I am a boomer tutor who enjoys supporting one's learning process though a holistic approach, engaging all aspects of the mind, body, and spirit for more effective learning. I teach workshops in Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication), addressing feelings and needs in empathetic communication. I bring NVC to tutoring, increasing connection between myself and the student-vital to successful learning. I have compassion, through my own experience as one with learning disabilities, ... [more]
Government & Politics
As one who has had twenty years of schooling, I have developed study skills/techniques, and a variety of them- to meet different needs: time management, scheduling, subject organization, outlining. I can support a student with goal setting and some structure so that things can get completed in portions, versus becoming overwhelmed with trying to take on the whole elephant at one time.
In life and in teaching, I have worked with ADD/ADHD people and students. And, nowadays, this recently developed psychiatric label can be too zealoulsy applied, resulting in labeling someone with ADD who simply is creative, a good multi-tasker, or a fast thinker. With my educational background in Behavioral Sciences, patience, tenacity, and allowance for the creativity that ADD people have, I can help them gain the focus necessary to achieve a tutoring goal.
I have a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences, with several hours in Criminal Justice, which both include Sociology. During law school, I continued the focus on social issues and trends in law, as in family law, criminal law, and Indian law. I have had an ongoing life-study of sociology and group dynamics, including social movements, political science, and cultural dynamics (such as Native American tribes). I can simplify sociology for a student by making it relevant to the student's own life, and then we can select a topic of interest to discuss, such as the group environment at school.
During college, I took several criminal justice courses, almost enough for a minor. During law school, my focus was in the area of criminal justice, specifically on family violence law and child abuse. I wrote a published paper on syndrome evidence in child abuse prosecutions. After law school, I became a tribal prosecutor, handling misdemeanor crimes such as disorderly conduct. Later, I consulted with a large tribe on writing provisions in their law and order code regrading domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and sentencing enhancements. I have much material on the various debates going on within the CJ field such as arrest policy, trial procedure, and rehabilitation vs. punishment in corrections.
I have a B.A. double major in Behavioral Sciences and History, with almost a minor in Criminal Justice. My law school study has focused on social studies areas, such as criminal justice issues and family violence. Throughout my life, I have had experiences with social studies: psychology, social movements, political groups, cultural interactions (Native Amercian tribes). It is easy for me to simplify social studies for a student: I can make it relevant to the student's own life, or select a topic of interest, and discuss.
I provide here a bio. used for my nutrition classes: Sylvia B., J.D. was profiled in Fitness Plus Magazine, has been a vegan for over 10 years, and over the last 20 years, has focused on self-improvement, addressing several of her own health problems through diet, high endurance exercise, running, weightlifting, and yoga. Health is a passion and a constant work in progress as new things are discovered. In my community classes, I provide information sharing on the latest well-documented information regarding diet, whole and processed foods and herbs, and their effects on the body. Naturopathic and preventative ideas are the focus, addressing the gamut of ailments previously thought to be untreatable, such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, and cancer. Strategies for how to shop for food, read labels, and meal/portion planning are explored. Handouts/resource info are provided, along with some group exercises and Q & A. Having an alternative health focus, these presentations do not constitute medical advice! I can take a nurtition student though creating their own nutrition plan with options, based on their own physical and lifestyle needs. This will personalize the subject and maintain interest, with the potential for life-changing impact.
I have studied fitness and worked out for my own health improvement for 25 years, including weightlifting, yoga, and high endurance exercise, such as long-distance running. I can describe and demonstrate in a gym and out in the field what exercises are best for various health needs, be it anaerobic or aerobic fitness.