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The University of Colorado, Boulder (Psychology)
Antioch University, Los Angeles,CA (Master's)
I am currently teaching Psychology at a local Houston college and, for 4 or 5 years, taught a class in Mass Communications at the University of North Carolina. I have also been a Psychotherapist in private practice for 25 years, and I feel very comfortable tutoring sociology, philosophy, study skills, reading, writing, public speaking and helping students increase communication skills. So far, over my three years with WyzAnt, I am beginning to feel like the ADD Queen and the Toast of TOEFL. I am loving it! I spend a good deal of my tutoring time with pre-teens who dislike authority figures almost as much as they disdain homework ... of any kind. There is an art to motivating these kids. Sometimes I think that 90% of their achievements are to get me out of there. ASAP. But achieve they do ...
When I got out of undergraduate school in Boulder, I spent 7 years working for KGO-TV, ABC Affiliate, where I worked on-camera all over the country and feel very comfortable tutoring speech-writing and public speaking. I also, over the years with WyzAnt, have written law depositions, helped a 6-year-old pass the STARR exam, helped write essays to enable pre-college aged students get accepted into the University of their choice, written an advertising campaign with a student seeking her MBA ... that's a small portion of what I have worked on this year with WyzAnt students. But, in truth, the best part of tutoring are the relationships I have built with students and their families over the years. These are really special collaborations. I am currently teaching Psychology at a local Houston college and, for 4 or 5 years, taught a class in Mass Communications at the University of North Carolina. I have also been a Psychotherapist in private practice for 25 years, and I feel very comfortable tutoring … Read more
Ashely is a wonderful person. She helps with what you need to work on. She's trying to break the barriers in my mind, and working on run-ons. I have been reading books to lean more, as I keep encouraging myself to go further, and study on my own. I'm a very intelligent person, but I need to get what I'm getting so far, from what I can afford. She knows how to work with you and she talks about where you stood in school, and the past schooling, and how determined you are on learning, and if you want something. She's there for you every step of the way, and she's really wonderful, too.
I hired Ashley after going through many past tutors for both my sons, one who is borderline ADHD, with no luck. Ashley has not only helped with tutoring but has gone well beyond to ensure the kids enjoy the time with her. Her genuine care and guidance has helped not just with academics, but builds confidence and demonstrates to the kids that learning is fun. Her customized approach to each child is amazing. She has helped not just the kids, but also the family get organized around homework. Very highly recommended we consider ourselves very fortunate to find her!
Ashely is a great tutor. She helped me write several papers for my psychology classes and I learned much from her writing style.
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ACT reading is all about developing an ability to stay focused and think while reading -- demonstrating that the test-takers can remember what they just read and rapidly formulate their "position" or assessment of what they just read. The SAT Reading test is an opportunity to show off the test-takers' creativity and ability to stay "grounded" all the while.
Throughout my 25-year career as a psychotherapist, there has always been a psychological disease "du jour." ADD and Adult ADD have been "it" for the last 10 years or so. Occasionally hyperactivity is involved, but the experts are not sure if after the age of 7 or 8, the hyperactivity is actually "organic" to the condition so much anymore. But that's not important to me as a tutor. Regardless, if you as a child, adolescent or adult fighting to focus, follow through or even learn and retain -- whether it's ADD or PTSD or just free-floating anxiety -- over the long run the client is going to feel "less than" his peers and colleagues. Trying to make good grades, go to college and manage a high-powered position is difficult enough without the "secret or stigma" of ADD. Add to it that the medical field believes your brain chemistry to be faulty can be devastating.
Additionally,in most cases, medication does have a positive influence for individuals so diagnosed. Honestly, when I go out for WyzAnt to help an adolescent with study skills, 90% of those calls for help are for young people diagnosed with ADD and on medication. My strengths here are in helping the young person put together a system that works for them, while also assisting in rebuilding their academic confidence.
Between 2006-2010, I took a break from practicing psychotherapy -- writing and teaching -- and moved to Telluride, CO., where I worked as a real estate assistant for an owner/broker of a luxury real estate firm. By the way, we had no properties under $1M and 90% of our deals were cash. As the assistant to the owner, I was responsible for smooth negotiations with high profile clients, attorneys from around the world, due diligence as well as prestigious copywriting, photo shoots and ad campaigns for the company at large.
And while some days I wonder why I ever left life at 10,000 ft., to come to Houston, it is an endurance challenge to manage to, annually, sell over $100,000,000 worth of resort property given that extreme physical environment.
I, therefore, feel qualified to tutor both marketing and basic business principles at an undergraduate level.
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I wrote movie reviews for papers all over the SW, and taught Film Criticism at the University of North Carolina for five years. That job led to teaching Arts & Ideas at UNC. I consider myself to be an expert film critic.
Having taken both Logical in graduate school Statistics, as well as Philosophy as part of my Masters degree in Clinical Psych, I feel comfortable in tutoring graduate level "critic thinking". The ability to assess data utilizing the perspective gained from critical thinking also applies to Philosophy, Scientific research projects as well as Political Science essays and exams.
I am a licensed psychotherapist who has been in private practice for 20 years. I also just finished teaching Psychology at a local college.
I worked as a live television reporter under the scrutiny of 250,000 viewers for five years.
Many people consider Sociology as a "cousin" to Psychology. In fact, I minored in Sociology at the University of Colorado. I have taken many courses in Sociology, with a focus on what's happening with the "Tech Revolution" and popular culture at large. I read everything I can and keep up with Sociological issues (how 'bout that last fight for the presidency). While each Sociology class is different, I feel competent to tutor in my second passion, Sociology.
In my "Subject Competence" description, I mentioned that I have been a licensed psychotherapist and worked with hundreds of people who have "resistance" to acquiring good study skills. I am quite confident that good study skills are easily acquired if the student is not only encouraged, but gets to examine all of the "payoffs" for NOT having successful study skills.
I wrote both movie reviews for an alternative newsweekly (sister to the Houston Press) and radio commercials for 5 Clearchannel stations for 5 years. Eventually I left Asheville, North Carolina and moved to Houston. I continue to write when I teach college-level psychology classes -- where having edited (and learned the rules of writing APA style) and won awards for my creativity, have helped me to feel secure with my ability to teach what I have learned throughout my writing career.
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