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Marymount Manhattan College (Psychology)
Montclair State University (Master's)
As a former career guidance counselor, with a BA in Psychology, minor in Education, and a Master's in Guidance Counseling, my strong skills set in English and Language Arts surfaced, and has led me to begin a second career in tutoring this subject matter. In addition, the education courses I took at Marymount Manhattan College inspired me to take a special interest in learning effective tutoring techniques.
Both in my role as After School Tutor/Mentor, and my current involvement in an after-school program that teaches thinking games to school children K-5, I would describe my approach as similar to that of a coach. This means I think of as many ways as possible to engage the students in understanding the meaning behind what they are learning. I do this by asking questions that will help a student build on existing knowledge, and always follow up by having the student explain ideas back so that they can apply the ideas to new situations. I also try to adapt instruction to the student’s learning style. It's been my experience that students prefer to learn in different ways. Some are visual learners, while some prefer to learn by listening (the exact categories vary). My approach is to match instruction to the student’s learning style, and find this builds a strong rapport and optimal conditions for the teacher/student dynamic. As a former career guidance counselor, with a BA in Psychology, minor in Education, and a Master's in Guidance Counseling, my strong skills set in English and Language
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I acted both as a substitute teacher and an After-school tutor for 3 years in New Jersey. I am currently involved in tutoring ages K-6 in a program called Mind Lab one afternoon a week. I get excellent feedback from both the students and colleagues. I love this age group and know I am capable of encouraging students with my enthusiasm patience.