Carilyn F.

Plainville, MA


Certified Teacher/Standardized Testing Coach

300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/10/14
4.8 average from 73 ratings
Amazing tutor!
— Erich, Providence, RI on 3/25/16


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Eastern University
Rivier University


Eastern University

Rivier University (Master's)

About Carilyn

I am a college professor, certified teacher, and private tutor offering assistance in English, history, the life sciences, study skills, and standardized test prep for students in middle school, high school, and college.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, minor in American History, from Eastern University, St. Davids, PA and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Rivier University, Nashua, NH. I have 15+ years experience working with students of all ages, with 4+ years experience teaching grammar, writing, and literature.

I offer standardized test prep for:

-MCAS (ELA Composition Test; History and Social Science)
-NECAP (Reading; Writing)
-HSPT (Verbal, reading, and language)
-PSAT (Critical Reading; Writing)
-SAT (Critical Reading; Writing)
-ACT (English; Reading; Writing)
-MTEL (English; Communication and Literacy Skills-Reading)
-PRAXIS I (Reading; Writing)
-PRAXIS II (Principals of Learning and Teaching 7-12)
-GRE (Verbal Reasoning; Analytical Writing)
-GRE Subject Test (Literature in English)


"Miss F. clearly cares for her students and exhibited a determination to help them succeed. At the beginning of the semester, she asked students for information about their interests and future plans. She then used that information throughout the semester to help her understand her students' learning styles." --Sarah B., English Teacher, Cumberland High School, Cumberland, RI

"Cari F. was a student in a course I taught here at Rivier College in the Spring of 2010, ENG 531, Teaching of Writing, for which she earned a grade of 'A.' Based on her performance in this course, I give her my strongest recommendation.... What struck me most about Cari is her infectious enthusiasm.... She will be a tremendous, experienced guide to students as they develop a sound process for writing. Cari’s grasp of process-oriented instruction is quite strong; she strategically incorporated use of a reading journal, guided by pre-reading and comprehension-based prompts, showing her strong capacity to use informal writing both to help students read and to prepare their thinking for longer, formal writing assignments. She also demonstrated a keen sense that, when possible, it helps to find real audiences for student writing (she found an essay contest on censorship to which her students would submit their persuasive writing)." --Dr. Timothy J. Doherty, Professor of English, Rivier University, Nashua, NH
I am a college professor, certified teacher, and private tutor offering assistance in English, history, the life sciences, study skills, and standardized test prep for students in middle school, high school, and college.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, minor in American History, from Eastern University, St. Davids, PA and
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24 hours notice required

For homeschooling-type tutoring, where I must read along with a student and/or prepare lessons, the hourly rate starts at $100 an hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Plainville, MA 02762
Background Check: Passed

"Amazing tutor!"

- Erich, Providence, RI on 3/25/16

"Impressive results!!!"

- Melissa, Mansfield, MA on 4/26/17

"A children's book for a high school project"

- Ann-Marie, Sharon, MA on 4/18/16

"Great Tutor Experience!"

- Shelda, Brockton, MA on 3/27/16

"Improved my son's SAT Reading and Writing scores"

- Kendra, Norfolk, MA on 10/29/15

"Outstanding Tutor"

- Bill, Plainville, MA on 9/20/15


- Dayna, Franklin, MA on 8/6/15

"Pleasure to work with"

- Pam, Wrentham, MA on 7/7/15

"Very personable!"

- William, Mansfield, MA on 12/8/14

"Knowledgeable and Creative"

- Michelle, Norfolk, MA on 3/13/14

"Awesome Tutor!!"

- Erica, North Providence, RI on 6/2/13
Elementary (K-6th),
Anthropology, Biology, Praxis,
ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, GRE, ISEE,
PSAT, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
American History,
Anthropology, Classics,
European History, Geography, Religion,
Social Studies,
World History, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills,
GRE, 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.


In a world riddled with labels, I pride myself in not prejudging a student with an ADD/ADHD diagnosis. In my opinion, students with ADD/ADHD are some of the most interesting and creative people! Rather than see it as a handicap, I prefer to see a mind prone to wandering as an asset; divergent thinkers can be great problem solvers because they do not necessarily think in a linear fashion.

American History

As an American History minor at Eastern University, I studied under Allen C. Guelzo, one of the country's experts on the Civil War, who is currently the Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College, and three-time winner of the Lincoln Prize for his books Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, and Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America. Dr. Guelzo encouraged us to go beyond mere memorization of the dates of battles to the whys and wherefores behind the battles themselves. He even assigned a research paper on the Revolutionary War that required use of primary sources (I used the journals of Ebenezer Wild, who spent a miserable winter at Valley Forge from 1777-1778). Fifteen years later, I can still remember what he emphasized above all else: "Ideas have consequences!" Find some of his excellent lectures on YouTube!

Bible Studies

I read and study the Bible regularly, and I excelled in religion classes in high school and in Bible classes in college covering both the Old and New Testaments.


I have taught Greek and Roman Mythology in the classroom and in private tutoring sessions. It is fascinating to explore a culture that is responsible for so many aspects of our culture: science, politics, and literature; it even pervades our advertising (consider Ajax cleaner or Midas car repair)! Edith Hamilton's Mythology is a great text to use, and the antics of the gods are always entertaining.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am certified to teach grades 5-12 in English Language Arts and have had the pleasure of working with a fifth grader over the summer in order to help him get ready for the rigors of junior high. After he went back to school in the fall, his father emailed and wrote: "I was sitting with Ryan yesterday, and we were talking about the recent Harry Potter book he is reading. He was saying how he still wished he was meeting with [Miss F.], because he liked being able to talk with her about the book. He said that she would raise good questions or fill in blanks about the book that he hadn’t thought of or seen."


