Teaching & Mentoring

As in my research, my mentoring and teaching experiences are derived from my interest to better prepare people for future learning. My goal for my mentees and students is for them to learn the material for the purposes of their goals AND to be able to apply what they learn and the skills they acquire to future endeavors. My role is to be the motivator, the metacognitive supporter, and a resource for the future.

For the past 9 years, I have focused my attention to mentoring underrepresented students in the pursuit of higher education. As an undergraduate I started as a college peer advisor for Cal-SOAP and then became a mentor, tutor, and teaching assistant for the Partners at Learning (P@Ls) Program at UC San Diego. Currently, as a graduate student, I serve as the Assistant Director to the Hot Metal Bridge Post-Baccalaureate (HMB) Program in Psychology.

Recently, I coordinated an undergraduate workshop aimed at helping undergraduates navigate the graduate school application process. Check out the undergrad resources for a link to the website and additional information.

Formal Teaching Experiences

As a teaching assistant for the P@Ls program I worked under the supervision of faculty members Rusty Bresser, Caren Holtzman, and Susan Scharton, within the Education Studies Program. My goals were to teach college students how to be mentors to elementary students who come from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds all over San Diego County. This service-learning program aims to promote social justice within the UCSD campus as it encourages students to give back to others in the community.

In graduate school, I have had many opportunities to teach. As the Assistant Director to the HMB Post-baccalaureate Program, I lead weekly seminars in which my goal is to provide advice about navigating the graduate school application process, applying to fellowships, communicating with advisors, collaborating, and presenting research. In addition to this role, I have also taught a Research Methods Lab, TA’d for Cognitive Psychology, and guest lectured for several courses. For the past two years, I have also been invited to give talks at the Academic Resource Center on how to study more effectively. Throughout my teaching experiences, I believe in maintaining a safe learning environment that encourages student participation, autonomy, and active construction of student knowledge. Recently, along with Tim Nokes-Malach, Brandon Bartsow, and Kelly Boden, we flipped the Cognitive Psychology course and and saw increases in student learning.

For my Teaching Portfolio, please see https://sites.google.com/site/zepedasteaching/