I love helping others understand something new. With over 800 hours experience in teaching and a research background in test design and organizational psychology, I know that students don't all learn the same way. It's my goal to work together with my clients to solve problems, using the method that best fits them.
I began tutoring as a college student at DePaul University. During the summer and winter holidays I would tutor neighborhood kids who struggled with reading, and I quickly came to enjoy it. There's something awesome about seeing a young face change expressions from confusion to comprehension. I knew I loved helping people get to that point, so when I started grad school at Rice University, I also began working for a top education group. Over two years I became the in-house expert on test prep, including the group's summer boot camp courses. After I left grad school, I taught English to high school students in a public school in central China, while also creating material for a college-focused education group, based in Shanghai.
I've learned to use a lot of the research I've seen in grad school, particularly research about learning, retention, and test strategy. In psychology, we know that people learn in different ways. Pairing up a student of a particular learning style with an instructor that thinks in the opposite style can be disastrous for the student's development. Because of this, I strive to find the student's individual style, and use my experience and research-based knowledge to develop a teaching style that fits each individual student I work with. After several years in education, I still love to see a student's face change from confusion to comprehension, I've just become a lot more efficient in reaching that point!
DePaul University - Bachelors, Organizational Psychology
Rice University - PhD, Organizational Psychology
ACT Composite: 31
ACT English: 34
ACT Math: 31
ACT Reading: 31
ACT Science: 29
GRE Quantitative: 161
GRE Verbal: 161
Mandarin Chinese 1
Study Skills and Organization