I am a writer. I've probably thought of myself as a "good writer" since the sixth grade, but I can't tell you how "mystical" the process of writing a good thesis-driven essay was when I was in junior high and high school. Once I began teaching and learned how to "de-mystify" the writing process for students, I said to myself, "Why didn't anyone teach me this?"

While I was a good writer from an early age, I was not a good reader. I was too much of a perfectionist and wasted time reading and rereading a text, because I thought I had to understand every word instead of reading to get the gist and enjoy the plot. I have developed strategies for reading comprehension over the years, but once again, I wish someone had taught me these things a lot sooner!

These are the kinds of tools I want to give my students--whether they struggle with English or not.


I have had the pleasure of helping students pass the entrance exams required to get into the private school of their choice. One thing that makes the ISEE different from a lot of other standardized tests is that the essay is not graded; it is simply an opportunity for your son or daughter to respond to an age and level-appropriate prompt that gives the school a sample of their writing. The makers of the test generously offer a free test guide and practice test online, so after having a student run though a diagnostic test, I identify their strengths and weaknesses and then focus on the areas where they need the most practice. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching.


I passed the PRAXIS and MTEL on the first try and have experience helping students master the skills needed to outsmart standardized tests.


Active reading is the key to comprehension. Students who practice predicting what will happen next ("I wonder if the neighbor is the thief?"), questioning when they do not understand ("What does that word mean? I'd better look it up. Wait, is it the mother who lost her job or the daughter? I'd better go back and check."), and connecting with the story ("The summer camp the author is describing reminds me of the place we used to go hiking.") comprehend better and are more likely to remember what they have read.


I was raised in the Catholic church and attended Catholic high school, but have regularly attended at one time or another a Baptist Church, a Bible Church, a Congregational Church, a non-denominational church, and a Reformed Church. In college, I took classes on the Old and New Testaments, Wisdom Literature (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs), and Foundations of Christian Spirituality. I have always been fascinated with other cultures and religions and have sought to understand the similarities between and differences with my own. Recently, I taught Bless Me, Ultima, a Chicano novel by Rudolfo Anaya that examines a young boy's struggle to synthesize his Aztec roots with his Catholic upbringing.

SAT Reading

I coach students in how to improve their scores in the Reading section of the SAT by reviewing the types of passages they will encounter as well as the kinds of questions they will be asked. I teach them how to prioritize questions, eliminate wasted time, and maximize their efforts. While it seems obvious that students who have a tutor help them prepare for the SAT will do better than students who do not, some of my students, who have already taken the SAT but hire me to help them improve their results, have scored 100 points higher than their previous SAT scores.

SAT Writing

One of the keys to writing a good essay for the SAT is writing what you know. In the book, "Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Teens Overcome the Pressure and Succeed," by Ned Johnson and Emily Warner Eskelsen, the authors talk about a common mistake students make. They think that the way to impress the reader of their essay is to use big words and name drop (e.g., they describe a student who was trying to write about Henry David Thoreau and his experiences on Walden Pond, but they kept writing "Henry Wadsworth Longfellow"). If you know about Thoreau, write about him; but if your knowledge about him and the facts surrounding him are sketchy, you might be better served writing about, for example, how YOU venture out into nature to deal with stress.

Social Studies

I have a minor in American History from Eastern University and have always been fascinated with the histories of cultures from around the world. I recently viewed a film about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Christian pastor who was imprisoned and killed for opposing Hitler in WWII, a documentary on the pilgrims, and enjoy learning about the history of other cultures through PBS' program Globe Trekker.

Study Skills

Good study skills are the key to success in school. In my years as a teacher and a tutor, I have discovered that what works for some students does not always work for others, but there are some tried-and-true methods that help all students work smarter and not harder. Things like keeping papers organized and having a designated notebook for each subject--preferably color-coded to match the textbook--are a good start. After getting organized, other executive functioning skills include activating prior learning with a K-W-L chart and working on the hardest homework first before moving onto the easier stuff. Sometimes my students that struggle with school think that "good students" do not need to use mnemonics or other tricks to do their best; but good students are those that use all the possible tools in their arsenal to stay organized, focused, and maximize their potential. I have learned in my years of tutoring that half the battle is encouraging students to believe in themselves and let their hard work do the rest.


I taught a theatre elective which included guiding students in the writing of a script for the stage. I directed six productions between 2004 and 2009, including: "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Little Women," "Much Ado About Nothing," "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Arsenic and Old Lace," and "Whose Night at the Improv Asylum Is It Anyway? An Improv Show."


The best way to build a varied vocabulary is to read extensively. Barring this experience, the study of root words is an extremely effective way to learn the meanings of many words. For example, the word conscience is made up of two words, con- and -science. If a student knows that the root word "con" means "with," and "scire" means "know," they can get much nearer the meaning of the word.


I have a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and have enjoyed demystifying the writing process for my students; this includes brainstorming, writing often and showing samples of good work. It can be done!

Eastern University
Rivier University


Eastern University

Rivier University (Master's)

Amazing tutor!

I began the teaching certification process about nine months ago. After hearing horror stories about multiple failures on the Praxis exams, I decided to reach out to Carilyn for help. She responded very quickly and made herself readily available. She began the sessions with a discussion of what I wanted and interjected her thoughts about how to get me there. Every week (sometimes more) she would s

— Erich, Providence, RI on 3/25/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

For homeschooling-type tutoring, where I must read along with a student and/or prepare lessons, the hourly rate starts at $100 an hour.

Travel policy

Carilyn will travel within 10 miles of Plainville, MA 02762.