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Heather

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I am a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology and have been tutoring for the past five years in standardized test preparation (ACT, SAT, HSPT, PSAT), study skills and organization, English/Grammar/Composition, and reading comprehension/literary analysis. I love reading for fun and getting to spend time with my family in my free time, and I really enjoy teaching students in a one-on-one environment. Tutoring allows me to tailor to each student's needs and ensure his/her best chances for success.

Heather’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Georgia - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Spalding University - Current Grad Student, Clinical Psychology

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 155

GRE Verbal: 161

Hobbies

Reading, Gardening, Running

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

American Literature

AP Research

AP Seminar

Basic Computer Literacy

CLEP Prep

CLEP Introductory Psychology

Clinical Psychology

College Application Essays

College English

Comparative Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

HSPT Prep

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

Medieval Literature

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Other

PSAT Critical Reading

Psychology

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Social Work

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

World Literature

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Individualized instruction and collaboration.

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

Get as much information about where they currently are in regards to their understanding of a particular topic, where they would like to be, and what the standard of measurement is regarding the subject matter. Then, spend the remaining time addressing the most fundamental pieces that a student might struggle with, and working up in complexity from there.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach the fundamental skills related to their areas of difficulty, and then use questions that enhance critical-thinking skills and help students learn to apply skills to novel situations.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Work through what barriers they encounter in their motivation, and help address them one by one.

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

See what methods have been used to teach that skill or concept in the past, determine with the student which aspects were helpful and which were unhelpful, and then find ways to teach the skill/concept in a new way.

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

I go back to basics and check on decoding skills; then, if those are intact, I work from simple material to more complex material, ensuring that students are not memorizing language but comprehending the relationships between the words and remembering the image that the words create in their minds.

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

I think it is essential to be personable and engaging! My skills as a psychologist have allowed me to read interpersonal cues and recognize when I need to take a different approach. Being flexible in teaching styles is also something I try to incorporate at all times.

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

I like to use metaphor to connect the topic to something they are interested in.

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

Asking open-ended questions and having students apply skills to new material.

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

Gradually increase the difficulty of material as they become better at understanding a particular subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Ask open-ended questions and try to gauge what concrete improvements they would like to make, as well as where they have struggled in the past.

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

If a student has struggled learning using a particular method, I won't use that method. I also try to check for feedback for whether my teaching methods are helpful.

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

It depends on the type of tutoring. I have a wide variety of resources at my disposal.