I am a 38 year old junior at Texas State University working toward a BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling Psychology. I spent over 15 years as an Executive Administrative Assistant in the workforce, which emphasized to me more than anything else could, the importance of education. What I learned through high school and in the private sector took me a long way along a career path that provided a good living and personal respect. However, my college education will take me further and open previously closed doors. Knowledge is the gift we give ourselves and a lifelong pursuit. I look forward to not only tackling subject matter with students but helping to lay a foundation of true understanding rather than just memorization and the sense of personal accomplishment that brings.
Undergraduate Degree: Texas State University-San Marcos - Current Undergrad, Psychology
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What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning takes place in many different circumstances and contexts. Accommodating different learning styles creates an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Students take many of their learning habits from the instructor. If the instructor doesn't show interest in the subject and a passion for knowledge, students are less likely to put forth the effort to learn. My job is to create a relaxed environment for students, encourage stimulating conversation about concepts being presented, and organize material in a way that makes it easy to understand. I also believe that respect for my students is one of the most important things I can show them, not only to encourage their openness to the material I am presenting, but also to inspire them to respect each other and themselves. Learning is a process that never ends, and no time spent in the pursuit of knowledge is ever wasted.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
It is important to recognize that there are differences between a tutor and a teacher. Tutoring is most often in close proximity with the student and, as such, necessitates a good one-on-one rapport. An assessment of the student's understanding of the subject is priority in order to determine the student's needs. Strategies will vary, but actively engaging the student rather than lecturing and asking open ended questions works well to guide the student to a more comprehensive understanding.