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I am passionate about teaching to students' strengths, rather than applying cookie-cutter solutions. I believe that a teacher's greatest asset is empathy. I strive to guide students to a greater understanding of the subject material while helping them recognize how they learn best.

I have taught undergraduate college courses in psychology. I have taught and counseled children with learning disabilities and behavioral challenges. Additionally, I have extensive experience teaching older adults problem-solving and time management skills.

I hope you will consider me as a tutor for yourself or your child. I encourage an open dialogue and any questions you may have both initially and throughout the duration of our tutoring.

Renee’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: McGill University - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: University of Florida - Masters, Clinical Health Psychology

Hobbies

I enjoy cooking, amateur carpentry, weightlifting, hiking, sewing, and traveling.

Tutoring Subjects

Biology

Clinical Psychology

College Application Essays

College English

Conversational German

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

German

German 1

German 2

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Subject Test in Psychology

GRE Subject Tests

GRE Verbal

High School Biology

High School English

High School Writing

Languages

Math

Medicine

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Pathophysiology

Psychology

Public Speaking

Science

Social Sciences

Statistics

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that everyone is capable of learning, it is just a matter of finding the method that works best for you. My job as a teacher is to understand how you learn and find creative ways to set you on the path to better understanding.

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

I like to get to know the student during the first session. Typically it will include a discussion about what has worked for the student in the past and what has not. I also encourage the student to ask me lots of questions so that he/she feels comfortable. Sometimes, I will administer a short assessment as well.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

We are all naturally curious and motivated to learn. Encouraging exploration and making it okay to be wrong are the first steps towards helping students rediscover their lust for learning. I also try to avoid giving answers to students and rather ask them how they can find the correct answer. It takes longer, but it is more effective in the long run.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students lose motivation when they aren't progressing as well as they expected or simply become restless. Restlessness can be avoided by using creative learning strategies (e.g., visual aids) and challenging the student in new ways. When a student is disheartened by their progress, I like to challenge their assumptions about what 'good' progress is supposed to look like and help them to recognize how far they have come.

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

Try something different! The student is not the problem, the teaching method is. I frequently incorporate ideas from a student's favorite extracurricular interests to help them learn a concept. For example, when a student had difficulty remembering different categories of human cells, we used her love of dance to develop a specific movement for each cell type.

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

I often approach reading comprehension by casting the student as a detective who is looking for clues (setting, conflict, protagonist, etc.) in the words to discover the bigger picture that the words are telling. Students will also often draw picture stories to demonstrate what they have learned.

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

The teaching strategy that has been successful with every student I've had thus far is the appropriate use of feedback. I am honest with my students, and I will tell them if something is not working. I also encourage trying and regularly remind them of their progress. I praise correct answers, of course, but I treat learning as a process rather than a destination.