to students of all ages for the past two years, though I began tutoring English my Junior year of high school as part of an honors mentor program. 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. 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.

Handwriting

Handwriting is easiest to address at a young age, but sometimes we make it middle school, high school, or even adulthood with "messy," "unreadable," and downright "awful" penmanship. I specialize in addressing poor penmanship in middle school students and above. There are several main areas of concern which stem from basics, so we can't simply "write neater" and expect that to work. Through my work as a substitute teacher and private tutor for 3 years, I understand these key factors and how to address them. Since my lesson minimum is typically an hour and a half, I often work on these issues in conjunction with another aspect of study skills or English. We can individualize our lesson plan to your needs.

Homeschool

Over my years tutoring, I have tutored many homeschool students, and last year took on the role of homeschool teacher for five freshman in English and history. I worked with their homeschool advisor to create a curriculum that satisfied the requirements of the state and their program. Similarly to my work as a study skills tutor, I encourage my students to be independent and problem solvers. I believe it is important for students to learn how to do work on their own. We create action plans together and I assess their levels in confidence, self-assessment, attention to detail, and all foundational elements so that we can work on them and strengthen their abilities over time.

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.

Writing

I have professionally tutored writing and English students of all ages for the past two years, though I began tutoring writing my Junior year of high school as part of an honors mentor program. 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. I participated in a writing 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.

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: $64.00

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.