When a student starts with me he is usually very behind in the subject. After a few months she is almost always in the top quarter of her class.
I specialize in those who do not learn well in the traditional lecture & memorize format.
These students do not usually have disabilities. They are often bored out of their minds by the way the way material has been presented to them. A more innovative approach is needed.
The goal is not more hours pounding the books, but rather greater retention of the facts studied in the same number of hours.
Toward this end, I make audio recordings for students as part of the hourly fee (no additional charge). These reinforce the lesson contents in a way that the student is more likely to actually go back and review after the tutoring session.
Making PowerPoints with timed audio clips for each slide has also been effective.
The goal is to keep trying different formats until we find one rhat the studenr enjoys. This usually is the format that also best helps the student remember the material he or she must master.
In 2012 and 2013, I tutored and taught at Berlitz and Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai. In 2006 and 2007, I taught and tutored while attending Beijing's China Foreign Affairs University.
If the student does not cancel 24 hours ahead of time, I do offer a makeup class.
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