Thank you for taking the time to review my profile. I am a licensed professional mental health therapist who values education. As such, I have a fingerprint card that I update every few years and is available upon request. I have been an honor student throughout my life-long learning career, achieving a 3.5 GPA at Pima College; a 3.8 GPA at the U of A; and, a 3.95 GPA studying for my M.A. at Chapman. More than that, I have had the privilege of volunteering in many classrooms around the world, aiding students for most of my life.
There have been many courses that I've enjoyed. Language is one of my favorites and I've studied French, Spanish, German and a little Japanese and Taiwanese. In addition, I love English, grammar, literature, reading and writing. One of these days, I hope to finish my autobiography and have it published. I might even write some children's books. Another subject I enjoyed was math, believe it or not; especially, Algebra, Geometry, Trig and Accounting. Additionally, I have compassion for those of you who, like me, have test anxiety or a fear of public speaking. Practice, practice, practice goes a long, long way!
My study habits have served me well and I endeavor to help students learn how they can best study the subjects they encounter. Whether a student requires quiet, white noise, classical or rock music--my son who has ADHD excels as long as either classical or alternative music is blasting on his stereo--creating the right environment is important.Choosing a specific place and time to do homework can help you develop a routine, and avoiding interruptions will help you focus.
As far as my tutoring, once I meet with a student and assess whether or not a given student learns best by hearing, visualizing, writing, touching or some combination of those techniques, I can tailor my teaching methods to be of the most benefit to that learner. I'm fairly versatile, so if one method doesn't work, we can simply try another. If necessary, I am even willing to discuss IEP's for students with special needs for quiet, fewer assignments or reminders from the teacher to turn in those assignments.
I am respectful of short attention spans, developmental issues, and the psychological fears that challenge student success. I will share strategies which have helped other students reach their goals in the hopes that the students I tutor can, also, find success.
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