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Oklahoma City University
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Nursing (Master's)
University of California San Francisco School of Nursing (PhD)
I am certified in the following areas: 1)NCLEX-RN, 2)career development, 3)study skills, 4)reading, 5)writing, and 6) public speaking. If you have tutoring needs in either of these areas, it would be my sincere pleasure to serve as your success coach in order to assist you in achieving your specific goals and objectives.
My experience in tutoring students in pre-nursing, undergraduate and graduate nursing programs is extensive. I have expertise in child and adolescent growth and development, and my clinical background includes caring for children and adolescents with acute and chronic illnesses.
In addition, I am skilled in assisting students in learning improved study habits, preparing for multiple choice examinations, and identifying areas for emphasis when preparing for course examinations, mid-term and final examinations. I have taught in Associate Degree, BSN, Masters and doctoral programs in nursing.
In addition, I work with students in reading and interpreting scientific information, and writing required professional and academic papers, including theses and dissertations. I find great joy and am delighted when graduates achieve success on the NCLEX-RN the first time they take it and join the RN Workforce. I am certified in the following areas: 1)NCLEX-RN, 2)career development, 3)study skills, 4)Read more
Internet and other technology are used for NCLEX tutoring so it will only be done in my business office. For tutoring in client's home or other location, rates may be $5 to $10 more per hour.
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I absolutely love how patient she is with me. When I don't understand a particular topic, she gives me plenty of information for me to read until I comprehend the material!
I started working with Delois in February 2013 when I was taking prerequisites for nursing school. She is an excellent tutor. She guided me through Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, and prepared me for entering my nursing program.
Throughout my two year program, she gave me the insight and tools to succeed. She also gave me confidence that I had lacked with taking tests and learning the material. She believed in me throughout the process and with her assistance I passed my NCLEX exam.
I highly recommend Delois for tutoring!!!
DeLois is a excellent tutor, she helped me clear out my thoughts. I tried the NCLEX exam a couple of times, but I couldn't pass it. In my first lesson with DeLois she had found my weakness and what I was doing wrong while answering questions. She was always on time and she was super patient and not judgmental. She even gave me help during her free time so I could understand much better. She is a kind and caring person in her heart. I was glad to have her as a tutor. I strongly recommend her to anyone who is trying to pass the NCLEX exam.
DeLois W P is a great tutor, very knowledgeable, patient and supportive. I've been searching for someone to help with nursing concepts to review for the NCLEX and DeLois is excellent!
What an amazing Job DeLois did for me. I could not be happier! She is patient and positively supportive. Very intelligent and incredibly knowledgeable in her field.
This was my first on-line tutoring session. It was a very pleasant one and I will be scheduling another session with DeLois P W. She has patience and I appreciate the words of encouragement.
It is my first lesson with DeLois. She is very professional and knowledgeable to set up SMART goals and plan for my situations. I was looking for a career coaching and an English tutor for a long time, but neither of them was right for me because they did not provide customized plan for my situations. Finally, I found DeLois. It is worth every penny I paid to take the lesson. I can't wait our next lesson
I like the fact that she took notes while i did a practice exam, and keyed into the areas where i need help in. Very excited to work with her
DeLois P W is a phenomenal tutor. She was able to help me clear out my thoughts as I was required to write an APA paper in Collaborative Healthcare class. She gave and guided me towards coming up with ideas to address and discuss in my paper. She also continuously helped me as I wrote the paper and assessed it at the end with her feedback. DeLois P W also helped me in my other two classes in the following semester while taking the Evidence-Based research course and Capstone course. She has helped me in writing six assignments in 5 weeks. It has been challenging, and DeLois was up for the challenge. She was always on time in class, passionate about her work, and willing to help at all times. She has provided excellent feedback and guided me all the way to the end. I am sure that in the future, I will contact her once again. Therefore, to all others looking for help and advice I strongly recommend DeLois as a tutor and a mentor. You will not be sorry!!!
I have worked with Delois for awhile and I can honestly say she is a phenomenal tutor. She kept me focused and help me develop a plan to help me achieve my goal. She highlighted what I was doing right and what needed improvement. She was always full of support and a kind word whenever it is needed. She uses power points, websites, flash cards, whatever works best and helps the information stick. She helped me focus and analysis each question that was in front of me. She helped me build my critical thinking skills and self confidence with each session. She helped me achieve my goal of passing the NCLEX-RN exam. Without her help I'm not sure where I would be today. It was my 5th attempt at the NCLEX. But with her help and support I made it the last time. She is one of the most kind, generous, intelligent, and loving woman I have ever met. If you need help studying for the NCLEX I highly suggest you try talking to and working with Delois.
