California Lutheran University (Psychology)
My name is Darby, and I want to be your tutor! I was trained to be a writing consultant at California Lutheran University in early 2014 and spent a year in the university writing center as a consultant after completing that course. Since my training was completed I have been tutoring graduate and undergraduate students constantly and have worked with a very wide range of individuals. I still attend CLU as a third year undergraduate student studying Industrial/Organizational Psychology and I am planning to graduate in 2017. Now that you know a little bit about my background, let me describe my relationship with tutoring.
Tutoring is a fulfilling experience for me because I believe strongly in one ideal: the improvement of the student is the most important part of the job. I have been tutoring for a while and have seen students of all types. Watching students improve over the course of time is my favorite part of tutoring. Watching a student not make the mistake that has been tripping them up; hearing a student explain a concept that you gave them; watching a student enjoying something they used to dislike; these are the things I like about tutoring .
The reason that I believe that I am a good tutor is that I have a lot of training and practice. The time that I have spent tutoring has led to me developing concepts that help me to best approach each lesson. I believe these concepts should be understood by both parties in order for the teaching and learning experience to be fulfilling for all those involved. One concept that I try to make sure all my students understand is that I am a consultant who is there to help the student succeed. I am not there to do the students work for them or to discuss anything involving grades with students. The reason that I think this idea is important is because a lot of tutors tend to get sucked into what I call a "grades vacuum." In the grades vacuum, the only thing that matters is what the student receives for academic scores on their work. This tends to put too much emphasis on results and not enough focus on the learning process. In situations like these, many tutors tend to do the work for their clients (unconsciously or otherwise) in order to get the desired result. In the end, this situation will lead to the student learning nothing except that they can find a way out of doing work that they struggle with if they find the right person. It is much more beneficial to teach a student how to do something and risk them not doing it perfectly on their own than it is to simply do that thing for them. That way, a student will be less likely to repeat the same mistakes because they learn how to avoid them the first time through. The second concept I push is the idea of learning at least one new thing every single day. The English language is a complex and difficult thing to master and it absolutely cannot be done in one tutoring session. With this in mind, I try to end each session by leaving the student with one major concept that they should try to master before the next session. That concept is usually derived from a pattern that I pick out during the session. For example, if the student makes the same mistake repeatedly, I would choose a concept regarding that mistake for the student to work on.
If you are looking to become a better student or looking to improve an area of your academics, please contact me. My name is Darby, and I want to be your tutor! I was trained to be a writing consultant at California Lutheran University in early 2014 and spent a year in the university writing center as a consultant after completing that course. Since my training was completed I have been tutoring graduate and undergraduate students constantly and have worked
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