I love to teach math for a few reasons. First of all, there is such a need for support in mathematics. I hear from parents all the time that they struggle with one of two problems: they do not remember how to do the math, or they remember but it's a strain on the relationship with their child to try to teach them. This is something I completely understand as a mother to an 8 year old. Secondly, math is a strong subject for me, I love puzzles and problem solving, and I love showing students that math can be fun and satisfying. If they're not convinced, that's okay with me! My goal is to help students make it through their semester with the lowest stress and anxiety as possible.
Math-phobia, performance and test anxiety, and a student's beliefs around math greatly impact their ability to do well in this subject. For many students, this started early in elementary school. There is a pervasive societal belief that there are people who can do math, and people who can't. While there are some students who have an aptitude for this type of logical thinking and problem solving, it is simply not true that some people are math deficient and not able to perform well. I help students to overcome their false beliefs about their own potential. We work together to overcome mental roadblocks and to push through the invisible wall.
I have lots of experience working with all kinds of disabilities and mental health issues. I foster a welcoming and safe space. I believe that students perform best in an environment where they feel relaxed and comfortable. Math feels so vulnerable and students are afraid to make mistakes. The truth is, the ONLY way to get good at math is to make a lot of mistakes! I encourage students to make those mistakes, observe where they went wrong, and trouble-shoot together. In this way, we build resilience, problem-solving, critical thinking, strategy, and independence. It's not helpful to students to be told repeatedly what to do. They need to work through it with a little guidance so that the methods can be internalized and understood in a fundamental way.
I primarily teach grades 9, 10, and 11. Currently, I'm introducing grade 12 math to my repertoire and have a promotional price on these lessons for a limited time. There is some variation in math topics between curriculums in different places, so please inquire if you have specific questions. Aside from high-school math, I have helped college level students, students preparing for entry exams, and middle school or elementary students as well. Don't hesitate to inquire, as I have a lot of experience teaching people from all walks of life.
Hi! My name is Caitlin. I'm a high school math tutor with a passion for helping students to realize their potential and reach their goals! I have been tutoring privately for over 7 years. I have a degree in Biology and Environmental Science and have worked in a variety of educational settings since graduation 7 years ago. Feel free to take a look at my resume.
Students in grade 12 math can receive a special limited-time discounted rate of $25/hr.
250-hour TESOL Diploma 2019
OnTESOL - Coventry House International
Honours Bachelor of Biology & Environmental Science (HBSc) 2009 – 2013
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Self-Employed Math Tutor May 2013 – Present
• Offer a unique approach to tutoring that is engaging and tailored to various creative learning styles. Learning environment is fun and relaxed, allowing for maximum retention of knowledge and development of new skills and abilities.
• Successfully assists students from elementary school to college level in raising marks, reaching goals, and surpassing perceived limitations.
• Teaching is offered to all skills and abilities, often catering to students with mental health challenges and/or learning disabilities.
• Often assist students in other subjects, such as sciences, language arts, general study and organizational skills, test strategy, etc.
Private ESL Teacher June 2020 – Present
• Deliver private English lessons over zoom to children and adults
• Customize lessons and learning materials to fit the needs of the students
• Encouraging a comfortable online learning environment for students to practice their English, ask questions, and have fun
Q-Kids Online English Teacher February 2019 – May 2020
• Guide English lessons for children ages 4-14 through an online learning platform
• Focus on correcting pronunciation, grammar, intonation, and stress
• Encourage speaking practice and participation while facilitating a fun and engaging online learning environment
Level 1 ESL Teacher December 2019 – June 2020
BLI Language School
• Designed lessons to deliver in a classroom environment to a group of teenage or adult ESL students.
• Designing lesson plans based on a provided outline and learning resources
• Creating and marking tests and assignments
• Responsible for various administrative duties such as attendance, submitting grades, email communication, etc.
Substitute Educational Assistant March 2018 – June 2019
Lethbridge School District No. 51
• Assist teachers in classrooms ranging from pre-school to grade seven to create a more fluid and productive classroom environment.
• Provide one-on-one instruction to students requiring extra assistance with their school work. Provide emotional support to students as they require it.
• Responsible for behavior management, primarily one-on-one with disruptive students or students with special needs such as ADHD, ASD, and downs syndrome.
• As a substitute, I am flexible and dynamic in an ever-changing work environment.
Lethbridge College Summer Camp Instructor July 9 – 20, 2018
• Responsible for the preparation, planning, and execution of the Baby Sitter Camp (July 9 – 13) and Eco-Kids Camp (July 16 – 20)
• Brought a unique perspective to the Baby Sitter’s course as a mother and educational assistant. A down to earth and relaxed approach to teaching allowed the kids to have fun and feel free to ask questions.
• Incorporated unique aspects into the Ec0-Kids camp as a past nature interpreter for local ecology. This created a well-rounded program that included sustainability and ecology aspects that were fun and helped the children to internalize the importance of sustainability and conservation.
Nature Interpretation Program Leader September 2014 – September 2017
Helen Schuler Nature Centre
• Responsible for planning, preparing, and leading nature interpretation programs that are from 1-2 hours to day-long programs for all age groups ranging from toddlers to elderly, but primarily for elementary and middle school field trip groups.
• Updated the Wildflower and Leaf Guide that I had previously created. Captured new photos from the roof to replace most of the photos, which were previously internet-sourced. Identified new volunteer species of flowers and added them to the guide.
• Created a grasses guide consisting of all of the native species of grass found on the roof as well as common invasive species. Included tips to differentiate native species from invasive so that the guide may be used for roof garden maintenance. To compliment the guide, samples of each species were matted.
• Co-Coordinated the festival event Nature Play Day 2016. Responsibilities included: main point of contact for participants hosting activities, social media content creation and posting, booking rentals and distributing supplies, delegating responsibilities on festival day, photography, etc.
• Created the Wildflower Guide and accompanying Leaves Guide publications for the award-winning Living Roof at the nature center, which are now available for sale to the public.
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