My name is Mark. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Syracuse University, where I graduated with a 3.9 GPA and was a senior class Marshall, and was chosen to be the "Outstanding Psychology Student of the Year". I completed Syracuse's Honors program, which included completing a thesis as an undergraduate. I was heavily involved with research projects, and worked with professors and graduate students in an effort to get our research published in various academic journals. I also took graduate level courses at this time, and presented my psychology research findings at numerous local and regional conferences.
Upon earning my BA, I began working on my Master's degree in social work from Smith College. I used that education, and the experience I gained, to work in a hospital, counseling individuals with mental illness and an adolescent treatment facility that specialized in sexual abuse. Later, I began teaching and counseling at a pair of community colleges.
As an adjunct college instructor, I taught a human development course, crisis intervention, a counseling techniques course, and other psychology and social work/ human services courses. I was also a counselor there, guiding students and assisting them with choosing an appropriate major, as well as career planning and exploration of emotional/personal issues, academic support, tutoring, and college transfer support.
Since that time, I have been working on developing websites for local small businesses on the side using Dreamweaver. While not an expert at computers, I have patience, which has made me well respected and sought in the neighborhood.
I encourage you to contact me and ask any questions you may have. My goal is to work with you. I teach using examples, relating theories and ideas to real life, and by telling stories where appropriate to make a point. I don't teach that there is one way and one way only to learn something, but rather that everyone is unique and together we'll find what's right for YOU. I find that it often helps to get to know students a little before we begin so that I can gain a better understanding of your personality which in turn helps me to learn how you prefer to learn. Believe it or not, there's actually a whole science to learning about how we learn. Don't worry though, I won't bore you with those details!
I'm flexible regarding tutoring in-person, over the phone, via email, etc. In-person is typically the best, but I understand that that is not always realistic for everyone. So let's figure out what would work best for you!
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