I failed the NCLEX three times before I went to Delois. She was very patient and nice. She gave me the confidence to go into that test and I passed it. I am forever grateful to have her as a tutor. She is awesome!
I have three classes with Dr. DeLois 25 days before my NCLEX exam. She didn't teach me any contents but sharply pointed out my weakness during our interactions. She is awesome.
Every time we did some questions and DeLois will monitor the way how I think and help me improve myself very efficiently.
I have difficult time believing I can figure out hard questions, she encouraged me and provided me a lot of useful materials.
Her recommendation of qbank choice is the key for my pass.
I am an international educated nurse and failed first, I passed second time in 75 questions. I had a hard time to conquer language barriers but I did.
Anyone who see this comment, if I can do it definitely you can as well. Just believe yourself, choose DeLois, you will finally become a RN.
Thank you Dr. DeLois again.
It was my first session but she was very patient and showed me things about myself that I need to work on but also what was good! Looking forward to more sessions.
After failing the NCLEX many times, I finally found a tutor that helped me pass the NCLEX. When I first met DeLois, I was exhausted, tired, overwhelmed, and drained from taking the NCLEX a handful of times and kept failing. At first, I had no confidence or self-esteem and honestly didn't think I'd ever pass the test until DeLois worked with me on answering NCLEX questions. She gave me many handouts and online sources to use to answer questions. We went through many questions and broke down why I picked the answer and why it was or wasn't wrong. She gave me explanation and even when I got the hard questions or easy questions wrong, she said it was a learning experience and helped me become a better test taker. She kept giving me confidence when I had none until I finally started understanding how to truly answer the questions. With her help, I found my confidence and knew I could pass. Without her help I would not have passed the NCLEX. She is patient and kindhearted. Don't look anywhere else for a tutor, she is the best!
When meeting DeLois I was very unhappy on how I was preparing for my NCLEX and my confidence was low. Now I feel with the redirection and focus on certain material has really helped me refocus on what I need to review so that I can now pass my boards. Thanks for all you have been doing for me.
DeLois is very knowledgeable to every NCLEX topic that we have reviewed thus far and reviews each item with a lot of patience. She adds lots of information to the questions that I have difficulty with to enhance my knowledge on that specific topic.
DeLois is very kind hearted and is very patient with her clients. She's very passionate about her clients understanding the nursing material and being able to critically think through NCLEX style questions. I look forward to tutoring with her on our next session.
I am beyond satisfied with my tutoring session with DeLois. She taught me some useful skills in how to approach NCLEX style questions. How to utilize deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills to properly answer the questions. It was very helpful that she was able to point out my strengths as well as areas to focus on for growth, such as stopping the negative self talk like telling myself "I don't know". I liked that she used NCLEX style questions to not only help me to study the content which I am going to be tested on at school, but also so that she could understand my approach with them and knew how to guide me in the right direction if needed. She really has helped to boost my self confidence. I would be delighted to work with her again.
DeLois is the best NCLEX tutor ever! After being unsuccessful twice, I found DeLois and she helped me pass. I never expected to struggle with the NCLEX and I did not know what to do after I failed. DeLois helped me greatly with answering the questions and going over content that I was weak in. She is so patient, supportive and she never let me give up on myself. If you have previously been unsuccessful with the NCLEX I would highly recommend DeLois, she is the best and will work with you until you accomplish your goals.
I have had one tutor session with DeLois to help me with my NCLEX and it went very well! We had some technical difficulties, but DeLois was not one to give up when it came to computer problems. She stayed on the phone with me when the video was not working and we did practice questions on the screensharing setting. After only doing about 20 NCLEX practice questions, DeLois was able to get "a feel" of what I needed to improve on in my test strategies. She even took the time to ask me if there were any other topics I felt that I need to review for my NCLEX exam. Since our first session, DeLois has given me multiple practice question resources, as well as some review material to work on each week along with a solid study plan.
DeLois is a truly amazing tutor! I worked with her while studying for my NCLEX-RN, she was very patient and helpful, and really helped me build confidence in myself and test taking abilities. She is a truly genuine woman who is very knowledgeable about not only the content on the NCLEX-RN but also is very helpful in helping you learn how to answer NCLEX type questions. Tutoring with her was an enjoyable experience and I learned so much; she is just wonderful!! She will present you with the right materials and mentality so that you have the tools to be successful.
DeLois immediately grabbed my attention with how quick she is to answer your e-mails. She instantly made me feel like she truly cared. She helped me pass the NCLEX when I didn't know what else to do, but to find a tutor. She's patient and does not judge. She helped me find ways to reduce my test anxiety. Most importantly, she pointed out to me that I was over analyzing the questions and talking myself out of the right answers. She had some great words of encouragement that carried me through the NCLEX. If you are at a point where you don't know what else to do, message DeLois. Thank you, DeLois!
