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I am a lifetime student with a BA in Psychology and a BS in Law & Justice from TCNJ, a law degree from Villanova School of Law, and a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University who is enrolled in the Psy.D. Program at Kean University completing a doctorate in a combined School and Clinical Psychology Program.
I have more than 20 years experience in tutoring a variety of subjects and in the last 10 years have tutored primarily in areas related to law, psychology (including research methods and statistics), study skills, and SAT verbal preparation. I worked for a period of more than 2 years for a nationally known test prep program tutoring SAT verbal programs. I am a NJ Certified Substitute Teacher who has experience teaching children from pre-K to graduate school. I updated my Substitute Teacher Certification in August, so I have copies of my most recent federal background check available if any parents would like to see it. I have 5 years of experience working in a special education school for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties, many of whom also have specific learning disabilities and ADHD.
My tutoring style generally involves discussions with parents and students about the students strengths and weaknesses so that a plan can be created that best fits with the student's needs while considering the student's learning style. When at all possible I like to integrate the student's interests into lessons, so that the student finds it easier to engage in the learning process, particularly for subjects they find challenging.
As I am currently enrolled full-time in graduate school my weekday schedule sometimes varies. As such, I usually only schedule tutoring appointments for Friday afternoons and evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays. From time to time I have weekday availability, but I would likely be unable to schedule recurring appointments for weekday nights between September and May.
I completed my JD at Villanova Law in 2007 and took the July 2007 bar exam in PA and NJ. I passed the bar in both states.
In terms of tutoring for the bar exam, I generally focus on test taking techniques, as well as covering the general content covered by the multi-state bar exam questions, which are common across all states. For students interested in working on the essay portions of the exam, we can reviewe practice essays completed by students and identify strategies for maximizing answers and organizing respones.
Students looking to make decisions about college sometimes find it helpful to talk with people who have insight into the process, can review their essays, or can help them determine which schools they should consider applying to. I have 6 years experience in helping students research and make these decisions and more than 15 years experience in assisting with college application essays.
Each student has certain objectives in attending college and is looking for different criteria. After consulting with the student and family about the preferences, I help the student find schools that best fit with their educational, career, and financial goals. Once the schools are selected I go over essay topics with students to develop strategies to best showcase the student's abilities and thoughts in the context of the essay requested by the college or university.
In addition, for students who are anticipating college interviews, I work with the student on practice interviews, developing answers to the questions most likely to be asked of them, and provide strategies for the interview.
As someone who has attended college and then three graduate programs, I am very well versed in the process of applying to schools, writing essays, and surviving the interview process. I would love to share that knowledge with you or your student to help them find success.
I completed my law degree from Villanova University in 2006, in addition to having a bachelor's degree in Law & Justice with a minor in Forensic Science from TCNJ. I am able to tutor on a wide variety of topics associated with the criminal justice system, including legal proceedings, the adjudicative process, and issues related to Forensic Psychology (as I have worked as a legal consultant in psychology for the last 6 years).
In terms of my tutoring approach, the needs of the student as well as their learning style will dictate the approach taken to lesson planning, however the use of visual aids (such as powerpoints) and movie clips to illustrate points are often appropriate depending on the age of the student. In addition, if possible I feel that linking a student's actual interests to the subject matter can be effective as a means of demonstrating and explaining concepts.
I am a NJ certified substitute teacher with close to 20 years of experience in working with pre-school and elementary school aged children. I am working on a doctoral degree in school psychology and currently work 2 days per week in an elementary/middle school with children in K-5 who are in special education classrooms or have learning disabilities. However, most of the tutoring I have done in the last 20 years has been with children who just need supplemental supports in regular education classrooms, extra help, or assistance with study skill development.
For elementary school aged children my tutoring style would depend on the subject matter and the learning style of the student. However, I often believe that sometimes taking the learning out of the classroom context and having the opportunity to work one on one will a tutor willing to relate the subject matter to the student's interests can be very helpful. Math doesn’t have to be abstract, it can be about figuring out how many video games (or baseball cards, etc.) the student has. Spelling can involve practicing writing letters to a student's sports or musical heroes. Science can be about seeing how the principles discussed in class are found in the real world.
In addition to assistance with subject content, I also work with parents and students to determine study strategies to assist the child in achieving long term goals, study skills, and organizational skills.
I am currently a graduate student working on a doctoral degree in psychology. I am in a combined Clinical and School Psychology program, have a master's in clinical psychology and will be earning a master's in educational psychology in May. I have taught courses in psychology at the graduate and undergraduate level in the past 10 years, in addition to teaching a series of workshops for the NJ Public Defender's Office on issues related to psychology. I am involved in a number of clinical research studies so I am familiar with topics related to statistics and research methods, in addition to having an extensive series of course work in topics related to psychology.
Each student's study needs are different, as all student's learn in different ways. In tutoring study skills I find it helpful to talk with the student and his/her parent/guardian to discuss the student's strengths and weaknesses to develop a plan that works for the student and/or their family. I also find it helpful to teach students about organization skills, effective note taking, and homework skills to facilitate studying in the most efficient way, while considering time management issues and skills. Study skills learned early in the education process help learning as student's progress through school and allow them to build skills to meet goals.
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