I am excited to work one on one to help you achieve academic success. I am a trauma therapist by day with a love for academics and learning on the side. I have worked with students of all ages, including English Second Language learners, elementary through high school students, and many college level students. I have taught Psychology on a University level, and I have been tutoring for 7 years. I am fluent in English and Spanish. I have worked as a college essay admissions reader and course evaluator, so I have an inside look on what schools are looking for and can help you achieve that extra edge you need. I have a keen eye for detail, and it is important to me that the way you are being taught best fits your learning style. I utilize my understanding of the brain and behavior to help you find a learning approach that will provide you the most success in the shortest amount of time. Most of all, I am fun and relatable and will be sure that your tutoring experience is a blast!
University of Northern Colorado - BA, Psychology, Spanish
University of Northern Colorado - MA, Couples and Family Counseling
GRE Subject Test in Psychology
GRE Subject Tests
High School English
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that students should understand how material relates to their daily life. Teaching is about making material exciting for students so they can use it to grow as people outside of the classroom, as well as within the class room. Each student has a unique learning style that should be catered to, and I don't teach any two students exactly the same.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A typical first session with a student involves a brief "get to know you" so the student feels more comfortable with me. Then we will talk about the area they are struggling in, evaluate strengths and weaknesses and identify a plan of attach. The student and I will create together some ideas for improvement and support. Then, we dive right into whatever the student is working with so they can get immediate support and results.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Instead of offering clear answers to students, I encourage them with prompts to help engage their thinking and ultimately allow them to arrive at the answer on their own. I scaffold the student so that in the early process I am guiding them more, and the more we work together, the more they are doing the thinking while I just lay the path. Ultimately, they are able to walk the path alone. If a student reaches a place where they feel they no longer need me, then I have done my job.