DeLois is an absolutely wonderful tutor! I tend to ask "why" questions and I found that she had an ability to explain many things to me in a logical sense that I could understand. She'll go through questions with you and really make you think about the question- sometimes you'll even question yourself. I loved this because she helped me fully comprehend concepts that I could have easily skipped over. Very patient and willing to listen to how your brain is thinking in order to best help you. I would highly recommend her!
I took the NCLEX 4 times before working with DeLois. She helped me identify my weaknesses and gave me confidence to take the NCLEX a 5th time. She helped me understand the material better than I ever have and helped me to critically think through questions like the NCLEX wants you to. She not only helps you with content but also with answering questions logically. She gave me so many resources to study along with many practice questions that helped me on my 5th NCLEX. I took the NCLEX again about 2 months after working with DeLois and finally passed. She gives you the resources and knowledge to be successful. I highly recommend DeLois if passing the NCLEX RN is your goal!
She taught me to not burden myself with things from the past and to concentrate on my goal. She also clarified that productive studying isn't out many resources at once, but only a few so I won't feel overwhelmed.
Efficient and effective, DeLois helped me tackle a challenging term paper for my Nursing theory course. Thanks for everything DeLois!
I was tutored by DeLois for about five months before taking the NCLEX for the third time and she did an amazing job. We reviewed content, did practice review questions, worked on critical thinking skills, and confidence building. She is very knowledgeable of the subjects and is really good at explaining things. She is very insightful. She was able to pinpoint what some of my issues were with test taking. She tries to create a very warm and nurturing environment and customizes each session. The assignments she gave during the week were helpful and kept me refreshed on the content between our sessions. She also cares about what goes on in your life outside of studying and tries to relate to you as a person. She has been very kind to me and has helped me with some of my deeper issues such as self confidence in overcoming this test. She also is a woman of very deep faith which has really tied the whole experience together for me because our own human limitations can only take us so far before God carries us the rest of the way. I would recommend DeLois to anyone. I not only received a very thorough and resourceful review for the NCLEX but I also learned some very important life lessons.
DeLois explained everything to me. She did not leave anything out. She was very patient in typing out our discussion. She was very helpful in showing me the thought process. She's a life saver! I wish my instructors were like her.
DeLois has taught me many things to overcome my problems with passing the NCLEX. She has taught me how to overcome my overthinking and ways to get down to most important part which is ANSWERING WHAT THE QUESTION IS ASKING? Just answer the questions has not only taught me so much but has built my confidence and improved my success on practice questions/tests. She helps me make goals and provides content information on areas that I am weak in. The handouts she provides for me are very relative to the content and a great way to learn (not memorize) areas of weakness. I look forward to meeting with her weeks to come up until the day of my test. I am starting to see her more and more each week and feel like I couldn't do this without her!!
I worked with DeLois on the NCLEX-RN exam. I had previously failed it on more than 1 occasion. We met once a week for at least 2 hours a day for roughly 6-8 weeks. She helped me to identify areas that I needed to strengthen rebuild my confidence. After working with her I was able to pass the NCLEX and would very highly recommend DeLois. She takes a real interest in your success and does everything she can to help you achieve it.
Throughout my life, I have always struggled with my test taking skills and confidence. After not passing the NCLEX out of 265 questions on my first try, I decided it was essential for me to seek out a tutor. DeLois was great- she was patient with me, helped me to work on my test taking abilities, and taught me how to positive self-talk and be confident in myself. I saw DeLois 4 days/week for about 5 weeks. I took an online NCLEX-like test of at least 75 questions every session I was with her. Afterwards, we went over every question with rationale and discussed why I chose each answer. For me, studying and working with someone that knew a lot about the material was very helpful. DeLois also gave me an abundance of information, notes, and more tests with answers/rationale (3 large binders worth) that I was able to study with every day. She is also extremely nice and sincerely wants the best for you!! Thank goodness for my awesome tutor, DeLois! After retaking the NCLEX two months later, I passed in 80 questions. Now, I can finally call myself an RN!!!
DeLois is an amazing tutor. She is very helpful with relieving anxiety. I was having a hard time in complex health alterations in Nursing and she put together PowerPoints to help with medications and get a better understanding of the pathophysiology. She also puts together different NCLEX questions for each section, which I find very helpful.
