I greatly enjoy working with students, having tutored, taught, and coached students for the past thirty years. My degrees are from Harvard College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (M.A., Ph.D.). During the past six years I have tutored for Wyzant, and several other tutoring services.
When I begin a new tutorial, I take a few minutes to become familiar with the student and her/his interests. After asking about things the student likes to do for fun, I let the student do most of the talking -- usually about non-academic topics, such as sports, games, movies, crafts, etc. -- unless the student prefers to discuss academic interests.
After learning about the student's interests in doing well elsewhere, I ask the student to discuss the courses s/he is currently taking and tell how s/he approaches various courses (or homework problems). I ask about assignments and for the student to describe and evaluate how s/he has been doing. When it becomes clear where the student needs assistance, we get down to work in a spirit of collaboration.
While working together, I usually learn much more about the student's aptitudes, including level of knowledge and ability to learn. I take mental notes about how to improve subsequent sessions, often by finding helpful resources.
I have always marveled at how the love of learning emerges when students and teachers work together and find fun and fulfillment in their teamwork.
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