I am a Psychology major at ASU, graduating December 2015. I have a lot of experience teaching including being a teaching assistant for a psychology 101 class of over 450 students. I created exams, study guides and ran study review sessions.
I am very friendly and personable and love teaching all subjects, but psychology is my favorite. I know everybody learns differently and I love figuring out which teaching styles work best for each student. Psychology involves many theories and abstract concepts so I find it helpful to provide real world examples that can help my students really understand. Personally, I learn best when I can receive the information from multiple sources. So when I teach, I like to do the same, taking material from textbooks, power points, silly videos, or even TV shows to further understanding. I also believe that teaching a concept really helps the learning process. I encourage my students, once they have mastered a topic, to try to teach or explain it to someone else. Being able to do this really means you fully understand.
When I am not tutoring, I like to go long boarding or play my electric guitar. I love going to concerts and my favorite genres of music are alternative and hardcore. I also have an interest in fashion and photo shoots.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to see where the student is at and figure out where the student would like to end up, knowledge and grade wise. Then I just like to get to know the student so I can decide how best to tailor my teaching style to his or her needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think organization is key to becoming an independent learner. It is important to have a planner, keep notes organized and know when tests and assignments are due. I have specific ways that I like to keep organized that I like to share, but I can also help a student find their own personal way of doing that.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to use the "gummy bear reading motivation." That is where you place a gummy bear (or other type of candy/food) in places in your textbook while you are reading and once you get to the gummy bear, you get to eat it. I also like to take periodic breaks so I never get bored. So I have students read or study for 50 minutes and then they get 10 minutes to go on their phone or have a snack or whatever they want to do. This keeps them from using their phone while they should be studying.