I had failed my NCLEX and decided it was time to go about it a different way which is when I found DeLois. She was so kind and positive and patient! I am generally lacking confidence when it comes to testing and build up a lot of anxiety. DeLois provided me with tons of resources to reduce anxiety. Also she helped me focus on what I needed to put most of my time in and gave me piles upon piles of wonderful resources to utilize. I would definitely recommend! Thank you for you for your help!
Oh and the wonderful news is I passed my NCLEX!
Thank you DeLois, my guardian angel! I appreciate you fitting me into your busy schedule. Your patience, knowledge, kindness, and understanding are just a few of your very precious gifts. After failing the NCLEX the first time, you helped me regain my confidence, worked with my text anxiety, plus shared your extensive knowledge of the subject and testing process. You recognized my weaknesses and geared the handouts and homework to turn them into strengths. For that I am grateful and ecstatic and happy to report that I have passed the exam on my second try. The tutoring lessons paid off!! Thank you again!
I feel that I didn't leave with just a solid foundation for A&P, but I also walked away with a new level of confidence and certainly new and better study habits. I was stuck for a long time thinking it was a foreign language, but DeLois taught me to see things in an easier way, and to not make thing so difficult. With that, I walked away with a new level of confidence that I will keep with me for the courses to come.
DeLois is a fantastic tutor. I came to her after failing the NCLEX at 265 questions. She helped me determine what areas I was weak in, and the areas that I was strong in. She gave me a ton of resources (3 completely full 1.5 inch binders and many, many online resources) to help facilitate my review process.
When she says studying is your full time job, it is the truth. But the outcome was worth it. I got a pass at 75 questions on the second go. She helped me with my test anxiety, and helped me to think positive. Working with DeLois helped me to gain confidence in myself, my knowledge in the nursing field, and my abilities. It was completely worth leaving the Kansas City area to go into St. Louis for the tutoring sessions. DeLois was a great choice of a tutor, and I am happy that I made the decision to go and meet with her.
I worked with DeLois in preparation for the NCLEX. Before meeting with DeLois I had taken the NCLEX and did not pass. I came to DeLois with a lack of self-confidence, was overwhelmed, stressed, and full of text anxiety. I worked with DeLois for several weeks and she helped me in not only with content and material but also in my confidence and relaxation techniques. The different areas we covered were test-taking strategies, study tips, online nursing resources and confidence building. She has great patience and understanding during each session. She determines the best approach for each session based on an individual basis. She truly cares for your success and about you as a person. I have since passed my NCLEX exam, and I owe it all to DeLois, for her confidence in me and continued support throughout my sessions with her. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with not only a great tutor but a great mentor and person. I strongly recommend DeLois for any of your tutoring needs. She is committed to you and your success. She truly cares about you as a person not just as a student. She dedicates her time to helping you achieve your success. Thank You DeLois!
I worked with DeLois in preparation for the NCLEX. Before meeting with DeLois I had taken the NCLEX a week prior, but did not pass. I came to DeLois with a lack of self-confidence, was dis-heartened, and overwhelmed. Over a 7 week period DeLois worked with me on numerous areas including: test taking strategies, study tips, online nursing resources, critical thinking, and confidence building.
After meeting with DeLois weekly, I passed the NCLEX with 75 Questions! She was a major reason why I was able to succeed. I am so grateful to have worked with such an incredible tutor and mentor.
I strongly recommend DeLois not only for an NCLEX tutor, but for any subject area that needs improvement. She is committed to helping her students succeed, and dedicates her time to help others be the best they can be. I am so grateful to have found her. Thank you, DeLois!
DeLois helped me to prepare for both the HESI exam (my score increased from the bottom 30% to the top 30%) as well as the NCLEX-RN exam (I passed on the first try & after only 75 questions!) She was a tremendous help, not just with learning the material but also with knowing how to approach certain types of question, organizing study time, and being mentally prepared to take the exam. She was always very well prepared and worked to individualized her lessons to the areas that I most needed to study. These lessons allowed me to gain the practice and confidence that I needed to do my best. DeLois has had a very positive impact on my nursing career as well my confidence level. It is hard for me to express the gratitude that I feel for finding such a wonderful tutor and mentor.
BSN & now RN!!
With help from DeLois, I passed my NCLEX in 75 question on my first try! She was so kind, encouraging and made each session worthwhile. She is extremely personable and goes out of her way to supply her students with learning material during and outside each session. She truly loves what she does! I highly recommend her services!
DeLois is an excellent tutor; she encompasses great patience and understanding when she delivers her lessons. She determines the best approach to help you succeed (based on individual evaluation) and implements it with subsequent valuable written feedback to help with continued improvement. She delivers with NCLEX-content, excellent guidance for recommended improvements, and as a bonus, she will give you confidence building as you progress through her lessons. I have since passed the NCLEX-exam and highly recommend her to others looking to invest in a great tutor.
