I am currently getting my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at La Salle University. I recently got my Master's from Columbia University and am looking forward to helping students succeed in the academic world! I am a very hard worker, organized, prompt, and reliable. During my tutoring sessions I not only hope to help students with their academics, but want them to gain confidence in their abilities and learn new problem-solving techniques. I treat all of my students the same way I would want to be treated and I hope to make our sessions an enjoyable experience. Everyone learns in a different manner and I try my best to adjust my style of teaching depending on the student's comfort level. For fun I like to sing, paint, and hang out with my dogs!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Elon University - Bachelors, Psychology
Graduate Degree: Teachers College at Columbia University - Current Grad Student, Clinical Psychology
ACT English: 30
singing, painting, hanging out with friends, playing with animals, watching documentaries
A Level Prep
A Level Psychology
CLEP College Composition
CLEP Human Growth and Development
CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology
CLEP Introductory Psychology
CLEP Introductory Sociology
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Science
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Writing
K-11th Grade Standardized Tests
MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Middle School English
Middle School Science
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Never be afraid to ask questions.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know them and their background. I would learn their studying techniques and what a typical "homework" day looks like for them. Then I would address the specific problems they had and help brainstorm different techniques.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is my job to give them the confidence and resources for them to succeed in life. It’s important for a student to learn how to look up information and do research on their own. Next, I would help them come up with ways to categorize and organize their knowledge in a way that will help them solve future problems.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Snack breaks are key! After long periods of time doing work, the brain gets over-used and attention will start to drift. Nutrients and protein are very important for a healthy brain as well as a healthy body. If a student is losing motivation, give them a short-term goal they have to work for and create a reward system -- even if the student's reward is a piece of candy or 10 minutes of Facebook time.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I first have them read the paragraph or reading section on their own. Then I'll ask them what they think the main idea was. Then we will go line by line, highlighting what each sentence's purpose was in bullet points. I will also ask them to read various passages from different levels of difficulty, and try to sum up the main point in a sentence or less, until they feel more comfortable. I will also show them the correct way to highlight; I notice many kids do not know what to highlight or what is "important," but we will go through that so they are more aware of what to pay attention to.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First I try and get to know them a little. I also never "baby-talk" or talk down to them. I treat them how I would want to be treated. If a child seems particularly distressed/not excited, I'll try and relate to some of their interests first in order to gain trust. I also try and make tutoring fun and individualized based on the student's needs.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try and relate what we were doing to something they were interested in. If it was an unrelatable subject, then I would try and make some kind of game to help learn the material while also having fun.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would give similar types of problems but with different examples. I would create a mini prep quiz that I would then grade and go over with the student. I would verbally quiz them about subjects, and I would have them create their own questions that they would use as practice material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
It’s important to remind students that no one is perfect. Mistakes are human nature, and everyone makes them. I would acknowledge their successes and make sure they don't dwell on their mistakes. I would also always end on a positive note at the end of each tutoring session.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
First, I ask them what they think they need help with. Then, I look at their previous work. I also give them a set of questions to figure out which areas of learning they need the most help in. I would also try and talk with parents and/or teachers to see what their opinion is.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Everyone learns differently, so it’s important to understand how your student learns. I would ask the student if they have any preference in learning, and most of the time students know what they like and what they don't like. If a student was unsure, I would try a variety of methods and see what worked best/what they were happiest with.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I'll use a computer (because everyone is on the computer nowadays), paper, pencil, a calculator if need be, and prepared mock tests/quizzes.