I have been tutoring for ten years since my sophomore year of high school. I have experience working with children and youth from levels K to 12 as well as college students, young adults and older adults. I have had the most experience tutoring English, particularly for ESL students, but have also tutored in math (in levels up to calculus), physics and history.
My greatest qualities and strengths as a tutor are empathy, patience and gentleness. In working with 60+ students, I have learned how to adapt and accommodate to a diverse group of people, recognizing (and tapping into) the particular strengths and passions that each individual has. Most (if not all) of my students have noted that the one thing they most appreciate about me is that they feel SAFE to be fully themselves, without being afraid to make mistakes. SAFETY, more than anything, was the greatest catalyst for tapping into their potential for learning.
My goal is to help students UNDERSTAND the material rather than simply memorize relevant information. I emphasize skills that will be helpful, not simply for academics, but for life in general.
I place a heavy emphasis on self-esteem and use different means of motivation, as a student's confidence in his/her own abilities as well as his/her personal hobbies and interests are just as (if not more) essential for learning as is knowledge.
In terms of academic qualifications, I have gotten 800 on both SAT I and II for Math. My AP scores have been: Physics C (4), Calculus BC (5), US History (5), Chemistry (5), US Government (5), and Economics (4).
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a) Utilizing various ways to engage students in learning:
- Identify and teach at the students' pace and with their primary method of learning (imaginative, analytic, practical, dynamic, auditory, visual, tactile/kinesthetic).
- Integrate games or other activities, using the students' interests or experiences to explain concepts in ways easier to understand.
b) Developing and strengthening critical thinking:
- Use the Socratic method of teaching - rather than simply providing answers, stimulate students to think critically and draw out their own unique ideas by asking questions such as, "So what?"
c) Improving the students' self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities:
- Discover and foster the natural strengths that students already possess (and intervene to prevent thoughts that reinforce negative self-image) to create a positive emotional and mental (internal) environment conducive to effective learning and development, as low self-esteem ravages many students' ability to learn and perform tasks.
d) Engaging parents to partake in their child's learning process:
- Discuss the student's performance with his/her parents after each lesson and suggest ways in which they can actively create a favorable (external) environment.
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