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Theresa B.

Worcester, MA

$45/hour

Psychology, English, Academic Coach, Special needs, Organization

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Becker College
Psychology
Becker College
Master's

Education

Becker College (Psychology)

Becker College (Master's)

About Theresa

My ultimate goal is to assist my student in discovering how he or she learns best and to help my student develop the skills to achieve the best educational outcome. Ethically, I am comfortable providing honest feedback through the use of positive praise and, when needed, constructive suggestions in a manner that will be beneficial to the student’s overall learning. I demonstrate faith in my student’s ability to learn and show respect for my student’s cultural background, personal value system, and dignity at all times. I understand that I may not have all the answers to student questions, and I take pride in my ability to seek assistance in finding answers or directing the student to an appropriate resource for the information. I work hard to maintain accurate records of our academic coaching sessions. I strive to keep current in both my subject areas and learning methodologies in order to provide the best service for my students.

Truly autonomous learners are able to create ideas, synthesize information, and produce their own work. This style of learning is known as andragogy. Andragogy principles suggest that students bring their own experiences and knowledge into learning experiences. Students are considered to be goal oriented, practical, and relevancy oriented. When operating under this style of learning, students are much more internally motivated and self-directed learners, which is a wonderful way of promoting critical thinking and independence in individuals. I believe the process of education involves both styles of learning, but depends on the individual learner to advocate for his or her learning style.

My preferred leadership style is a balance between supportive and directive approaches. I am focused on problem-solving and encouraging my students; however, I also work to define and clarify roles and expectations to help students achieve their specific goals. I remain flexible in my approach to academic coaching and respectful of various learning styles and preferences. I tend to rely on positive, open-ended questions to elicit what students are passionate about and their strengths in order to build and maintain rapport.

My main objective is to empower students by working collaboratively to formulate a vision of what they would like to become, and then assist them in developing concrete and achievable goals. I work to create a safe, supportive, and stable learning environment where my students can explore their own ways of thinking. These calculated risks are ok to take, because if the students stumble, I am able to provide support and redirection. Over time and throughout our work together, I challenge the student to raise the student’s expectations of his or her self in a way that is productive.

I was a peer tutor for four years and a graduate level professor for one year; I understand the differences between providing tutoring, mentoring, teaching, and academic coaching. As a tutor, I worked to impart academic skills and competencies by helping students to complete homework and projects. Tutors focus on “the little picture” and work on short-term issues on particular academic subjects students have trouble with. Mentors work on short and long-term issues and offers advice on how to make “good decisions.” Mentors also work one-on-one with their student and use a more personal and motivational approach, sometimes even participating in their client’s social or family events.
Teachers have more authority over their students and must teach to the top of their class; oftentimes suggesting that a student seeks tutoring. As an academic coach, I focus on “the big picture” with one student at a time. My students and I work on short and long-term problems and solutions by using comprehensive, multidimensional approaches to provide extensive, long lasting benefits. Not only do I help students address academic difficulties, I work to teach emotional competencies, like communication and relationship skills, by talking with students about their lives and school work.
Though there is some overlap between academic tutoring, mentoring, and academic coaching, the clearest distinction is that tutors help students complete schoolwork; mentors provide guidance in personal or social life; while coaches help students talk out the process of how to complete schoolwork and address interpersonal difficulties. An academic coach is part teacher, manager, mentor, organizer, cheerleader, taskmaster, counselor, resource expert, learning specialist, educational consultant, and motivational speaker.

Please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience!
Best,
Theresa
My ultimate goal is to assist my student in discovering how he or she learns best and to help my student develop the skills to achieve the best educational outcome. Ethically, I am comfortable providing honest feedback through the use of positive praise and, when needed, constructive suggestions in a manner that will be beneficial to the student’s Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Worcester, MA 01609
Science:
Psychology
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Volleyball,
Yoga

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Volleyball

I played division III volleyball in college for four years.

Becker College
Psychology
Becker College
Master's

Education

Becker College (Psychology)

Becker College (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Theresa will travel within 15 miles of Worcester, MA 01609.