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To date, I've mainly tutored elementary and high school students in English grammar, sentence construction, and comprehension for whom this is/was their second language. However, with a master's degree in Social Sciences, state-certification in Nutrition and sports massage - and substantial training in human biology and physiology - I am very comfortable in the humanities, biological sciences, and writing/comprehension, as well as history and geography (my graduate courses in Sociology & Social Theory included much European and American history).
I would say that the subject(s) I'd be least enthusiastic about would be math, largely due to a lack of enjoyment while immersed in these in high school and college, though I did pretty well in Geometry (high school) partly because I had such a wonderful teacher! So the written and spoken word are always more stimulating than numbers for me, though I performed well enough in Statistics, crucial in Psychology and Sociology curriculums.
I try to adapt to where the student is at, not where I think he/she should be, am not a drill sergeant as much as one who tries to make academics more interesting, stimulating, and practical! I bring with me junior college teaching experience, social work experience, lots of public speaking and classes in different communities and health clubs, hundreds of health-oriented consultations (nutrition, herbal medicine, understanding our bodies as well as body/mind integration), inner-city tennis coach/instructor (back east), and a never-ending curiosity to learn more! This includes learning to ask the right and most illuminating questions rather than assuming I have all the answers.
Whether you are an elementary, high school, charter student, or community college student, my academic training, experience, and life experience lend themselves to a certain comfort level, yet we must see how this "compatibility" plays out upon our first (and subsequent?) meeting.
Having much of my tutoring experience in language arts, composition, self-expression and sentence construction, as well as a Master's in social sciences, I believe that I can help a young student prepare for their academic responsibilities in a more efficient and reasoned manner.
My methodology would include adapting to individual needs, patience, and streamlined preparation within a general subject context, as well as attention to detail within subject areas.
Having had a substantial public speaking experience, I have a certain comfort level with the classroom expectations for students.
Dennis Z., M.A., CNC
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