Delois tutored me for almost 5 months for the NCLEX and definitely prepared me for the big day. She taught me focusing techniques, test taking strategies related to the NCLEX specifically, and overall helped my self esteem with this test. She was patient with me and would try different approaches when needed. Not only is she an amazing tutor, but an amazing person as well. I would recommend her to anyone!
In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.
Anatomy is a branch of natural science dealing with the structural organization of living things. It is one of the basic life sciences, included in the curriculum of health science programs.
The human body operates through systems summarized below:
A. Musculoskeletal System: The human skeleton consists of more than 200 bones bound together by tough and relatively inelastic connective tissues called ligaments.
B. Nervous System: The nervous system has two divisions: the somatic, which allows voluntary control of skeletal muscle, and the autonomic, which is involuntary, and controls cardiac and smooth muscle and glands. The autonomic nervous system has two divisions: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic.
C. Circulatory System: In passing through the system, blood pumped by the heart follows a winding course through the right chambers of the heart, into the lungs, where it picks up oxygen, and back into the left chambers of the heart.
D. Immune System: The body defends itself against foreign proteins and infectious microorganisms by means of a complex dual system that depends on recognizing a portion of the surface pattern of the invader. The two parts of the system are termed cellular immunity, here, lymphocytes are the effective agent, and humoral immunity, based on the action of antibody molecules.
E. Respiratory System: Respiration is carried on by the expansion and contraction of the lungs; the process and the rate at which it proceeds are controlled by a nervous center in the brain. In the lungs, oxygen enters tiny capillaries, where it combines with hemoglobin in the red blood cells and is carried to the tissues, and carbon dioxide is picked up from the tissues and carried back to the lungs for expulsion.
F. Digestive and Excretory Systems: The energy required for maintenance and proper functioning of the human body is supplied by food. After it’s broken into fragments by chewing and mixed with saliva, digestion begins. The food passes into the stomach, where the gastric and intestinal juices continue the process. This mixture of food and secretions (chyme), is pushed down the alimentary canal by peristalsis.
G. The Endocrine System: In addition to the integrative action of the nervous system, control of various body functions is exerted by the endocrine glands. An important part of this system, the pituitary, lies at the base of the brain. This master gland secretes a variety of hormones, including the following: (1) a hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland and controls its secretion of thyroxine, which dictates the rate at which all cells utilize oxygen; (2) a hormone that controls the secretion in the adrenal gland of hormones that influence the metabolism of carbohydrates, sodium, and potassium and control the rate at which substances are exchanged between blood and tissue fluid; (3) substances that control the secretion in the ovaries of estrogen and progesterone and the creation in the testicles of testosterone; (4) the somatotropic, or growth, hormone, which controls the rate of development of the skeleton and large interior organs through its effect on the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates; and (5) an insulin inhibitor—a lack of insulin causes diabetes mellitus.
H. The Reproductive System: From puberty to menopause, the process of ovulation, and preparation, and menstruation is repeated monthly except for periods of pregnancy. The duration of pregnancy is about 280 days. After childbirth, prolactin, a hormone secreted by the pituitary, activates the production of milk.
I. Skin: The skin is an organ of double-layered tissue stretched over the surface of the body and protecting it from drying or losing fluid, from harmful external substances, and from extremes of temperature. The inner layer, called the dermis, contains sweat glands, blood vessels, nerve endings (sense receptors), and the bases of hair and nails. The outer layer, the epidermis, is only a few cells thick; it contains pigments, pores, and ducts, and its surface is made of dead cells that it sheds from the body.
Career development is much more than preparing for a job and earning a living. That is, career development involves both short and long range thinking about what you want to do when you "grow up." Indeed, in the short term it is essential to develop a skill set that is of interest to prospective employers. This may involve apprentiseship training, attendance at a technical school, and/or getting a college education. While you likely have inate talents and skills, most prospective employers today also require documentation that you have expanded and honed your natural skill set in ways that will likely match and contribute to the continued success of their organization.
Career development certification that deals with the longer term aspect of career development. Specifically, visioning and goal setting. More specifically, determining what you see yourself doing 1, 3, and 5 years from today. Next, giving consideration to how you can best prepare now to achieve your vision and goals. For example, as a nurse, I developed a skill set that enabled me to be continuously employed and earn a comfortable living which met my short term objective. In addition, my vision was to be able to advance in my profession, move from state to state without restriction, and explore diverse opportunities. In order to realize this vision, it was necessary to determine the type and amount of education I would need, learn how to network, communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, as well as become a risk taker.
From a broad perspective, career development is about a life of learning that spans your life time.
