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Jacquelyn S.

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Huntington Beach, CA (92648)

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Tutoring and helping others to improve their learning skills is something that comes naturally for me. When I first helped my peers to increase their academic abilities, I didn't even know that I was tutoring. This was mostly because I was in the third grade and I just wanted to go help other students who hadn't finished or were struggling with their in-class assignments. I was only 10 when I first began getting paid for my tutoring competency. I slowly accumulated clients through word of mouth. By high school, it was essentially a part-time job. I also had the benefit of volunteering as a tutor through different charities I am/was associated with, beginning in middle school. My intentions were philanthropic, but I unintentionally picked up many guiding skills for assisting students in specific subject(s) and for students in need of overall academic structuring along with subject tutoring.

I have experience tutoring students with learning disabilities. As a psychologist-in-training I have the advantage of a better understanding of learning disorders, learning disabilities, and developmental disabilities. I have the most experience with with the aforementioned disorders, along with dyslexia, ADHD, autism, and conduct disorder.

One of the strengths I developed during my 16 years of experience tutoring is the importance of giving due recognition that each person is unique and every person's learning preference(s) should be tailored toward providing the system that with have optimal benefits for his/her. A lot of tutors (even well-seasoned ones) have one methodological approach to guiding educational improvement. My experience has taught me that different individuals have different learning styles. One of the most important characteristics of a good mentor is the ability to adjust from the tutor's comfort zone into the student's preferred method of comprehension. This is the most advantageous approach to an individual's progress, granted the tutor is capable teaching in various methods.

In psychological jargon: my technique is to provide scaffolding that fits a child's unique zone of proximal development. In comprehensible terms: I provide services that balance the amount of help needed with the natural competencies of the client in order facilitate learning and not dependence on an authority figure; this also cultivates neurochemical interactions that increase the amount of information retained. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, by give a limitless amount of help to children they begin incorporating a sense of dependency and entitlement, followed by a decrease in independence and self-sufficiency. These lessons (which certainly include the influence of how assignment completion is structured) do not receive due attention, which is regretful because these behavioral interactions are already beginning to set the stage for adulthood, expectancies, and competencies. Observation of a child's emotional reaction and external reaction to academic frustration are crucial, because they do not confine themselves to that singe issue.

A child that has not experienced as many instances where he/she overcame an obstacle without assistance has a greater chance of failing to independently accomplish much. On the other hand, not providing enough support presents the risk of rousing feelings of inadequacy, which is often followed by feelings of dejection, failure, and lowered self-esteem. The significance of the matter here can be more grave since the subjective feelings of failure ingrained early on can cause self-sabotage, fear of failure, or a person might become devoid of any motivation. This significantly decreases one's chance at success (of all sorts), and it hinders one from realizing his/her full potential. Concisely, it is important to address the matter earlier so as to prevent deep-seated childhood behaviors from escalating into a more significant problem.

Another quality that is fundamental to tutoring success is establishing a connection. If you were to hire me for yourself or for someone else and you did not have a good experience, I would encourage you to seek another tutor who fits your particular needs better than I am able to. Part of the value of developing a relationship of trust, respect, and openness is that students are more likely to express if a concept is troubling them. Furthermore, a positive relationship between a student and a tutor fosters a sense of accountability and respect, which in turn increases the likelihood that there will be preparation between tutoring sessions.
I am dedicated, flexible, patient, and professional. My communication skills are excellent, and I find it important to both give and receive feedback on the progress of tutoring sessions. I have received excellent reviews from previous clients. I am reliable, attentive and derive vicarious pleasure from the progression and success of all of my students. I promise to do my best to help you succeed, even if it means learning 3 new ways to solve an equation in hopes that one will suit you/your child’s learning style.

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Jacquelyn’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Sports/Recreation:
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th), English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, Statistics, Study Skills
Business:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
History:
Science:
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary

ADD/ADHD

I have tutored children with ADD/ADHD before. I am also currently in the process of my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, so I know all the signs, symptoms, and other essential information from my school curriculum. As far as tutoring methods, I cannot specify a uniform method as I believe every individual is different. However, I do tutor individuals with a diagnosis of ADHD with more sensitivity, patience, and discipline.

