I recently graduated with a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where I worked part-time as a writing tutor for students learning English as a second language. The focus of my undergraduate work at Michigan was on developmental and educational psychology-- courses to help prepare me for graduate school and eventually a career as a school psychologist. I'm currently living in Fenton, working as a tutor and applying to doctoral programs in psychology. I tutor mostly high school students in English, math, and ACT/ SAT prep, but I’ve also tutored middle school and college students. I'm especially interested in helping students with learning difficulties such as autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and dyslexia develop study skills and become more capable learners. My 15-year-old niece has autism, and several children in my extended family have ADHD. My experiences with my niece and extended family have helped me to understand how their learning needs differ from those of typically developing children, and I believe this understanding has made me a more competent tutor.
My approach to tutoring stresses student-specific teaching. Because people learn in slightly different ways, they should also be taught in slightly different ways. I’ve found that the key to successful tutoring is to customize lessons to suit each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Tutoring sessions will depend on the individual’s learning goals and his/ her unique learning style. Depending on the student, we can focus on completing school assignments and preparing for tests, or we can spend more time improving more general skills such as reading comprehension, vocabulary development, studying, and writing. It’s important to make sure that everyone involved-- the student, his/her parent(s), and myself-- have a clear idea of our goals and how we plan to achieve them. I’m a very patient person, and I’m committed to helping students become more self-directed learners by fostering intellectual curiosity and teaching good study skills.
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