Hi there! I am currently a first year graduate student working on my Master's in Forensic Psychology. I completed my undergraduate education at Indiana University and am at University of Denver currently. During my time as a student, I was an undergraduate teaching assistant with a class of about 200 students. I would put together review sessions and study guides for them. I would also review homework, tests, and quizzes. I think learning is one of most useful and important tools our generation has and I want to help every student achieve their goals and understand that they can learn, they just have to find how they learn best.
Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Bachelors, Psychology
Graduate Degree: University of Denver - Current Grad Student, Forensic Psychology
I like to read, do research, watch TV, and shop
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in engaged, hands-on, and step-by-step learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like to get to know them, their learning style, and what their major concerns are.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching them the steps to the answers, and helping them build confidence along the way.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Whatever works for them! Candy helps me with reading and breaking material up. I also like to find the small victories in my studies to help me conquer the more difficult tasks.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would work with the student to break things down into manageable and understandable steps. I also like reframing problems so that the student may understand it better in that sense.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would work with the student to break it down line by line or paragraph by paragraph and have them summarize each segment. Then, after all the segments were completed, I would have the student summarize the summaries.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Hands-on learning tends to be the best technique with students. I have also found that reframing problems helps students understand it in a different light.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By helping them find the little victories in assignments, and also, explaining how the subject will play a role in their lives.