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St. John's College
I believe in a caring, creative, and rigorous approach to tutoring. My goal is to help my students embrace the whole process of learning: the struggle to master difficult material, the freedom to make mistakes, the joy of discovery, and the pride felt in doing good work. I tutor students of all ages (although the majority of my experience is with middle school students) and specialize in math and English.
I graduated from St. John's College ("The Great Books School") in 2011 with a 3.92 GPA and the prize for the best senior essay. I now tutor/teach full-time. In addition to private tutoring, I work at the Harlem Children's Zone where I tutor middle school and high school students in math and English and teach visual arts classes.
I meet students in their homes or at coffee shops, parks, and libraries. At our first meeting, we'll begin by discussing your academic goals, interests, strengths, weaknesses, etc., and then we'll create a plan for our future work together. The lessons themselves vary quite a bit--from demanding study sessions to playful math games and creative brainstorming activities.
My after-school schedule is fairly busy, but I'm available at the following times (last updated 9/19/16):
Weekdays: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Fridays: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays: most of the day; please see my schedule for updated info.
I live in Harlem (Lenox/129th St.) and would be glad to commute about 30 min each way via public transportation for a one-hr session (and up to 45 min each way for a lesson that is 2 hrs or longer.) Several of my younger Harlem/Bronx students meet me at the Countee Cullen Library, and it's a wonderful place to work if you live in the area and are looking for a child-friendly tutoring location outside your home. I believe in a caring, creative, and rigorous approach to tutoring. My goal is to help my students embrace the whole process of learning: the struggle to master difficult material, the freedom to make mistakes, the joy of discovery, and the pride felt in doing good work. I tutor students of all ages (although the majority of my experience is with
Cassandra is a really great tutor. She is patient, kind, passionate, and good at what she does. I have had many issues with Math for a long time, but with Cassandra's help I was able to do things and solve problems I didn't think I could. After working together for a just a short time I already began to feel more confident in my math skills.
Cassandra has been tutoring my son for a couple of months. With Cassandra's help and encouragement my son has been able to catch up on last years material which he had been behind on and start the year motivated and confident in his abilities. Cassandra is a true asset. She is very thorough, patient, flexible, and engaged. We couldn't have asked for a better math tutor.
Cassandra continues to be inventive and engaging. She creates interesting math games which help to deepen my children's understanding of math concepts, and she has proven adept at moving between kindergarten and 2nd grade curriculum.
Cassandra works with you at your level and makes clear anything that wasn't grasped. She is patient, kind and efficient. It is a pleasure to meet with her every time.
Even with the little bit of information I gave her about what my daughter was struggling with, Cassandra was fully prepared to work with my daughter and brought along visual math activities. That was very impressive. She was pleasant with my 6 year old, laughing and commending. Within the hour she had a real grasp on what my daughter struggles with and was immediately planning on the next steps to take to help her with her math. My daughter was delighted with her tutor and remarked she couldn't wait for the next lesson. I look forward to continuing in this endeavor and I'm sure I will see great improvement in my daughters work.
I'm grateful for your direction. Thank you for helping me grasp such difficult concepts as well as, putting my ideas to paper. Much easier said than done so thank you!
Cassandra provided me with a detailed evaluation and plan for my kids and from time to time we set together and discussed the next step and she always updated me on the progress and if she has any concern in order to solve it together. Really I notice that my kids records were improved in the schools. I'm highly appreciating her efforts to improve my kids' knowledge. The English language is not their first language and this is the first year for them in US.
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I currently teach visual arts classes at the Harlem Children's Zone. I have spent several years studying painting and drawing with a professional artist where I learned the basics of the craft. Since then, I've taken many classes/attended figure-drawing sessions while at college and here in New York at the Arts Students League. I love to share what I have learned with my students, often incorporating the visual arts into other academic subjects.
I have worked at the Harlem Children's Zone for the last three years where I work primarily with 5th and 6th graders, tutoring all subjects, so I am very familiar with the 5th and 6th grade curriculum. I have also spearheaded a student-tutoring program in which high school students are paired with 1st-4th grade students to help them improve their math and reading skills. I facilitate this program, often inventing games and working with the high-school/elementary student groups.
In addition, I spent a year working in a 4th grade classroom during college, and have done extensive private tutoring with elementary students in the last few years.
I have spent the last three years tutoring full time. In the process I've discovered that my students' lack of study skills hold them back more than any other factor. I have researched and developed a variety of strategies to help my students stay organized, stay alert in class, retain more information, take effective notes, manage their time, edit and proofread their work, and set manageable long-term and short-term goals for themselves.