I have always been a passionate and enthusiastic student. Having the drive to further my education and reach my goals of academic success is something I like to share with others, which is why I first became interested in tutoring when I began my undergrad studies. The desire to unlock one's full potential as a student is an important part of education - it gives a student a greater understanding of her or his self-worth and the thirst for a challenge. All of this requires motivation and that is what tutoring, in my opinion, is all about. Tutoring isn't just helping students understand a subject with which they struggle. Tutoring is about giving students the motivation, the drive and the passion to excel in all areas of their life, academic and outside of school.
My first tutoring experience was in an unpaid college course at UC Santa Cruz that counted for units. As an Academic Assistant I helped freshman college students become acclimated to college life; balance the typical course-load of work with other areas of life; and learn how to think like a college student. It was a highly beneficial experience because I got to work closely with the professor of the course as well as meet and brainstorm with other Academic Assistants. After that, I tutored a high school ESL student for a private company, tutored for the university, and did my own private tutoring for a high school student with ADHD.
Since living in San Francisco I've tutored two high school students separately in reading/writing/vocabulary. I like the student to tell me how I can help them before jumping into the lessons. The desire to succeed needs to come from the sutdent in order for lessons to be successful.
Tutoring is a rewarding job because it gives me an opportunity to convey to students my passion and drive for success. I also love the subjects I tutor and hope that my excitement is catching. Learning has to be a dynamic and fun experience as well as academic, professional and factual. Tutoring can be a very positive and enriching part of a student's educational experience, from elementary school to college and beyond.
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