In my experience, I have found that the best approach to teaching is enthusiasm and a genuine love for learning, followed by praise and appreciation for the student’s efforts. When I was little, if I ever had a problem with my homework, I would take it to my dad and say, “Dad, this is really hard!” His response would invariably be to say, “No, look at how much fun it is!” and then explain it to me patiently. Once I had finally grasped the concept that was giving me trouble, he would tell me I had done a good job and say, “see? I told you it was fun.”
This idea of being excited about education helped me to learn and feel good about my own abilities, and also set a precedent for my personal tutoring style. It has proven effective time and again, because it not only teaches the information that needs to be taught, but it also encourages self-confidence in the student.
My educational background starts with Waldorf schooling from kindergarten through seventh grade, and because of this I am open to teaching in accord with any alternative forms of education you may be trying. The rest of my education through the end of high school was at standard public schools. My college educational background includes the following, in descending order from most experience to least:
•Theatre (performance emphasis)
My theatre training goes back to when I was in elementary school, and the love for performance has stuck with me ever since. I completed an internship with the Marin Shakespeare Company in 2009, and will be receiving my BA in Theatre in August of this year. I have an advanced understanding of Shakespeare’s work, and am experienced with reading, analyzing and of course performing it. I am also very comfortable with modern psychological texts, and have done improv performance and even some stand-up comedy.
My English skills are more than proficient, and my tutoring of the subject started in my advanced level English class during my first semester of college. I excel in essay writing, paper editing, and reading comprehension. I am comfortable tutoring up to an undergrad level of writing.
Anthropology has been a love of mine since I started taking classes my first year of college, and while I am more experienced in cultural anthropology, I can also tutor in some biological anthropology.
I have taken a good number of both world and US history courses, and would be comfortable teaching either or a combination of both, depending on the student’s curriculum.
I can comfortably tutor basic algebra or geometry, as well as some low-level sciences.
My visual art background covers a wide range and includes painting and portrait, figure, and still object drawing. I prefer acrylic paints as a medium, but I have experience with watercolors and tempura as well.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have regarding my academic background or level of comfort with tutoring any given subject. I am very excited to be part of this educational service, and to have the opportunity to teach in a manner that is enthusiastic and encouraging.
Learn something new every day under the sun. You will never get old if you do.
- Lois B.
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