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Excellent one-to-one and in small group tutoring. Love for health, biology, and psychology subjects. I have worked as a health care professional for many years including my most recent certification in Medical Acupuncture. I have taught health-related subjects, such as anatomy and physiology and trauma recovery therapies, at both the community and professional level.
As a tutor, my style depends on the student's needs. Younger students are in a different developmental stage for learning, for instance, than adults. Also the subject content requires differing types of learning, for example anatomy is much more memorization whereas psychology subjects are conceptual learning. Within these considerations, I first assess the student's learning style, the subject requirements, such as flash cards or oral discussion, and then I guide the student to practice understanding the material. If test taking is a priority, then that becomes our practice. If conceptual and complex learning is difficult then we focus on in-session and home study methods of breaking down the subject, outlining it, and writing about it. All of my prospective students are offered an individualized learning plan, according to their age and needs. If one compares grapes to plums, they have several things in common, such as being purple fruits, however the texture and ways that they are used differ greatly.
In public speaking, bravery with preparation is the key. I have given many lectures, seminars, and group teaching sessions throughout the last twenty years. The most important aspect has been preparing fully with notes or flashcards, and of course having the courage to get up there even when nervous. Having something to say and delivering your message are both easier when you believe in the content completely, feeling a commitment to open the minds of your listeners, and then asking them questions about the material. I often start with opening questions which lead us into the subject; ways of relating or applying the material to people's lives is important. Slowing down your breathing, you recall that you practiced this lecture already, and that you probably know more about the subject than the audience does. You keep track of your timeframe, stay on task, refocus the discussion if needed, then you give the conclusion in a strong, relaxed voice. Practice doesn't necessarily make perfect public speaking, but it sure makes a good presentation.
In my previous nursing and other health science courses, I have taken courses focusing on psychology of special needs students, particularly youth. In these studies I learned about how Emotional Impairment, ADD and ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Dyslexia, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder affects children and adults. I also have worked with autistic children and wheelchair-bound adults in a number of settings. Finding that each person's needs are unique, I take great care in exploring what I need to do to help teach/tutor and in fact with one client, I learned American Sign Language (ASL).
I have personal experience with a family member who is of Emotional Impairment (which used to be called severely emotionally disturbed) and has Bipolar Disorder. We have learned how to help him cope on a daily basis, and how differently he learns from other children. We find that tutoring in time-limited, rewarded sessions and using multimedia has helped him greatly. I also have learned a deep compassion for the differently-abled mind and how hard it is for many people to focus their thoughts, or as with cases of learning disabilities, to find the path that is effective for their learning.
In the 1980s I was a swim instructor for four years (in Pontiac, MI). After teaching the baby/parent classes through adult lessons, I became the Preschool Aquatic Director at the YMCA. I also was a WSI (Water Safety Instructor), which allowed me to teach several lifesaving courses which certified lifeguards. Although it is easier for children to learn how to swim, I have had adults who went from fear of water to floating and swimming in a ten-week class.
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