I have over two decades of experience as a university professor. While my undergraduate and graduate education is in health science education and nursing, I am also a writer who loves teaching grammar, punctuation, spelling, reading, and literature. I am widely read with very broad interests and a passion for working with students from varied ethnic backgrounds (e.g., Korea, China, Spain, Brazil, and several West African countries).
I have diverse knowledge in various areas of study such as philosophy of science, women in literature, and administration and management. Also, I possess a wide-ranging ability in offering helping services to students who are seeking to improve their English, grammar, reading, and writing skills. I am a flexible tutor and am willing to work with you to develop a learning plan that fits your needs and enables you to meet your goals. I enjoy working with all age groups.
I am a licensed Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s degree is in Health Science Education, and graduate and doctoral degrees in nursing. My background and experience in nursing provide me with requisite and essential skills in reading, writing, math, literature and social studies.
I give individual attention to student learning needs and seek to establish rapport. My overall desire is to facilitate improvement in English language skills for each student. Along with my experience working with students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, I am patient, flexible, have a positive attitude and approach to tutoring.
I am a licensed Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s degree is in Health Science Education. I also have graduate and doctoral education in nursing.
My background and experience in nursing has provided me with requisite and essential skills in reading, writing, math, science, and critical thinking, as well as literature and social studies. These are subjects needed to understand and pass the GED.
In addition, I have more than 20 years’ experience teaching students in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. I've worked extensively with middle and high school age students, and students from diverse ethnic and language backgrounds. I seek to be a positive role model and am patient and able to work well with teens as well as adults.
My tutoring approach includes initial assessment in order to create a learning program that fits each unique students needs. I conduct informal evaluation of students to determine whether they are progressing. As needed and indicated, I assist students with improving their critical thinking, problem-solving, and information processing and communication skills.
The contribution of grammar to crisp, concise communication crystallized for me when one of my graduate professors pointed out my deficiencies in this area. Fortunately, she was willing to work with me to improve my grammar and overall writing skills.
I learned that through proper grammar it is possible to create meaning out of what would otherwise merely be words strung together. When grammar is used incorrectly, sentences become meaningless, messages are obfuscated and it can become impossible to effectively express oneself either verbally or in writing.
Grammar has been described as the glue that holds the English language together. That is, grammar is the way in which sentences are structured and language is formatted. While grammar may be considered a bit boring gaining facility in the use of correct grammar is an essential skill to one’s professional success. It really is worth the time and effort. Without knowing the rules of grammar, it is virtually impossible to communicate clearly and effectively in the English language.
I have used PowerPoint for many years and have made more than 100 presentations to audiences ranging in size from 10 to 400 people. The presentations included text slides, graphics, animation, music as well as photographs downloaded from the web, and camera.
Tables and charts are a great way to augment research presentations and share data in a very interesting format. Large audiences are much more easily engaged when your slides have great pictures and color. For example, in a presentation on change, I downloaded pictures of white water rapids to emphasize the rapidity of change and its potential impact on the members of team members.
PowerPoint is a fabulous tool that when used effectively can ramp up your presentations and almost certainly ensure repeat engagements at other events. I would be pleased to work with you to make you and your presentation stand out and shine.
The National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN) is an examination taken by all graduates of nursing programs providing content required to "sit" for licensure as a Registered Nurse. There are three types of entry level nursing programs: Hospital based Diploma Nursing Programs, Associate Degree Nursing Programs, and Baccalaureate Nursing Programs. While you cannot enter the RN Workforce without graduating from one of these programs, mere graduation does not legally entitle you to represent yourself as a Registered Nurse. The title Registered Nurse (RN) is a legal designation much like that of Medical Doctor (MD), Dentist (DDS), and as with these professions requires a license to practice that is granted upon successful completion of the appropriate licensure examination.
It is possible to take the licensure examination more than once. However, your best opportunity for success is the first time that you take it. Most program graduates are advised to take the examination within 90-days after graduation. The examination is computer based which often poses a challenge for some graduates who are less proficient with computers. Therefore, as part of your preparation for the exam, I strongly advise that you do all practice on the computer rather than pencil and paper.
Before taking the NCLEX-RN, I spent many hours reviewing content with which I was less confident, taking practice tests, and getting comfortable with multiple choice exam questions. Research findings indicate that it is not enough to know the content, it is also essential that you know how to answer multiple choice questions. For example, it is typically the case that several responses can quickly be eliminated as a viable options. However, there may be at least two that represent reasonable responses. This is where your critical thinking skills will come into play and be invaluable in differentiating between the two options to determine which is the best.
