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Caitlin S.

Writing, History, College Application, Standardized Test Prep

Writing, History, College Application, Standardized Test Prep

$50/hour

  • 7 hours tutoring

  • Wrigleyville Chicago, IL 60613

About Caitlin


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Hi, I'm Caitlin! I graduated from the University of Chicago in March of 2018, with a B.A. in History, and a specialization in Turkish language. The most important skill I took away from my time at the University of Chicago is my ability to communicate through writing. I firmly believe that strong writing skills are vital to a student's long term success, no matter what field they wish to pursue. My goal as a tutor, for students coming to me for writing and reading comprehension help, is...

Hi, I'm Caitlin! I graduated from the University of Chicago in March of 2018, with a B.A. in History, and a specialization in Turkish language. The most important skill I took away from my time at the University of Chicago is my ability to communicate through writing. I firmly believe that strong writing skills are vital to a student's long term success, no matter what field they wish to pursue. My goal as a tutor, for students coming to me for writing and reading comprehension help, is to improve a student's ability to express themselves, and feel confident in doing so.

During my time at the University of Chicago I was able to delve deep into American history, with a specific focus on the development of American law and the societal implications. This has equipped me with an extensive understanding of American history, and my elective classes have prepared me to assist students with history classes of all kinds. My focus on American law as part of my history major enables me to help students with government, politics, political science, and civics classes of all kinds.

My favorite thing about tutoring is watching students grow in confidence as their writing and study skills improve. A good tutor will guide a student to the moment when the subject really 'clicks', and it is wonderful to see a student who might be unsure of their academic skills really become confident in their abilities.

I have previous tutoring experience from both college and high school. I spent a year with two students everyday as a nanny and tutor, during which time I helped them with all of their homework. They were in the 3rd and 7th grade respectively. My tutoring experience in college was through an after-school program that one of my student organizations helped out at. There I would work with students between 2nd and 6th grades with their homework, and preparing for tests. I also helped a small group of graduating high school seniors with their applications for scholarships and preparation for college, with this same group. When I helped them with their homework and general study skills, my method was student-focused. First I would ask the student to give the problem a try, and when they're stuck, I'd ask them to point out where in specific they were having difficulty. This specificity helps with two things- one, the student's ability to break the topic down into smaller pieces and understand where the trouble lies, and two, it helps me as the tutor help the student in the most focused and productive way possible. When a student is able to identify the problem they're having with understanding the material, is when true learning happens.

For writing help, my approach is similarly focused around breaking down the subject to small, manageable chunks and going from there. For many students, a 5 page paper may seem daunting- but it's a lot less so when you address it in a series of small steps. I find that in the beginning stages of writing, what can be most helpful to a student struggling with starting the essay and figuring out what they want to say is simply having a sounding board for their ideas. The end goal for me- with writing as with all of my tutoring- is to help the student reach their answer on their own. As a tutor your role is not to tell the student the answers, but to give them the tools, the space, and the tips to finding it themselves.

It is best that a student arrive to the lesson with some amount of forethought put into the piece of writing we will be working on, where applicable. This can be simply an idea, some notes, or even a rough draft, depending on where the student is with the assignment. If a student has a rough draft prepared in advance, I will always be happy to look it over before our meeting, to ensure the best use of our time together.

I encourage students to reach out to me, I am very flexible with time and location. I am able to help with writing of all kinds, including scientific writing (such as lab reports), history, standardized test prep, and especially college application help.

College application essays are often touted as the most important piece of writing you've done so far- but it doesn't have to be off-putting. I can help students figure out what they intend to express in their essays, and use their space wisely to create a concise and well-rounded application. I can also provide advice on how to make sure a student has a good spread of schools so that they can get into the right school for them.


Education

University of Chicago
History

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $50 for in-person / $50 for online
  • Travel policy: Within 8 miles of Chicago, IL 60613
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Art History

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Vocabulary

English

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Vocabulary, Writing

History

American History, Art History, European History, Government & Politics

Homeschool

Algebra 1, English, Writing

Math

Algebra 1

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Algebra 1, English, Writing

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

When I applied to colleges myself, I was required to write a series of essays as a key part of my application. I have since discussed at great length with members of the University of Chicago admissions office what types of essays college admissions counselors are really looking for. My goal is to help the student decide what it is they are really aiming to get across, why it will help their application, and to help them craft an essay that they are proud to submit.
Government & Politics

Summer

Algebra 1, Writing

Test Preparation

College Counseling,

College Counseling

When I applied to colleges myself, I was required to write a series of essays as a key part of my application. I have since discussed at great length with members of the University of Chicago admissions office what types of essays college admissions counselors are really looking for. My goal is to help the student decide what it is they are really aiming to get across, why it will help their application, and to help them craft an essay that they are proud to submit.
ACT English, ACT Reading

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She explained what universities are looking for in a application essay, she help me organize my paper as well As transfering my thoughts and ideas in a organized paragraph.

Iysha, 5 lessons with Caitlin

$50/hour

Caitlin S.

$50/hour

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