I have a Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology with minors in Statistics and Computer Science (GPA 3.81/4.0). Additionally, I have undertaken recent skills updating in the Information Technology and Decision Sciences Department in the College of Business at the University of North TX (GPA 4.0/4.0). I have been awarded two graduate certificates from UNT. One graduate certificate is in Business Intelligence and the other is in Six Sigma. I will complete my third graduate certificate this semester in Information Technology (IT) Fundamentals. I have also received two certifications from the American Society of Quality in 2010. The first certificate was a Certified Manager of Quality / Operations Excellence and the second was a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
I taught for eight years at Wayne State University and Marygrove College – both in Detroit, MI. The courses included Algebra, Statistics, Introductory Psychology, Industrial Psychology, and Labor Management Relations. After obtaining my doctoral degree, I worked in industry for over 20 years as an IT professional, specializing in using statistics to solve business problems. During my career in industry, I frequently had to explain material to managers and others. I learned that using every day words to explain complex topics goes a long way. I developed a repertoire of synonyms to help in the process.
I have two children. Helping them understand their school work helped me develop the skills that make a good tutor. My daughter, who is a Ph.D. today, was not a natural in mathematics; however as soon I showed her the tricks to simplify and speed up calculations she was able to perform as if the “tricks” came naturally to her. My son was not particularly brilliant at writing; however as soon as he learned a few basic techniques, he was writing as well as his sister.
Another learning technique I capitalized on is the use of multiple sensory modalities. The more senses involved in learning, the more persistent and effective the recall of the material. Therefore, I use sight, hearing, and touch (moving hands and talking) as part of the training.
Mnemonic queues and repetition facilitate recall and are used as part of the program. It is especially important to help students develop mnemonic queues that are meaningful to them to optimize their effectiveness.
Now in my semi-retirement, I would like to share these learning tools with other bright minds. I will treat the student with respect, kindness, and quiet firmness. My goal is to help them achieve their goals.
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