Greetings prospective tutees (and parents of tutees),
I want to help you master your courses, awaken your educational interests, see what is significant therein and actualize your potential as a student. As the tutor I can help the tutee develop the necessary tools, skills, and techniques that will help him be successful in academic work. Fortunately, these skills (logic, critical thinking, etc.) are not limited to what is academic and they are applicable to a life of learning.
It has developed out of sincere concern for the person who has both academic needs and interests beyond academia. Such an individualized approach means that the structure of sessions may differ greatly from one student to the next. (e.g. student A might only need help with comprehension while student B may need help finding what subject(s) is most interesting before going to college)(or, e.g., student A may need to work through lots of sample problems while student B may need a session that is more open-ended and leaves him with relevant questions to help direct his research and exploration).
It is my intent to encourage discussion of the material rather than lecture. Some lecture or prepared explanation is necessary on my part however, I don't want to waste your time by doing what a book can already do for a student. My sessions aim for discussion because discussion conveys, to tutor and tutee, more than information. Through discussion there is continuous question and response which allows me, as tutor, to identify problem areas in the students application of tools; and it allows the student ample opportunity to clarify what impedes his/her own understanding. It may be helpful to think of my discussion based approach through the following analogy. The tutee is now pilot. He flies his plane with his own two hands on the controls while maintaining a conversation with air traffic control in order to make appropriate course corrections. In contrast, the tutee to whom a tutor lectures is a pilot with the airplane on “autopilot”. There is no need for this pilot to take an active role in flying the plane. He does not have a creative stake in the course or destination of his flight. The course he takes has been laid before him. The former pilot learns how to fly the plane while the latter learns to be the spectator of his own flight.
Certification and experience:
I obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from the institution California State University of East Bay in March of 2011 and passed the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test). I'm certified to do CPR and operate an AED. I have relevant experience for tutoring at the college level. I've tutored at Diablo Valley College's Learning Center and worked with private students around the East Bay. Most recently I have been working for the San Francisco Unified School District as a Special Education Instructional Aide (a.k.a. Paraeducator). Tutoring and para educating in the various locations has given me valuable experience working with ESL students and Special Needs students (e.g. Asperger's, Autism, ADD, various learning/physical disabilities). Also, my studies at California State University of East Bay gave me a strong foundation of logic and critical thinking on top of which I have continued to build a deep understanding of education and the student-teacher relation, ever since my graduation. Knowledge of subjects with which I am most familiar includes logic, philosophy, and English, but it can easily be applied to social studies, elementary mathematics, and many other subjects. Particular skills for which I can be of assistance are comprehension, writing--for various purposes, logical thought and argumentation, analysis and evaluation, and study skills.
If at any time I think your needs would be met better by another tutor I will not attempt to keep you as a tutee for financial gain. I’m here to help you. I look forward to working with every one of you and the challenges we embrace.
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