I am a demonstrated achiever with exceptional knowledge of the varying fields of psychology as well as ethical practices. I use unique and creative teaching methods to inspire learning. I am highly committed to staying current in the latest updates in teaching resources and in the field of psychology. I am skilled at learning new concepts quickly, working well under pressure, and communicating ideas, concepts and theories clearly and effectively to my students. I am empathetic and genuinely inspired to make a lasting positive impact in the lives of my students. Finally, you would be hard pressed to find a teacher who is as enthusiastic and passionate about the field of psychology as I am as well as someone who enjoys teaching as much as I do.
California State University, Fullerton - Bachelors, Psychology
Pepperdine University - Masters, General Psychology
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every tutoring session presents a unique community of learners that varies not only in abilities, but also in learning styles. My role as a teacher/tutor is to give each student the tools with which to cultivate their own gardens of knowledge. To accomplish this goal, I will teach to the needs of each child so that all learners can feel capable and successful. I present curriculum that involves the interests of the student and makes learning relevant to life. I will incorporate themes, integrated units, projects, individual work, and hands-on learning in order to make students active learners. Finally, I will tie learning into the world community to help students become caring and active members of society.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First of all, I would want to establish a comfortable rapport with the student so that we can feel comfortable in our tutor/student relationship. I will find out the students interests, why they are studying this particular subject, what they like and dislike about this subject and why they feel they need tutoring. Then, when beginning my tutoring I will first find out where the student is having the most trouble. Then, I will find out how the student is struggling. Once I have this information I can then formulate a specific teaching strategy that will be especially formulated to this student's individual needs. I may use different examples than what the student has already learned, I might use worksheets to help the student practice in the area/theory they are struggling with, or we might review in a textbook the theory that needs some additional work. Finally, I might just simply need to break down the theory into smaller parts so the student can understand the components that make up the larger theory that they are struggling to make sense of.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I love worksheets! I have several worksheets that have examples of some of the more difficult theories that I find students have the most trouble with and I have them work through the worksheets by themselves first, giving it their best try. We then go over the worksheet together and I will correct any incorrect answers, explaining in detail where the student may have detoured from the correct response and then show them step by step how to arrive at the correct answer so that next time they see a similar question, such as on an exam or homework, they will have experience working on this problem themselves and they will feel more confident in being able to accomplish the learning assignment by themselves from the practice they have been doing with the worksheets.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I try to make learning fun and applicable to real life. After the first session where I get to know the student and their interests, I try to gear my examples to each student's individual interests. I also like to use real world examples to show the student how they can transfer what they are learning into real life applicability. Finally, I will remind the student about why they are taking this class to begin with and why being successful in this subject will help pave the way to their future educational goals.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I find that many times when a student is struggling, it is because they are trying to understand a theory as a whole and they have not had the theory broken down into smaller more digestible parts. Therefore, I usually will take a theory/concept that a student is struggling with and start over. Explaining the concept in pieces first and then connecting them into a whole as the student begins to understand each piece and how it fits into the larger theory.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I may give them a sample quiz with typical questions in the subject I am tutoring to try to get a gauge on where the student might be struggling. It is also valuable to simply ask the student where they are having the most difficulty. This is why developing a positive rapport during the first session is so important, if this is established then the student might feel more comfortable telling you about their educational struggles.