Algebra 1

I love teaching the subjects of Algebra 1 and 2. It is such a wonderful subject to tutor because there are a variety of techniques that I am able to use to help a student learn how to successfully navigate the seemingly confusing nature of Algebra. I recognize that not everyone benefits the most from learning from the traditional classroom education; thus, I am able to help students see alternative methods to solving a problem, which in turn can lead students to understand the traditional methods. However, problem solving according to the basic school design is not a necessity to learn and excel in Algebra 1 and 2.

Algebra 2

I love teaching the subjects of Algebra 1 and 2. It is such a wonderful subject to tutor because there are a variety of techniques that I am able to use to help a student learn how to successfully navigate the seemingly confusing nature of Algebra. I recognize that not everyone benefits the most from learning from the traditional classroom education; thus, I am able to help students see alternative methods to solving a problem, which in turn can lead students to understand the traditional methods. However, problem solving according to the basic school design is not a necessity to learn and excel in Algebra 1 and 2.

Aspergers

I have tutored children with Asperger's before. I am also currently in the process of my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, so I know all the signs, symptoms, and other essential information from my school curriculum. As far as tutoring methods, I cannot specify a uniform method as I believe every individual is different. However, I do tutor individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's with more sensitivity, patience, and positively-reinforced discipline. Part of my mentoring involves establishing confidence that Asperger's may be an extra challenge, but if you put your mind to it you can do anything.

Autism

I worked as an after school caregiver at a facility that was designated for children with learning and social challenges. During my employment, I encouraged the children to get started on their homework while they waited. Autistic children need additional help and the progress tends to typically advance at a slower pace. Adequate tutoring skills can really improve academic functioning, but I have also noticed that it facilitates daily functioning as well. As I am also currently in the process of obtaining my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, I know the signs, symptoms, and other essential information from my coursework. As far as tutoring methods, I cannot specify a uniform method as I believe every individual is different. However, I do tutor individuals with a diagnosis of Autism with additional skill sets that gives emphasis to sensitivity, empathy, patience, and positive-reinforcement. My goal is to strengthen the student's confidence in order to help them achieve not only academic success but also feelings of competency and pride. This method also facilitates a more encompassing learning style that typically spreads to positively impact other areas of functioning. My experience working with individuals who have been diagnosed on the autistic spectrum is that, with the right encouragement and reinforcement, we are all equal in what we can achieve.

Ballet

I have informally taught ballet at the ballet company I was dancing for at the time. I was a ballerina for 9 years. When I turned 18 I had to make the decision between academia and dancing for the San Francisco Ballet Company. Since a ballerina's career is usually over at age 35 if he/she's luck, I chose the academic route. I would love to teach ballet and use my professional skills again.

Criminal Justice

I studied Psychology and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Southern California. I minored in Forensics and Criminality. In the course of fulfilling my minor, I took classes that varied from crime and the law, to delinquency, to the theories on what causes crime. I have many books on Criminal Justice, and I enjoy reading these educational books during my free time.

Discrete Math

Discrete mathematics covers a large portion of different mathematical concepts. I have tutored discrete mathematics in different subject areas, but I have never taught discrete math exclusively. However, since I am proficient in all areas of math excluding calculus and above, and discrete math does not include these subjects I know how to apply discrete math in every situation.

Dyslexia

I worked as an after school caregiver at a facility that was designated for children with learning and social challenges. During my employment, I encouraged the children to get started on their homework while they waited. As dyslexia runs in my family, and I was lucky enough to inherit the gene I am very empathetic to the plight of the challenges of dyslexia. I have experience tutoring one child at the after school care program, and a student that hired me privately. what differentiates me as a qualified candidate is that I have first-had knowledge of the tribulations. As I am also currently in the process of obtaining my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, I know the signs, symptoms, and other essential information from my coursework.

Elementary (K-6th)

For 3 years I tutored elementary school children once a week for 4 hours through as association called National Charity League. Since then and throughout my undergraduate education I volunteered at elementary schools in low-income neighborhoods. I chose to tutor twice a week. I am great at adapting to the way different ages process information. Furthermore, I know a considerable amount of empirically based knowledge from taking multiple courses on child development.

