Education is not just memorizing and regurgitating facts and figures that you will likely forget. Although this is important for standardized testing and good exercise for your memory, it is not true learning. Education is truly about seeking and gaining knowledge and understanding for yourself. It is learning to question, to research, to think deeply about what stirs your curiosity, and how to relate and assimilate what you discover with your own life experiences and understanding of the world. Everything is interconnected, and learning is like a treasure hunt. When you jump into exploring a topic, it can lead you to incredible discoveries in subjects and places you may never have imagined. Your education is your personal investment in yourself, so make it your own, passionately driven exploration of the world.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Antioch University-Santa Barbara - Bachelors, Liberal Arts Applied Psychology
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The mind is vastly more powerful and capable than presumed. Each individual has their own unique genius, learning style, and learning abilities. Doing something differently than others does not make it incorrect. When you learn which tools work the best for you and how to use them, completing assignments becomes easier.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Communication is essential so I will ask questions to learn: what the student is working on; how they understand the assignment; how they feel about the assignment; what they have started or done so far; what obstacles, difficulties, or challenges they are having; and their goal for the session.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My favorite part of tutoring is lighting the fire and fanning the flames of interest within a student. No matter what the subject, when the student begins to think about it from the perspective of what they find interesting, everything changes for the better.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It is my job to encourage and support students so that they can be successful. It is important that they know I care and am available to help them, to talk to them, and to listen. I understand how frustrating and challenging school can be and that we all need help. Making a game plan or list of what to work on next at the end of a session, really helps to give guidance and encouragement to keep going.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I can come up with multiple ways to explain the same thing by using creativity and patience. We can talk it out, draw, brainstorm, watch a tutorial...I will figure out how to deliver the concept to that student so that it becomes clear.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will read the material and ask them to read it as well. Then by asking questions, I will encourage thinking about what was read from different angles. I may even have the student read the end of the passage first and then go back to the beginning! This technique has helped me greatly with dense, graduate level material.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
If a student can explain the material to me or to another person, I will know they understand.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
When a student digs in and starts to own their education, they become more interested in learning and understanding the subject matter. I can show a student the tools, skills, and formats that can help to build confidence as well as create study guides and practice tests.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask the student a series of questions at the beginning of the session such as: what are you working on?; what is the assignment as given by the instructor?; do you understand the assignment?; do you have any questions?; what have you done thus far?; how it is progressing?; what challenges or difficulties are you having?; what would you like help with? The student's responses in combination with their work, helps me to evaluate their needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Flexibility and positive communication, helps me to tutor each student as a unique individual. If a student knows the learning style that works best for them, I will tailor my approach accordingly. If not, I will do my best to get a feel for how they learn and provide useful tools to meet their needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The past few years have been filled with tutoring undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students assisting them with writing papers and creating presentations. In every session, scratch paper and pencils are must haves along with a good A.P.A manual.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Active listening to the student's needs and focusing on higher concerns over lower concerns are both successful strategies.