I am a doctoral student, working on my PhD in Clinical Psychology. I am recently graduated from Boston University, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Psychology. I have been involved in research in areas such as clinical psychology, social development, and developmental neuropathology. My Bachelor's degree is in Psychology, but I have knowledge about a wide variety of subjects. I am particularly interested in tutoring students in AP courses, Psychology courses, and test prep from the SAT and GRE. I am a motivated and successful student and I am excited to share my skills and expertise with students. I believe in paying attention to a student's needs and tailoring tutoring to best meet these needs. In my spare time I enjoy reading, going to parks, traveling, trying new foods, and learning about different cultures. I am also involved in mental health advocacy and policy reform. I don't play any sports but I love watching hockey!
Boston University - BA, Psychology
SUNY- University at Buffalo - PhD, Clinical Psychology
SAT Verbal: 730
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 730
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 730
GRE Verbal Reasoning: 161
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What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that the role of a tutor is to guide a student to success. To me, this involves teaching the student good study habits and tips and tricks for success, then carefully reviewing material that the student finds challenging. It is also important that the student gain a sense of self-confidence through tutoring. This can be achieved by helping the student come to the correct answers to questions by guiding them, using what they know, to reach correct answers. Helping the student reach correct answers, instead of simply showing them the answers, helps them to prepare for tests and exams and engages them in the tutoring session.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first session with a student, I speak with the student and parents to determine their strengths and areas for improvement. I will ask to see a syllabus (if applicable) and textbooks or practice materials that the student has been using. Together, we can design a plan of action that will be most beneficial to the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I strongly believe in helping students become independent learners. This involves sharing some tips and tricks that I have found useful as well as teaching students how to think critically, manage their time, and stay organized. It is important to identify a student's style of learning to determine the best study methods for the individual student.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Helping a student stay motivated can be challenging, especially if the student is struggling. Encouragement and the teaching of study skills can be helpful in this case. Showing students that they can succeed by using short assessments or reviewing what they have accomplished is a good way to help students stay motivated. By setting long-term goals at the beginning of tutoring and short-term goals at the beginning of sessions, students can track their progress and use this to further motivate themselves.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty with a certain skill or concept the first step is to determine how essential this skill or concept is to success. If the student has trouble with a minor detail, it may be in his or her best interest to skip this area and move on to something more important, until a later point in time. If it is a more essential skill or concept, it is important for a tutor to break it down into smaller, more digestible pieces. Some methods that help explain concepts are using analogies related to the student's interests or putting things into simpler terms. It is always important to be patient and encouraging with the student, especially concerning concepts they find more challenging. Sometimes, it might be a good idea to take a break and move on to something else and return to the concept later, with a fresh perspective.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To help students who are struggling with reading comprehension, I teach them skills to break down passages into parts that are easier to understand. I teach students how to map out paragraphs and passages in a way that will help them save time, by minimizing the time needed to look back and reread parts of passages.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find that helping a student use what they know to answer questions that they are struggling with helps them learn and gain understanding. This involves asking the student questions and reminding them of applicable concepts to come to correct answers. I believe that a tutor's role is to guide students to success and self-sufficiency in academia.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
To help students get excited and engaged in challenging subjects, it is important to make the subject relevant to their lives. This may involve coming up with real life applications and examples of concepts. It is also essential that a tutor works with a student and listens to his or her needs rather than talking at the student for the entire tutoring session. Practice problems and asking students to explain a newly learned concept are particularly useful in keeping students engaged and attentive.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To ensure a student understands material, it is important to ask them if they are clear about everything we have just gone over. At times, students may be reluctant to share their difficulties or may not realize that they are still unclear about certain concepts. To address this, I ask students to paraphrase difficult concepts, come up with real world examples, and complete practice problems. These techniques help identify areas for improvement, which we can then work on together.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To build a student's confidence in a subject, it is important to show them how much they have learned. It is a good idea to keep track of goals and show the student the progress they have made in these areas. It is also essential to encourage a student and have patience while they come to understand a topic.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by listening to them and asking them if there is anything they are still struggling with. I also speak to parents about areas in which the student struggles. Finally, I have students complete practice problems and assessments, which can identify specific areas where improvements can be made.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt tutoring to target areas where a student needs the most help. We will spend more time on topics the student struggles with. Additionally, I try to make topics relevant to a student's life or interest by giving examples and real life applications of concepts. Finally, I try to identify the student's strengths and learning style. I tailor tutoring around this learning style and help the student utilize their strengths to their advantage.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session, I use materials such as the students' textbooks, notes, and additional study materials. I try to create a lesson plan based on students' needs and assess these needs using practice questions and assessments. I help students create study guides and study materials based on their style of learning.