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Catharina S.

Trenton, NJ


SAT Prep - Reading/Writing SPECIALIST - Building Your Child's Future

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Background check passed as of 3/26/14
5.0 average from 106 ratings
Great Tutor all around!
— Maria, Trenton, NJ on 4/1/13

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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI (Master's)

About Catharina

Hi, my name is Catharina! I have been an SAT/PSAT Critical Reading, Writing and Essay specialist in the Princeton area for 8 years. My educational background includes a BA from the Univ. of Illinois as well as an MA from the Univ. of Wisconsin (Summa Cum Laude). There is no greater satisfaction for me than learning that my student has gotten into his/her first-choice school with a good financial package by maximizing his SAT scores. I have dedicated my career to helping him achieve this goal.

In coaching for the SAT Reading and Writing Tests, I tailor my intensive work to each individual student to maximize her skills while eliminating weaknesses. As we work together, I make ongoing progress assessments and continuously adjust my tutoring strategies accordingly.

In the Critical Reading section, I teach my student how to be an active, predictive reader. SAT questions are written with traps and diversions. I teach my student to recognize these pitfalls while searching out the hidden clues to accurate answers. I also direct my student in a progressive plan for vocabulary development.

In preparation for the Writing portion of the exam, I teach my student the fundamentals of grammar and proper usage in an accessible way. Also, I teach my student how to navigate the unfamiliar protocols and expectations of the SAT Essay. We work on the key elements of preparedness for writing a cogent, high-scoring essay. As an added benefit, your teenager will likely improve his overall writing skills. Finally, I teach my student how to reduce test-taking anxiety and manage time and energy optimally on test day.

I try to keep our sessions challenging, but not overwhelming, and I assign homework after every lesson. I am dynamic, engaging and have great rapport with my students. Finally, and most importantly, I give them the preparedness and confidence that will allow them to 'nail' their test.
Hi, my name is Catharina! I have been an SAT/PSAT Critical Reading, Writing and Read more

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Travels within 10 miles of Trenton, NJ 08648
Background Check: Passed
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"Great Tutor all around!"

- Maria, Trenton, NJ on 4/1/13

"Highly Recommended !!!"

- Jim, Trenton, NJ on 10/7/15

"Great Tutor"

- Giang, Pennington, NJ on 3/26/14

"Very Kind and Patient"

- Nancy, Allentown, NJ on 11/12/13
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing

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SAT Reading

In preparation for the SAT Reading Test, I tailor my work to each individual student to efficiently maximize his/her success in every way. My work begins with a brief initial assessment of my student's prior performance in PSAT and/or SAT Tests (a detailed ETS report is always helpful, but not essential) as well as work with a few Sentence Completion questions and questions from a brief Passage. I utilize this information and student feedback to target areas of weakness.

I work very efficiently and responsively to teach my students:
1. How to understand the underlying components of the passages and questions (including identifying the main idea, negotiating line-reference and vocabulary-in-context questions, correctly identifying tone and attitude, and addressing analytical/inference questions).
2. How to apply a variety of effective reading/notating/scanning strategies chronologically to answer questions correctly and complete the sections in time.
3. How to locate the hidden clues pointing to correct answers.
4. How to recognize and avoid the numerous intricate traps and lures in both the questions and the answer choices.

Additionally, vocabulary development is an essential component of SAT Critical Reading score improvement. My work in vocabulary is based on an understanding of my student's proficiency and his/her most effective memorization and comprehension style - taking into account the preparation timetable. Vocabulary development leaves a student with a significant long-term benefit as a college student and future professional as well.

I have been highly successful in improving my students' scores because: I continuously research the most diverse up-to-date strategies and working materials and include private resources based on my experiences as a tutor; I allocate prep time according to my student's strengths and weaknesses; I teach my students how to reduce test taking anxiety and manage time optimally in the exams; I am an engaging teacher with a great sense of humor, attuned to my students' personalities, and I am a terrific confidence-building coach! I guarantee that I will efficiently guide you to achieve results in the Critical Reading component of the SAT Test.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI (Master's)

Great Tutor all around! — I highly recommend Catharina S. She is patient, knowledgeable, flexible and kind. I highly recommend her! She has pinpointed the areas my son was struggling with, and has turned him around. ...

— Maria, Trenton, NJ on 4/1/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $58.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Catharina will travel within 10 miles of Trenton, NJ 08648.

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