To any and all prospective students:
My name is John. I am a lifelong resident of Stockton. I am also a lifelong lover of reading
. Over the years, I have tutored students of various ages and backgrounds, from college students at the SJ Delta College tutoring center, to adults and children at their homes in and around the Stockton area.
Of the many different jobs I've held, tutoring has been the most enjoyable and fulfilling. The only thing better than helping people to learn is getting to the point where they can teach themselves how to learn. My goal is tutor myself out of a job.
My approach to this has three phases: First, assessment, where I start with an informal session of just talking with the person, learning their interests and, with respect to academics, their perceived weaknesses and strengths. The early lessons will address issues such as skill reinforcement and determining the most effective approaches to use.
The next step is to show and encourage the application of techniques and strategies to make learning easier and faster. These include reading, scanning, studying, and memorizing skills, as well as test preparation
and test taking.
The last step will hopefully be taken by the student when he or she reach the point where they realize that they are now their own best teacher, able and determined to use their learning mastery for the rest of their lives.
My qualifications include six years working as a one-on-one and small-group tutor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.
I love reading (and by extension, English
) and math (and, naturally, science
) because the first helps us use our imaginations, enriching our lives and opening up possibilities. The second can give us the skills and framework to make these possibilities real.
I hope you will give me the chance to share my knowledge and experience with you.