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Josh

I recently graduated from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology and am in the process of preparing for my licensing exam. I am offering tutoring services to students who prefer working with a laid back individual who will take the time to find whats inhibiting you from obtaining more academic success.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Bethany College - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree:

 Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology - PhD, Clinical Psychology

Playing guitar, Marvel movies, sport related activities.

Clinical Psychology

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American History

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing

Microsoft Excel

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Social Sciences

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

WISC IV Prep

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in using an individual approach to teaching. An approach that is tailored to meet the strengths and weaknesses of each student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help students become independent learners by teaching them the skills they need to improve on in order to obtain more academic success. I also help students become more aware of their personal strengths while increasing confidence in their abilities.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

The best way to ensure a student's motivation is to find out what drives them. Likewise, it is important to discover what may be robbing them of their motivation.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

When a student has difficulty learning a concept or a skill, I feel it is best to try a hands-on approach. If this is not applicable, it may be beneficial to attempt teaching the subject in a different modality. Likewise, having the student be able to discuss the subject matter intelligently is a good sign that learning has taken place.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

The best way to help with reading comprehension is to try and eliminate distractions and finding the proper reading location. Students can benefit from reading out loud and teaching their mind to stay focused and avoid wondering.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I find that getting to know the student beforehand, finding out what their motivations are, what their struggles are, and what they want to achieve from the tutoring process is the best way to establish rapport and a positive working relationship.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

The best way to evaluate a student's needs is to find out what areas they are struggling in, and what areas they need to try to improve on in order to see academic improvement.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I try to adapt my tutoring to the needs of the student, similar to the way I tailor my therapy sessions to meet the needs of each client. I want to find out what the student's goal are, where they are struggling, and how we can improve this.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I like to use videos, as well as written material, and discuss topics more thoroughly.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

My first session may include finding out what the student expects from tutoring. I would also want to know what their attitude is towards school, where they have become unsure, what has worked in the past, what subjects they enjoy, and what their overall schedule looks like to see what areas can be improved to help with school.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would try to find ways the student can become energized about the subject they are struggling in. This is typically done by experiencing some form of success. Perhaps, you have to go backward and cover previous material that wasn't internalized as well as you would have liked. It is different for each student, but each student can find ways to become more energized.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would want the student to be able to have an intelligent conversation with someone about the topic, or perhaps be able to give a presentation on the subject matter.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

The best way to build a student's confidence in a subject is to increase their knowledge and mastery over the topic.