I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at the graduate faculty of the New School in New York City, where I studied on scholarship and received the alumni study grant. Prior to graduation, I also taught in the New School's Master of Arts and Liberal Studies program. After receiving my doctorate, I was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to study at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, also in New York.
As a past professor, I have taught at the college, graduate and post-doctoral levels and have both clinical and instructional experience with younger students. My educational orientation emphasizes developing a solid early educational foundation that places value on strong character as the best means to achieve effective learning. I believe physical, emotional and intellectual well-being are the combined basis for achievement at all levels, from grammar school through high school and college and into adult life. As is so often the case in health, planting crops, or acquiring a new skill, it is ever best is to begin early.
I am inclined to see tutoring as a two-fold enterprise: First, of course, is the problem at hand, but no less important, is our attitude toward education. The way a student feels about learning, understanding and knowledge is key to overcoming specific challenges. Therefore, when I tutor we, student and teacher, are both learners, one younger one older. Whether we undertake to resolve problem in reading, writing or a difficulty in a particular discipline, we always keep this broader purpose in mind. Working with a tutor is not merely a means for catching-up or doing well-enough, or even mastering a topic, it is also a venture. That is the spirit of this posting.
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