Elementary Math

I started tutoring in middle school through charity organizations. I learned that I love teaching elementary math and interacting with this age group. I have now turned it into a part of my business and I would love to help any child with the building blocks that will lead to success in their future.

Elementary Science

I started tutoring in middle school through charity organizations. I learned that I love teaching elementary science and interacting with this age group. I have now turned it into a part of my business and I would love to help any child with the building blocks that will lead to success in their future.

Geometry

I was awarded the medal for academic excellence in Geometry in High School. I have continued to use it throughout my advanced education. I was also the teacher's assistant for a geometry class in High School and spent many hours helping students to understand the difficult concepts both during class and after school.

Linear Algebra

I am have tutored many students in Algebra. It is my favorite area to tutor. As Linear Algebra is an extension of Algebra I enjoy teaching that as well. I understand vector spaces and linear transformations well and am very competent in explaining it in simple terms.

Logic

I took logic during my undergraduate education. Although I have not formally tutored a client in the subject of Logic, my classmates noticed my thorough understanding of the subject. Therefore, I spent many hours helping my fellow classmates understand Logic and improve their grades on exams.

Phonics

I know Phonics extremely well. My mother is a speech pathologist and I helped her put together workbooks and games to teach the subject. As I have also worked with people with Dyslexia, phonics was naturally an area that was covered as well.

Psychology

I graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Psychology. I love to stay engaged and abreast of the subject. Because the subject interests me wholeheartedly, I am very enthusiastic and will work very hard to help you succeed and understand psychology concepts - even if it means I need to research obscure topics with you!

Public Speaking

In High School I participated in a program called MUN (Model United Nations) for 4 years. Essentially we mocked United Nations conferences and gave speeches frequently in front of the entire committee. I was extensively trained in how to speak in front of audiences. Those students who excelled at public speaking abilities were assigned to help other students in the class, so that they could learn skills in a less intimidating environment as well as get additional practice. I have taught skills, "tricks," and evaluated the performance of a person's public speaking abilities.

Sewing

I began sewing in childhood. I made my first patchwork quilt by the time I was 13. By the age of 15 or 16 I was already making my own clothes and I even considered going to FIT. I have taking classes and workshops to develop techniques. It is an amazing hobby and outlet.

Soccer

I played soccer for 8 years. I was always placed on the "all stars" team that drew from the pool of all the regional teams. This team represented the region and was supposed to be composed of the exemplary players with the best chance at winning. I have many trophies to show for my capabilities in soccer.

Special Needs

I worked as an after school caregiver at facility that was designated for children with learning and social challenges. During my employment, I encouraged the children to get started on their homework while they waited. Adequate tutoring skills can really improve academic functioning. I additionally helped them through their daily functioning skills and their social interactions. As I am also currently in the process of obtaining my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, I know the signs, symptoms, and other essential information from my coursework. I really enjoy working with people with special needs; I find them remarkable.

Statistics

I took AP statistics in high school. I also took statistics at George Washington University. When I transferred to the University of Southern California, they would not accept my previous college credit for statistics, so I took it once more at USC. I also took Statistics during my Ph.D program. Please let me know if you are interested.

Study Skills

All the way into my undergraduate studies I had issues with managing my time and adequately allocating the appropriate time to finish properly studying. My own difficulties learning how to manage the most effective way of studying has taught me a lot about the issues that prevent proper preparation as well as the methods to overcome these habits. Part of my tutoring often involves teaching how to improve studying skills, and I also tutor clients that mainly have troubles with organizing their studying behaviors.

Tennis

I was on the varsity tennis team in high school. I took private lessons prior to joining the high school team. My coach encouraged me to pursue tennis more seriously as he believed I was good enough to go pro if I decided to put the time and effort in. I know all the techniques and strategies for how to excel in tennis, even if I did not go on to dedicate my life to tennis stardom.

Trigonometry

In High School I took an advanced class that included Trigonometry and found that it came to me very naturally. I helped my peers after I finished the homework in class. The following year, I worked as a Teacher's Assistant in Trigonometry by teaching, tutoring, and grading tests.

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University of Southern California

Palo Alto University, Palo Alto (PhD)

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Jacquelyn will travel within 10 miles of Huntington Beach, CA 92649.

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