You've probably concluded by now that success on the NCLEX-RN is predicated on knowledge of essential content learned in your nursing program, as well as your ability to critically think and discriminate between multiple reasonable options. Consequently, tutoring must focus on assessment of content knowledge, understanding of context surrounding the content, your approach to answering the questions, your test-taking skills, and your comfort level with test-taking. It may be necessary to spend some time on relaxation techniques, distressing, and generally identifying approaches that enhance your overall confidence in ability to be successful.
Nurses play a vital role in providing direct patient care. Basic nursing functions and skills include assessing and monitoring patients, administering medication per orders, placing IVs and catheters and performing intubations, assisting patients with personal care, providing patient education and much more.
In order to engage in the practice of nursing, it is necessary to successfully complete an accredited nursing program, as well as take and pass a practical nursing or registering nursing licensure examination.
Nursing schools provide intense programs of learning that focus on content related to the sciences (e.g., anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pediatrics, medical-surgical, obstetrical and other areas), math, critical thinking, prioritization, risk reduction, etc). Tutoring provides a safe, structured non-graded environment for review of relevant content, and growth in test taking abilities. This type of tutoring has a twofold purpose: 1) augment the foundation for success in the nursing program, and 2) aid in preparation for the licensure examination.
This tutoring approach includes focus on test-taking strategies, along with critical reading and thinking skills. Computer NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN type practice questions are used to hone test-taking skills, and augment comfort in computer-based testing. Learning is further facilitated through individualized review of answers to test questions and attendant rationales. Feedback is constant, supportive and speedy.
Pharmacology introduces you to pharmaco-therapeutics, and gives a foundation for understanding the essentials regarding the principles governing drug interactions, dose-response relationships, desensitization, and tolerance. Drug toxicity, allergies, how drugs act and react biologically at receptor sites in the body.
I have 15 plus years of teaching introductory and advanced pharmacology to students in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Also, I supervision nursing students in the clinical setting who were administering drugs to pediatric and adult patients with acute and chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, Cushing’s syndrome, respiratory, renal, heart, thyroid disease, hypertension, etc.
In the clinical setting, I mentored students by assisting them with researching each drug to learn: 1) their therapeutic and side effects, 2)the interaction effects between prescription meds, as well as any OTC drugs and herbal remedies, 3) the effect on glucose, sodium, and potassium, 4) and effect on vital signs and other electrolytes. Administration also included patient teaching about how to take the meds, signs of toxicity, and other untoward effects.
I have completed course work in Philosophy of Science that included examination of abstract concepts, theories, the logical structure of ideas, and other phenomena. My studies and experiences also include logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and symbolism.
In addition, I have developed case studies related to end of life, abortion, advance directives, organ transplant, genetics, and stem cells to aid undergraduate and graduate students in understanding the role medical ethics plays in decision making about these issues. The case study approach was most effective as it afforded students the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues as well as work through their own biases and concerns.
Physiology involves the study of the normal functioning of animals and plants during life and of the activities by which life is maintained and transmitted. It is based fundamentally on the activities of protoplasm. It includes the study of vital activities in cells, tissues, and organs—of processes such as contractility of muscle tissue, coordination through the nervous system, feeding, digestion, excretion, respiration, circulation, reproduction, and secretion. The study of human physiology embraces many chemical and physical principles. Physiological processes are dynamic; cells change their function in response to changes in the composition of their local environment, and the organism responds to alterations in both its internal and external environment. Many physiological reactions are aimed at preserving a constant physical and chemical internal environment (homeostasis).
Psychology is the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes, in this case of human beings. Tutoring Includes review of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with the major areas of psychology. If needed, tutoring may also include review of the ethics and methods used by psychologist’s science and practice.
The aim of tutoring is to provide sufficient review of material typically presented in introductory psychology courses in order to augment and strengthen learning needed for success. Lessons will be collaboratively developed and centered on your learning needs.
Gaining facility in public speaking is a learned and practiced endeavor. Success in public speaking hinges on selecting a topic about which you are knowledgeable and passionate. Get comfortable with the content area through continual study such that you know more about it than you could ever possibly include in a presentation. Develop a sense of humor and be able to laugh at yourself. Something that has been very beneficial to me is putting together a folder of inspirational quotes and stories that I can include in my presentations.
While many public speakers utilize a prepared script from which they rarely deviate. I have found that I am most comfortable and effective when I utilize notes and prompts rather than a script. When I've used a script, the script interfered with my ability to focus on the audience, to read their level of engagement, and to make adjustments as needed to maintain their interest. Figuring out whether you are a script or notes person can be learned by trialing both approaches in a practice environment. For example, part of the coaching could include video taping of you presenting with and without a script and critiquing which was most effective.
