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Carolyn V.

Studio City, CA

$60/hour

History, English, Biology, Theater, Latin, SAT, etc.!

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Background check passed as of 12/4/14
5.0 average from 94 ratings
Very patient!
— Paola, Northridge, CA on 11/13/16

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Princeton University
History

Education

Princeton University (History)

About Carolyn

Hello!

I'm a native Bostonian, graduated valedictorian of my high school class in 2009, and hold a degree in History from Princeton University, class of 2013 (I also hold a certificate- or "minor" in Theater). I am extremely passionate about learning, and have been my entire life- I love learning new things, and nothing makes me happier than sharing that experience with someone else. Not only am I a teacher, I am also an actor (and improviser!), which makes me uniquely skilled at creating a tailor-made learning experience for each individual student. As an improvisor in particular, I understand the benefits of being flexible and adapting to new circumstances, and this influences my teaching style in a way that benefits the student directly- after meeting with a student, I can adjust our lessons to cater to his or her particular learning style, conscious of his or her unique strengths. I put a premium on my students enjoying the process of learning, and I try to minimize the stress of the learning environment by integrating fun "brain-breaks" (jokes/games/pop culture references, if needed) into the lesson, in order to make the information "pop" for the student.

The basic tenant of my teaching philosophy is that understanding "why" a certain problem/grammatical construction/etc. is the way it is is always to be preferred over understanding just "what" to do with the problem/grammatical construction/etc. I believe in the importance of students taking ownership over their own learning experience, and I believe that this approach increases students problem-solving ability, so that they can solve similar problems without having to resort to a standard, (and likely rigid) methodology. An example: I once had an Algebra I student whose teacher had instructed her to solve word-problems using a certain matrix. When helping the student do her homework, I demonstrated to the student how to use the matrix, but also explained to her how and why the matrix worked. This kind of teaching facilitated the student's ability to solve similar problems without using the matrix (which would not have applied to any given word problem), thus expanding her skill set in a productive way.

I have had regular work as a tutor since my sophomore year of high school, when I began tutoring Latin, and have fallen in love with the experience of helping a student grow and excel in any given subject. One of my most recent students went into the school year with a failing grade in Latin, and by the end of the semester, had recovered his grade to a B+, which I was extremely proud of. I value the relationships I have with my students- I have two younger siblings myself- and enjoy spending time with them during the learning process.

I am a passionate, hard-working, enthusiastic, and creative tutor, with a wide diversity of interests and skills. I understand the pressures of needing to excel, and want to create a stress-free learning environment specifically tailored to each student's needs, that is creative, functional, and fun!
Hello!

I'm a native Bostonian, graduated valedictorian of my high school class in 2009, and hold a degree in History from Princeton University, class of 2013 (I also hold a certificate- or "minor" in Theater). I am extremely passionate about learning, and have been my entire
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Studio City, CA 91604
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very patient!"

- Paola, Northridge, CA on 11/13/16

"Awesome Latin and Math Tutor"

- Ella, Valley Village, CA on 10/11/16

"Excellent tutor"

- Tori, Los Angeles, CA on 2/27/16

"Great Tutor!"

- Heidi, Woodland Hills, CA on 11/7/15

"Really great tutoring session!"

- Annie, Santa Monica, CA on 6/24/15
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra
Science:
ACT Science, Biology, Psychology
Art:
Theatre
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, ACT Science, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
Latin
History:
American History, Classics,
European History, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Classics

Hi! I've taken seven years of Latin (middle school, high school, and college) and received a score of 5 on both the A.P. Vergil and A.P. Catullus exams. I'm familiar with the ancient Greek alphabet and have taken courses in both Gaelic and Egyptian hieroglyphics, as well as having some instruction in Middle English. I've believe I've read most of the fundamentally "classical" texts (Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, Paradise Lost, Canterbury Tales- if the student is looking for more English related classics…), and I have a breadth of knowledge about classical references that encompasses both the mythological and the religious. My first tutoring job was in Latin, and students of the classics have been my most consistent clients.

Public Speaking

I am a trained actor and excellent public speaker. I've served as a director of theater and teacher of improvisation, and I believe the combination of these skills makes me uniquely qualified to help any student become more comfortable with public speaking. With my unique combination of experience, I have the ability to help a student improve delivery of pre-existing speeches, as well as helping a student improve their ability to handle the performance environment, giving them the freedom and confidence to enjoy the experience of speaking publicly. Working with some of the greatest speeches in history, the student and I will combine our efforts to make him/her a more self-assured, self-sufficient public speaker.

Social Studies

I believe I am qualified to teach social studies (understood as the more broadly defined field used to cover subjects as diverse as history and religion, sociology and anthropology, during the early elementary/middle school years), because I have a degree in history, and a deep passion for the subject. I believe in teaching social studies creatively, encouraging a student to discover the subject in their own way, and in challenging myself to find new, exciting ways to examine the subject with the student. My teachers used to use a two-pronged approach when teaching this particular range of subjects- any given topic was approached in both an analytical and a creative way by the student (e.g., a lesson on the Roman empire would include both a paragraph about governmental structure and an acrostic poem about how an empire is like a salad). This is my plan as well.

Theatre

This is a subject I believe I am qualified to teach, as I have been a professional (paid) actor for over four years. While of course I'm not suggesting my methods for teaching/performing theater are the best or "right", I believe that I can help young actors and actresses grow as artists, increasing their confidence, adaptability, and versatility, in a way many theater teachers can't. I specialize in improv, and taught children's improv classes with a children's theater group this past fall in Massachusetts, developing my own eight-week program to enable children to handle an improv scene no matter what's thrown at them. More broadly, I have assistant taught children's theater to children four years old through 12th grade, and can provide a budding artist with the fundamental building blocks upon which to build a successful future career.

Princeton University
History

Education

Princeton University (History)

Very patient! — My daughter just started working with Carolyn, we are very happy. She's great and my daughter understands her very well. She has a great demeanor, and she's very approachable, perfect for a preteen girl!!!! ...

— Paola, Northridge, CA on 11/13/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Carolyn will travel within 10 miles of Studio City, CA 91604.