I am a college instructor of Psychology with 2 years' combined experience teaching elementary, and some high school. Because I am a counselor, I use everything I know about child and human development, plus everything I have learned from the kids I've worked with to help me tutor those who need it. I understand that sometimes it's not just the subject we have problems with, but also we struggle with our feelings about the subject, teachers, and time management. I spent many years in school myself and there were times during graduate school when I wondered what I was thinking! So I understand the process and how many factors like study habits, personality, and learning styles are significant players in how well we are able to master coursework. For example, I used to think that I was terrible at math despite the fact that I was put into honors math in high school and aced my doctoral STATS class. What I learned is that I'm afraid of math and I really don't like it and don't have the personality for it. I like reading and words and music, and people, and philosophy. I did exceptionally well in all subjects throughout my academic career, but everyone isn't like that.
My approach is to get to know the student by discovering their learning style and assessing the compatibility between them and the subject. From time to time there are specific learning issues that also must be addressed. From this, I know how to continue in the tutoring process and make it a non-threatening experience. My 10 year old grandson says, "I like how you explain things very well and show me how to find solutions...and you give me popcorn."
My music experience is informal. I have been a singer for many years and have excellent control and tone. I would love to help anyone who loves to sing feel more confident or help prepare for a performance.
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