I attended a college that ranks on the top 100 for Forbes most academic universities; however, high school still remains to be the toughest academic challenge I have experienced thus far. I remember going to bed long after my dad finished his work, and waking up at 5:30 to finish the remainder of my homework. I took 4 AP's senior year and recall having to decide which ones I was going to put more effort into, and which ones I didn't have as much time for.
I remember getting a 101% my first semester of pre-calculus. I remember the personal note my English teacher left on my senior capstone paper on child soldiers, saying she had grown tired of reading papers and pulled mine out because she knew it would be a treat. I recall the seasons I had to juggle all my studies with soccer practice, or traveling to volleyball games. I certainly remember many moments where I felt like I was in way over my head.
I look back on my own experience of high school as a point of reference for other hardships in my life. There were moments I felt too overwhelmed to continue, but the moments of achievement, of encouragement and hard work, outshine those others. I felt empowered that my success in school could be a product of the effort that I put in, not the brains I was born with.
College was no walk in the park either. I attended a school that used the block system, meaning we took a course everyday, for 3 1/2 weeks and then moved on to the next course. It was certainly speed learning and you couldn't fall behind a day, but the beauty was that I could completely commit to that subject.
I am very confident in my ability to teach math. While I wasn't a math major, I passed pre-calculus with a 101% and Probability & Statistics with 98%, meanwhile helping my best friend and boyfriend get a grade that they felt good about. This is a tough subject that can often make students feel defeated. To be most effective, I will study your coursework with you, working through the homework and practice problems and reviewing troublesome lessons. This is a subject that needs lots of practice and an open mind!
English is certainly my strongest subject because I love it the most. We will work on grammar, paper outlines, editing, and efficient reading habits. English takes a creative mind and often times a good deal of patience.
Most of the other core subjects require good study habits and organization. We will work through that so you/your child is set up to continue studying on the days we do not meet. It is amazing how much a person's mindset about school will change when he/she suddenly feels empowered by his/her very own tools. I would love to help you work towards that!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions/concerns regarding my own experience, of if you have a question about the kind of tutoring you need!
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