It essential that you know your audience. One way to get to know an audience is to arrive early and circulate. Introduce yourself, and listen.It is easier to speak to a group even if you've only met one or two people than to a room full of unknowns. Be familiar with the venue and your technology equipment. This will reduce your nervousness and enable you to focus on the audience. Practice what you plan to say in advance as it will help you to relax.
I have found that imagery and visualization are very useful techniques to help me relax and be more confident. Visualize yourself in the room actually presenting. Listen to the sound of your voice, and imagine the audience's positive response, this will boost your confidence. Expect that the audience wants to hear what you have to say and that they want you to succeed.
Focus on the message that you want to deliver and don't apologize for any nervousness you may feel. Typically, the audience does not know that you are nervous and actually, they do not want to know. Remember that it's not about you, rather it's about what you have to share with the audience and how the message may be of benefit to them. In the main, experience builds confidence, so take advantage of opportunities to speak in public whenever you can. Toastmasters club can provide such opportunities.
Reading is about understanding what is said as well as understanding the biases, assumptions, and perspectives underlying the discussion. Reading is not merely seeing the world through a text; rather the world becomes portrayed by a text. Reading brings into view an understanding of what a text says–restatement; what a text does–description; and what a text means–interpretation.
English sentences are composed of a topic and something said about that topic, commonly referred to as the subject and predicate. SENTENCE = SUBJECT + PREDICATE. Each of these elements is characterized by a combination of three elements or perspectives: a position or slot within a sentence, a form or type of grammatical construction, and a meaning. Reading enables us to know about a topic, and to ask salient questions that help to generate informed answers. Through reading, diverse perspectives are recognized and distinctions made between personal, social, and institutional concerns, as well as between fact, opinion, and belief.
Reading is primary. One can write only as well as one reads. Many people read, decipher words and sentences on the page, but do not have a sufficient grasp of spelling and grammar to construct their own sentences. Reading is an essential companion to writing. That is, one cannot write without reading what is written or understanding how language works to communicate ideas.
All writers rely on their skills as readers. They must realize not only what they have said, but what they have done. And they must evaluate how what they have done will get them where they want to go. What additional ingredients are required? What other aspects must be considered? What misunderstandings must be prevented?
Critical reading is an analytic activity. The reader rereads a text to identify patterns of elements -- information, values, assumptions, and language usage-- throughout the discussion. These elements are tied together in an interpretation, an assertion of an underlying meaning of the text as a whole.
Critical thinking involves bringing outside knowledge, biases, and values to bear to evaluate the presentation and decide what ultimately to accept as truth Thus; critical reading relies on abstracting, on classifying the nature of things. Critical reading is a technique for discovering information and ideas within a text.
I have coached high school and college students to aid them in gaining study skills that enabled academic success. Experience has taught me that overall success in a program of study is dependent on factors such as time management, problem solving, critical thinking, meeting challenges, setting reasonable goals and objectives, prioritizing and avoiding procrastination, and being proactive. Often, study skills that foster academic success have more to do with learning to learn than learning a body of knowledge content.
It is important to determine what type of learner you are--visual, kinesthetic, verbal, tactile, other. Once this is determine, tutoring can be structured to your best advantage. It is also necessary to make tutoring sessions active rather than passive in order to engage you in the process of identifying, developing and mastering skills that put you at the strongest advantage for success.
Learning how to learn is a process that involves time and change. Approached with commitment, you will gain increased skill and facility with the learning process that will enhance your overall academic performance. As you learn how to think about academic challenges, you will become increasingly self-confident about your ability to succeed.
My coaching methods include practicing classroom participation, learning how to interact with teachers/faculty, note taking, preparation for the classrooom, how to use multiple study approaches, and utilizing "if-then" scenarios to help you identify viable options to classroom problems/challenges.
A strong set of study skills will move you forward to desired academic outcomes.
Effective writing is essential for success in virtually every endeavor. Tutoring in this area helps to build on and expand writing skills that you likely already have. Tutoring also burnishes and augments critical thinking and reading skills with an emphasis on the professional, public, and/or academic aspects that you may need for continued growth and development generally or specifically in your career field.
To share ideas and information with others, it is necessary to organize your material, structure your ideas, and frame your concepts in language that is both precise enough to be accurate and direct enough to be clear. Typically this needs to be done with speed and precision.
Tutoring will aide you in learning how to diagnose and fix trouble spots that can make your writing unclear. Tutoring will also enable you to refocus information to better reach different audiences, such as colleagues, clients, or the general public. This is done by using a “reader based” approach to writing. Through this approach you will gain skill in structuring (e.g., sentence structures, paragraph structures, and text structures) your writing in ways that increase the probability of engendering a particular response.